Wow. I guess it depends on where you see things. But I have consistently seen socalled conservatives using the emotional approach far more frequently and pathologically.
Seriously. Where are you getting this?
Of course there are examples of socalled liberals being just as emotionally charged, but that is usually reserved for the dumb hippies, and if you’re taking dumb hippies seriously, you probably shouldn’t be discussing politics in the first place.
But, for day to day discourse, it has always been the supporters of the iraq war that are the first to overemphasize women and children and innocents being ruthlessly murdered by ‘the terrorists’. They are always the first to remind anyone about 9/11, the first to accuse someone that disagrees with specifics as ‘anti-american’, the first to actively seek examples for why islam is evil, or why muslims are wrong…etc.
It just goes on and on and on.
Just look at these forums. Who do you see with the most emotional and reactionary posts more frequently? who brings up topics specifically for the emotional content.
Heck, Derek, you’ve started numerous threads in the past 3 weeks with emotionally volatile content and little commentary of your own. What is the purpose of that? if not to incite emotional response?
Frequently posters such as Headhunter, Jumper and Hedo are ‘reminding’ everyone about ‘the atrocities’ and how ‘the terrorists’ are killing women and children and want to kill you too. If that isn’t pandering the emotional angle, I don’t know what is.
I would never say “liberals” don’t try and use emotional guilt-trips as well. They’re people just like “conservatives”.
At the end of the day, I doubt any side does it more than the other, it would be impossible to prove, anyway. But strictly anecdotally, I see guilt-trip tactics used by “conservatives” far more frequently and systematically than “liberals”.