Thursday, November 8, 2012

4 more years

Well played, United States of America.

Cheer up, Mitt. You are still worth around $200 million.

Now for another four years of Chicken Little-esque hysteria from the Right wing about socialism, birth certificates, and what it means to be a real American.

It's started already. On Twitter, Donald Trump called for a revolution. Sounds like he might be a socialist. The perversely fascinating WorldNetDaily will continue speculating about Obama being the Antichrist, and this election being the end of America as we know it. And no, that is not me exaggerating.

It was interesting to catch snippets of Fox News as they covered the unfolding election result, and gradually faced the truth. Presenters like Megyn Kelly tried very hard to pretend that they were journalists rather than Republican cheerleaders, but you could tell they were shattered.

One of the talking points you will hear frequently from the Right is an echo of the "47%" theme; that those who voted for Obama are voting in their own interests, because the President was offering handouts to everyone. Rush Limbaugh, for example, said "It's hard to defeat Santa Claus."

To say that is actually an insult, and is ass-backwards. The progressive side of politics, in the US and elsewhere, is full of educated wealthy and middle-class people who vote for moderate and Left-leaning candidates because they think it is best for the country. There are lots of rich people who will never have to seriously worry about needing affordable health care for themselves, yet think it important for poor people to have access to it. There are lots of people who will never want or need an abortion, yet believe it important for others to have access to it if necessary. Right-wing millionaire media personalities like Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh become angry at the prospect that Obama would raise taxes on the highest earners; yet left-wing millionaire media personalities like Bill Maher or Jon Stewart don't seem to care if they have to pay higher tax. Why would Maher or Stewart be so stupid as to vote against their own economic best interests?

It's called empathy, and it's a concept the Right still struggle to understand.

1 comment:

  1. I mean, everybody likes cheese. Everybody except vegans, but then even some vegans might like cheese but don't eat it. Why? Due to their freedom of choice in the matter.

    It also just depends on what type of cheese. Several people are quite partial to Haloumi but it doesn't mean everybody necessarily knows what Haloumi is. We have to factor in a few points here, I mean Cheddar to this day has been the most widespread cheese due to low costs and generic taste that appeals to the wider population. Some may have never had the privilege of being aware of what Haloumi is, and the benefits associated with incorporating Haloumi into their lifestyle and therefore they stick to their Cheddar.

    As a consequence, I predict that Haloumi will one day knock Cheddar of its pedestal eventually. It's how cheese politics works, just needs more marketing as it has a more modest background and doesn't flash any huge advertising budget the way that Cheddar so clearly, does.

    Anyway, there's my two cents.