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The Parrot Technique

About 25 years ago, assertion training was very big.  The primary technique for holding your own was to say the same thing over and over again, sort of a way of insulating yourself against repeated requests from someone manipulative.  It was actually called the "Parrot Technique." It's as though the extreme right, including fundamentalists, have borrowed this technique.  Sarah Palin is a great example.  No matter how many people point out that there is nothing about death panels in the health care reform package, just keep saying there are.  No matter how many people point out that the end-of-life consultation is voluntary, just keep repeating that it is mandatory.

Someone needs to invent an antidote to the Parrot Technique.  Fox News has proven how well it works.  I hate the idea of a counter-parrot.

"Is not."

"Is, too."

"Is not."

"Is, too."

And I hear about how the left has to get better talking points and get off the defensive.   Talking points on details are necessary, but wouldn't it be nice to have someone really rise up out of the mud and address the bigger issue? 

Bill Moyers was interviewed by Bill Maher last weekend.  He said, without equivocation, "As a moral nation, we should have health coverage for everyone. This is a moral imperative."  He compared it to John Kennedy's speech about Civil Rights, where he made the case that change needed to happen because it was a moral imperative.  I felt such relief hearing someone talk so clearly, stating what should be obvious.  He said that he wished President Obama would take this approach.  So do I.

EvesHarvest EvesHarvest 51-55, F 12 Responses Sep 1, 2009

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I was also aghast at the indignatin of the "parents". Pfft!!! I was taught goal making, and civic respsonsibility in school (and out). But these "parents" don't even vote half the time and whine and complain all the time. <br />
It's the President. Time was kids were dressed up in Sunday best just because the mayor might possibly find the time to walk through the hall.<br />
But... lack of respect is in fashion.

Politifact looked into the "indoctrination" claim and found no basis.<br />
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"The pre-K through 6th grade materials said the main ideas of the speech would be "citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty." The materials for high schoolers mention "personal responsibility, goals, persistence."<br />
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Sounds like some real socialist indoctrination material! <br />
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/04/obama-kids-indoctrination_n_277556.html<br />
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Bill O'Reilly encouraged the president to make an address like this to the nation's school children. It would be nice if he would come out in support of it now, though I don't expect it to happen.

Toby, these are the real questions. That's great how you caught the GOP rep off guard.<br />
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Vendetta, that is a big fear that I have, and I hope that the Secret Service is taking all the measures they possibly can and maybe a few more. I can't believe what I saw today. Republican parents are angry that Obama is going to speak to students because it's brainwashing. This is our president! WTF!

The easiest way to deal with the lunatic fringe is to ignore them (most of the time). If people don't argue back... anit-parrot, then eventually they just shut up and go away. Beck, Palin, and Rush have power only because the media (the third estate...liberal press...gods below) keeps putting the spot light on them. <br />
Yes taking the moral high ground.. that this is a moral imperative, and you do the right thing simply because it's right... puts the shoe where it needs to be. <br />
If the right side of the aisle wants to parrot then they have to explain why they don't want to take care of the american public... why they want to allow the pharmacutical companies to price grandmas meds out of her range, why they want to let cancer patients die, why it's ok to allow hospitals to test and bill and test and bill a person litterally into the grave(sounds an awful lot like tax and spend) ...and why it's fine and dandy for a person to work all their life and have a company say no insurance... <br />
I actually asked a Republican representative why was that the right thing to do? He had absolutely no answer. Seems he was programmed to Parrot, and I offered no cracker.

real discussion? Too late for that, thanks to the crazy fringe right. All we are doing now is waiting for one of the lunatics that Beck/Palin/Rush have riled up to try to take Obama down. <br />
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It's only a matter of time.

I hope so too, if nothing else I hope it tones down the rhetoric some and opens the door for a real discussion.

randombloke.. go down to the local and have them pour you a beer. <br />
make it two. that way you might stay out of pronouncements about our health care. <br />
Here, let's strike a deal. I won't make ****** remarks about english beer and you won't make ****** remarks about our country. <br />
I understand it's hard because you live on an island and we live on a continent and that you poms will perennially make snide remarks about americans. <br />
Get over it dude. You lost your empire. It's not our fault. <br />
Come live here and we can inherit another republican.<br />
That's the wonderful thing about america. We tolerate people like you.

It sure would be. I hope Obama gives a great speech next week.

The Moyer interview was excellent, as you noted he spoke very clearly. More interviews like it would go a long way to countering the "parrot". Still, I agree it would be nice to have a quicker anti-dote for it.

Absolutely!<br />
I also cannot believe the heavy rhetoric that colors so many peoples view on this topic. Why is something so simple twisted into a trifle?

Thank you!

Well said!