Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Tears of Importent Rage
But no, I log into Facebook and see on Uncle Jim's wall (in response to Jim's all too reasonable call for unity) some guy complaining that Obama's Marxism is going to turn the US into a third world country.
To me, that shit is absurd on its face. I have serious doubts that this guy --and I don't know him-- can describe Marxism much less offer a cogent critique of it, but he heard Obama was a Marxist on some radio show, knows Marxism is evil, and so here he is, fecklessly repeating it on Facebook and wondering why everyone else isn't just accepting it as credulously as he did.
And why should we? Over the last ten years, people on the right have grown all too comfortable with lying: lying to each other, lying to themselves, lying about other people.
Remember when Saddam Hussein had WMD? Remember when John McCain said "The fundamentals of economy are strong," even though we're still dealing with a massive recession years later.
Remember when they said Obama was born in a foreign country? Remember when climate change was a hoax? When allowing gay people to serve openly in the military or get married would destroy "traditional America?"
You go down the list and it's been wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong pretty much the whole way down. But no one on the right seems to notice and if they do, they don't care.
Uncle Jim's original Facebook post about unity was spot on. But then later, he said in response to the "Marxist Third World" guy that he was "right on the money."
No, man. That shit is so far off the mark, it's not even funny. It's actually embarrassing. How's that saying go? "Better to have people think you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
I have to say...I don't think Obama won re-election on Tuesday due to the strength of his first term. I think he won re-election on Tuesday due to the weakness of his opposition. Did they really think 4 years of birtherism and crying socialism at every turn was going to help them?
Sorry, guys, there aren't enough stupid people in the world and sooner or later you have to deliver the goods. If you say Iraq had WMD, then they better have WMD. If you say the president was born in Kenya, then he better have been born in Kenya. If you say climate change is a hoax or that people in the military are not mature enough to serve alongside gays or that raped women can terminate pregnancies through intrauterine chemistry, then you better make sure that shit turns out to be true.
If you don't want people to laugh at you, that is.