I have to deal with this guy regularly. And almost all of the time what we have to talk about has nothing to do with politics. But every once in awhile we "go there." And an amazing transformation takes place. He becomes a Rush Limbaugh -- FOX News -- talking points regurgitator. But it's even weirder than that. He doesn't just repeat zombie-like what he's heard like some "Gooble-Gobble One of Us" freak ... he's internalized it. He takes the current Conservative Talking Points, digests it completely, and when the Conservative Button is pressed ... out come the Talking Points ... but in his own words. It's not like he's become a Limbaugh/Hannity/O'Reilly clone because he still retains his individuality. He's personalized the mindset and sees everything that is political through that lens.
I know exactly what he's going to say about Current Events. When George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin I knew before I picked up the phone I was going to hear the racist conservative spin come out of his mouth. When Rush and FOX come up with their latest attack on Obama ... it goes straight into his Anti-Obama hope chest where he keeps all his Anti-Obama ammo.
We were on the phone Sunday night. The election came up. I told him I had already sent in my absentee ballot. He assumed I voted for Obama and was shocked when I told him I hadn't. He knew I couldn't bring myself to vote for Romney but he couldn't understand why a good "liberal" like myself didn't vote Obama.
I told him my top reasons:
- Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act giving him the authority to arrest Americans and lock them up indefinitely.
- Obama designated himself as the Judge and Jury for the "kill list" of human beings his Security Advisors think should be executed.
- And Obama's waged the most aggressive and vindictive assault on whistleblowers of any president in American history.
We wrapped up the call and I while I was pouring a cup of coffee ... it hit me. Why didn't he know this stuff? How could he not know this stuff? He's so steeped in Limbaugh and FOX that when he caught a CNN broadcast in his doctor's waiting room he told me he "... couldn't believe the pro-Obama propaganda that was coming out of the TV."
Let's take a moment here ...
This guy only listens to ... and watches Anti-Obama propaganda Every Single Day. He's stewed in it for so long that anything that even gets close to objective reporting, something he never sees on FOX, comes across to him as propaganda. Kudos to Murdoch and Ailes for systematically destroying this guy's mind.
But I digress ...
How is it possible that this guy knows all about the Secret Muslim who's simultaneously a Reverend Wright Crazy Christian ... The Socialist pallin' around with terrorists ... The globe-trotting American apologist ... and every single anti-Obama virus put out there by FOX ... but he doesn't know any of the real blood-curdling facts about Obama? I'd think the "kill list" and indefinite detentions for any American would trump the Reverend Wright stuff six ways from Sunday.
But better yet ...
Why didn't FOX or Limbaugh cobble together an Ultimate anti-Obama mashup?
The Black Guy in The White House with the "Kill List" (true) is a Secret Muslim (false) who can "disappear" you or any other American he chooses ... forever (true). Pretty scary stuff for an already nervous Teabagger.
But the truth is FOX doesn't even need to use the made-up Secret Muslim stuff to scare its audience. That would just be fake icing on the cake.
But the question remains ... Why didn't they scare their audience with the truth instead of the phony junk?
I'll venture a guess.