Conservatives: Get A Grip, Will You?

Over the past few days, I’ve been watching conservatives have a collective meltdown over President Obama’s re-election.  Some of that is the usual disappointment (and associated finger pointing) that goes with losing any election, particularly one this important.  It didn’t help that the polls showed it to be closer than it turned out to be, and some – now shown to be badly in error – showed you ahead.   That part is what’s expected, it happens after every election.  But that’s not the problem.  The real meltdown is based around a bunch of assumption, lies, misreadings, conspiracy theories, all of which are not based on reality.  

In reading them, one would think that conservatives haven’t been around for the past four years.  In fact, that they’ve been off the planet.   I’ve seen people crying about “America is gone,” wondering when communism is going to be instituted, guns taken away, sharia law implemented, and everyone will be dependent on the government.  Some have promised to move elsewhere.

All of which bears very little relation to anything the President has done in the past 4 years, and plans to do in the next 4.   Let’s see reality.  In 2008, we elected a slightly left-of-center candidate.  He said very clearly what he wanted to do, and he’s been doing it all along.  In fact, he’s had a record of success.  The “bailout of the car companies” that was so reviled?  It made a profit, and the companies in question are booming.  Bailing out the big banks?  Well, that was the previous administration that started that, but he managed to get almost all the money back – when various “experts” said it couldn’t be done.  He cut your taxes, he’s revamping regulations, making the government smaller, and wants to balance the budget.  If he were a Republican, you’d have been singing his praises.

What about healthcare?  It’s been on the agenda of every President for a long time.  We spend more on it than any other country in the world, and we get less for that.  Seriously.  We aren’t even in the top 10 in many categories.  So he passed a law which is a step in getting those costs under control.  You might want to note that every other country various “conservatives” are talking about moving to happen to have a national health plan.

Another reality check as well:  The President is a Christian, he was born in the US, and he has no plans to put people in re-education camps, take away their guns, or any of the other things that he’s been accused of by various conservative groups.   But… but… people will now want “stuff!” from the government. Yes, and he wants to deliver it.  Roads, good schools, a modern electrical grid, high-speed internet, energy independence, good jobs created by private industry, a clean environment, and a sustainable social safety net.

The people who voted for him want that, and if you don’t, well, then you live in a fantasy world.  Reality just knocked on the door, and you really should open it.  You’re still freaking out?  Get a grip.

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12 responses to “Conservatives: Get A Grip, Will You?

  1. sidney18511

    The republicans got addicted to the power that they rolled in for the first six years of the Bush administration. They are going through withdrawls, and like any addict, they will lie, cheat and steal to get their fix. We can’t let that happen. We have to be on the ball in 2014 when the midterms come around. You can’t kill these people, their like the terminator.

  2. Man I wish I would have invested heavily in gun and pharmaceutical stocks. I would have gotten rich from the right wing’s nervous breakdown

    • As a number of others have pointed out over the past few years, most of the ones having hysterics live in areas dependent on federal government spending. It’s a case of if they they got what they said they wanted, they’d be in serious trouble.

      • sidney18511

        And the look on their faces when they realized what they actually voted for might of been worth it. Bless their little ignorant hearts.

  3. Vic78

    It’s going to be difficult to walk away from a 40 year old investment. Letting go is the right thing to do. Do we call this the Liberals’ revenge? It looks as if we have a silent majority that wants this country to be a better place.

    • I think we’re seeing the end results of a few decades of Atwater/Rove political maneuvering, along with the rise of the segmented media. By using “us vs them” and binary arguments, they were quite successful. But it blinded them to reality. TPM is talking about a 2002 book “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” which predicted some of this. We live in an increasingly diverse country, and the world is not “binary” it’s “multivariate.”

      The Republicans placed their bets on the critical electorate being older, white, evangelical, or suburban, and handed over the keys to the party to the more … radical … of the conservatives. As I said, in the short term, it worked. In the longer term – which we’re seeing starting now – they’ve alienated a good percentage of the new demographic reality, and I don’t think they’re going to make gains in that for a while.

      • sidney18511

        Just when the republicans perfected their bullshit propaganda to suck in the racist population and the evangelical Taliban cult, now, NOW they have to come up with more bullshit propaganda to suck in Latinos? Good god, just when will the righteous party’s work ever be done?

  4. Republicans have been asleep or not attending at all to the changing demographics. Actually, they probably believed they’d win and then kick out most of the “foreigners” thus restoring the white man balance. But that day is gone. Clinging to a white America, as Pat Buchanan seems to desire, is a zero sum game. There is so much fear and paranoia operating in the U.S. right now and it bears paying close attention to. When the economy improves, as I know it will within the next four years, will these frightened people then be able to relax? I don’t know. There are many among us who are so resistant to change and I’m thinking that they simply have to reach old age and die.

    • David Frum put it quite well:

      The real locus of the problem is the Republican activist base and the Republican donor base. They went apocalyptic over the past four years, and that was exploited by a lot of people in the conservative world. I won’t soon forget the lupine smile that played over the head of one major conservative institution when he told me that our donors think the apocalypse has arrived, that Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex.

      What happened is that this entertainment complex was able to use the hidden – and not so hidden – racism in many segments to leverage the fears about the “scarey black man” into acceptance of the rest of their agenda and lies.

      Even in the face of objective reality, they are now locked into their little apocalyptic world. Personally, I expect a few of them to do something truly … stupid.

      • Yes, this entertainment complex is an insidious evil. The Republican party we saw this season is one that despises the poor and ignorant, but chose to use that segment for a very small segment of the base – the wealthy. I fear the stupid that might erupt. We’ve already been hearing promises of acquiring more firearms and ammo and threats toward President Obama. What a scary time.

  5. see above

    The sad part but good for liberals part is how they are looking at this as a failure of process and not policy. They are now going for the maybe path to citizenship is what we should do, or maybe we should recruit more women or people of color any color. They still believe all they need is a few more non-white faces and female faces to fix things. There is zero mention of reforming a platform that takes the country backwards.

    • sidney18511

      Yes, the GOP truly believes that if they explain that people should give up Medicare for the purpose of lowering taxes for the wealthy that the Latinos would agree with them, as long as they get their message out using the Spanish language.