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    Default Tea Party Time out: 7 ways to calm the conservative temper tantrum

    Name-calling, throwing things, even threatening to run away from home — many conservative responses to the healthcare bill sound a lot like a toddler's temper tantrum. Perhaps we can use some parenting tactics to deal with them.

    Since rational discourse clearly isn't working, we scoured parenting books looking for ways to calm the childish antics of John Boehner, Glenn Beck, and mobs of angry Tea Partiers. Below, some helpful anti-tantrum techniques, and how we might apply them to the current cry-fest.


    1. Technique: Let Them Cry It Out

    Aristotle [...] stated that when children screamed they should not be repressed, because screaming played an important role in their development. If a child wished to protest vocally against the order of things in his environment, Aristotle would let him cry out his tantrum. He thought evil humors might be drained out of the system by free expression. -Parents and Their Problems, 1914
    Application: Conservatives have compared the passage of healthcare reform to a civil war, Pearl Harbor, and 9/11. Once they get to the actual apocalypse, there will be nothing left to compare it to, and perhaps their "evil humors" will be drained.

    2. Technique: Demonstrate Negative Consequences

    Show [the child] how ridiculous and futile his loss of control was, and tell him how much he will lose of companionship and accomplishment when he is a man if he does not learn self-control. -Parents and Their Problems
    Application: The GOP may be figuring this one out for itself. Of the healthcare debate (punctuated as it was by the shout of "baby-killer"), one Republican said: "It was like a mob at times. It wasn't good for us. ... Remember, it took years [for Democrats] to recover from the bad publicity the anti-Vietnam protests generated." The Republicans have already lost "companionship and accomplisment" — will they learn self-control?

    3. Technique: Adjust Uncomfortable Clothing

    A child who has frequent temper tantrums often has inborn traits of temperament that lead to frustration. For example, she may be very sensitive to changes in temperature or noise level, or to the feel of different clothes on the skin. She has a tantrum every time her parents put her socks on, unless the seams at the toes are in exactly the right place. -Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care
    Application: Maybe Republicans just need their socks in a different place — such as the mouth.

    4. Technique: Teach New Terms

    Tantrums are common during the second year of life, a time when children are acquiring language. Toddlers generally understand more than they can express. Imagine not being able to communicate your needs to someone - a frustrating experience that may precipitate a tantrum. As language skills improve, tantrums tend to decrease. -Temper Tantrums, Kidshealth.com
    Application: Perhaps conservatives just need to learn a few words. They could start with "Democrats" instead of "Social Democrats" or socialists, and move on to "President Barack Obama," instead of "illegal immigrant," "Hitler," or "Antichrist."

    5. Technique: Withhold Treats

    While [the child] is absent in his tantrum, let some nice little thing occur, so he may experience a loss, and say how sorry you are that he had not controlled himself sooner that he might have been there. Perhaps it might be the eating of an orange or some other dainty that he likes; the showing of some pretty picture; the telling of some nice story of which he is fond; or the playing of some game that he enjoys. Never let his outbreak get him what he wanted. -Parents and Their Problems
    Application: If Rush Limbaugh actually runs off to sulk in Costa Rica like he threatened to do if healthcare reform passed, we should do something really fun while he's gone. We could all eat a tasty orange, or, you know, get some necessary medical care.

    6. Technique: Speak Their Language

    It helps to think of your toddler as sort of a caveman. With all their grunting and grabbing, toddlers often seem quite primitive. To communicate with them, you have to speak in a primitive and almost prehistoric type of language - Toddler-ese - with lots of gestures. It needs to be as energetic and dramatic as the child is being. To speak Toddler-ese, use:
    # Short phrases.
    # Tons of repetition.
    # A passionate tone of voice.
    # Lots of exaggerated facial expressions and body gestures (like big smiles, frowns and vigorous pointing). -"How To Calm A Toddler In Seconds," by Dr. Harvey Karp
    Application: Glenn Beck already seems to speak Toddler-ese, so this should be easy. Luckily, Jon Stewart knows how mirror Beck's "passionate tone" and "vigorous pointing." But, says Karp, "Don't be surprised if it takes four or five repetitions before you even begin to get your little buddy's attention!" So Stewart may have to do his Beck impression three or four more times.

    7. Technique: Remove Them From "Public Situations"

    Some youngsters, of course, use tantrums as a form of control; they've learned that kicking and screaming bring them what they want. If that's the case in your house, there's only one way to remedy the situation: stick to your guns, buy yourself earplugs if necessary, and keep him out of public situations where he may try his most vigorous shindigs in an effort to bend you to his will. -Your Child's Self-Esteem
    Application: Simple: vote them out of office.Tea Party Time-Out: 7 Ways To Calm The Conservative Temper Tantrum - Conservative freakout - Jezebel
    I feel like mailing this to every repug in the country.
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    ^ Hilarious article, Butt.

    4. Technique: Teach New Terms

    Application: Perhaps conservatives just need to learn a few words. They could start with "Democrats" instead of "Social Democrats" or socialists, and move on to "President Barack Obama," instead of "illegal immigrant," "Hitler," or "Antichrist."



    They forgot...MUSLIN.

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    And if 1-7 fails, just call them out as the ignorant racists that they are.

