The other night, at a party my parents were hosting, I was talking to a few of their senior friends. They are living in a world of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck induced terror. It is elder abuse. The very real problem is that the senior citizens aren’t the only ones who are being literally brainwashed.
“...In reality, however, the so-called 912ers were summoned to D.C. by the man who changed Beck’s life, and that helps explain why the movement is not the nonpartisan lovefest that Beck first sold on air with his trademark tears. Beck has created a massive meet-up for the disaffected, paranoid Palin-ite “death panel” wing of the GOP, those ideologues most susceptible to conspiracy theories and prone to latch on to eccentric distortions of fact in the name of opposing “socialism.” In that, they are true disciples of the late W. Cleon Skousen, Beck’s favorite writer and the author of the bible of the 9/12 movement, “The 5,000 Year Leap.” A once-famous anti-communist “historian,” Skousen was too extreme even for the conservative activists of the Goldwater era, but Glenn Beck has now rescued him from the remainder pile of history, and introduced him to a receptive new audience…”
Back in October, The Pink Flamingo began to become fed up with FOX, and the usual conservative sources. I’ve been told that I’ve changed. My attitude has changed. My politics are basically the same, but I turned off FOX, most of CNN, and don’t listen to any talk shows. I get my news from Bloomberg’s financial. I get my politics from The Hill and Roll Call.
I dare Pink Flamingo readers to turn off Rush, Sean, Laura, etc. for a month. If you read a conservative blog, read a liberal blog. Don’t read or watch anything owned by Rupert Murdoch. Leave off MSNBC, CNN (except for real news), and get your politics through the financials on Bloomberg. Don’t read anything associated with Breitbart. Don’t read anything associated with anything Rand.
It has taken me six months to deprogram my brain from the far right. It was like going off an addictive. It is also quite dangerous. When you finally do, you won’t like the world you see. I am as utterly repulsed by the right as I am the left. There is no difference. I have come to believe anything that began via Rand is as detrimental to society as anything that came from Marx.
If we don’t turn off the talkers, the far left and the far right, and don’t start questioning everything, every fact and figure, we’re going to lose our country. I’ve learned that Obama is not evil, not a socialist, but a liberal incompetent. From everything I can find, and I have researched it, Romney is no different, only he’s now pandering to the Randians. If he had his way, with the latest idiocy to come out of his mouth, no more firefighters, cops, USDA, or forest service, where I live would now be a smouldering ruin with thousands of homes burned, including mine. That, in my estimation is a fool.
The problem with conservatives, with the GOP is that we were the underdog for so long, we would grasp at any media straw. Today, what we once believed is very popular. Now the outlandish among the media have used and manipulated it to go far beyond what is rational and logical. Because they are considered “conservative” we, the gullible, we the previously abused, we the battered will snuggle up to anyone or anything that uses the right language.
We are accepting. Because we’ve been put down for so long, we believe anything those “trusted” sources, such as Rush, Sean, Bill, Laura, etc tell us. We take at face value anything Michelle Malkin writes. If it comes from CNN it must be evil and biased. If it comes out of the SPLC, it is evil and biased.
The late Andrew Breitbart is being turned into a tin-plated god. Those who once worked for him and are continuing his “legacy”. They’ve become cruel, vicious bullies who don’t give a damn about accuracy. All they want to do is to further a cause that is becoming increasingly unrecognizable.
The Pink Flamingo refuses to be a part of this. I’m not a follower or a joiner. I am my own person, quite capable of making my own decisions, without the input of Rush Limbaugh. I don’t need the little bimbos on FOX News to tell me what to think. I’m have a brain and I know how to use it.
Liberation from the conservative media is quite – well – liberating. When your eyes are finally opened, as have been mine, I see a whole different world out there. It is not all black, white, or even gray. It’s a world. There are good Republicans and bad Republicans. There are good Democrats and bad Democrats. Barack Obama is not all bad and I regret the things I once wrote and said about him.
No, I’m not voting for him. Then again, I absolutely refuse to vote for Mitt Romney. I don’t vote for people who are obsessed.
I found a rather fascinating tale that has absolutely nothing to do with the situation we are in politically. Yet, it has everything to do with it. It is about obsession. Michael Prescott tells the tale of Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle who became so obsessed with spiritualism that he eventually destroyed his reputation as one of the world’s great writers.
“…How could Doyle’s rational faculty deteriorate so badly? Critics suggest that he was never much of a thinker, but I’ve read a great deal of his work, as well as Daniel Stashower’s excellent biography, and my impression is that Doyle had a more penetrating intellect than his detractors admit. Trained in medicine, he traveled around the world as a ship’s doctor, acquiring a range of knowledge and experiences that made him far more intellectually interesting than his closed-minded Victorian colleagues. He resisted prejudices – women and minorities are generally treated with respect in his work – and had an appreciation of exotic cultures and variant points of view. In short, Doyle was a sensible, astute observer of the world around him – until he got caught up in his obsession with mediums. At that point his mental and emotional stability began to suffer, and he became increasingly fanatical, blind to any interpretation of the evidence but his own…”
Mitt Romney is a man obsessed. If you turn off your conservative sources, and start using some critical thinking, you will be able to see the problem we are having. We are Republicans, not liberal followers designed to go over a cliff if that is what they are told to do. Start acting like it.
Start using the brain the Good Lord has given you!