Thursday, November 20, 2008

Righting wrongs or wronging the Right?

For some reason I've been more fascinated with Right wing blogs leading up to the last US election than with the panorama of left-leaning goodness that flits across cyberspace. I guess I just want to understand what, to me, seems completely wrong-headed.

I've come to the conclusion that much of the thinking is fueled by a combination of fear and anger, rather than abject ignorance and stupidity. Psychologically, once you hold a grudge against something or someone, it's very hard to accept that there can be a basis of truth in their position.

Still, it takes a truckload of rhetorical blindness to see Obama-voters as cultists buoyed on by empty catchphrases of 'hope' and 'change' rather than seeing the real basis for their use. Already Obama has vowed to end the Iraq War, close Guantanamo Bay, reform the system where there was appointment of lobbyists to positions that represent a conflict of interest. These are all good positive concrete changes that provide hope for a better, more robust and accountable democratic structure. Let the wretched Right take their turn at crying into their beer, if they must.

I'm also bemused at the attempt to label his supporters as stupid, based on their level of knowledge and understanding of such questions as 'who controls Congress'. Is is stupid to want a reversal of a state in which the US is the bullying pariah and hypocrite?


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