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Old 11-08-2012, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Georgia, on the Florida line, right above Tallahassee
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Seriously. It was the theme of day two of the RNC. That's the best they had. Think I'm joking? Pic:
http://1.1.1.1/bmi/www.newyorker.com...ilt-it-rnc.jpg


If youíve been successful, you didnít get there on your own. You didnít get there on your own. Iím always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you somethingóthere are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If youíve got a businessóyou didnít build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didnít get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we donít do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

Read more Republican Convention Slogan "We Built It" Is Based on a Lie : The New Yorker


That would've been funny to see when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together on the screen behind that lady weaing the flag outfit. That would've been like, the truth.

Don't make your main point of the evening a taken out of context bunch of words. I think Republicans just think we are that stupid. Guess they got proven wrong. Give people some credit. They might be smart enough to read a whole paragraph.

Then again, Obama's campaign claiming Mitt killed a man's wife, 5 years after he left a company was just plain .... even MORE dumb. But they didn't make it a main talking point of their campaign. They realized it was dumb, and disavowed it. The Romney campaign embraced the dumb and tried to make it a selling point. What did they get? An internet meme. (A pretty good one, too.)
[Image - 354134] | You Didn't Build That | Know Your Meme

Like Mitt saying his 47 percent remark was accurate.. then a few days later saying it was totally wrong.
Dude.... seriously? Does he think that only Republicans are rich? He was trashing his own base.

EMBRACE THE STUPID and Democrats have it made, bro.

 
Old 11-08-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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They tried to run a campaign built on resentment and anger. I sensed very little hope and optimism from Romney and his supporters. They had their rage, but that was about it. It reminded me of the 2004 election, when Democrats weren't very enthusiastic about Kerry, but they believed their resentment and hatred of George W. Bush would carry them to victory.
 
Old 11-09-2012, 12:02 AM
 
Location: west mich
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Desperation. Having little else but short doctored soundbites and Fox lies. Grasping at straws.
Knowing that the truth would defeat them since shills for the plutocratic 1% could not be fairly elected by the Romney 47% "slackers".
 
Old 11-09-2012, 01:10 AM
 
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Who else thought running on "You didn't build that." was just plain stupid.
Me, for one. Turns out I was right.
 
Old 11-09-2012, 05:10 AM
 
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Desperation. Having little else but short doctored soundbites and Fox lies. Grasping at straws.
Knowing that the truth would defeat them since shills for the plutocratic 1% could not be fairly elected by the Romney 47% "slackers".
I think it's a big example of living in the bubble. Anyone out in the real world knew exactly what the President was saying and understood it. The Romney camp wanted to so desperately believe that people wouldn't read or understand the whole quote that they convinced themselves that the doctored soundbite was the truth, and they based half a campaign on it. They believed their own lies, which is a dangerous place to be--you lose all reason and cross the line into become a zealot and a fanatic when you do that. I think they scared the crap out of mainstream America, and that's a big reason why they lost.
 
Old 11-09-2012, 05:37 AM
 
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For any one who heard the speech and its theme of working together then to hear the righties try to use the "You didnt build that"part of the speech to mean something entirely different from the intended context was almost laughable, the term could now be used as the bench mark of taking something out of context, makes one wonder at the linguistic skills of many righties if they can be so easily duped with such a vacuous strategy ..
 
Old 11-09-2012, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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Desperation. Having little else but short doctored soundbites and Fox lies. Grasping at straws.
Knowing that the truth would defeat them since shills for the plutocratic 1% could not be fairly elected by the Romney 47% "slackers".
iI love how you keep bringing up Romney and plutocracy, but ignore that Obama had plenty of wealthy donors and buddies that he more then paid back for their donations through our stimulus money, and he has created plenty of government positions, such as a jobs czar to take care of his friends.
 
Old 11-09-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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I think it's a big example of living in the bubble. Anyone out in the real world knew exactly what the President was saying and understood it.
I think "high information" voters (of both sides) understood the orignal context, the trope was aimed more as a propaganda ploy and a verbal shorthand that Obama was a 'socialist' (or really a warmed over New Dealer/Great Society type).
 
Old 11-09-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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iI love how you keep bringing up Romney and plutocracy, but ignore that Obama had plenty of wealthy donors and buddies that he more then paid back for their donations through our stimulus money, and he has created plenty of government positions, such as a jobs czar to take care of his friends.
^This.
 
Old 11-09-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Elizabeth Warren explained it much better...
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