A lot of my research for these blogs takes me into "enemy territory" – web sites of the ultra right, Tea Baggers, evangelical Christians, creationists and some stuff that just makes me say, "Huh?" Such was my day on Monday when I dug up this blog. The story was on CNSNews, "The Right News, Right Now," which is to say, "Right wing news".
Check out the ad on the right. This is their main sponsor.
That's right. These people are equating Obama not to socialism, but to communism. Hammer and sickel. Red. And this is the most prominent advertisement supporting this "news" organization. And "GTFO"? I thought these conservatives supported family values! (For those of you not acquainted with the term, it means "Get the f--- out!" Nice.) Notice that it's a striking white girl wearing the shirt.
Obama must be a pretty amazing guy. First he's a socialist. No, actually he's a communist! And obviously he's a Muslim. But wait, he's an atheist too. And a Jew sympathizer! A communist Muslim Jew sympathizer atheist. He's raising our taxes! Unemployment is his fault! The wars are his fault!
What's weird is that these ultra conservatives seem to be able to actually believe all of this stuff simultaneously. I guess when you're trained from an early age to believe everything in the Bible is 100% accurate in every respect, you have to learn to hold inconsistent beliefs and not care. It's the Irrationality Meme, something I've written about extensively.
Was there ever a time when the political discourse was intelligent and respectful? Was that a myth? Are things really less civil than they used to be? Or is it just the internet effect bringing out the worst in our society?