No, I haven’t abandoned this blog. I’ve just been very, very busy with work. We’re about to release a product, so it’s been very consuming.
My uncle died recently of cancer. He was in his mid-60s. He was a big fan of alternative / crackpot medicine like homeopathy. He believed that Western medicine was largely about keeping people sick in order to drain as much money as possible out of them. He was also a big fan of Dr Mercola. You can read about him on the science-based-medicine blog, here. Mercola is a big anti-vax, anti-western medicine guy. Whether or not my uncle would’ve gotten the early screening that would’ve detected his cancer early had he not believed in medical conspiracies, I don’t know. I’m sure it didn’t help.
It seems like the right-wing just keeps getting more and more insane. One of the local FM radio stations I liked recently switched formats. Now, it’s all right-wing talk radio. I thought they were relegated to the AM dial. It seems like they’ve switched from making unfair exaggerations of calling Obama a socialist, to just plain making up stuff. I would’ve hoped that people would catch on to how bizarrely disconnected they are from reality, but it seems a lot of Americans are following these guys into their insanity. I’ve even been getting mass email forwards from my relatives in support of people like Glenn Beck. (It’s so hard not to respond with a “how can you possibly believe this crap they’re saying?”) I’d really be interested in finding out if these really are popular enough to justify their air-time, or if some right-wing groups are paying to have them on their air — as a means of political campaigning.
Recently, one conservative writer wrote a column on Newsmax suggesting a military coup against Obama. (They took it down among complaints, and tried to distance themselves from him.) The author claims he’s not advocating a coup, but it’s obvious that he does. Anymore, I’m just not surprised. Excerpt:
There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.
Or do [American military generals] soldier on, hoping the 2010 congressional elections will reverse the situation? Do they dare gamble the national survival on such political whims?
Yes, it would be a shame to leave America’s future to the “political whims” of democratic elections. What a bunch of fascists. This is exactly how to start a revolution against a democracy: convince people in power that they know better than the population, and then intervene to “protect” the nation.
Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?
Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.
Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.
Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”
Glenn Beck recently came out against net-neutrality. I swear the guy just tries to demonize anything remotely associated with Obama, and I’d bet $100 that he couldn’t tell you the first thing about net-neutrality. From media matters:
Glenn Beck argued that the Obama administration’s support for net neutrality amounted to a Marxist takeover of the Internet that would stifle innovation, when in fact net neutrality — which was the law of the land from the creation of the Internet until 2005, and which ensured that Internet Service Providers were not able to control content — has been cited by numerous Internet pioneers as the guiding principle in Internet development and innovation. Moreover, in smearing supporters of net neutrality, Beck esentially included groups such as the Gun Owners of America, the Christian Coalition, and Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell’s Parents Television Council in what he described as a plot “design[ed]” by “Marxists.”
Now, Beck and Limbaugh are also advocating not getting vaccinated against the swine flu, because anything associated with the US government when Obama is president is necessarily evil. Beck: “If somebody had the swine flu right now, I would have them cough on me. I’d do the exact opposite of what the Homeland Security says.”
You know that crazy guy on the corner who writes his conspiracy theories on cardboard boxes and holds them up for cars? That’s about the level I associate with right-wing media today, so it’s depressing that these guys are popular.
Obama’s been in office for 10 months, and the DOW moves above 10,000. Of course, FOX News can never, ever give a Democrat credit for anything:
And another baseless accusation:
The third-ranking Senate Republican said Wednesday the Obama administration appears to be launching a Richard Nixon-like political strategy of making an “enemies list” of people who disagree with the president.
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who once worked in President Nixon’s administration, warned the White House that such a “street brawl” approach of attacking political opponents “can get you in a lot of trouble.”
Gee, that sounds an awful lot like projection. I think it’s clear that the right-wing media / politicians are engaged in a four-year campaign to win in 2012. They can’t allow a week to go by without slinging some mud. I really think they see themselves as “Republicans” more than “Americans”.