Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Crazy Thrity Percent

Bill Maher has said, "Mr. President, there are some people who are never going to like you. That's why they voted for the old guy and Carrie's mom. You're not going to win them over. Stand up for the 70% of Americans who aren't crazy."

I said months ago that I wasn't going to pay attention after the election because I knew this would get bad, but I had no idea... Birthers, TEA Parties, Town-Hall crazies, comparison's of our President to Hitler, and screaming congressman taking advantage of the crazies to raise $1,000,000 for his campaign war chest. Add to this the carry over craziness from the election - he's a Muslim extremist, socialist, etc. And Maher is right, you're not going to win them over, their nuts...

Some of it is racism, but in the new book by Max Blumenthal, I think he explains the rest as he talked about in an interesting interview on Fresh Air last week.

In his book he quotes Eisenhower as saying, "And he (Eisenhower) pointed out that fears of national security during the Cold War were distorted and exploited for political advantage. "It is difficult indeed to maintain a reasoned and accurately informed understanding of our defense situation on the part of our citizenry when many prominent officials, possessing no standing or expertness except as they themselves claim it, attempt to further their own ideas or interests by resorting to statements more distinguished by stridency than by accuracy.""

Blumenthal also alludes to 'The True Believer' a book that Eisenhower was fond of, in it the author Eric Hoffer offers remarkable insight into these recent movements... "A rising mass movement attracts and holds a following not by its doctrine and promises," he wrote, "but by the refuge it offers from the anxieties, barrenness and meaninglessness of an individual existence." The true believer was at his core an ineffectual man with no capacity for self-fulfillment. Only the drama provided by a mass movement gave him purpose. "Faith in a holy cause," Hoffer wrote, "is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves."

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