Our Greatest Threat...

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by rdowns, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Foreign terrorists or domestic morons?



    Take a look at comments on the US soldier who killed 16 in Afghanistan

  2. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    As usual, I can't stand my own country. So ashamed. :(
  3. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    The funny thing is that those people who are commenting on the article are probably the same racists who call for literacy tests for voting.
  4. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA
    Well, one could argue that our foreign policy is influenced by the domestic morons that are a major voting block in this country.

    Part of the reason why there are foreign terrorists is due to our foreign policy.

    Personally, I think religion is to blame for it all... but that's for another thread.
  5. Gelfin macrumors 68020


    Sep 18, 2001
    Denver, CO
    I don't doubt that the opposition to interracial marriage skews towards the older demographic. Sad to say I've got a few relatives like this. Even more who say something like, "I know I've got no business telling other people how to live, but it still bothers me." These are all people who are old enough to remember it being illegal, though. Take everybody over 40 out of the mix, and even in the South you're left with a group that not only scarcely thinks about interracial marriage at all, but displays a perhaps-unexpectedly tolerant attitude towards gay marriage. Gen X and younger just don't see why they should care about that.

    Alabama has always been socially anywhere from 20 to 50 years behind the average for the country, depending on where in the state you end up, but progress does happen.
  6. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    I'm a firm believer that domestic morons are our biggest threat.

    Dispelling ignorance is the greatest thing we could do for this country and the world.
  7. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    I heap a big chunk on the right wing media -- radio, internet and TV -- for continually pushing screwy ideas. Though religion is certainly a big factor too.

    I'm with ya on that.
  8. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    Wow reading those comments, I thought I got transported to 4chans /b/ board :eek:

    I really don't understand the mentality of people like those who truly believe Obama is a Muslim, or those who comment on FOX news. That kind of top tier stupidity is just disturbing.
  9. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    What is even more ironic is that their ancestors fled from Europe to escape persecution due to religious intolerance..

    Now they are committing the same atrocity that their ancestors fled from. Irony at its best.

    Anywho, I'm finding more and more shows that we used to watch as kids being so prophetic and rather relevant in their topic, while we watched it for the cool factor or because we liked the gimmick..

    In this case, Part I and II of Transformers: The Return of Optimus Prime is really relevant today, given this issue and dealing with ignorance and intolerance. It's actually worth the watch.

  10. fox10078 macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2009
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    They must be trolls. No one can be that stupid.
  11. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    One can hope some of them are, but unfortunately I've met people like that...
  12. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    We are doomed.
  13. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    Don't count on that, the major question is how much religion the persons gotten.

    If you're between 18-25 in the South and you've gone to church your whole life you're probably against gay marriage, because "it goes against god".
  14. vega07 macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2006
    I also wouldn't take these polls and generalize them to the rest of the state population. It's hard to believe that the entire state can be that ignorant and stupid.

    And polls need to stop asking these questions. The fact that Muslim is an answer choice will further legitimize this falsehood in these people's minds. Just let this birther movement die already.
  15. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    How do you poll likely republican voters? Did they show up to a local KKK meeting and take a poll?

    I don't believe this poll is representative of the state. Even Alabama. Sounds like some funny polling practices to me. Not exactly a large sample size either. Lastly it seems strange they are focusing on primaries and asking questions about Obama.
  16. Gelfin macrumors 68020


    Sep 18, 2001
    Denver, CO
    Not as much as you'd think. Within a negligible margin of error, everybody between 18 and 25 has gone to church his whole life in the South. I certainly had by that point in my life. Sure, in the past ten years "evangelicals" have sprung up and done their best to revitalize as much hate as they can, and some people have jumped on that, but you'd be surprised at how little a lot of people, even a lot of churchgoers, really care. It's just like any case of extremist versus moderate religion: the extremists scream their fool heads off, and the moderates stay quiet.
  17. Fazzy macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    check the tracking device
    Whilst the poll may not be representative of republican voters, I sure as hell hope the comments on that fox article aren't.
    I absolutely loath prejudices, but some times, don't you just wonder what the hell is wrong with people?

    "More apologies from the apologist in chief? Why should we apologize for killing the enemy? The Liberals are tying are hands again, just like in Nam."

    "Yes my condolences(coff coff gurgle muahahaha ! barf)"
  18. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    Thinking back I think you're right.

    During high school I knew a lot of highly religious kids who were against gay marriage/gay rights. But for the most part they all changed their tune when they got to college (including many of the most fervent).
  19. rdowns thread starter macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Thank goodness we have places to send our children to be indoctrinated.
  20. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    Some might think they simply matured and expanded their world-view.

    Is that such a bad thing?
  21. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Our greatest threat?

    Clearly, it's the nutbag republican religious crazies who want nothing more than to turn this country in to a christian theocracy from the stone age.

    These people are the real "terrorists".
  22. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    nahhhhh, they just call them on the phone....much easier & quicker than tracking them down at KKK meetings :p
  23. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    Nope. It's true. People can be this stupid. Let me walk you through it...

    It's important to keep in mind that Alabama and Mississippi are both in Appalachia. Appalachia has had problems with poverty for many decades, and poverty breeds ignorance.

    There have been attempts to deal with the poverty/ignorance issue. John F. Kennedy, established the President's Appalachian Regional Commission in 1963. Soon afterwards, Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty".

    The War on Poverty actually worked -- if you look this chart, by the early-70s the rate starts to level out.

    But unfortunately, by the 70s, the country placed its concern about poverty on a back burner, and funding for programs ended up being cut or eliminated.

    So... here we are today. The war against poverty wasn't won. And now the whole country must bear the burden of the ignorance that results from poverty.

    And there's more bad news: It will continue to get worse (unless something is done about it).
  24. kavika411 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2006
    Old news. Less educated voters in the South vote for Obama.

    EDIT: I meant to say, less educated voters in the South vote GOP.

    EDIT: I meant to say, less educated voters in the South vote Obama.

    EDIT: I meant to say less educated voters in the South vote GOP.

    Sorry, remind me. Who do less educated voters in the South vote for?

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