And playing dirty has been a part of politics for several thousand years. It started out as a philosophical endeavor, but eventually they realized they could use their ideas to push emotional buttons, and it would yield them great power.
People got beat with sticks, stabbed, their house burned down and worse; and either they quit the game, or lived to fight another day. But in Athens, they didn't have youtube, so unless someone knew how to read, or was privileged enough to associate with politicians, they really just went about their lives without knowing.
Nowadays, people enter politics by their own choice, and if someone is getting PTSD and having nightmares over it, then politics is not the kind of thing they need to be engaging in.
Most importantly, politics is the art of pissing people off, and seeing as how you have been foaming at the mouth on here all afternoon, someone has done a number on you. Perhaps you should take a few days off from here and reflect on how you got this way, because whether realizing it or not, you're playing the game and it's clouding your judgment.
The people you see at the conventions who say "I hate those Paul people," they are not disgusting pigs or criminals, they are your neighbors, your brothers and sisters, fellow countrymen. They are in politics, and someone has done a number on them, and being triggered emotionally, they don't stop to think.
When people make posts that you disagree with, they are probably not paid operatives. I know this because you're gonna disagree with me, and I am certainly not being paid by anyone to make this post. The reason we are making posts like this is not to make personal attacks on you, make you feel bad or discouraged, but to make you think. What you are doing is not productive; you are giving away your power, and causing the collective power of these forums to slowly evaporate.
But if you can stand in a room, and maintain your composure while others try to push your buttons, your power remains intact, and you live to fight another day.
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