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The Power of Being “Offended” in Order to Shut Down Political Debate
Townhall ^ | 4-22-13 | Rachel Alexander

Posted on 04/21/2013 9:56:26 PM PDT by ReformationFan

Has society really become quite thin-skinned, or is acting “offended” a new tactic that is being used to shut down legitimate political debate? Progressives are increasingly claiming to be offended whenever those on the right disagree with their left-wing positions. It doesn't matter what the issue is; the left will divert a legitimate political debate into an accusation that the right disagrees with them because they are full of hate towards them. This puts the right on the defensive, and removes the real debate from discussion. It then becomes difficult for the right to ever prevail with their position, because to do so would mean “hate” had won.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alexander; bullying; liberalism; offended; politicalcorrectness; politicaldebate; rachelalexander; whining
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Good article on the left and their "I'm offended!" tyranny.
1 posted on 04/21/2013 9:56:26 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

I throw their PC nonsense right back at themand put the onus in their lap.


2 posted on 04/21/2013 10:00:29 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: ReformationFan

Conservative: “If it offends you too much to discuss this we don’t have to. We’re not the ones seeking changes that would require we discuss it.”


3 posted on 04/21/2013 10:02:10 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ReformationFan

I have been offended by people that feel offended since 1974.

Buck up mister!


4 posted on 04/21/2013 10:02:35 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: ReformationFan

I’m offended by this thread. Mods, shut it down!


5 posted on 04/21/2013 10:04:32 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: ReformationFan

The offensenicks pervert a principle that is Christian enough, which is that one should endeavor not to wreck the spiritual growth of a brother or sister by reining in their use of Christian freedoms where appropriate. However when the people involved steadfastly resist redemption, or insist that “society” furnish “their kind” of redemption (e.g. “gay marriage” in the name of “equality”) — it is an abuse and a spiritual train wreck.


6 posted on 04/21/2013 10:05:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: ReformationFan

I like to tell them that I find whatever leftard drivel they have babbled to be “very offensive.”


7 posted on 04/21/2013 10:05:19 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

It’s just to much hand wringing LOL


8 posted on 04/21/2013 10:06:35 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: ReformationFan
It doesn't matter what the issue is; the left will divert a legitimate political debate into an accusation that the right disagrees with them because they are full of hate towards them.

That's just because you are a racist. And a homophobe. And a xenophobe. And a hater. /libtard

9 posted on 04/21/2013 10:08:23 PM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: douginthearmy

LOL right on target


10 posted on 04/21/2013 10:10:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: douginthearmy

Racist = Someone who disagrees with a liberal.


11 posted on 04/21/2013 10:10:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Still Thinking

Well, often this sort of situation crops up when conservatives try to keep liberals from wholly hogging the political floor (as with the recent “gay marriage” push).


12 posted on 04/21/2013 10:11:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: douginthearmy
Some one at my work has a window sticker on his truck that says

"I ♥ Hater's"

I laughed my *** off!

13 posted on 04/21/2013 10:12:43 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: ReformationFan

The “I’m offended” card is played on both sides. The way to shut someone down that says they are offended is to let them know their being offended is not your concern, the issue at hand is not about their feelings. Then tell them to grow up.


14 posted on 04/21/2013 10:14:36 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: dfwgator

And that about sums the liberal “argument” up.


15 posted on 04/21/2013 10:16:26 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Nothing is played more than the race card and nothing is more politically correct than the discussion about race.

It’s past time to stop that nonsense.


16 posted on 04/21/2013 10:20:29 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: ReformationFan; All

The left acting “offended” to sidestep an issue reminds me of Ann Coulter’s complaint of liberals relying on “womanly indignation” to sidestep an issue.


17 posted on 04/21/2013 10:28:26 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Amendment10

I remember she called it something along the lines of “the doctrine of the the absolute infallibility of a sobbing, hysterical woman.”


18 posted on 04/21/2013 10:30:42 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Amendment10

If they demand death to chivalry, it’s tempting to treat them as though chivalry was indeed dead. Tell off the weeper the same as if she was a fellow.


