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Professor rips into GOP: ‘Self-interest and self-righteousness are at the heart’ of Republican Party
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Posted on 08/02/2012 6:49:30 AM PDT by oliverdarcy

A tenured university professor penned an editorial in the Washington Post last week in which he skewered the Republican Party for its “self-interest and self-righteousness” and suggested President Obama had made a mistake for working with the GOP.

“Self-interest and self-righteousness are at the heart of the Republican Party,” wrote Professor Drew Westen in an article published last week in The Washington Post.

Westen, a tenured professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, also argued that President Obama has a “penchant for unilateral bipartisanship” and made the “mistake” of working with the same Republicans who had just “decimated the economy.”

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1 posted on 08/02/2012 6:49:35 AM PDT by oliverdarcy
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To: oliverdarcy

Uh huh... and laziness, ignorance and Anti-Americanism is at the heart of the Democratic party!

Spare me!!!


2 posted on 08/02/2012 6:54:53 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: oliverdarcy

All tax supported tenure should be abolished. Not only at public universities but at private institutions that accept tax dollars.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 6:56:02 AM PDT by allendale
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To: oliverdarcy
‘Self-interest and self-righteousness are at the heart’ of Republican Party

Talk about self-parody -- as if there is a more self-righteous creature on the face of the planet than a progressive leftist.

4 posted on 08/02/2012 6:56:24 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: oliverdarcy
I agree with his partial use of the word RIGHTEOUSNESS, if it is "right" as in moral ... then we are filled with that description ... if it is righteous ... then we are inspired and privileged to be filled with that description.

So what does he think we should be -- sheep such as he?
5 posted on 08/02/2012 6:57:15 AM PDT by AKA Elena (St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle! SHOULD BE OUR DAILY PRAYER!)
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To: Maceman

And one more self-interested than a tenure-seeking public employee (as he was before securing his personal gravy train)?


6 posted on 08/02/2012 6:59:46 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party of NO! Nobama, No Way, No How!)
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To: oliverdarcy

This putz ought to read a little less Karl Marx, and a little more Adam Smith:
“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest... [Every individual] intends only his own security, only his own gain. And he is in this led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. By pursuing his own interest, he frequently promotes that of society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it.”


7 posted on 08/02/2012 7:00:31 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (I didn't write this by myself. Obama helped me. Everyone helped me.)
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To: SMARTY

RE: Uh huh... and laziness, ignorance and Anti-Americanism is at the heart of the Democratic party!

Right on the money!!!


8 posted on 08/02/2012 7:01:01 AM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: oliverdarcy

Are we to understand that the democrats are selfless and righteous?


9 posted on 08/02/2012 7:03:10 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: oliverdarcy

In November 2011, The New Republic ranked Westen among its list of “overrated thinkers,” writing “he appears to be giving a deeper, more inward analysis, when in fact his knowledge of politics is amateurish.” [from Wikipedia article on this professor.]


10 posted on 08/02/2012 7:04:52 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: oliverdarcy
"... also argued that President Obama has a “penchant for unilateral bipartisanship”...

"Unilateral bipartisanship" ... to the professor that must mean 0bama has the wisdom to decide what the other party is entitled to ... no need to bring them into the decision process.

I'd call it an oxymoron, myself.

11 posted on 08/02/2012 7:07:42 AM PDT by Tellurian (Obama's allegiance is to his father's dreams)
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To: oliverdarcy

Doesn’t Emory host Jimmy Carter’s Center for World Peace for Useful Idiots, or some such?


12 posted on 08/02/2012 7:08:47 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: oliverdarcy

Somebody hasn’t been showing up for his electroshock treatments? Choking the chicken whilst writing hope and change on your bathroom mirror is no substitute for the Tesla tickle.


13 posted on 08/02/2012 7:12:53 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: oliverdarcy
“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chuses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow citizens.”

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, vol.1, p.16

14 posted on 08/02/2012 7:13:32 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: nonsporting

Ah, Emory University, that bastion of conservative thought where all future leaders must attend for their fascist indoctrination. /s

Actually, I have a new rule. I don’t read any words beyond a headline which contains the phrase “University Professor Says.”


15 posted on 08/02/2012 7:14:01 AM PDT by ibytoohi (What the hell has happened to my country?)
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To: oliverdarcy
Westen, a tenured professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, also argued that President Obama has a “penchant for unilateral bipartisanship” and made the “mistake” of working with the same Republicans who had just “decimated the economy.”

Evidently Emory University hands out tenured professorships in psychology and psychiatry to anyone who collects and redeems enough cereal box tops. It can't possibly grant them based on intelligence, insight, capability for deep thinking, honesty, or quality of scholarship.

