THIS oughta piss you off

Whether you live on the right side or the left, this blog entry by Timothy Egan (NYT) should get you steamed. Under the title, “Building a Nation of Know-Nothings,” Egan says that John McCain won his primary battle but has lost his character, that “the flat-earth wing” of the Republican Party fervently believes lies about Obama, that astonishing segments of the party accept “fabrications that could be disproved by a pre-schooler”:

It’s not just that 47 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.

Take a look at Tuesday night’s box score in the baseball game between New York and Toronto. The Yankees won, 11-5. Now look at the weather summary, showing a high of 71 for New York. The score and temperature are not subject to debate.

Yet a president’s birthday or whether he was even in the White House on the day TARP was passed are apparently open questions. A growing segment of the party poised to take control of Congress has bought into denial of the basic truths of Barack Obama’s life. What’s more, this astonishing level of willful ignorance has come about largely by design, and has been aided by a press afraid to call out the primary architects of the lies.

Republicans ought to be offended that Egan says their most recent presidential candidate is now a sell-out and that the party is being taken over by fools; Democrats should be disgusted by how easily large segments of the “adult” population can be–perhaps WANT to be–duped.

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4 Responses to THIS oughta piss you off

  1. Ray Harris says:

    The far right is and probably always have been better at spin than the left. We libbies have this silly ideal about telling the truth and trying to reason with people. The “conservative” Republicans have no such qualms and are more than willing to follow their Pied Piper, Rush Limbaugh and his wannabes as long he leads them back into the seats of power. I’m sure Rush has total contempt for his “Ditto-Heads.” But don’t the more rational old school Republicans have to be alarmed that the flat-earth wing of the party, the Tea-Partiers, are taking over their party?

    • Ray, I haven’t studied political spin long enough to know if I agree with you. But during the reign of George Bush II, there was an awful lot of crazed negativity from the left. Remember? Dubya was responsible for every bad thing that ever happened in the world, as far as we were concerned. I spewed quite a bit of the venom myself.

      Have I reconsidered and decided to nominate Bush for Best Prez of the 21st Century? Not at all. I continue to think he was downright awful. I’ll never forgive him for the Iraq war, which was totally unnecessary and led to hundreds of thousands of deaths.

      On the other hand, the left-side hysteria in reaction to Bush was unrelenting, and it knew no bounds. Bottom line: I sorta think you’re correct in your generalization, but I can’t prove it, and I’m aware of transgressions against moderation and the truth by my fellow lefties.

  2. Ray Harris says:

    Hey man, I waited to respond until I was at the same level of intoxication as you must have been when you wrote this. My fav is Very Old Boston Kentucky Bourbon. What’s yours?

    • Ray,

      I don’t have a fave. In fact, I’m clueless about alcohol. Not a teetotaler, but might as well be: about a beer a month, maybe a glass of wine in that span. I just never got into it–a couple of “Yikes, my head is spinning” experiences, decades ago, may have contributed to my low interest.

      By the way, was there really something in my message that seemed “intoxicated”? What was it?

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