Scalia’s cafeteria constitutionalism, in which he picks and chooses the laws he ideologically agrees with and ignores the ones he doesn’t, was never on better display than in Monday’s SCOTUS decisions. In the world according to Scalia, Arizona has the rights to patrol its own borders associated with a sovereign state, but Montana must bow to federal power when it comes to obeying Citizens United (the state’s 100-year-old campaign finance law was enacted free its citizens from the corrupt control of mining interests). Or as Harold Meyerson put it in the Washington Post, “You’re sovereign when Scalia agrees with you; you’re nothing when he doesn’t.
Carlson is now engaged in giving the people — the idiotic, angry, paranoid people — what they want, which became incredibly apparent once The Caller began tackling the Trayvon Martin tragedy by launching a campaign to prove that Martin had been a thug. It was barrel-scraping racist garbage. Martin’s Twitter feed and social media presence were cherry-picked to make him seem scary because he engaged in adolescent macho posturing. It was convincing proof that Martin wasn’t as “innocent” as he seemed, if your definition of “innocence” is “not young, black and male.” Asinine race-related trolling is now a major Caller beat, naturally, because, again, it’s good for traffic. I don’t think Carlson is remotely as racist as he is sexist and homophobic, which just makes it even grosser that he’s willing to exploit conservative racism for fun for profit.
I don’t agree. I don’t want to be friends with someone who is a member of the tea party or is a Newt Gingrich Republican. We are not the same. I equate their political views with thoughtlessness, intolerance and narcissism. I think they are not kind or empathetic. And my neighbor made it clear that he does not respect my opinions or me.
This is one of the saddest things I have seen in some time. As much as I’d encourage everyone to read Wagan’s article, I’d also understand if they stopped a few paragraphs in.
As someone who communicates, lives around, and is friends with people of very different political viewpoints, I can personally attest that this type of thinking is terrible for Wagman and terrible for our country.
…and here is where it all breaks down….
Instead of ignoring (or talking past one another), we must directly yet civilly engage one another.
How far do you get with them when you present them with evidence or site other arguments to support your own? Do they actually take the time to listen to you? I mean really listen.
Even better, we can keep our politics and friendships autonomous enough to allow for friends to disagree without ending relationships.
Diana, I pity you.
Ya know, I don’t know what more I can tell you about rigid conservatives like that man that hasn’t been said better by others:
…Having that all said before, I say the only person that you’re impressing that is worth impressing is the one you see in the mirror.
It’s too bad that you don’t get out and meet more people who’d be more receptive to your ideas and perhaps act on them.
These people are going on mushroom trips in the lab setting and months later, in the follow up studies, they say that the experiences they had under the influence of the mushrooms are among the most profoundly moving experiences of their lives, both positively and negatively. One thing that the researchers are looking for to see if the use of these hallucinogenic compounds can improve the quality of life for patients suffering from terminal diseases, since it really seems to be for the majority of people who actually take these compounds, that it’s actually an uplifting experience. These could be used in a therapeutic setting and perhaps be very powerful in the future.
Nicholas Money talks about psilocybin, a psychedelic compound found in over 200 species of mushrooms. Psilocybin is currently being used in highly-supervised lab studies to see how people react to the hallucinogen, which mimics the effects of serotonin on brain receptors. (via nprfreshair)
What if we could do that to rigid right wing ideologues? Imagine the possibilities.