I’ve been extremely busy with work and need to put up a post about the last movie I saw. However, before I forget, I wanted to put up a link to a New York Times article I was sent that speaks almost verbatim to what I’ve been concerned about lately regarding the divide in this country.
This article speaks to the lunacy that has dominated the Republican party for some time now and how easily its followers fall into line regardless of the lack of any foundation for the viewpoints they’re trying to put forth.
Fox News needs to be exposed as a total sham for it’s part in these events. To carry the mantra of being “Fair and Balanced” while, at the same time, promoting right-wing Tea Party events is, quite frankly, disgusting. Anyone that watches that channel and believes it’s balanced simply has no clue what they’re talking about. Such people, I find, simply demand hearing their own viewpoints spewed back at them during the “news” instead of actually hearing what the rest of us see as reality. If CNN started to advertise the location of pro-Democratic events and ask people to attend them the right-wing shows would erupt in cries of foul.
For people like peanut-brained Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to be getting any support for her rantings is just nuts. She’s out there lately telling supporters that the Obama administration is out to brainwash our children by sending them off to government run “re-education camps”.
The problem I’ve always had with the Right is the makeup of a large part of their contingent. Many of their followers are very supportive of religion. While in general there’s nothing wrong with this it’s the basic tenet that creates the problem. Religion means faith and faith means having a mindset that accepts information without the need for questioning or support. The pundits tell these people that something is so, and thus, it must be true. No need to go bothering with any of that silly questioning. Why would Rush Limbaugh lie?
We’ve had a shocking number of incidents since Obama took office where nutcases have gone off the deep end taking out innocent people over completely erroneous information. The latest case was that of Jim Adkisson—the man who killed people in a Knoxville, Tennessee church.
He said, in a letter intended to be his suicide note:
“Know this if nothing else: This was a hate crime. I hate the damn left-wing liberals. There is a vast left-wing conspiracy in this country & these liberals are working together to attack every decent & honorable institution in the nation, trying to turn this country into a communist state. Shame on them….
“This was a symbolic killing. Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg’s book. I’d like to kill everyone in the mainstream media. But I know those people were inaccessible to me. I couldn’t get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same. It’s the only way we can rid America of this cancerous pestilence.”
“I thought I’d do something good for this Country Kill Democrats til the cops kill me….Liberals are a pest like termites. Millions of them Each little bite contributes to the downfall of this great nation. The only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is to kill them in the streets. Kill them where they gather. I’d like to encourage other like minded people to do what I’ve done. If life aint worth living anymore don’t just kill yourself. do something for your Country before you go. Go Kill Liberals.”
These are the people who want guns in this country in my view. And we should go about supporting arming these people? Where does someone get this sort of distorted view? Suffice to say that I’ve had people close to me try to tell me that Obama is a muslim, that he refuses to say the pledge of allegiance, that liberals are out to destroy the country. Some of this comes from otherwise intelligent people. They got it from “the news” and you can just guess which network that was. I have to believe that these people just believe it because they want to believe it. A simple search on You Tube would show you countless examples of Obama not only saying the pledge but leading the entire Senate in it. How hard would it be for these people to do this search? Again, it’s so simple that I have to believe they just don’t care to do it as it fits their agenda better to just go on believing this lunacy.
I’m getting to the point where I’m seriously thinking of living a good chunk of the rest of my life abroad. Leave the country to the mental patients and move on. Being an American used to mean something good. Now it means being associated with psychopaths like this guy. At this point the polish is off and the glow is gone.