    The dangerous thing about the Tea Party is that they make points about the government & deficits that everyone can relate to, but they mix it in with their racist, homophobic, fundie rhetoric.

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    And a big dollop of stupid. They usually get it all wrong.
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    just shoot them and get it over with.
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    Oh for fuckssake, talk about hyperbole. I recall lots of left Dems swearing they'd leave the USA if W got a second term. I don't know one that did. Everybody whines when shit doesn't go their way regardless of political affiliation.
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    Yeah, there were a few: Alec Baldwin and...can't think of anyone else, really. But they didn't threaten to stop working with the sitting government and stoke the fires of racism and anarchy.
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    ^ yes they did. well, not racism, but the hate and violent threats were there.

    There was plenty of hateful anti-bush rhetoric. There are websights where you can see protesters carrying pictures of bush with bullet holes in the forehead, or in a noose, etc. People on the left or in the center didn't get so upset because they were anti-bush. It's only now when it's directed at our side that people get all bent outta shape.












    I swear, if you read all this and don't look around outside you'd think America was in the middle of a race war, or a class war. Things look pretty much the same where I am.



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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    Yeah, there were a few: Alec Baldwin and...can't think of anyone else, really. But they didn't threaten to stop working with the sitting government and stoke the fires of racism and anarchy.
    I wasn't talking about just famous people. I'm friends with lots of far leftiers actually, and it was a running threat that they were just going to say fuck it all and move to Canada. Yet, they are still right here working for the greedy insurance company/bank/corporate entity that has been supplying them with a fat check and benefits. However, I see active dissent on either side as being very fundamentally patriotic in the sense that it involves people wanting to pay attention to what is going on and making their voices heard and that beats ambivalence any day as far as I'm concerned.

    I may get pissed at a lot of things, but I know good and well my ass ain't going anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    ^ yes they did.

    There was plenty of hateful anti-bush rhetoric. There are websights where you can see protesters carrying pictures of bush with bullet holes in the forehead, or in a noose, etc. People on the left or in the center didn't get so upset because they were anti-bush. It's only now when it's directed at our side that people get all bent outta shape.












    I swear, if you read all this and don't look around outside you'd think America was in the middle of a race war, or a class war. Things look pretty much the same where I am.
    There is no way you can compare what's happening now with what happened during the Bush years. This is on a whole different level that is becoming dangerous, obviously dangerous. Not just people shouting things (and although that went on during the Bush years it was far more civilized) but actual violence taking place. It's apples and oranges as far as the level of vitriol.

    As far as people saying they'll leave I guess I was thinking of Lush Limpdick, etc. I don't know any private person who threatened to leave the country over political policy except some old dudes from the Vietnam era...and then they actually did. From the last few admins? Not a soul.
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    Butt, you aren't here. It's hardly becoming dangerous. It's just like it always was. Some nuts on the fringe, and some media hype. That's all.

    The US is not in a state of violent upheaval or unrest. It's pretty much business as usual.



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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    ^ yes they did.

    There was plenty of hateful anti-bush rhetoric. There are websights where you can see protesters carrying pictures of bush with bullet holes in the forehead, or in a noose, etc. People on the left or in the center didn't get so upset because they were anti-bush. It's only now when it's directed at our side that people get all bent outta shape.












    I swear, if you read all this and don't look around outside you'd think America was in the middle of a race war, or a class war. Things look pretty much the same where I am.

    Thank you. I swear, threads like this piss me off because they force my more pragmatic side to almost defend neocons simply because of the hypocrisy I see, where most here just swear that leftisits/liberals/dems are just the honest, nice, good people who only dream of creampuff clouds and rainbows and a world where we all hold hands as we walk into the sunset. I've seen these 'good guys' make fun of Tony Snow's cancer death (fuck his grieving family) and make fun of George Bush's daughters for having the audacity to love their Dad. Yet they still think it's okay that they act so shitty because they are 'good' and those people are 'bad'. It is so fucking myopic and childish. Don't get me started on all the images I could show you of Muslims protesting in the UK, here, and Canada with signs calling for the deaths of infidels and all other kinds of very aggressive bullshit. But I guess that falls under religious freedom and freedom of speech and since they are usually some shade of brown it would be racist to tell them to shut the fuck up or go home where everyone is pristine like them and they won't have to deal with our moral decay.
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    I know I'm not there but from what I hear from friends and family people are getting very, very strange. Of course it's not wingnuts running down Main Street USA on an average Tuesday afternoon but it is people taking things too far. The media is only covering what's happening and unless we're on sight we have to take what's shown somewhat seriously. I've seen the raw video from the Tea Baggers, I've seen the raw video from a number of gatherings and it absolutely reminds me of the Vietnam era, except these people aren't standing on any moral high ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Butt, you aren't here. It's hardly becoming dangerous. It's just like it always was. Some nuts on the fringe, and some media hype. That's all.

    The US is not in a state of violent upheaval or unrest. It's pretty much business as usual.
    You are so right. There isn't anything more dangerous about it now than during the Viet Nam protests of the 60's, the ERA marches of the 70's, or any other time of rapid social change where people on both sides had very strong feelings.
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    ^^Actually the Vietnam era was littered with bombings, killings, violent street protest, etc. Oh, and assassinations.
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