Monday, September 10, 2012

Creating A More Congenial Reality
.....or at least one that fits your politics

Become a Wonderlander

Rush Limbaugh, the Oracle of the Right, came out today with the most convoluted tirade he's done in a while: Obama and his team are using FACTS to suppress the voters in the upcoming election.
"So now it’s not a referendum on Obama. It’s a choice between two guys, which means, of course, whatever Romney says matters. I’m here to tell you, folks, you have got to stay bucked up. The effort to depress you and keep you home, I’ve never seen it like this before in my life."

That would seem to fit in with the Romney team which announced last week that they were NOT going to let their campaign be "dictated by fact checkers." Yes..they only put a damper on things....

I read an interesting article that seems to put in perspective this alternative reality seemingly accepted without question on the Right. Republicans would not be Republicans today without it.
"My old Republican worldview was flawed because it was based upon a small and particularly rosy sliver of reality.  To preserve that worldview, I had to believe that people had morally earned their “just” desserts, and I had to ignore those whining liberals who tried to point out that the world didn’t actually work that way.  I think this shows why Republicans put so much effort into “ creat[ing] our own reality ,” into fostering distrust of liberals, experts, scientists, and academics, and why they won’t let a campaign “ be dictated by fact-checkers ” (as a Romney pollster put it).  It explains why study after study shows -- examples herehere, and here -- that avid consumers of Republican-oriented media are more poorly informed than people who use other news sources or don’t bother to follow the news at all."

Aside from all the headaches this creates for the voters in this election, it also creates a more dire problem in the long run: too many people rely on the media to give them background on which they will base their decisions. OR they just sit there, soak in all the mistruths, and perpetuate the falsehoods.

"Whether all this helps the Republican Party in 2012 is of less consequence than the larger danger it poses to America. Democracy cannot thrive when truth becomes irrelevant. To the contrary, history teaches that this is how demagogues take root."


  1. I think this shows why Republicans put so much effort into “ creat[ing] our own reality...

    That pretty much nails it squarely on the head. I have yet to meet a republican whose beliefs can be challenged. Like W. Bush said, you are either with them or against them. They have no middle ground.

    Democracy cannot thrive when truth becomes irrelevant.

    I agree. Now throw in those in the press and people in general who excuse such behavior as long as it does not threaten their mindsets and we have a huge problem far dangerous than any terrorist group.

  2. What amazes me is the great number of people who blindly take what R & R say as gospel, or FOX, or Rove, or Boehner, or Canter.....I could go on endlessly. Are they simply TOO LAZY to check facts, on either side? Is it easier to have your "facts" pre-digested and just go 'Uh-huh."
    I have this little "bell" that goes off in my head when something doesn't sound right........