Soph0571 seeded an article by Kevin Carey in the Chronicle titled "Inside (or at Least Uncomfortably Near) the Right-Wing Hate Machine". It is a fantastic article, and i thank Ms. Soph for seeding it, and bringing it to us. It really says what many of us, through articles and our comments on articles are trying to say about the propaganda machine that the far wrong-wingers have developed over the last many years. and it is growing by leaps and bounds every minute of every day.
In my comment on this article, I compared today's machine to that of Joseph Goebbels's machine during Hitler's reign of terror. I can hear the groans of our more conservative members, on yet another comparison to Hitler and the Third Reich. The sad thing is, it is an apt comparison.
My point is that those who are part of that machine do not care who they hurt, as long as they, the members of the machine, are hurting someone !!! The have a sadistic need to cause pain and spread hate and fear. It is their need that drives the machine, and those they trample are the grease for the gears.
The far wrong-wing propaganda machine, whose chief beneficiary is the Republican Party, lies and distorts even the most trivial things said by those they are bent on destroying, until any semblence to truth is wiped out. We haven't seen this kind of hate-filled, fear-fueled rhetoric since Joseph McCarthy's (listen...hear that groan???...) reign of terror, and I think they have done ol' Joe one (or ten) better !!!
Those who make-up the machine are sociopaths, or something like that. Something, besides just politics, drives them to cause the damage to the American psyche...how we see ourselves, how we respond to events here and in the rest of the world. It causes us to fear things, where no fear should exist...where it never existed before. It has caused a morbid fear, and hate to fester in this country of things we never feared or hated in the past, and make us scared shit-less of the future !!!
We are rapidly becoming like the old man on the street corner, shaking his cane at every thing around him, because he no longer recognizes it, and is frightened by it. And like the old man, the world is whizzing by us, and all we can do is shake our collective cane at it. And the machine continues, creating new monsters, new fears and new enemies, and opportunities to hate.
And what of those who make up the machine...what is it about them??? What do they see, when they look in the mirror??? How can they do the things they do, hurt those around the, and still retain a conscience...a soul??? I have no idea, but i am gussing they have neither !!!