David Frum was on Morning Joe last week, and he made a terrific analysis of why the far right has been freaking out:
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.
The “apocalypse” seems to be a common thread through much of the Right these past few days. As I pointed out in the previous post, little is based on reality.
Rachel Maddow said it best, that conservatives have been living in a bubble:
Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. and he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States, again. The Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month, and the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not screwed to oversample Democrats, and Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. and climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes, and evolution is a thing. And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us. And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns, and taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, and the moon landing was real, and FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism. Listen, last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons, but it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole. because in this country, we have a two- party system in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides, both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions, and by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas from both sides about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff. And if the Republican Party and the conservative movement and the conservative media is stuck a vacuum-sealed door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the constructive debate about competing feasible ideas about real problems. Last night the Republicans got shellacked, and they had no idea it was coming. and we saw them in real time, in real humiliating time, not believe it, even as it was happening to them.
Being in a bubble is comfortable. It makes you think that “everyone” is like you, that the world works the way you want it to. You know that, because everyone you’re listening to tells you that. The problem is when objective reality doesn’t match what “you know” from being in the bubble. For example, they fear “socialism.” Except for various government services, and of course, when it’s for them.
Now here’s some more reality. You’re worried about the deficit? I have news for you: So are the Democrats. But “cutting taxes” isn’t the answer, and if you think it is, you might want to Google “mathematically impossible.” While you’re at it, you might want to remember exactly how “concerned” you were less than a decade ago about deficits. Remember? That was when the Republican Congress and President were borrowing like fiends. Next, stop the crap about how America lost respect. Just take a look at the international reaction to this election, and you’ll see something you might not have expected.
While you’re at it, you might want to also ask the women you know how much they appreciate being told they’re not supposed to get equal pay for equal work, that getting pregnant by rape is “God’s gift,” and that if they’re on birth control, they’re “sluts.” I’d be willing to bet – and this election’s breakdowns tell me – that they really don’t appreciate it.
You want to talk the Constitution? Why don’t you read it? While you’re at it, read the Federalist Papers. I know you haven’t read them, because every time you talk about “restoring the Constitution,” you say things that not only aren’t in it, they’re not what the Founding Fathers said. You might also want to take a look at history, particularly the Whiskey Rebellion, which should give you an idea of what they thought of armed rebellion against the government.
Since we’re talking about the Constitution, yes, it does give you the right to practice your religion. But you also have to accept that it gives other people the right to practice their religion. You don’t get to force yours on them, and vice versa. That means your fears of “sharia law” aren’t reality, and you really need to stop trying to push what you consider “christian law” on everyone. You don’t have the right to substitute “belief” for “science.” They’re different things. You can believe what you want, but it doesn’t mean that it’s scientific fact. Evolution is science. Creationism is belief. One is backed up by a wide range of observable facts, the other is backed up by a religious text written millenia ago. Life begins at conception? That’s a belief. Unless it happens in a petri dish, no doctor can tell you when that occurs. They’ll also tell you that a lot of fertilized eggs get passed through without implantation, and a solid percentage of pregnancies end in miscarriage. If you haven’t thought of the implications of that, you should step back until you have.
Finally, yes, Latinos and African Americans really do want “stuff.” Just not the “stuff” you’ve been told they want. No, they don’t want the government to take care of them, no they don’t want to spend their lives on welfare. It turns out they want the same things you take for granted. The chance at a job that pays a living salary. Educating their children. The ability to go places without being pulled over for “driving while black/brown.” Protection from crime, livable communities, and to retire without being broke.
It’s time for you conservatives to break out of your bubble. We have a lot of problems in this country. Our bridges and roads need a lot of repair. Our education system isn’t “the best,” in fact, we’re not even in the top ten in some categories. We don’t have “the best healthcare in the world,” we’re not even in the top 30. The “traditional America” your pundits are bemoaning hasn’t existed in a while. We’re a much more diverse nation, we’re a part of a global economy, and the world is changing rapidly. The “old certainties” are no more, and you’re not going to help solve them by denying it and holing up in a bunker. Reality has been knocking, and you should answer the door before it gets broken down.