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Partisanship

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    par·ti·san Pronunciation Key (pär[​IMG]t[​IMG]-z[​IMG]n)
    n.
    1. A fervent, sometimes militant supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.
    2. A member of an organized body of fighters who attack or harass an enemy, especially within occupied territory; a guerrilla.
    adj.
    1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a partisan or partisans.
    2. Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause: partisan politics.
    So, now fess up! Who among us thinks that they are not now or ever partisan in any way?

    Can any of us at any time claim a lack of partisanship especially over political issues?

    Is it hypocrytical of any of us to call anyone else "partisan" as if it is a characteristic that makes others less credible than ourselves?
     
  2. Daisy

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    It depends on what you mean when you say it. There is a world of difference between 'biased toward' and 'devoted to'. There is a difference between seeing the opposition as enemies to attack, harrass and destroy and seeing them as people who hold differing views and values but with whom one can come to an understanding.

    At any time? Yes, I'm sure many of us can particularly those who are unsure and those who don't care at any given time about a given issue. I'm mildly surprized that more people don't even try.

    Not necessarily. Does it make others less credible? Some people derive their credibility from their partisanship and are proud of it.

    It depends on what is meant by calling someone else partisan and the circumstances of the accusation. Because the word covers a range of meanings, it lends itself to weaselly arguing of semantics - claiming that someone who attacks and harrasses is the same as one who is simply biased.
     
  3. genesis12

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    Partisan politics. Now there's a humdinger fer ya.
     
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