Sadly true. It’s not new, but a large portion of US politics is full nutbags left and right. Most recently (well before all the Obama horse hockey) is the saliva dripping right-wing crap about the Clintons and for the last eight years the conspiracy-minded clods on the left hyperventilating over Bush.
If this aspect of politics disgusts you (or better yet, if it appeals to you) go read this entire Pajamas media post from Rick Moran. It’s worth the time.
From the link:
I had never read historian Richard Hofstadter’s essay from 1964 entitled “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” but I found it with little trouble. His words echo down through the decades, encompassing both right and left, and are especially prescient given what we’ve gone through the last eight years with the paranoid left and are apparently about to go through with the equally cuckoo right:
American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage can be got out of the animosities and passions of a small minority. But behind this I believe there is a style of mind that is far from new and that is not necessarily right-wing. I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind. In using the expression “paranoid style” I am not speaking in a clinical sense, but borrowing a clinical term for other purposes. I have neither the competence nor the desire to classify any figures of the past or present as certifiable lunatics.
Now there are two ways you can approach the tinfoil hat crowd on the Internet. You can rail against their paranoia and stupidity or you can laugh at them and view their idiocy as entertainment. I choose the latter most of the time because it’s very hard to keep a straight face when someone who is perfectly “normal” in every other respect earnestly assures me that Bush planned the 9/11 attacks or that the president will never leave office, using the military to stay in power.
This is simple and great insight into the mind of the political cretin.
Here’s Moran’s conclusion:
Given the virulence of the left’s paranoid delusions regarding President Bush these last eight years, there is absolutely no reason to believe that Obama Derangement Syndrome will be any less toxic. That’s why the whole birth certificate mess just goes to show that the only true bipartisanship in America today is wild, unreasoning hate for one’s political foes.