19 posted on 04/21/2013 10:35:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; All
If they demand death to chivalry, it’s tempting to treat them as though chivalry was indeed dead. Tell off the weeper the same as if she was a fellow.

Good point regarding liberal hypocricy.

20 posted on 04/21/2013 10:43:32 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: ReformationFan; All
I remember she called it something along the lines of “the doctrine of the the absolute infallibility of a sobbing, hysterical woman.”

I hadn't heard that, but its an excellent analogy. Yes, guys will typically do anything to keep a lady from becoming noticeably upset with them, at least in public.

21 posted on 04/21/2013 10:45:40 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: mylife

I am offended by your offensive attitude regarding offended people.

:P


22 posted on 04/21/2013 10:46:29 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: Salamander

Is this the argument clinic?


23 posted on 04/21/2013 11:02:33 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: Salamander
Well Dimitri,... I can assure you I'm just as offended by your offendedness as you are offended by their offensive attitude regarding offended people.

I’m offended, too, Dmitri. …I’m very offended. … All right, you’re offended more than I am, but I am as offended as well. … I am as offended as you are, Dmitri! Don’t say that you’re more offended than I am, because I’m capable of being just as offended as you are. … So we’re both offended, all right?! … All right.

Let's just say we're equally offended.


24 posted on 04/21/2013 11:05:44 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Salamander
Arguement Clinic (Its all getting hit about the head lessons in here)
25 posted on 04/21/2013 11:05:59 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: Cvengr

What a fantastic movie.
I never tire of it.


26 posted on 04/21/2013 11:06:41 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: ReformationFan

[[Has society really become quite thin-skinned, or is acting “offended” a new tactic that is being used to shut down legitimate political debate? Progressives are increasingly claiming to be offended whenever those on the right disagree with their left-wing positions.]]

Yes, the left uses it as a very effective tactic because htey know damn well the right will never stop them in their tracks by sayign somethign along htel ine of “Zip it- Grow some nuts nancy, and quitcherwhinin- you’r makign an ass of yourself and our forefathers and women woudl be ashamed of you for acting liek little kids- now pull yetr skirts up and at trhe very least pretend you’re an adult for 10 secodns so we can get thsi issue debated without all the drama queen crap- ok? Thanks!”


27 posted on 04/21/2013 11:20:24 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: ReformationFan
They just want us to Shut Up!
28 posted on 04/21/2013 11:21:22 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: mylife
[["I ♥ Hater's" ]] I hate to admit it but I hate all haters
29 posted on 04/21/2013 11:22:42 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: CottShop

It’s sarcasm.


30 posted on 04/21/2013 11:24:49 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: CottShop

But you knew that LOL


31 posted on 04/21/2013 11:26:08 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50c)
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To: mylife

Yes I nkow- which is why i made the joke about hating haters- which makes me a hater- which means UI must hate myself too-


32 posted on 04/21/2013 11:35:01 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: ReformationFan

It was Lenin who first coined the phrase “political correctness”...


33 posted on 04/21/2013 11:38:14 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: mylife

That is an offensive question.

:-P


34 posted on 04/21/2013 11:44:15 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: Cvengr

LOL


35 posted on 04/21/2013 11:44:33 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: mylife

LOL


36 posted on 04/21/2013 11:44:54 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: mylife

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfzLyPqko8w


37 posted on 04/21/2013 11:47:45 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: ReformationFan; All

I’m not sure if anyone here will be offended...

but this reminds me of a science fiction story I’ve heard about by a certain David Brin (who apparently is a libertarian-type), where some guy comes from the future and is asked what future society is like. He responds:

In the future, there will only be two laws;

1. Thou shalt not offend others.
2. Thou shalt not allow thyself to be too easily offended.

If only that could be the case. It’s more like we’re their bizarro-world opposite... and by design.


