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A DA member's ten-step-guide to handling criticism

02 February 2014, 10:13
Thank you so much DA supporters for the entertainment you have provided in reaction to my previous post about your 'anti-racial' views.

Your monotonous, reactionary viewpoints have inspired me to complete two more pieces about the DA.

One might ask why someone who doesn't care much for the DA's politics would write so extensively about this party and its supporters. My answer is simple: you are all over the place, you are obnoxious and you claim to be smart and clued-up. In my opinion, smart people should learn how to handle criticism, and should be pushed outside their comfort zones. Truth is, your default responses have become too predictable, and speak of intellectual laziness. Thus, I have taken it upon myself to provide some guidance in 10 steps on things to keep in mind when being challenged. Here goes:

1. All criticism aimed at the DA isn't meant to sabotage your status in the South African political landscape .
2. All people critisising the DA are not ANC supporters, so stop resorting to Zuma bashing when being challenged. 
3. Countering all criticism directed at the government with a 'Vote DA' is opportunistic and annoying. Sometimes people want to discuss issues without being patronized by DA zealots. 
4. There is no such thing as an illegal protest in South Africa, so stop automatically viewing protesters as the enemy and stop redefining democracy when it suits you.
5. Although political opportunists tend to hijack protests, it is insensitive, ignorant and dehumanising to brand all people demanding better services in the Western Cape as 'ANC rent-a-crowd'.
6. Criticism of Cape Town and the Western Cape are not always an attack on the DA. 
7. Getting defensive when being challenged without concidering or investigating the matter highlighted is a sign of a party that doesn't take people seriously.
8. The DA doesn't have the monopoly on 'informed' voters, so stop talking about the 'uneducated masses voting ANC' as if 'they' can't read. Many of you have a tendency to document your prejudices and ignorance all over the internet without concidering that many non-DA voters have internet as well, and can SEE your intolerance. 
9.  Being 'better than the ANC', whatever on earth that might mean, doesn't make anyone above critique. In fact, being better than the ANC doesn't neccessarily mean up to standard... 
10. Calling people who disagree with you things like 'domkop', 'uneducated' and 'confused' only highlights your inability to engage in intelligent debate. - Hardly characteristic of a movement that values diversity and progress.

Looking forward to your cut-and-paste responses.

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