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Theory: paid agitants and Republican PR agents pepper this forum
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by Reasonable Person, Old Towne,
on Mar 19, 2010
What do you think? I've lived and worked in Pleasanton a very long time and I've never met anyone with the rabid, bizarre, hateful, and politically extreme views I see spamming up this forum.
Do you think that certain posters may in fact be working for the insurance industry or the GOP to try to stir things up?
Posted by Rae
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm
I don't believe those extreme right-wing posters on this forum are paid agitators. For me, that would be less scary than the knowledge that there have always been, and probably always will be, people who blindly follow those who feed their fears and insecurities.
Sadly, as we've seen so many times in history, and now recently in town halls, at tea parties, and on the radio/TV, political pundits have become very good at "making you afraid of it, and telling you who's to blame for it". They "gather a group of middle age, middle class, middle income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family, and American values and character, and you . . . scream about patriotism." ("The American President"). Funny how art imitates life.
Too many on this forum, who parrot the opinions of their favorite pundit and call it research, have proven that the more you ask them to take a hard look at the source of their information, the more zealous in its defense they become. Not only do they not question the motive of the pundit they're repeating, they have no interest in digging below the surface to look at real data (like the Constitution, what the founding fathers actually said on an issue, what's written in the HCR bills) because, as "Pleasanton Mom" has said, "It's not important."
This unwillingness to look beyond the surface of what a favorite political pundit has provided as gospel is evident in not only this latest round of HCR bashing, but in the spread of mis-information like the fictitious "death panels", ban on sport fishing, and Kenyan birth certificate. The most recent hoax is a GOP-leaked "internal Democratic memo" regarding the upcoming health reform vote.
This kind of zealousness, seen, for example, in the followers of charismatic cult leaders, is making itself evident in the way that posters have imbued their position on the issues with a fanatical view in which God is on the side of the "right people", the only "true Americans", "patriots" standing together to fight the "evil" socialist/Marxist/communist/nazi/statist Democrats that are out to "destroy America". Like I said, scary.
That said, Martin's son is right. This IS "democracy at work", and it's up to all of us Americans, no matter what your race, ethnicity, religious or spiritual beliefs, political persuasion, or sexual identity, to determine where we've been, where we are and where we want to go as a country. The hard part is balancing left and right extreme, moderate and centrist views to come up with a well-run government that works most of the time for each and every one of us - not just those of the conservative, tea party persuasion who consider themselves the only "true" Americans, patriots with the only "right" view, the only "good" guys. We, America and Americans, are so much more than that narrow paradigm.