Chi... classic manipulation you've got going on there.
No one is saying "disagreeing with my point of view makes you a Nazi" ...
You're comment implying that is the exact same partial-reading lazy gut reaction I'm talking about.
It's like you read with a defensive ear rather than really paying attention to what's being said.
What I said was dangerous is when emotionally-charged devotion to a "side" (ANY side) takes the place of actually thoroughly discussing the issues at stake.
And yes, that is what is politics is like now. And much of the mainstream media caters to and feeds off of that. And that is how fascism has risen historically in many countries through time.
Craig (and others here who seem to miss the point):
There is a huge difference between "people expressing love of their country" VS "hyper-patriotism and chanting".
Regardless what "side" you align with more ... most issues are NOT 2 sided, black and white like our party system is. And one 'side' is NOT more patriotic than the other...
And chanting does not mean you 'love' your country more than others.
Thinking that way is what's scary.
Our founding patriots were deeply thinking, well educated men. They were careful with their words and phrasing . They were fair and balanced deliberators.
People who just chant their country's name at everything a politician says as if they were at a football game --- rather than weighing matters soberly and carefully from all sides--- are NOT patriots... they are pawns who are letting themselves be emotionally manipulated into taking sides, rather than challenging these candidates to REALLY dig into and explain the issues.
Considering it "love of your country" to just chant your country's name in a big group is not just lazy, it's dangerous.
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