Sheria at The Examined Life posted some statistics from the Daily Kos depression poll of the century. Just as well, I need crap like this … extrapolated so as to keep it at some remove. Sanity is precious, you know, and one wants to go on believing the best of ones’ neighbors, in both the immediate and existential sense. I have always thought that being hateful inside must be the most boring of lives.
Why is this poll so disconcerting? For one, it rips the hell out of the fabric of social trust. If 53% of Republicans believe Sarah Palin would be a better president than Barack Obama, what’s to stop them from not waiting their turn at four-way stops? I suppose their concern for their own hides, and that goes a long way … but once you start thinking about this and realize you live in a country of the insane, hell, public safety is up for grabs.
Not but what a goodly if unmeasurable portion of the terrible flap in which this country currrently struggles isn’t the logical outcome of having a freakin’ African-American president. You think people were ready for that? Wonder that it is, and such a fantastic closure to some truly hideous incidents in American history—we’re talkin’ buying and selling people, right here in the home of the free—I think it has stirred up the deepest and, forgive me, darkest stuff.
Christ it must be a terrible nuisance, having skin of a dark color. Target of more projections than Freud or Jung could shake a stick at.
This business of flying planes into buildings in protest. In protest of what? I think that at bottom (and I do mean bottom) you’ve got a lot of angry white men, perhaps mostly of middle-age and older, who have lost that to which they felt superior all their lives. Perhaps not closely examined, overt racism, but it’s so reassuring, just knowing you are better than someone. If, of course, you have the pecking-order brain of the male.
A big if, but the women don’t come off any better. Remember, this is Lakoff’s Patriarchal Family, which suggests the women actually listen to the crap that comes out of these mens’ mouths, and believe it. I remember a moment in the campaigning when some addled old lady held up her shaky sign, “Obama = Terrorist” and John McCain stopped, mid-rally, and said to her, “No, ma’am, that’s wrong. He’s a good family man same as me.” Yes, he took the wind out of her sails, but politely, gently … but what got me was her reponse. In a pitiful small voice, she said—I mean, John McCain had spoken right to her—”He is?”
What’s happened is The Times They Are A-Changing faster than these people—and the patriarchal model within which they live—can cope. With no one to explain it to them, only whip up fears and hate, every single man and woman who answered this poll did so in a delusional state. (No, not Pennsylvania.) They are the true victims … as I suppose is true of all sorts of vile. You have to cook up a lot of hatred inside to fuel that suicide flight. The pilot? In his note, he hoped he would be an example. Imagined I suppose squadrons of IRS kamikaze—which ain’t the American way.
Here they are, your neighbors and mine, in all their deluded spendor. They hate to be called delusional, it’s a term used by the Elite.
63% of Republicans believe Obama is a socialist while 21% disagree and 16% are not sure.
42% believe Obama was born in the U.S. while 36% do not, with 22% undecided.
53% believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama while 14% do not and 33% are undecided.
31% believe that Obama is a racist and hates white people, while 36% say he is not a racist and 33% are undecided.
24% say they believe Obama wants terrorists to win while 43% say Obama does not want terrorists to win, and 33% are undecided.
39% say Obama should be impeached; 32% disagree and 29% are undecided.
67% say the only way for an individual to go to heaven is through Jesus Christ.
91% support the death penalty.
All I got to say is, Folks, good luck undoing the arrow of time.