Thursday, August 26, 2010

Building a Nation of Know-Nothings

I'm sure that this story is familiar to you, but you may not know the numbers. Fully 46 percent of Republicans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Are you kidding me? Almost half the party believes this lie?! Incredible. And 24 percent of these same Republicans don't believe the president of the US is a US citizen. How can lies like this have so much traction? Because they are given that traction by, you guessed it, the usual suspects: Rush Limbaugh, whose words millions hang on, and Fox News, specifically Glenn Beck, who doesn't open his mouth without speaking half truths. The problem, of course, is that there are lots of just stupid people out there who believe these lies because they don't know any better. These are the same people who deny that climate change is happening. This has become an article of Republican faith also.
I'm sorry. I have to say this. Rush Limbaugh is a POS. So is Glenn Beck. They know better. They know that they lie . . . but they do it for the money, you see. What could be more red-blooded American than that? Well, maybe racism.
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