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I had a different blog post almost completely written, but then a friend of mine forwarded an email to me entitled, “WHERE ARE ALL THE GIRLFRIENDS OF OBAMA?”. I replied, “Are you serious?” and thus began yet another crisis in our friendship since high school and my scrapping of my original blog post for today.
We had a few more exchanges of emails, her indignation rising with each of my attempts to dispute the claims made in the chain email, such as Obama never attended Columbia University. OK, I admit my eye rolling may have come across, but I provided links to Snopes, PolitiFact and Columbia University.
After complaining that I called people who don’t agree with me crazy and that providing unbiased documentation to refute the crazy right wing stuff is a typical liberal response (yes, it is), my conservative friend finally read the information. She admitted that the email is a little crazy. Thankfully, she is liberal enough to accept facts.
In his 2006 book, Conservatives Without a Conscience, John Dean claims that about 25% of Americans will not believe the truth, no matter what, when faced with facts. He backs up his assertion with psychological studies. Nothing you can say or do will convince this group. He also points out that over the past few decades, those conservatives without a conscience have hijacked the Republican party and masterfully use smear campaigns and the spin machine to push their agenda and get their candidates elected. It has gotten so much easier with the growth of the Internet and social media. Add rigged elections and a friendly-to-the-cause Supreme Court, and we are still suffering the result.
It is no secret that the Republicans’ top priority is to defeat the Socialist Kenyan, even if it means destroying the country in the process. Nothing gets done in the Senate without the 60 vote supermajority (and never mind the useless DINOs) and the House is ruled by one of the most inept Speakers in history who can’t control the crazies in his party.
What could be worse? Even though “Yes We Can” has not worked for many reasons, do you want Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann et al. appointing federal judges and Supreme Court justices until 2016?
Mary Casey is a student in the MS in Business Leadership and Management program at CUNY School of Professional Studies and is an alumna of Lehman College. She is an administrator for a university in NYC. She loves to travel and wants to see as much of the world as possible. Mary created and maintained a community/political blog from 2002 to 2004.