Fun House Mirror
Are conservatives paranoid and delusional? Let's take a look:
An eye-opening new report* from the Democratic-aligned research organization Democracy Corps suggests that conservative Republicans, the majority of the GOP base, harbor a well-developed, consistent, peculiar worldview about President Obama and his “hidden agenda” for the country. Armed with “facts” from conservative media, these individuals, fully 2/3 of the Republican Party at this point according to Democracy Corps estimates, believe that the President has been installed by powerful interests to enact socialist policies, violate the Constitution and destroy America. Independents and even GOP-leaning moderates exhibit none of these characteristics, making life difficult for GOP leaders who must choose between support inside the party and support in the country.
But -- work with me here -- how paranoid and delusional is that conclusion?
2. We have socialist policies for the banksters; they keep the gains, and socialize the losses. And, as the result of Obama's policies, banking is so concentrated right now, we might as well have central planning.
3. The Constitution under Obama is just as violated as it was under Bush. Read Greenwald (Update II, to pick a post at almost random).
4. As for destroy America... Well, if you lost your house, lost your job, had your 401(k) looted, and the Dems were about to force you to buy junk insurance with the IRS acting as a collection agent... You might not feel the country had been destroyed, exactly; but you would certainly feel that something just wasn't right.
So, as far as their conclusions? The conservatives aren't far wrong.
Which raises the question of method, doesn't it? I mean, obviously one can't go near anybody who reached the (correct) conclusion that Obama and the Democrats are violating the Constitution working from (delusional) birther premises.
However, in the their zeal to choose up sides, Democracy Corps, or at least the poster quoting them, not only obfuscate the critique of the Obama administration from the left, they ignore that the question of method is the real question here.*
NOTE * Which connects directly to the notion of truthiness; if only on pragmatic grounds, the left can't be erected a structure of bullshit, because we don't have the resources to maintain it.
NOTE It's more likely than not that Democracy Corps has produced a "report," as opposed to ""facts"" but still...