Via Instapundit, this post on Chicago Boyz is quite brilliant.
In my limited and only anecdotal experience*, people committed to a cause blindly are blind to truths that don’t fit the message. Like a sibling of mine, who in most other areas is quite smart, but entertained the ridiculous notion that Bush Sr. bought the SCOTUS off to make his son, Bush Jr. president so that 43 could pay back Hussein for attempting to kill 41. Please. It didn’t matter that the recounts all had Bush Jr winning Florida. Did. Not. Matter. There had to be something sinister underneath.
The same phenomenon can be seen in the response of the self appointed spokes people of the non-existent homogeneous black community** and the media to Hurricane Katrina. So many rumors and myths were repeated without an effort to fact check that they are now solidified as fact. I’d show you the report or post, but I can only point to conversations I have where idiots repeat crap and I disabuse them of the crap.
On to the Limbaugh purchasing the Rams debate: go here and read all those posts. You can find multiple articles where people apologized for wrongly attributing wretched quotes to Limbaugh.
The most important thing here is this: There was an obvious willingness to believe the worst of Rush Limbaugh by much of the media. So much so that, contrary to what we the people expect of our news outlets, there were no confirmation attempts made to verify the accuracy of those attributions. Rush Limbaugh never said that slavery was good or that MLK’s killer should get a medal. Never. Said. It.
From the article on Chicago Boyz:
Listening to the contemporary American left’s views of the rest of us is increasingly like listening to a paranoid schizophrenic slip farther into delusions that they are surrounded by malevolent people. Just as we have to worry that the schizophrenic might act on their delusional beliefs and strike out violently against the evils they imagine, we have to be increasingly worried that leftists will strike out against the rest of us based on their delusional fantasies about what we non-leftists believe.
Read the whole thing, please.
This is what I actively worry about. I also actively try to root out the same effect in myself. I don’t think Obama is the antichrist. I just think he’s a lightly-talented speaker with a heavy teleprompter habit who is in way over his head. I think he is a Marxist. I think this because of who he hangs out with. I think he knows very little about what makes America great. I think he has steeped his mind and philosophy so deeply in the liberal/marxist/progressive spere that he can not imagine for one moment that America is not the awful, racist, classist, evil place he thinks it is. Or at least it seems like he thinks that way because of how he talks about us. I think Obama is a flabby thinker, that he relies on the thoughts of others and doesn’t think through to the end of what Marxism has really done every time it’s been implemented.
It is beyond terrifying that a member of Obama’s White House staff would mention Mao as a political philosopher whom she returns to again and again for inspiration. Exsqueeze me? As has been stated before in many places, Mao caused the death of so many of his own people and turned his country into a land of such monumental chaos that the number of dead at the end of his reign can only be estimated within 30 million. As in between 40 million and 70 million people were murdered: starved, tortured, shot, cut, beaten, you name it, Mao had it done. To his own people. In peace time.
The great buggey bear of the left, Hitler, never dreamt to accomplish so much death.
So, just so I’m clear – according to the left, if they make up awful quotes you never said but they IMAGINED you said, you aren’t allowed to own an NFL team because you are “divisive”. Conversely, if you are an admitted admirer of the most murderous and insane tyrant of the 20th century you can get and keep a job in the White House monitoring a media outlet for content the administration doesn’t like.
Yeah, that pretty much sounds like last week in the People’s Republic of America.
*Yes, the phrase is purposefully redundant. No scientific research was committed in the course of writing this post.
**Like Kanye West, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. These men are idiots, trouble mongers and attention whores.
NOTE: It is interesting to me that the San Francisco Chronicle condemned happy thawts about Mao:
We listened politely to Redmonde’s rationalizations of all things Mao, but came away unconvinced. Mao’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, documented by innumerable firsthand observers and historians, will likely always be ranked by reasonable people among the greatest atrocities of 20th Century totalitarian governments. We’d like to poke fun at people who still worship at the altar of Mao in 2009, but the truth is that this shit just ain’t funny.