Cocooning

See, this is why “you” suck at political debates. And, by “you” I don’t really mean anyone reading this blog. Cocooning is surrounding yourself with people who think just as you do. An echo chamber of thoughts, ideas, and “facts.” “Everybody” does it, but it has a different affect on liberals than conservatives.

[C]ocooning has an asymmetrical effect on liberals and conservatives. Even in a cocoon, conservatives cannot avoid liberal mainstream media, liberal Hollywood entertainment, and, these days, the liberal Obama administration.

They’re made uncomfortably aware of the arguments of those on the other side. Which gives them an advantage in fashioning their own responses.

Liberals can protect themselves better against assaults from outside their cocoon. They can stay out of megachurches and make sure their remote controls never click on Fox News. They can stay off the AM radio dial so they will never hear Rush Limbaugh.

The problem is that this leaves them unprepared to make the best case for their side in public debate. They are too often not aware of holes in arguments that sound plausible when bandied between confreres entirely disposed to agree.

Which is why, when debating liberals one of the first things they’ll attack you with is “Where did you hear that? ON FOX????”

See, the truth is that those facts and figures conservatives use in argument are completely new information to them. They can only assume you heard it from some biased news source, because certainly if it were a ACTUAL fact they would have heard it somewhere.

Perhaps during a John Stewert monologue. Or a SNL skit.

And, since liberals have pretty much eliminated any divergent thought from their daily lives, when they are actually confronted by it, they are lost.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked whether Obamacare was unconstitutional, could only gasp: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

Super serious, Nancy.

Idiot.

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6 Comments on “Cocooning”

  1. Hotspur Says:

    I have nailed liberal after liberal with this very same concept. They argue talking points, then when you counter with something they have never heard, their first response is that you are making shit up. When you point them to the sources, their usual response is, “But, Bush did it too.”

    It’s all they have.

  2. beasn Says:

    and the response is, ‘Assuming Bush did it, did you like him doing it and if you didn’t, why do you excuse this guy?’

  3. Car in Says:

    BECAUSE THEY ALL DO IT, beasn. Duh.


  4. They excuse him because the Democrats care more than the Republicans.

  5. Steve B Says:

    I think that’s why “debates” with liberals get so ugly so early. Because pretty quick you shut them down with facts, and they are reduced to ad hominem attacks. “Of COURSE you think that. You’re a CONSERVATIVE!” BLECH PTOOIE!

    They usually can’t hold their ground on an intellectual level, and so their best defense is to roll their eyes, grin in a condescendingly knowing fashion, and chuckle as they dismiss you entirely for your uniformed, backwards thinking.

    If they brand you as one of “those people,” then they don’t have to be troubled listening to your silly conservative drivel, and blissfully stumble on, progressive utopian worldview firmly intact.

  6. Car in Says:

    They become emotional – that’s what they become. I know, because I was a liberal once … and that’s what I would do when confronted with facts and figures.

    I.Just. Knew in my heart I was right, I just couldn’t prove it. Or support my position in anyway unless I was talking to another true believer, because then we’d just nod our head and assume stuff.

    [evil corporations, government was war machine, My body, My choice]


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