“It’s not just a political machine,” said host Karen Finney. “It’s an industry. You can literally follow the lies through the conservative networks and by the time the latest lie or conspiracy theory is touted as fact on Fox, it’s merely reinforcing a mythology that’s already been absorbed by its viewers and true believers for years.”
“I don’t think there’s any question that there is an infrastructure that keeps the myths alive,” added Democratic strategist Joe McClean. “The hatred probably springs from fear. America is changing very rapidly in ways that make people of a certain age very uncomfortable. And they feel that their world is swinging out of their control, and there’s nothing they can do about it. The Tea Party zealots who are taking advantage of this fear and this hatred that it’s caused, profess to believe that America teeters on the brink of destruction.”
McClean went on to say that much of the "animus" has to do with what he called "religious overtones" in the Tea Party, rather than Obama's failed policies.
“The Tea Party isn’t necessarily made up of the Christian right. But a lot of the energy, a lot of the animus in the tea party springs from the Christian right," he said. "Their rhetoric just rings with these religious overtones. I call these folks, particularly people like Ted Cruz and Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, I call them the new American apocalyptic prophets. They’re prophesying the destruction of America, unless the son of man comes in his glory to save them, and they are casting Barack Obama in the role of the antichrist.”
“Lots of people in America were raised in Christian homes,” he added. “They read the Book of Revelation in Sunday School. So these terms resonate with them very deeply.”
Since coming to office, liberals -- especially the hosts at MSNBC -- have sought to demonize and denigrate anyone who criticizes Obama as racist traitors. Now, it seems they have found another target -- Christianity.
But McClean forgot the messianic vision of Obama that was presented by the so-called "mainstream media" and the religious zeal that helped elect America's first African-American president.
In June 2009, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas responded to Obama's Cairo speech by telling MSNBC's Chris Matthews:
Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn't felt that way in recent years. So Obama’s had, really, a different task We're seen too often as the bad guys. And he – he has a very different job from – Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something – I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God...”
Matthews responded with one word: "Yeah."
A Nov. 2010 Newsweek cover portrayed Obama as "god of all things," and children were taught songs praising the president.
That cult of personality helped elect Obama in 2008 and 2012, but it is also working to destroy the fabric of the country, as many are starting to learn with the implementation of Obamacare.
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