38 posted on 04/21/2013 11:59:09 PM PDT by Unc1e_Ivan (People sleep peaceably at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.)
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To: ReformationFan
All this getting offended is more an offense than a response. It's a form of bullying.
(And we all know that bullying only works when the bullied cowers.)
39 posted on 04/22/2013 12:41:17 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: dfwgator

Someone once accused me of racism. I asked her if she understood the laws of libel and slander, and how painfully difficult, and excruciatingly expensive it would be to defend herself against such a charge in court. Because to prove that she wasn’t slanderous and libellous she would have had to prove that I was, as she says a “Racist”. The definition of “Racism” is belief in the inherent superiority of one race over another.Oh, the woman apologised and retracted. 


40 posted on 04/22/2013 12:52:57 AM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: onyx

Politically correctophile leftist extremist use accusations of racism much like stones were used in the 7th century


41 posted on 04/22/2013 12:55:08 AM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: Still Thinking

>>Conservative: “If it offends you too much to discuss this we don’t have to. We’re not the ones seeking changes that would require we discuss it.”

Excellent. More of us need to use this argument.


42 posted on 04/22/2013 2:32:36 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: ReformationFan

I always tell them I’m offended every quarter when I ink those checks payable to the IRS. And when I look at the sales tax total on a register receipt, it offends me.

And when I see all the government deadheads driving around in shiny new vehicles, it offends me when I climb into my 02 Dodge PU withe 360K miles on it.


43 posted on 04/22/2013 2:37:18 AM PDT by abb
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Look at their gallery of euphemisms to find out what the left is doing that they know is offensive. They have to hide their offensiveness under a heavy blanket of euphemism and misdirection.

Pro-choice: murder

Diversity: elevation of all other cultures above the American culture and elevation of all other races above whites. giving the “preferred” race a pass so that members don’t have to meet the same selection standards for college admission. etc.

undocumented: illegal

social justice: stealing from people who work hard and giving some of their money to the poor, but giving most of it to lawyers and “community organizers” who run shake-down scams

climate change: another shakedown scam that had to change its name when the “science” of global warming became more difficult to fake


44 posted on 04/22/2013 2:42:15 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: ReformationFan

My favorite recent example was the kerfuffle about the recording of Mitch McConnell discussing Ashley Judd. David Korn was interviewed about this and claimed it was important and relevant because the tone was mocking and derisive.

Has anyone on the left ever listened to the MSM?????

The tone is mocking and derisive whenever they speak about a conservative. Tea Party. Sarah Palin. Any conservative person they disagree with. The venom spewed by the left regarding their targets makes anything McConnell said look tame.

So lefties, before you get your panties in a wad about “offensiveness” try checking the mirror.


45 posted on 04/22/2013 2:47:11 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: ReformationFan

I blame the useful dupes within the Democratic Party Trash proper for getting rid of the “like” buttons in the local newspapers...

...why we can’t allow citizens making truthful insightful comments getting favorable comments from others, why, that may empower them. But we’ll let the keep the ‘offended’ button and maybe they won’t notice.


46 posted on 04/22/2013 3:39:54 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: ReformationFan
Progressives are increasingly claiming to be offended whenever those on the right disagree with their left-wing positions.

Which indicates they are losing...

The Right has gotten very tired of being the only ones who's values are offended, and has decided it's time to call a spade a spade.

If 'gays' get 'offended' when I call them a FAG - too bad.

If 'undocumented immigrants' get 'offended' when they are called BORDER INVADERS - too bad.

If 'redistributionists' get 'offended' when their 'its for the chilrun' schemes get exposed and are correctly labeled THIEVES - again; too bad.

If 'progressives' get 'offended' when called SOCIALISTs; GOLLY!! too bad.



They can take their mealy-mouthed 'offense' and stick it where our schools are teaching our children it's all right to place things.

47 posted on 04/22/2013 4:13:04 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Still Thinking
“If it offends you too much to discuss this we don’t have to. that's just TOO BAD!
48 posted on 04/22/2013 4:14:13 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: ReformationFan

Just ignore the thin-skinned libs.


49 posted on 04/22/2013 4:15:17 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
The offensenicks pervert a principle that is Christian enough...

You've reminded me of another:

If MORMONs are offended when their chosen 'religion' is exposed on FR - too bad.

50 posted on 04/22/2013 4:15:55 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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