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Response to 58Sunliner (Reply #97)

Thu Jun 15, 2017, 07:36 AM

107. "They will make it so" refers to the future.

"They are not really that interested in the dead or injured unless they can politically profit off of them." That is a broad generalization and therefore lumps together a whole group into one despicable category. Maybe not sub-human but no discernible difference. Using words like "they" dehumanizes whoever you are talking about unless you have defined who you are talking about. "They" is some diffuse boogie-man we don't have to put a face or a name on. Who is "they"? When you make generalizations like that you have to be very careful. It's usually a sign of a cheap way to try to make a point, or inflate it's significance.

My comment was just asking you to define what it is you are suggesting. You seem to be trying to justify some sort of behavior, or at least opposing being sympathetic at this time. But when you generalize about "them" and "they will" then you are into nebulous territory with no meaning. Be more specific and maybe this could be a productive discussion.

I am going to speculate: You get angry when you hear the vicious things some on the right wing say (I do too), especially when it comes from the media and the Repub leadership. But I am saying that being vicious in return isn't a productive response. It's just pseudo-revenge. It doesn't diminish your or my ability to oppose the right wing agenda by taking a moment to be sympathetic to Scalise's family. Our first thought doesn't have to be a calculation of the political advantage or disadvantage. Someone out there will do that of course (media) but that's kind of their job.

Way too long, I probably shouldn't post this but what the hell.

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