aqueerkettleofish:

aqueerkettleofish:

The January 6 hearings are having a lot of impact. And a lot of people are going “Oh, shit, is THAT what happened?”

We need to let them change their minds without making it harder.

A lot of people are realizing that they have Queer relatives, and that’s changing their minds about policy.

We need to let them change their minds without making it harder.

A lot of people really believed that they would never come for Roe v. Wade, and are now awake.

We need to let them change their minds without making it harder.

We need to remember that there is an organized and strategic operation designed to keep people from thinking clearly, and that the systemic nature of the problem provides plenty of other ways to influence their thinking. The right wing spends a lot of money and a lot of time keeping their base angry and afraid, because when you’re angry and afraid you can’t think clearly and you’re easy to manipulate.

When someone breaks free of that system, we need to let them, without punishing them.

#you know how like… it sucks when you do something your parents asked for#and they just go ‘well FINALLY’ or ‘look who decided to join us’ or whatever#and you know how it makes you 100% less likely to want to repeat the new behavior?#don’t be that person. don’t punish people for doing what you want because they didn’t do it sooner or because it’s unusual for them.#on god people need to be able to walk away#like… I think of how part of the tactic with missionaries- Mormons going door to door-#the point isn’t to convert you#tho it’s a bonus! but the point is to reinforce that everyone’s going to be shit to them for their beliefs#it’s cult tactics. You can’t leave#can’t leave if you’re convinced you’ll be harmed or cast out doubly#and so on.

All. Of. This.

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