16 posted on 08/02/2012 7:15:26 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: oliverdarcy

“Westen, a tenured professor of psychology and psychiatry at.....”

That clinches it...he’s certifiably nuts, like all liberals!


17 posted on 08/02/2012 7:17:50 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: oliverdarcy

Lessee now... professor-for-life, WaPoObama, “Republicans are Evil” meme recycled...

“Unilateral bipartisanship”? Unilateral means working alone (remember that Evil BushCo went “unilateral” into Iraq, doncha know)...

And “bipartisanship” means working together with the opposition (which is Leftist doublespeak for “pass our agenda if you know what’s good for you”).

So, it means “working together by yourself”?


18 posted on 08/02/2012 7:18:27 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: oliverdarcy
Self interest and self righteousness is the GOP’s problem so the president should not bother to try and work with the other half of America?!

Sounds like Self righteous selfishness to me.

Amazing how STUPID professors are in Government sponsored indoctrination centers.

19 posted on 08/02/2012 7:24:34 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: oliverdarcy

The prof misued the word “decimated.”

Apparently, not only is his word wealth weak, but he cannot count.

Pity.


20 posted on 08/02/2012 7:25:35 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: oliverdarcy
President Obama had made a mistake for working with the GOP

I don't recall any meeting the Obama had with the GOP.

21 posted on 08/02/2012 7:31:06 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: oliverdarcy

“Westen, a tenured professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University,”
So his background in these two fraudulent subjects gives him knowledge of politics? His opinion has about as much validity as a witch doctor’s.


22 posted on 08/02/2012 7:34:05 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: oliverdarcy
Westen, a tenured professor of psychology and psychiatry

No offense to any Freepers but psychology and psychiatry may just be two of the most IMPRECISE "sciences" out there. Why should anyone believe this guy when it is obvious that his versions of reason and logic are clouded by his level of "higher learning"?

23 posted on 08/02/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT by USMA '71 ((Re-elect no one!))
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To: oliverdarcy

Most smart people are the dumbest people I know.


24 posted on 08/02/2012 7:57:16 AM PDT by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: oliverdarcy

Sever case of emotional projection. This Prof needs serious professional help


25 posted on 08/02/2012 7:59:11 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: oliverdarcy
The professor of psychology seems to exhibit classic Dichotomous Thinking- often found in individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder... In his extreme way of thinking, the Republicans are everything "bad" in the world (greed, stupidity, violence, hatred, racism) and the Democrats and Obama are everything "good" ("caring about the poor", peace, kindness, etc.). There is no "gray" area for people who think like this.

Maybe the professor should get checked out...

26 posted on 08/02/2012 7:59:20 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: oliverdarcy

Professor Westen is self-interested and self-righteous.

He’s also a retard. When did the President try to work with Republicans?


27 posted on 08/02/2012 8:03:56 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: nonsporting

“Are we to understand that the democrats are selfless and righteous?”

You got it! They are very selfish with your earnings and life, so they should be looked at with respect and awe!


28 posted on 08/02/2012 8:10:24 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: oliverdarcy
Some time the jokes just write themselves. This story appears on the thread line right about a story about the lack of intellectual diversity and honesty on college campuses.

Professor rips into GOP: ‘Self-interest and self-righteousness are at the heart’ of Republican Party Thursday, August 02, 2012 9:49:30 AM · by oliverdarcy · 25 replies

Campus Reform ^ Captive Minds: Conformity and Campus Intellectuals Thursday, August 02, 2012 9:47:42 AM · by Sir Napsalot · 5 replies PJ Media ^ | 8-2-2012 | Janice Fiamengo

29 posted on 08/02/2012 8:10:38 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: oliverdarcy
A tenured university professor penned an editorial in the Washington Post last week in which he skewered the Republican Party for its “self-interest and self-righteousness” and suggested President Obama had made a mistake for working with the GOP.

He wrote this to help advance the updated party line. The "Blame Bush" theme is so transparently silly now that nearly 4 years have elapsed since Bush was president that even democrats aren't buying it. So now the Obama message crafters are shifting the refrain from "Blame Bush" to "Blame the Republicans".

Poor Obama, acting in good faith, made an honest mistake when he attempted to work with the selfish Republicans./sarc

30 posted on 08/02/2012 8:11:55 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: oliverdarcy

(yawn)


31 posted on 08/02/2012 8:12:30 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: oliverdarcy

Beats the “smart” professor’s offering of globalist oppression and hell at the center of his politics.

