|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M – Th 11p / 10c|
|Baracknophobia – Obey|
There’s been a lot of talk on Fox News lately about the supposed mounting evidence that President Obama is really a secret tyrannical leader who will crush those who stand in his way. Constant calls of fascism and socialism have inflamed the Republican core. The people that thought Obama was a Muslim and that he was going to kill us all when he was elected are eating this shit up and frankly this frightens me.
Our country was founded when people stood up to real tyranny. Throughout our history America has stood as a beacon of freedom that will fight to the death anyone who would threaten these liberties. During the total global cluster-fuck known as the Bush administration our fundamental rights as American citizens were thrown into the gutter and backed over with a Hummer. When people questioned why Habeas corpus was suspended and why millions of American citizens were being wired tapped Fox News stood by waving the flag and trying their damnedest to shout down anyone who spoke out their great leader. Now that things aren’t going their way they have been trying to figure out how to fight back. Unfortunately the only tools in their arsenal are lies, propaganda, and cognitive dissonance. Their latest hand involves calling Obama either a moron who doesn’t know what he’s doing or as an all powerful ruler about to start shipping Republicans off to “re-education centers”.
The reason this scares me is the sheer number of people that watch Fox News to get actual news and not just for a quick laugh once and a while. The feeling that all Americans feel to rebel or fight back against oppression is strong enough in some people to act out. From Timothy McVeigh to the Una-bomber, recent history has been full of people that were mad as hell and weren’t going to take it anymore. Richard Poplawski just shot and killed multiple police officers in Pittsburgh because Obama was going to take his guns away. Mathematically somewhere out there in the Fox News audience is someone ready to snap. Maybe they just lost their job or have been a hardcore KKK member their whole life and they just need that final little push over the ledge and into action. By beating this message that Obama is the most dangerous thing to happen to America EVER I fear that they are putting thoughts into the heads of bad people out there. I’m hoping that they are doing it simply because they have nothing else to attack Obama with and they don’t realize the damage they are causing but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a dark fraternal organization under a mountain someplace where men in black robes drink the blood of virgins and produce Fox and Friends and control their Bill O’reilly bot.
People have the right to hate Obama. That’s what makes this a democracy but Fox News has a responsibility to report the news, not all the insane, conspiracy laden thoughts that come to its anchors’ minds. I welcome dissenting opinions but when they are based soley on hate, dangerous hate that has already cost people their lives, I say enough.