How is a person of any reasonable level of intelligence and awareness not supposed to go insane in this country?
Amy Goodman compares the protests in Wisconsin and the Middle East-
First, it was only a few weeks ago that the left had any interest in MidEast democracy. Until then it was a neocon plot sponsored by the evil moron George W. Bush. Their attitude was people there were pretty happy with their revolutionary socialist or authoritarian monarchist governments and the main problem they had was meddling from neocons. Obama’s MidEast tour mostly consisted of apologizing for this policy and assuring them we loved them and their governments and would do nothing to bother them.
As an aside white people have trouble understanding how ethnocentric other cultures can be. I have no personal experience with Arabs; I know orthodox Jews (and to a lesser extent all Jews) and gypsies regard outsiders as not merely bad but actually physically repulsive and gag-inducing. Moslems with the same kind of obsession with ritual cleanliness probably have much the same attitude. People in general like to blame their problems on others so as long as things were bad, but not too bad it has been easy for Arabs and their governments to blame things on the US, as Obama does.
The recent protests started not from anything as abstract as a desire for democracy but from acute economic distress, particularly for young, unemployed college graduates. People feel foolish begging for food, and they understand there would be little support for that, but demand democracy and attention must be paid.
So after a few days Obama felt obligated to come out and say, “OK, yeah, don’t shoot the people asking for democracy.” In a flash- as fast as it takes to pull down the banners and put up new ones- Obama became a brave crusader (oops, wrong word) for democracy and human rights, as he always had been! We are at war with Eurasia! We always have been! Put those papers down the memory hole!
The protestors in the MidEast are people without power, protesting an unresponsive, authoritarian government. The protestors in Wisconsin are people with a great deal of power, protesting a democratic government that up until now has responded with groveling servility to their every demand. It is now responding to the demands of others, the sick, evil, fascist, racist voters of Wisconsin having elected a fiscally conservative Republican governor and a fiscally conservative Republican legislature.
Memes get around quickly on the left, and the current one is “overreaching”, that is the elected officials of Wisconsin don’t really have the right or the mandate to change the law. Of course if it’s the other way around- never mind………..
Amy Goodman’s column is quite factually wrong, it makes statements of fact and opinion that are clearly and obviously wrong. But the left doesn’t operate on that basis. They operate on creating a social reality that actually thrives on lies, on the humiliating and degrading effect that forcing people to agree to ridiculous things has.