Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Fundamental Disconnect

There seems to be a fundamental disconnect in the minds of Fox News Republicans and all other voters, including traditional Republicans.
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Over the past 4 years, the right wing news machine (Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, The Corner  etc.) have painted President Obama as a socialist striving to rewrite the American Experience.  They have done this before with other people, but they have perfected the system with President Obama.
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Per this narrative, President Obama passed "socialized medicine of Obamacare" - which is actually based on a Republican think tank proposal.  He "left Iraq with his tail between his legs" - when he followed the George W Bush negotiated timeline.  He is "ruining the incentive for work" - when he actually lowered federal taxes and gave small business owners tax breaks to hire workers.
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I am not arguing the applicability of these remarks.  If someone honestly thinks that President Obama is a "socialist" there is no arguing with them.  The problem is that rhetoric is now believed by many on the right - but it isn't true.  Not only isn't it true, people tend to tune one out when you say things like that.
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And I know of what I speak.  Many on the left - especially the gay community - felt the same overwhelming hatred of George W  Bush.  Ed and I couldn't carry on a conversation with them either.  Where Ed and I felt W's over the top gay-bashing was only for political expediencies' sake, some friends really though George W. Bush was going to round us up and lock us away.  Explaining that George W. Bush wasn't Ivan the Terrible was met with the same condescending look of "you're too stupid to understand" that we get from Republican friends when we say Barak Obama isn't a socialist or even very liberal in most things.
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It's going to be a long 4 years either way.

2 comments:

Joc said...

It's tough for me right now. I'm so hating the politics that I want to leave this country. But right now, my job, my family, is here. I can't believe there are so many people in this country that vote without any clue of what they are voting for. The number of people voting against something, mostly based on lies and propaganda. I love reading your posts. Your views are clear but the explanations and supporting info are factual and easy to understand. I am confident that Obama will get 4 more years and hopefully the GOP won't spend all their efforts blocking good things because there's no longer any need to do things exclusively to stop him from being reflected.

Joc said...

Stupid autocorrect. That last word is supposed to be re-elected.