The end is near—all of those people we thought were crazy, toting about signs claiming the fall of mankind are close to being right. At least as far as rationality goes in the greater American political discourse. The latest straw to be added to the pile of extremist fear mongering is that next week, President Obama is going to indoctrinate our children into a socialist Brownshirt brigade—to serve his evil ends. My information told me that the President was speaking to encourage students to remain in school and excel. That appears to be scary stuff the ultra right conservatives, affiliated whackos, and gullible members of the American public who keep buying into such right wing fear mongering. A story in today’s New York Times illustrates the stupidity: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/us/04school.html?_r=1&hpw
For the past several days, I have been engaged in a forum conversation about just this thing. It has been an opportunity to read just how screwed up average Americans have become—and how much they are buying into the hateful, deceit filled propaganda being shoveled out by the more vocal members of the Republican Party. Along with the expected paranoid delusional and conspiracy fanatics, village idiots, and those who are simply unable to resolve the fact that a negro couple now sleeps in the big bed at the White House—are those who are buying into every bit of rabble rousing fallacy being churned out by the Republican machine and their illustrious spokespeople. What they are writing is frightening, and the general attitude is one that threatens the premise that America has been built upon.
Over the past 50 years, we have seen a transition away from the once collegial Congress that shaped national ends, toward an extremely polarized and adversarial collection of powerhouses of polemic. Beginning with Barry Goldwater in the early 1960s, the Republican party has become increasingly bellicose, distanced from the interests of the ordinary citizen, and enamored in playing a game of fear and distrust in furthering its agendas—usually those of the elite rich and large corporations. This crew has progressively more seen government as akin to a sandlot football game—in that a particular team must win at any cost. This is in direct disregard for the fact that the majority of the history of Congress has led to a series of middle of the road comprises that have generally done well to serve the needs of the American people. Continue reading “Fear Thy Neighbor” »