How stupid is America? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m hoping it’s not so stupid that its citizens buy into the unscrupulous and shameful way many right-wingers are acting. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the right will stoop much lower into the muck of lies and deceit than most Democrats I know. And as I’ve said in the past, that does not by any stretch of the imagination mean “all Republicans.” It really is a fringe group, but that fringe (compared to the left’s fringe) seems to go that one step farther into a territory lacking in the slightest bit of reality or integrity.
To add to that, it seems to me from where I’m standing that much of what the right accuses Barack Obama of doing is a far more appropriate description of the Bush Administration. Ridiculously so.
“Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, ruled by dictate.”
He then went so far as to state that the:
“Obama health care logo is damn close to a Nazi swastika logo.”
Now we all know Limbaugh’s an attention hound, but when folks like Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, a leader of his party in the House, says that the GOP “needs the Rush Limbaughs,” one has to worry exactly who is listening and considering this as truth.
Of course, the irony for me is that, though I loathe to compare anyone to Adolf Hitler (save maybe Benito Mussolini and Pol Pot), some of the strategies and actions of the Bush Administration come a bit closer to the early days of Hitler than anything I can see Barack Obama doing. Now before you get your panties all in a bundle, know that I’m not saying Bush was like Hitler. I don’t believe the American people or the world would let him or Dick Cheney get that far, but the way in which that administration worked off people’s fears and desire for safety and protection and used that to convince important folks that we had to invade a country that had not invaded nor attacked us, well… It’s a stepping-stone. And, I believe, we would have attacked Iran had the Bush Administration remained in power. And then there was Guantanamo Bay and the gathering and holding of human beings without the rule of law for an indefinite amount of time and exposing them to torture.
Again, Bush was no Hitler and thank god for it, but he and Cheney certainly started taking some pretty serious baby steps toward possible comparisons. More so than any actions or statements made by Barack Obama.
But when those comparisons are made, the angry blow of the right comes down hard and they are both offended and outraged. I hope that same outrage is extended to Rush Limbaugh by the folks who found the Bush/Hitler comparisons offensive and low.
And as for the cries that Obama is leading the charge on a world government wherein everyone and everything will be ruled by the powerful… I’m sorry, does anyone else see the Bush Administration’s bending of the Constitution, illegal wire-tapping and engaging in a misleading war that just so happens to benefit giant oilfield service corporations like Halliburton (for which Dick Cheney had received a severance package of $36 million in 2000 and then $398,548 in “deferred compensation” up through 2004) a bit more similar to the start of a world government than anything, once again, Obama has proposed? It seems to me, under the Bush Administration, America was acting almost entirely on its own without the support of most of the nations of the world. We pulled out of the Kyoto Accord and allowed big business to once again start polluting with little-to-no oversight, we engaged in a war that was in direct opposition to the requests of the U.N. while ignoring their findings and their expertise (which turned out to be correct!), and proceeded to try and spread America’s brand of Democracy to a country our own leaders seemed to have little understanding of. Nor did they seem to care. It was obvious to anyone who wanted to look at the facts and see clearly that we weren’t acting for the reasons given, but for something much larger that had nothing to do with the safety and security of the American people. Though they will continue to claim that it was.
And now that same machine that so convincingly created the lies that placed us in a war, destroyed our economy, and tried to make us believe that Sarah Palin was both intelligent and ready to run this country, are trying to tell you that Barack Obama is trying to hurt you and that if you don’t act now, you will regret it forever.
But none of the facts reside on that side. None. Obama’s health care plan, while a bit more compromised than I would like to see, is the first time in my life a president has gotten this close to actually taking his words about protecting Americans and putting our well-being above that of our beloved corporations, and making it a reality. And who is making the biggest stink against it and trying to convince the American people that it’s against their own well-being? The Senators and Congressmen, both Republican and Democrat, who have been receiving huge payouts and contributions by the very same pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies that stand to lose money if this bill passes.
Wake up, people! Someone’s actually trying to help you. And there are those out there pointing fingers and calling him Hitler. Some because he’s black, some simply because he’s not a Republican, others because it gets them tons of ratings, others because it threatens their overflowing pocketbooks, and some because they were told to do so and are either too lazy or too ignorant to find out the truth for themselves.
America can be so much better than this. The America I was taught existed was an America that was for the people, by the people, and of the people. It was a place that cared for, protected, and educated its people. At the moment, our Health Care System is about anything BUT the people. Ask the millions who cannot currently afford coverage. Ask the mentally ill who need treatment and medication, but instead find themselves homeless due to cuts made during the Reagan Administration. Ask teachers who are underpaid and underfunded and find it near impossible to give their students, your children, the education they deserve.
If Bush’s America, or an America that sounds like the one described above, is the one the people want, than I will gladly admit that I have no place here and find another.
In the meantime, I’m going to support the President of the United States in what I believe is a fight to change as much of these wrongs as possible. He may succeed. Or he may be undermined. By the very people he’s trying to help.
Time will tell.