The elitists in both parties are gnashing their teeth at the sight of those uppity Americans rising up against their citizen of the world, amoral “rule.” Jerks.


32 posted on 08/02/2012 8:14:16 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: oliverdarcy

The guy’s on acid.


33 posted on 08/02/2012 8:14:37 AM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: oliverdarcy
uggested President Obama had made a mistake for working with the GOP.

Working with...

Working WITH?!?!?

Are you certifiable?!

(Oh, he's a psych prof. Yeah. They mostly are, actually, in my experience.)

34 posted on 08/02/2012 8:16:45 AM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: CSM

“They are very selfish with your earnings and life..”

Ooops, meant SELFLESS with your earnings and life, so they should be looked at with respect and awe.


35 posted on 08/02/2012 8:24:09 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: oliverdarcy
We shouldn't be giving the professor a hard time.

His federal grant is about to run out and he is trying to get his name in the hat for another government freebie.

36 posted on 08/02/2012 8:24:12 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Maceman

I agree with you; my first thought was, “pot, meet kettle.”


37 posted on 08/02/2012 8:24:55 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: USMA '71

No offense to any Freepers but psychology and psychiatry may just be two of the most IMPRECISE “sciences” out there. Why should anyone believe this guy when it is obvious that his versions of reason and logic are clouded by his level of “higher learning”?


I am inclined to agree with you. Unless restricted to treating mentally ill patients, psychology is pretty much bunk. Psychiatry, in the medical realm, is useful and necessary, but it is indeed imprecise. I am going to ‘come out’ here and admit that I have been diagnosed with bipolar-depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bulimia nervosa, and trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling). Psychiatry saved my life; without my doctors I would not be in the secure place that I am today. But—three years of medicine experimentation and titration—along with the fact that no combinations will work for the same people, and the fact that people are still not entirely sure how the medicine works, just that it does—indicates how imprecise the science is. Psychology is even more fuzzy, but I have benefited a lot from those who pioneered cognitive behavior therapy.

However, note that I say these things must be limited to the MEDICAL realm; when mixed with sociology, they immediately transform into bunk.

To sum up—medical use=good. Sociological use=total and complete bovine excrement.

Of course, sociology is pretty much bovine excrement anyway. :)


38 posted on 08/02/2012 8:37:12 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: oliverdarcy
“Self-interest and self-righteousness are at the heart of the Republican Party,” wrote Professor Drew Westen in an article published last week in The Washington Post.

You're projecting, Drew.
39 posted on 08/02/2012 8:38:25 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: jimt

“The guy’s on acid.”

I thought he was self-medicating, too. I bet he wrote his own prescription. (He has doctorate in psychiatry)


40 posted on 08/02/2012 8:50:28 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: oliverdarcy
Idiot retread....maybe he needs to look in the mirror. Projection much?!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Obama Fails to Battle Back Against Bullies

Press here

Westen points to two overriding failings of the Obama administration: (1) The president is a gifted orator who has failed to use those skills to communicate boldly with the American people; (2) The president is a constitutional scholar who has failed to stand up for fundamental matters of justice.

Under item No. 2, Obama has allowed himself to be bullied by Republican rivals who specialize in such tactics. Westen speaks eloquently on this point and notes the irony of our first black president being virtually clueless about the principles that drove Martin Luther King:

41 posted on 08/02/2012 9:08:43 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: oliverdarcy

“unilateral bipartisanship” ? ? ?

Having actually penned that line, the author should be brought before the Med School Board of Trustees and told “Psychiatrist, shrink thy head”.


42 posted on 08/02/2012 9:08:55 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: oliverdarcy

Big deal. I’m a tenured professor (I guarantee with more, and more popular, publications than this moron) and I think he’s a boob.


43 posted on 08/02/2012 9:14:03 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: oliverdarcy

Who is this pantload???


44 posted on 08/02/2012 9:14:22 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: allendale

Government should have no role at all in education. All education should be private and funded privately with charity for the poor.

The worst thing that ever happened to this country was when government essentially took control of education.


45 posted on 08/02/2012 9:20:42 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: kcvl
1. Gifted Orator = Good at Reading a Speech from a Monitor ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Constitutional Scholar ≠ Obama = Anti-Constitutional-Pro-Communist-Islamic Scholar -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. Bullied by Republicans = GOP holds its ground against wrong-headed ideas of the Dems = GOP refuses to be Bullied by Obama and the Dems --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
46 posted on 08/02/2012 9:48:09 AM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: nonsporting

Are we to understand that the democrats are selfless and righteous?

Democrats are self righteous for sure.


47 posted on 08/02/2012 2:40:03 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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