Obama was simultaneously a progressive champion of sanity and a socialist Muslim from Kenya hell bent on America’s destruction, none of which was true but both of which were believed with equal fervor by either side of the illusory partisan divide.
Most amusing, because in reality he was a garden-variety centrist neoconservative corporatist Democrat who differed from Republicans only in that he thought the US should have universal health care.
Once that was achieved (sorta kinda), he hibernated for six years, as far as any major legislation was concerned.
If humanity is to survive, people are going to have to evolve beyond the sticky relationship with mental narrative which enables establishment spinmeisters to keep an entire nation transfixed by fake stories about a very conventionally evil president instead of pushing for the real changes we’ll need to make if we’re to overcome the existential hurdles looming on our horizon.
It’s not that this was new news to me, but COVID19 has so utterly underlined this that my chin is often dirty from being dragged on the floor.
Americans aren’t stupid (sorry, Mr. Carlin) as much they are LAZY. A person who already wants to believe something gets up in the morning, looks at a news page written by people that he already knows agrees with what he or she wants to believe, and then decides that he (or she) is now more educated than everyone else on the particular topic.
They they smugly go out and chuckle at the unwashed masses who aren’t as edumacated as they are.
What the hell is the point of education if all we’re going to do is take somebody else’s word for what is going on? The only substantive difference between Big Brother and the nightly news is that you recognize who the anchor is.
The most terrifying thing that exists for any of these people, btw, is the suggestion that the news source of their choice is either biased or dishonest. They will go to war on that one. Because their entire life paradigm is based on the belief that their preferred news source is (a) unbiased and (b) honest.
We can survive any president. We can’t survive laziness.