The election is over but the craziness continues. There's a distinct tendency to look for evil and nefarious plots in everything that happens - every word given, every move made, every affair discovered.
It's not, tragically, the right. My wife and I had to talk down friends under George Bush's administration. They were convinced George Bush and his neocon laden administration, led by Dick Cheney, had plans to permanently remain in power by suspending the elections in 2008 due to the financial crisis. Just the other day I met a lefty who believes Barack Obama has signed secret agreements with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to suspend the US Constitution.
But the right has seemed to have taken on a whole level of madness, rationalizing why things happen, resulting in hyper polarized stances and suspicions about the Democrats and their plots.
Glenn Beck believes Barack Obama and the Democrats planned the General Patreous scandal and resignation. Beck says, come on, they vetted him for his position as Director of the CIA. They had to know that he was having an affair. They then exposed him, using the FBI, to throw discredit the military and distract the media. Beck said, "This is spontaneous, they just found out? Bull crap. They have known. The White House knew during the vetting process that Petraeus was carrying on an inappropriate relationship. They knew it. They knew that he could be easily compromised, but they appointed him anyway."
See, this isn't about the fall of a military leader, and it's not about the fraility of egos and the impact of sex and power to Beck; this is about a Democratic plot to take over the government.
Meanwhile, Senator John McCain is also doing his best to show, and not tell, the Republican role in why our Federal government is having problems governing. Benghazi. Benghazi. Benghazi. McCain suspects a cover up in the attack on Benghazi diplomatic mission in which a US Ambassador and three others were killed. So McCain is holding press conferences, demanding information, demanding to know what the administration is not telling Congress and why they're not telling them.
While he's holding that press conference, he's missing a two hour classified meeting between his committee and the CIA, Defense and State departments, explaining what went on with Benghazi.
He looks like a fool. He looks like a child whining about why he didn't get any presents while a pile of presents are behind him, waiting to be opened.
He seems like a sitcom caricature - making assumptions and taking actions, setting up a humorous climax. But there isn't a humorous climax in this sitcom. There is just a US Senator, looking very much like an out of touch fool striving for attention and relevancy while not doing his job.
Then, when asked why he missed the meeting, he became quite testy. It was a scheduling error, his office claimed but McCain went on a tantrum. How dare you question me? I'm a Senator. I don't have to answer you.
So he comes across as not just a fool, but a petulant and arrogant fool.
Senator McCain's antics don't stop there. He's also railing that Susan Rice isn't smart enough to be the Secretary of State. This would be Susan Rice, the Rhodes Scholar.
How about Mitt Romney's understanding of why he lost the election? It wasn't because he kept changing positions, or that his team's model to predict the outcome was wrong, or that people didn't trust him because he's wealthy and won't share his taxes, or his many gaffes or outright lies. No, it's because Obama bribed voters. But Mitt wasn't trying to bribe voters, telling them that he'll cut taxes while increasing revenues.
No, not at all.
How about some more petulant whining and craziness from the Republican side of the nation? Our candidate didn't win the election so we're seceding. Doesn't that smack you of the same intelligent reactions displayed in yards around the world, when a child gets angry and shouts, "I'm going home," and takes all their toys with them. There, that will teach them! They'll miss me when I'm gone.
Or those business leaders telling employees, oh, now that Obama has been re-elected, we have to cut your hours because the economy is going to suffer. We're going to need to lay you off because the business will be bad. What evidence is there of that in that fact based world? Why, they didn't offer any.
Some claimed that they need to reduce hours or pay to cover the costs of ObamaCare. You know, the ObamaCare that takes effect in 2014.
The government has already been held hostage too long by partisans who refuse to govern instead of playing politics with every issue. Now Repubicans, who claim to worry about business, job creators, they call themselves, are cutting jobs. It's not enough that they experience the lowest tax rates in decades, that they, among all the people who suffer, do not suffer in their mansions, private jets and estates. They want more, more, more.
And they will rationalize and rant and rave about the unfairness and injustice of it all until they get their way or marginalize themselves as others recognize them for who they are.
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