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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Eitan Hersh: Political hobbyism is to public affairs what watching SportsCenter is to playing football.

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"Instead, they are scrolling through their news feeds, keeping up on all the dramatic turns in Washington that satiate their need for an emotional connection to politics but that help them not at all learn how to be good citizens. They can recite the ins and outs of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation or fondly recall old 24-hour scandals such as Sharpiegate, but they haven't the faintest idea how to push for what they care about in their own communities."

Describes the retort's keyboard warriors to a tee.

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-20 01:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

All politics is ultimately local, which is something people here tend to forget.

#2 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-01-20 02:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yes, sounds like the Libs on this board. It is funny because they like to attribute all the hate and failure they feel in life - and the resulting lashing out behavior - TO HOW CONSERVATIVES ACT.

It is hilarious as they spend all day 'educating' themselves on skills/experiences that will not yield economic rewards and then whine about the 'rich white guy' that does not want to pay them enough or share enough of their wealth through taxes.

This applies to just about every lib I have seen on here from JPW, Douchefroth, Cut&PasteROMA, Danni, etc - I have been here for about 6 months and the time you have spent wasted posting nonsense here, you could have studied and perfected a foreign language or gained some other worthwhile skills - studied for a CFA or learned a trade (get certified as a contractor or appraiser, etc). Instead, you spend all day filling your brain with half-true stories sourced on liberal sites so you can justify you economic shortcomings vs. actually trying to fix them.

Like I said last week - I would gladly have a beer with any of you on here - some seem to have a caustic online personality but I am sure you are more civil in real life. I highly doubt the liberals on here would say the same as they would not share a beer with a "Jewish Nazi" - and not in the 'Israel is the same as the death camps' sort of smear, but in the you literally would have fought for Hitler sense. How they can believe and write such nonsense is baffling but I would still have no issue being in the same room with you - I welcome disagreement, I don't run from them.

#3 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2020-01-20 08:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

"Yes, sounds like the Libs on this board. It is funny because they like to attribute all the hate and failure they feel in life -"

Oh, but righties doing the exact same things the libs do, including IraGoldberg, but their hobby is a real commitment to a cause they believe in. Laughable.

"ivil in real life. I highly doubt the liberals on here would say the same as they would not share a beer with a "Jewish Nazi" - and not in the 'Israel is the same as the death camps' sort of smear, but in the you literally would have fought for Hitler sense."

The last part of your comment had too much right wing hate packed into it for us readers to even decipher what crazy nonsense you were attempting to express. Just putting words after each other doesn't create a sentence nor a thought. I get it that you hate libs but beyond that it's just gobbelty goop.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 06:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

BTW, not to diminish the importance of activism but college educated voters are not ruining democracy. That is the most idiotic statement I have ever read. Sure activists do more and perhaps our posting here doesn't accomplish very much but it is not ruining democracy. What is ruining democracy are Republican efforts to disenfranchise millions of voters, Russian interference, the total disregard for election security displayed by both the President and the Republican controlled Senate.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 09:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

college educated voters are not ruining democracy. That is the most idiotic statement I have ever read.

#5 | Posted by danni

But Trumpites say it often. It's a theme. I'm reminded that when Pol Pot took over Cambodia, even people with high school educations were murdered.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-21 10:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"I love the poorly educated!"

Donald Trump

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 10:16 AM | Reply

I think that generally people have things that are more within their personal purview that are difficult to deal with, and that they're avoiding, and generally the way they avoid them is by adopting pseudo-moralistic stances on large scale social issues so they look good to their friends and their neighbours.

Amen

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-21 10:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

-- I'm reminded that when Pol Pot took over Cambodia, even people with high school educations were murdered.

Yeah, and he was a college-educated intellectual who studied in Paris. Funny how intellectuals become mass murderers.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-21 10:45 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yeah, and he was a college-educated intellectual who studied in Paris. Funny how intellectuals become mass murderers.
#9 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2020-01-21 10:45 AM

Thinking is bad!! Let other people do that!!

-DR Right

#10 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2020-01-21 10:57 AM | Reply

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"Funny how intellectuals become mass murderers."

Because the propensity to be a mass murderer has nothing to do with education. Pol Pot didn't learn how to be a mass murderer in college. Are you trying to compare American college graduates to Pol Pot? Insane much?

#11 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 10:59 AM | Reply

"I think that generally people have things that are more within their personal purview that are difficult to deal with, and that they're avoiding, and generally the way they avoid them is by adopting pseudo-moralistic stances on large scale social issues so they look good to their friends and their neighbours."

Speak for yourself but most of us easily separate our personal lives from our views about things like politics. If you don't then that says much about you but not me or anyone else.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 11:01 AM | Reply

Speak for yourself but most of us easily separate our personal lives from our views about things like politics....

#12 | POSTED BY DANNI

A growing trend is people NOT separating the two.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-21 11:06 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"A growing trend is people NOT separating the two."

Generally speaking that would not be the college educated folks discussing politics.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 11:29 AM | Reply

The problem is not with one being college educated. The problem is what they're being taught, and by whom.

#15 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-01-21 11:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

College students like this 'brilliant' one?

Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences with a BA in 2011, majoring in international relations and economics.
en.wikipedia.org wiki Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Wikipedia

#16 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-01-21 11:36 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"A growing trend is people NOT separating the two."

Generally speaking that would not be the college educated folks discussing politics.

#14 | POSTED BY DANNI

The trend is arguably the biggest amongst those currently in college and those who have recently graduated.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-21 11:49 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Instead, they are scrolling through their news feeds, keeping up on all the dramatic turns in Washington that satiate their need for an emotional connection to politics but that help them not at all learn how to be good citizens. They can recite the ins and outs of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation or fondly recall old 24-hour scandals such as Sharpiegate, but they haven't the faintest idea how to push for what they care about in their own communities."
Describes the retort's keyboard warriors to a tee.

#1 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

It's because of something called a Meta-Narrative: the story of who we are that trickles down to affect our local communities and tell us how we should see ourselves, relate to our neighbors and community.

We aren't fighting for local issues right now quite as much but you still see it. The threat right now is to Who We Are As A Country. And it's finally come to a head in politics.

That issue is primary in college educated voters' minds right now.

I'm not surprised someone like Hersh forgot that. Hell, his past opinion pieces are all the same stuff he whines about in his article.

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-01-21 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

College-Educated Voters Are Ruining American Politics

That's right. They are pushing us into socialism.

#19 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-01-21 12:27 PM | Reply

Funny how intellectuals become mass murderers.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-01-21 10:45 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Last time I looked, you were an intellectual.

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2020-01-21 12:52 PM | Reply

"they haven't the faintest idea how to push for what they care about in their own communities."

That's because our communities usually aren't the one's that need fixing. Its the uneducated, racist --------- that people like Hersh slithered out of that are bringing this country down.

#21 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2020-01-21 03:05 PM | Reply

That's right. They are pushing us into socialism.

#19 | POSTED BY SNIPER

No, moron, we're not.

We're protecting all of us from "c-c-conservatism" and the moral rot it represents.

#22 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-21 05:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That's right. They are pushing us into socialism.

#19 | POSTED BY SNIPER

No, moron, we're not.

We're protecting all of us from "c-c-conservatism" and the moral rot it represents.

#23 | Posted by Jpw at 2020-01-21 06:04 PM | Reply

Hard to believe that The Atlantic printed this garbage.

Trying to appeal to morons like nillifardian, etc., I reckon.

#24 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-01-22 07:31 AM | Reply

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