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Culture of Hypercriticism

Donjindra Wrote: May 31, 2012 12:03 PM
Hypercriticism is "conservatism's" primary tool. Just look at the constant barrage of non-issues they try to puff up into scandals. Chicken Little is a Republican.
gungy Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 2:06 PM
You mean like a hazing incident that happened 50 years ago in high school? Or a candidates wife's love of horses and riding? Oh wait, that's Democrats. Meanwhile raised eyebrows about a President who did lines of coke or had an association with a marxist America-hating pastor for 20 years or a d omestic terrorist is "hypercritical" and beyond the pale.
Donjindra Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 5:28 PM
Meanwhile raised eyebrows about a President who ...had an association with a marxist America-hating pastor for 20 years"

-- yes, this sort of false issue is exactly what I'm talking about. It's the worst sort of hypocrisy The right has been permeated with "ex" Marxists. The neocons are a prime example. Irving Kristol was a Marxist. So were a slew of others in his circle. Even Marvin Olasky was a Marxist. We can look at the communitarian connections too. "Conservatives" are becoming fond of their Marxist ideas.
Bytheocean Wrote: May 31, 2012 4:23 PM
Chicken Little is the Leftists. First we had population explosion in America in the 1970's. We were all going to starve to death so families cut back to 2 children. Then there was a lack of Americans so we opened our borders. There was the Alar scare, be afraid of apples, be very afraid. Then there was global freezing. That was switched to global warming. That was switched to climate change. Basically if we have weather, the Leftists are screaming "We caused it and it's the end of the world, so hand over all your money and your power and your individual rights to us so the big government that we create will fix it, like the post office, while overlooking the industrialization of 1 billion Chinese and 1 billion Indians.
Donjindra Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 1:28 PM
You seem to think I believe two hundred wrong make a right. I don't.
gungy Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 2:07 PM
You just fail to acknowledge those wrongs.
gungy Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 2:08 PM
Outstanding post, Bytheocean. Oh and if you are really by the ocean you'd better move before the lemting icecaps flood your property. :O
gungy Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 2:08 PM
Donjindra Wrote: Jun 01, 2012 5:11 PM
"You just fail to acknowledge those wrongs."

What wrongs do I fail to acknowledge? Those on your list? Why would you think that? There have always been end-of-the-worlders -- on the left and right. I didn't buy into the population explosion scare. I don't buy into human caused global warming. You seem to think I'm on the left. I'm not. I despise the left every bit as much as I despise the right. But unfortunately the alarmist on the right have a lot more power today than the left ever did.
geotay Wrote: May 31, 2012 2:00 PM
Hypercriticism is "conservatism's" primary tool.

Put 'Obama' between those "s and you've got it exactly right.

With the rise of the 24/7 news cycle and expansion of media allowing everyone to create their own stories on the internet, a new void has been created. It has been filled by hypercriticism. Hypercriticism used to be reserved for celebrities, as paparazzi closely tracked every move of Hollywood stars. But the spread of cable talk shows and rise of the internet has allowed a microscopic analysis to transcend into politics; putting politicians and candidates for office under an unhealthy and irrational level of scrutiny. Instead of judging political leaders on real issues, they are now also judged on criteria that...