Ask a Republican and he’s likely to tell you that liberals are ‘moonbats’ – or something like that.
Fine with me — that’s one of the nice things I’ve been called. But what does it say of Republicans, then, when in a Newsweek poll, 52% of them said that it was either ‘definitely true’ or ‘probably true’ that President Obama wants to impose Islamic Sharia law in America? Only 40% of Republicans said it was either ‘definitely not true’ or ‘probably not true’.
But wait — that’s not all! According to this Pew poll, 31% of Republicans think Obama’s a practicing Muslim — a beer-drinking, pork-eating, praying-to-Jesus Muslim, but still a Muslim! And it doesn’t stop with Obama.
The head of the Hawaii GOP says a vote for a Democrat is “advancing unrighteousness.” There are Tea Party people like Sharron Angle of Nevada who wants to completely end public education. Focus on the Family is now claiming that anti-bullying efforts are a front for gay rights activists. The list of sheer idiocy on the Right goes on and on.
Who is it that’s pouring the grape Kool-Aid here? More importantly, why are so many of the Republicans drinking it? Worst of all, why aren’t the completely sane Republicans who aren’t yet party to this nonsense fighting to pull the scales from the eyes of their fellow conservatives?
The answer is obvious: power. Those Republicans who know this nonsense for what it is are more concerned with regaining power than with stopping these nonsensical rumors from spreading. However, it could also be said that the sensible among the Republicans have no choice in the matter, because they cannot politically survive publicly standing up to the conservative pundits who often push this claptrap over most of the airwaves of the nation. So far, I have yet to see a Republican politician stand up to a major conservative pundit who didn’t wind up apologizing a few days later. But anyone who’s familiar with Rwanda knows the power that a radio pundit can wield.
I hope I’m wrong, but to anyone with some knowledge of history this silliness among the Republicans should be very troubling. It’s quite normal for conservatives and liberals of a nation to fight tooth-and-nail, but bad things tend to happen when one side has the perception that the other side is of a religion they hate. Very bad things. This is why I believe we’re going to see a spasm of violence in the coming two years, probably just before the next presidential election. If we’re lucky, this ‘spasm’ will be only that, and people will wake up to see just how far down the slippery slope to widespread political and sectarian violence we’ve gone. If we’re not so lucky, cities will burn.
But one advantage a student of history has is to take the long view, the opportunity to examine the ebb and flow of societies over the generations, the centuries – and this is what helps me sleep at night. Why? Because the demographic of young adults is much more liberal and more culturally diverse in every way than those currently in power – and someday these ‘moonbats’ will be the leaders of this nation. One could make the argument that such was the case in the 1960s, and to this I would agree and point out how very much we’ve changed as a nation since then: the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and now the Health Care Reform Act. And let us not forget the election of someone named Barack Hussein Obama — an irony of epic proportions!
I hope we’re not about to relive the societal chaos of the 1960s, but in the long view, even if we do, we’re going to do all right in the end. The ‘moonbats’ will be in charge. In a generation, the Republican party will either have adapted to the great changes coming in our national demographic and accepted some of what they now consider too-liberal platforms (such as their current growing, if grudging, acceptance of LGBTs), or they will have been marginalized.
Any journey worth making will have troubles and hardships along the way. The names of those martyred along the way such as MLK, Harvey Milk, Medgar Evers, and Bobby Kennedy among others, and the many more less famous who lost their lives such as the four students at Kent State; these were all patriots too, and it was their blood that watered the tree of liberty in the 1960s. But whether or not such upheavals will come (global warming notwithstanding), better times are coming. Keep the faith!