As the crazy reaction to Obama's education speech seems to perfectly illustrate (link
), we are in for a very ugly four years if something doesn't drastically change for the better. I've been following the health care debate and I'm almost compelled to think each new iteration of crazy (link
) is something that will just blow over. But it's not like these people who believe in death panels
), for instance, are going to suddenly stop recalling their conviction that Obama wants to kill grandma. They aren't going to go look more deeply into the issue six months from now and refute their belief. No, they think he is evil
because of it and other similar claims, and therefore his every little move will be interpreted in light of all that came before to such amazingly ignorant degrees. "Oh, no! They've released him on our children!"
In my opinion, the lesson plans were not
poorly worded (link
) and the White House has nothing to apologize for. Rather, the opposition is hyper-sensitive
and what they think
is accurate background knowledge on the President is not accurate background knowledge on the President (link
). It's that freaking simple. In context, "how can you help President Obama"
should obviously be interpreted in "kid talk." They can help the President by staying in school and getting an education! Duh
. Oh yeah, and if mom and dad don't support health care reform, please report them to Obama's death squad. Ugh...
All of the people who seem to think this crap can be avoided (link
) and that the President is somehow responsible for preemptively countering absolutely every bat sh*t crazy overreaction to the most docile of moves need to remember: There is no shortage of new and exciting ways to be wrong and only so many ways to be right. It is absolutely impossible to plan for the millions of crazy directions people can go in order to disagree with an intelligent President.
This is some serious well poisoning and it seems virtually every news broadcast on the topic has to dignify (and unendingly *sustain*) some rather
ridiculous claims with air time not given to a host of other such conspiracy theories. There might be a special on 9-11 truther claims (link
), but it won't be half the newscast every night. The liberal stereotype was that they thought Bush was stupid. The republican stereotype is that they think Obama is evil
. There's a big difference. [Granted, we now know Cheney is actually evil (link
), but that's another issue, hehe] I've run into people who offhandedly drop references to how they think Obama is literally the anti-Christ (link
) in casual conversation.
To keep this in perspective of just how far away we are from sane discourse in this country, even a basic pro-choice stance in this country sets you apart with an almost insurmountable gulf on the value-scape. We should be thankful we are not at civil war just because half of us think the other half endorses murder on a mass scale. It seems Barack Hussein Obama is accumulating a long list of additional
over-the-top demerits on one side of the political fence that he in no way earned and that's what allows all the character assassination to thrive. And this list isn't being hosted by fringe crazy people. It's on the lips of mainstream spokespersons for a major political party and routinely finds its way into the House and Senate.
The bottom line is that they honestly believe these things are true (I can only assume) and that they honestly aren't going to listen or want to negotiate about any important issue that follows. The accusations and the rhetoric are so jacked up, it makes it impossible to plausibly do so. "Hey, I think Mr. Anti-Christ/Hitler/Terrorist might have a point about issue x."
How is that going to happen? The human ego doesn't back down so easily and it seems these political knots Right wing-dingers have tied the conversations in are only getting tighter and more numerous. It even seems that their saner counterparts dabble in too much of the spaghetti that's been thrown up against the proverbial wall.
So if the intellectually challenged folk can sabotage massively important issues like health care (and then have the balls to claim the Left is stamping out debate), it seems the rest of Obama's presidency is f*cked with the promise of an unending parade of fact deficient, value centric, conspiracy-mongering in broad daylight that even Al Franken (link
) won't be able to stop. Anyone can squash one cell of a larger organism under the right conditions. Now, what about the rest of them!?!?
That was my lousy thought for the day the other day. So, liberals, republicans, libertarians, and independents, please stop over and show me how I'm exaggerating so as to cheer me up. :D I'd really appreciate it. Save me from my conclusions! Moderate voices who disagree are quite welcome!