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And the Republicans that live in them.

Mother Jones reports:

Right Wing Voters: Obama’s Success = Destruction of USA

A new focus group study from the Democratic-friendly polling firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows that right-wing Republicans have jumped the political rails to inhabit a world of their own. The dominant “fact” for this band of conservatives is that President Barack Obama has a secret plan to impose socialism on the United States and repress the citizenry. Consequently, they believe that Obama’s success is tantamount to the destruction of the country.

And consequently, as mentioned in my previous post, the threats against the president’s life have gone up exponentially.

From the study:

The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by DemocracyCorps. These base Republican voters dislike Barack Obama to be sure – which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush – but these voters identify themselves as part of a ‘mocked’ minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. While these voters are disdainful of a Republican Party they view to have failed in its mission, they overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.

And one wonders how far this “mocked” minority will go to see that he does.  And their racism and paranoia shine through with this:

Karl Agne, a consultant who worked on the study, noted during the call that the participants became rather conspiratorial when discussing the president. Asked where Obama was born, these folks, according to Agne, took a deeply skeptical position: “You’ll never know.” They insisted that Obama’s true past has been hidden and that the sort of information provided by previous presidents about their backgrounds has in the case of Obama been denied to the American public. They also believe that Obama is a front-man. As Agne describes it, they’ve concluded that “there is no way a community organizer could have risen to this point without powerful interests driving this….He couldn’t have possibly done this on his own.”

Yeah, a black man from Hawaii tranplanted to Chicago and the US Senate could never do “this” on his own.  Dark sinister forces are at work and Obama is just a front man.  Sort of like GW Bush was for Dick Cheney and the oil companies I suppose.

Conservative Republicans do not oppose Obama’s policies simply because they think they are misguided or out of partisan fervor. Rather, they believe his policies are purposely designed to fail. When they look at the totality of his agenda, they see a deliberate effort to drive our country so deep into debt, to make the majority of Americans so dependent on the government, and to strip away so many basic constitutional rights that we are too weak to fight back and have to accept whatever solution he proposes.

And again, were these people asleep the last eight years?  The stated goal of Grover Norquist who held such sway over the neocons was to get the government “down to the size we could drown it in a bathtub.”  And the way this was on the way to transpiring was by spending so much money on war that there was none left over for programs and budgets of the various government agencies.  And Obama did not put us in this debt.  Even before the financial meltdown, Bush had borrowed more money than all of our presidents put together.  And “Constitutional rights?”  Are they kidding?  Did they completely miss the assault on them by Bush and Cheney et al?

And the fuel is fed to this fire of ignorance by the likes of Beck, Limbaugh, Malkin, and the rest of the usual suspects of right wing nuttery that have been given platforms and credibility on our “Main Stream Media.”  Hate and ignorance sell and the market is booming.  These huckster’s are in line for huge bonuses as they peddle their paranoid propaganda to the “Mocked Minority” that are their biggest consumers.

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