The only thing surprising about right-wing lunatic spittlemonger Andrew Breitbart’s fabricated smear against Shirley Sherrod is how DC and the media actually vindicated her. Usually, the typical thing goes “right-winger fabricates something through the noise machine, where it is soon amplified and becomes conventional wisdom, and any contradictory evidence is forgotten.” See “ACORN pimp video” for more on that one.
Aside from the fact that it’s the only way cons can stay in the news, it’s bigger than that. I think the typical winger views “truth” in such a gray way, that the people at the top know they can peddle this shit uncritically.
Now, Dems lie a lot, too. Shit like “hope and change”, that kinda stuff, and a lot of ’em peddled Bush’s Iraq/WMD nonsense for whatever reason. But by and large, it’s lying about vague policy stuff, which politicians of all stripes have done since the beginning of time (and I’m not talking about personal stuff, whether it be Strom Thurmond’s love child or Bill Clinton’s blow job). Today’s krazy cons just pull shit out of thin air, precisely because they know they have a huge following of mouthbreathers who don’t question, and even when they are confronted with facts, they deny it any way.
Before you accuse me of shilling for Dems (although I will shill for lefties in general, but you already know that, and that ain’t necessarily Dems), think real hard if there’s any real equivalent on the left (like some people compare Biden’s crazy-uncle gaffes to Palin’s perpetual proud stupidity). As much as I loathe them, I don’t see mainstream Dems out there fabricating videos to smear people or peddling horrendous conspiracy theories. And no, Alan Grayson is not the left wing equivalent of Glenn Beck, so spare me ahead of time. So please, by all means, please show me the leftist equivalent of this:
Death panels. Shirley Sherrod. ACORN pimp videos. Vince Foster. The Rapture. Anything Michele Bachmann says and anything you read on WorldNutDaily. Where’s the birth certificate? The War on Christmas. Mission Accomplished.
Am I forgetting anything? Oh, yes.
Illegal immigrants beheading lots of Arizonans. One can be a Nazi, socialist, communist, athiest and Muslim all at once. If left alone, the free market will do what’s right for the country. Anything Glenn Beck says. Forced abortions. And so on.
Now recently, I was criticized here by an ally that instead of just mocking, perhaps I should delve into the causes of why a pecan-size brained dolt like Sarah Palin can be so popular. Fair enough. It’s easier, though, to look at the things that aren’t the cause.
It’s not poverty; many of these people who believe this crap are quite comfortable. It’s not education; I read somewhere that Rush’s demographic seems, oddly enough, to have a sizable college-educated demographic.
Now that’s not to say that there aren’t a bunch of uneducated saps out there; there most certainly are. One can be highly educated, too, and have incredibly poor judgment. Just look at my marriages, fer chrissake.
The long answer probably has something to do with a combination of factors such as disenfranchisement, educated but lacking critical thinking skills, entrenched in the bullshit of American exceptionalism at a very early age, religiosity, white privilege, fear of an ever-changing world and not having the skills to deal with it, the need to scapegoat someone or something for one’s own miserable existence, and so on, mental illness in some cases, and in some cases, people knowing better but playing along since it benefits them (that last one mostly applies to the people spreading the shit).
The short answer? Lots of idiots and assholes in this country, and the origins of the idiotry and assholery (I can make up words too, like Shakespeare! Yay!) are so complex and diverse, that it’s nothing you’re going to see me sum up in some post on a shitty blog.