The Great Divide

Over the weekend I accidentally got into a rather bitter argument with a righty; she seemed normal enough at first, but I found after a very short time that I couldn’t put up with her, because there is simply no getting through to such people, nor is there any way to politely skirt politics with True Believers.  Just as it was during the Bush years, the righties are sowing their oats and waxing triumphant yet again, yet they still cannot point to any such triumphs, except at the ballot box (or Supreme Court, as the case may be…).  Then as now, they believe that every liberal idea since Torquemada has been again decisively proven wrong, and the only thing left for us liberals is to fold our tents and go home, and take the gays, blacks, poor, environmentalists, Muslims, “illegals” and what have you with us, and all the world’s problems will be magically solved.

Trouble is, of course, that mass genocide is problematic, both logistically and politically, and as such a whole lot of human beings unworthy of consideration stubbornly continue to exist, seemingly out of spite.  Take the world’s billion or so Muslims:  ”They” attacked us on 911, and as such no threat of national bankruptcy can deter us from teaching them a lesson, using bombs, drones, invasions, broomsticks, and buckets of water  as visual aids, and when they’re slow on the uptake, bring in the dogs.  War is peace, and don’t you forget it.  Chickenhearted fretting about the inevitable blowback is dismissed out of hand, and the cost, what cost?  Apparently, the “small government” righties so relentlessly fetishize can afford to have lots of wars going on while enforcing deep austerity at home, even though thousands of years of history say no.

In an interesting little video speech of Jay Rosen talking about Fox News that Balloon Juice linked to over the weekend, Rosen outlined the ease with which right-thinking Americans are taught to forget what happened five minutes ago, at five-minute intervals, and thus continue to hold their rather counterintuitive but yet startlingly consistent beliefs.  Though Rosen lapses into a lot of boring self-indulgence in his 15-minute lecture, he hits on an important truth:  what is actually happening on any given day is incidental to the right, since the story told will always be the same.  Those elitist liberals and dirty darkies are at it again, and here’s why you should be resentful, and continue watching Fox to feel better.

Some sharp-eyed liberal smarty called this drearily familiar phenomenon “epistemic closure,” and ought to be permanently silenced for it.  What it is, you don’t need a sheepskin from Harvard to see; a bunch of craven and self-interested malefactors of great wealth have bought up huge chunks of the public discourse and with it a thriftily  slim majority of our elected officials, and they have a neat and ever expanding fairy tale to explain why this is a good thing for people who think “epistemic” has to do with boils or something.  These people are being systematically taught to reject all “facts” as some sort of liberal plot, and keep clicking their heels and visualizing Kansas, even as their puppet masters laugh all the way to their eighth vacation  home (via Gulfstream).

Republican policies, which above all favor the wealthiest over everyone else, always tend to make most Americans angry and insecure, so Republican politics, since they’ve been in such ascendance these past dozen or so years, are now about channeling that understandable anger into electing more Republicans, usually by declaring that non-Republican people are just bad, and no attention should be paid to them.  They call liberals naive Utopians and whatnot, but yet their own unbroken and provable record of failure is airily dismissed because the despised and un-American liberals stood in the way of their greatest achievements, and next time they’ll get it right, you’ll see.

No Republican has ever balanced a budget in my entire lifetime, and no Democrat has ever markedly increased it, but the Republicans are the party of Fiscal Responsibility.  The stock market, under Democratic Presidents, has performed markedly better than under Republican misrule, but the Republicans are the party of prosperity.  Abortions go up under Republican Presidents and down under Democratic ones, but the Republicans are the “pro-life” party.  No Republican has ever won a war (since that man, Lincoln, anyway), but the Republicans are the biggest, baddest, thing going on the world stage.   No Republican has ever advanced a policy whose benefits would even peripherally redound the the non-rich majority, but they call the Democrats “elitist.”

It isn’t easy living with so many flagrant contradictions, but it is easier when you believe, as the Red Queen said, many “impossible things” before breakfast.  That’s why God made “Fox and Friends.”  If Miss America believes it, it must be true, especially so early in the morning.

10 Comments

  1. Annice says:

    Laughing my arse off!! She will never come back to visit me! Or she will be more politically prepared when she does… :)

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Next time, tell her I have a more than usually lengthy beauty appointment.

  3. michlib says:

    Figures – once I leave the scene the interesting stuff happens.

  4. mikeinportc says:

    …….. take the gays, blacks, poor, environmentalists, Muslims, “illegals” and what have you with us, and all the world’s problems will be magically solved.

    Trouble is, of course, that mass genocide is problematic, both logistically and politically, and as such a whole lot of human beings unworthy of consideration stubbornly continue to exist, seemingly out of spite. ….”

    Forgot to mention this , awhile back, but here’s the “final destination”* of that philosophy :
    http://www.godhatestheworld.com/
    It’s an interactive map from Whitesboro Baptist Church. ( The one in the recent SCOTUS case, about protests at military funerals.) Just click any place on the map, & they’ll tell you why god hates it. They’re so far around the rightward bend, that those not paying close attention (esp “whiny” righties) might assume they’re far-leftist DFHs.

    * I hope that’s as far as it can go . ;)

    • cocktailhag says:

      Oh, I think it can go farther; in the Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin era, the sky’s the limit.

      • dirigo says:

        In the soon-to-end Berlusconi era in Italy, you could say Sarah is a prototype for an American “veline.”

        Good with the weather and sports, and all over the tube, saying any old thing these days.

        • cocktailhag says:

          Well, the weather is freezing and dreadful, so the hag had to get a whole bunch of dead coons, at considerable expense, to feel better. As for sports, rumor has it my alma mater is playing good football. (I rely on CHNN correspondents like my brother to tell me these things…)
          I’ll miss Silvio, as will Harlan, but not the expense reports.

    • The Heel says:

      nice link :)

      I checked on Germany:
      “God Hates Germany.What else is this shameful country known for but the murder of millions and millions of people in World War II?”

      Nice…
      Also the “sister site” godhatesfags.com is a hint to beautiful minds….

      Wow.

    • The Heel says:

      Man I love this Priest “Fred Phelps”. I can’t get the smirk of my face after hearing how he laid into Anderson Cooper. Brilliant.
      Maybe he could be Secretary of Education under President Palin?

      He is the best..