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Stuff you've heard your GOP family/friends say...

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  • Independent
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    In this thread, post insane things that your GOP family/friends have said (or e mailed, posted on social media, etc). I am not going to censor things because I want the full effect of what they said to be felt. It may be offensive but many of these things echo in my head still.

    I will start it off...

    My father regularly says that "blacks are stupid." He genuinely believes that the reason the NFL is more popular than the NBA is because in the NFL, the "blacks are covered up better so people don't see it."

    Let that sink in for a minute.

    One of my cousins said that "people like me" would be shot in a "proper country" because I thought we spent too much on the military. He was not joking. A few months later on Facebook, he posted a Meme that said "All who are willing to die for their country are heroes" and to be a smart ass, I commented that the Taliban, Vietcong, and the Nazis were all willing to die for their countries so are they must be heroes as well. His Facebook friends began harassing me on Facebook to the point where I had to unfriend my cousin and we have not spoken since. One of his friends replied to my comment (I had only said that one thing, thats it, and was making a point that willingness to die for a generic cause does not mean you are a hero) that he was "fighting for America while I was hiding behind under my mother's skirt." I should point out that I hardly knew my mother, she died when I was 6. I should also mention that guy was a Navy cook, so unless you count grease fires I doubt he put his life on the line.

    My uncle calls small cars "fag mobiles." He recently got laid off and blames Obama and young people.

    My father in law is the only one I won't confront. Despite working for the social security administration his entire life, he wanted Ted Cruz to be President in the worst way and thinks all government is horrible. His blatant contradictions between his life style and what he believes politically is jaw dropping. He is vehemently anti gay yet has no idea his best male friend is in a relationship with another guy (it is obvious to everyone else, when we invited him to our wedding he asked if he could bring "Steve," and anytime he is invited anywhere or they visit him "Steve" is there). He constantly spouts militarism, patriotism, and heroism but we know that when he was in the Vietnam era, he got deferments and got a law degree. He wears shirts and has bumper stickers that promote fanatical right wing Christianity (teach the Bible in school type stuff) despite not having gone to church in his life. In short, sometimes you see things and are like, "nah thats just, I won't touch that."

    I regularly get chain e mails with insane conspiracies from my father in law. He assumes everyone he knows is hardcore GOP and cannot fathom another possibility. My dad also repeats nonsense to me, like the hoax that is going around that the Russians spelled "Obama is a monkey" in Russian on their runways. When I told him that was a well known hoax he seemed pissed off but to his credit he stopped repeating it when I sent him an article debunking it (it showed the before and after photoshop).

    My younger brother believes we should only let people from rich countries in. I politely reminded him that our ancestors came from a poor country and at the time people did not want our ethnic group in the country either. My dad of course wants to round up all illegal immigrants. I rarely use all caps but I must do it here. HE HIRED AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT NANNY TO LIVE WITH US FOR 6 YEARS AFTER MY MOTHER DIED.

    What puzzles me is my family is more educated than the rest of the population. My uncle has a PhD, my dad is a rocket scientist that is ABD, my brother is an engineer, my cousin is educated as well. My father in law is a lawyer.

  • Center Left
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    It's too soon for this post. If you want to repeat racist comments and then follow it with: Can you believe they said that ? I personally don't want to hear it. You need to defend something and make your points to establish who you are. You're new here and while I appreciate your angle..... it's too soon in my opinion. A person who thinks those things could get the message out there in this format. Have a great day.
  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote: It's too soon for this post. If you want to repeat racist comments and then follow it with: Can you believe they said that ? I personally don't want to hear it. You need to defend something and make your points to establish who you are. You're new here and while I appreciate your angle..... it's too soon in my opinion. A person who thinks those things could get the message out there in this format. Have a great day.

    I am a PhD economist that is thickened to controversial things. I spent three years in academia talking to students that believed in pretty crazy things and having to converse, debate, and discuss calmly and without judgement. I can send you my ratemyproffessor.com site if you'd like to see how many insults I got on that site.

    Let me say this - if you cannot open your ears to what they are saying and instead go "I don't want to hear it," they will laugh at you and call you a wimp and make a reference to something about trigger warnings. If you object to the exact word they say, they will find another word to say the same thing. My dad never says the "n" word but he says it in other ways, i.e. "thugs." At some point you just have to accept they are going to find some word to say it and stop playing the whack a mole. And to boot, the "racist thing" was actually censored. What the fake story going around has two variations - one what I said and one that has the N word.

    I don't need to defend myself to you - or anyone. I have already done that by this point in life. I don't know if you read the full thing because I did consistently say I did not agree. I am seeing now that this forum is not for me - you got trolls on one side attacking people and then people like you that want to act all morally superior by admonishing for perceived slights (that really weren't there). I get it, you are offended. Don't worry, I ain't coming back to this if people are going to tell me how to tell a story in a way that doesn't offend them.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    I feel like you are a brother from another mother, stratozyck.

    I am the lone liberal in a family dominated by conservatives. Some family members, like my father and brother, are more practical conservatives and quite liberal on social issues. Other family members make me wonder how in the world I share the same blood as them.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    stratozyck -- I am one of the long time members on this website. I like to have my views tested and challenged by other people. Sometimes other members really push back on me, but I have thick skin and survive. Yes we have trolls that come in from time to time, and sometimes we indulge them, but if they get too far outrageous they'll eventually be banned. Otherwise, I would say that everyone speaks their mind, but I seldom see where we have changed minds. That is more difficult.

    I like much of what you have posted to date. I probably have more Republican friends and neighbors than I have liberal friends. We often disagree. I have had my Obama signs on the front yard while they have their McCain or Romney signs. Our opinions are largely polarized. But last year when I spent a week in the hospital, it was my Republican neighbors that helped out my wife. They are good people although we disagree on everything political. I hope somehow you can reach an accommodation with your Republican friends and relatives. Tolerance is the key word.