Here’s why even the truth won’t stop the insanity: Despite empirical evidence, in black and white, on paper, in your bank account even, Faux News tells America that there were no tax cuts from the Obama administration.
And since the teabaggers and their ilk get their news from Faux News — and believe every word — that’s what they believe and what they will believe. And there’s nothing we can do about it.
I know, we’re all pretty convinced that we’re right too. But at least we have the paperwork to back it up. All they’ve got is … Glenn Beck. Well, Beck and any number of other pundits, anchors, reporters and experts Faux News puts on.
Take the Obama birth certificate issue. The president has released his official, certified, raised seal and all birth certificate. But the birthers won’t acknowledge it and keep demanding that he do something he’s already done.
I’m sure you’ve all read about the NYTimes poll about the Tea Partiers. Turns out they’re mostly white, male, over 45, upper middle class and decently educated. In other words, Republicans.
Now it’s true that they’re a tad more, shall we say, extreme in their conservatism than my colleagues try to present. But really, all that makes them is the Moral Majority from the 1970s, only in 18th Century costumes.
And significantly more violent in their rhetoric. But hey, what’s a little violence between real Americans and their mortal enemies?
But that white, male, over 45, upper middle class, decently educated thing got me thinking. It’s awfully easy to think of the teabaggers as uneducated rubes when they show up with their misspelled signs insisting that things that are demonstrably false are actually true. They’re not ignorant at all. Or rather, they are willfully ignorant, ignorant because they want to be. Amanda Marcotte:
Calling the tea baggers “populist” is something conservative pundits do just to confuse the issue. And it works, because even though tea baggers are, in reality, highly privileged people who are motivated by a mean urge to sneer at and beat down the people they think are beneath them, they also come across as giant fucking morons. Which they are! But alas, the problem has nothing to do with lack of education. They have plenty of degrees and access to learning. But you can lead a horse to water, you know?
No, tea baggers believe stupid shit because they want to. It’s willful ignorance. They spin outrageous theories because they know that the naked truth about what they believe would make them look like giant bigots and big meanies. So, instead of saying, “I don’t want health care reform because I like a system where poor people are shut out because that means I don’t have to see them in my doctor’s office,” they start yelling about the slide into socialism. Instead of saying, “I’m an incredibly selfish person who wants to keep my government-funded Medicare, but I don’t want to see that single mom down the street get health insurance because she’s a slut and I want to see her suffer,” they say that Obama’s trying to take their Medicare and that’s socialism. They’re not confused because they were badly educated and don’t have a grasp on critical thinking. In fact, I think a lot of us would be surprised to find that the person hollering ignorant shit about Obama’s birth certificate often turns around and is highly competent at a job that requires the cognitive skills they don’t bring to their politics. They’re willfully ignorant, and this distinction should never be forgotten when trying to understand them.
And maybe pretending to ignorant rubes is part of the plan. Whenever some conservative wanders over to AWOP and then goes back to his or her home blog to tell what horrible things we say about them, the next thing we get is a slew of comments complaining about how unfair it is for us to characterize them as ignorant rubes — when we haven’t done anything of the sort.
I call ’em crazy lunatics, sure. And after seeing the results of this most recent poll, that should be pretty obvious. But maybe, just maybe, bitching about us doing something we’re not doing is just typical conservative misdirection. Kinda like claiming there are death panels in the health care bill, or Bill O’Reilly saying that nobody on Faux News ever said that you could go to jail for not buying health insurance when video shows that happened many times, including Glenn Beck saying it on O’Reilly’s own show.
What I don’t understand sometimes, though, is whether these folks who spread the lies really believe them or if they just know that if they say it, the crazies will believe it, and then it’s just mission accomplished.
Either way, these folks seriously miss the irony of their insanity, like bitching about government takeover of health care and socialism and all while threatening an armed revolution if anything should happen to their Medicare.
Or like some guy named Don Suber (I might be wrong about that surname — I’ve already lost the link) who commented on Obama’s ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to make it so that we queer folk are allowed to visit our partners in hospitals.
I am curious, when did he become in charge of who may or may not visit you in the hospital?
Don, when did anybody other than the hospitalized person become in charge of making that decision? And yet …
Morons. They’re just morons.