intriguing story on conservative persecution complexes

A friend of mine (who works at Yale) sent me this story about a Yale student who staged several incidents to make it seem as though he was being persecuted for his conservative views. While I am always amazed at the lengths people will go to in order to make a point or try to bolster their argument, what this really made me think of was the push-polling in New Hampshire that was attacking Mormonism. McCain is still pushing for this to be investigated but Romney doesn’t seem interested. I’m leaning toward it having been Mitt Romney’s supporters who did it. Thoughts?


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8 Responses

  1. Hellmut says:

    Anything is possible but the articles that you are linking are short on evidence.

  2. exmoron says:

    I’m purely speculating at this point. It seems to me that conservatives “love” the persecution complex. I’m working on a project right now looking at the rhetoric of conservative Christians and boy do they think they are being persecuted by secular people. They talk about it more than just about anything else. Social psychological we know that a “powerful” outgroup works great to maintain unity and solidarity (which is likely why they do it). So, I’m just speculating that it was Romney’s camp that did it. I have no evidence 😉

  3. Hellmut says:

    Here is an article that provides fairly detailed information. They are also linking to the Romney campaign’s rebuttal.

    I have not made up my mind yet.

  4. Phouchg says:

    There are plenty of persecution complexes out there. Monitor Democratic Underground or Daily Kos and you hear about how evil the “corporate media” is and other statements that are mirror-images to what conservatives say.

    IMHO it is human nature, whatever your political persuasion, to assume that you are under attack.

  5. Hellmut says:

    Actually, the corporate bias of American mass media has been empirically established. The research was testing liberal media bias accusations and found corporate bias instead.

  6. dpc says:

    Hey…I think that this post is a veiled attack on me and my beliefs… 🙂

  7. Hellmut says:

    Let me assure you, dpc, it’s way too vacuous for that.

  8. Hellmut says:

    My apologies for the previous remark, Exmoron. I had mistakenly assumed that I was talking about my own post.

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