Late in George W. Bush's second term, I was so sick of the state of the nation, I started this blog out of sheer frustration. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Condi Rice, Donald Rumsfeld. . .the list of "evil doers" is long, and still inspires a recoiling, defensive posture, with my shoulders to going up a notch and my lip curling into a snarl. There wasn't any nefarious scenario that didn't seem plausible back then. Could the Bush Administration declare martial law and cancel the 2008 Presidential election? It didn't seem so crazy then.
So, what exactly in the Obama Administration mirrors this environment for the other side? Yes, I understand that moderately bad things seem worse when you're on the opposing political side. But what exactly has occurred in the last 16 months that has the right-wing's hackles up? So far, the anger from the right has been frothiest around the perceived government "takeover" of things (and how convenient that "takeover" is always in Frank Luntz's talking points). So, government oversight of health care, GM and other things is the big monster that makes them scream "I want my country back?" Really? You want your country back for big corporations? Somehow, it doesn't get me into a lather.
And yet, right-wing world is making pronouncements like this. . .
"Pray we have no major hurricanes come ashore this year. This Regime is one major catastrophe away from evoking martial law and declaring elections off. The simply need the driver to make it happen, and Obama can declare himself Dictator-for-Life."--by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
"November is a long way off. This bunch now in power, with the aid of the media can do a lot of damage between now and then. It is my personal opinion that unless the Democrats know that they will be able to steal this election, there won’t be an election."--by sport
"When will the Regimes Reichstag catch fire? . . .November is the last chance for any salvation from these morons. If we make it that far..."--by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
That's just a taste of the rantings from FreeRepublic.com (from a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" forum). Tell me, is it just the flip side of the coin, or is there a difference in paranoia levels here?