There's so much out there to be depressed about. What has been depressing me lately is the way in which the Republican party and their collaborators known as the mainstream press have managed to reduce our entire political discourse to nothing but an endless sequence of ludicrous Republican lies, and the need of Democrats to spend their time dealing with them. I have said before that I believe this is because Republicans cannot hope to win a fair discussion of the issues, as they are nothing but front men for the most corrupt of the rich. On a whim, I spent a few minutes listing some of the right wing lies that have gained currency over the last year or so. I am sure I missed a lot of them, but here are the ones I thought of:
We Don't Know Who Barack Obama Is
Obama is an illegal alien
Health care reform will result in government death panels that will decide if you live or die
Obama is a Muslim
Obama is a Communist "Manchurian candidate"
Obamacare will provide free abortions on demand
Obama and the Democrats are responsible for the economic collapse of America
Letting poor people buy houses is what caused the real estate bubble to burst
Obama will give free medical care to all illegal aliens
Obama is going to raise taxes on the middle class
Acorn is some sort of subversive organization
Obama won the election by cheating because he spent more money than McCain
Democrats are the real racists
Democrats are really Nazis
Liberals are in league with Islamic religious fanatics
Global warming is a gigantic hoax
Democrats are all out to destroy Christianity
Obama is attacking our intelligence agents by holding them responsible for crimes they commit
Torture is not torture when we do it
The tenth amendment basically prohibits the Federal government from doing anything that Right Wingers don't like, particularly when it comes to taxes.
Obama is an antisemite who is working to destroy Israel
Bill Ayers actually wrote Obama's book
The press is in Obama's pocket
Obama is a subversive because his preacher made a couple of speeches that some people didn't like
The tea parties are a massive popular phenomenon, rather than a systematically manipulated publicity stunt
The stimulus didn't work
Obama has appointed a lot of "Czars," which is a really scary word, and must mean that he is trying to be the Czar of America himself, and is also proof that he is a communist, because the Czars were from Russia.
Now, every one of these is absolutely ludicrous, and shouldn't have been dignified with a minute's thought. Yet, they have all been allowed by the press to become significant parts of our national discourse. It's a wonder that the Democrats have managed to accomplish anything at all with their majority power, when they need to wade through this ocean of muck to get anything done.