(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Wednesday that congressional leaders had a "constructive" meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. Both the White House and Congress agree that "it's time to put the talking points aside" in dealing with the debt crisis, he said.
Other countries "want to know whether America's going to get its act together or (if it's) going to become another Greece," McConnell said. "It's time to act."
Republican leaders, however, made clear that they continue to oppose any debt reduction package that includes tax increases.
Recently I exchanged emails with a friend who could best be described as an intelligent, strongly Republican, devoted Christian and a real conservative. For many years I myself could be described much the same way and I still consider myself as a moderate conservative, probably more a Centrist, still with Christian values but now a registered Independent (“PND – Party Not Declared”). Bare with me and I won’t argue political ideology but will just use my friend’s email to demonstrate a real fallacy and a common problem that can exist on either side.
The following is quoting the main position, the strong sentiments of her email:
“let me state, emphatically, that I could not disagree with you more. Our president, little “p”, is most definitely unpatriotic. He does not have America’s best interests in sight. He is making a mockery of the USA to other countries, evidenced by his comments, his actions, and his philosophies. I fear greatly for this country. Obama is following his own agenda and that of the democratic party. He’s been groomed by some “entity,” possibly even more powerful than the Democratic party. Who paid for his education? How is it he only served one term as an elected official and was pushed right on up the political ladder so quickly? It’s a shame that much of his power has come from people who have grown to hate Bush and the Republicans.”
I’m afraid this isn’t the exception and clearly represents a typically brainwashed mentality. I won’t get into the politics and rather will just stick with the emotion and the obviously unfounded biased thinking demonstrated. Starting with the “Our president” and continuing for two sentences it becomes very clear that she is being totally emotional without any reality to justify what she says. The problem with that is those strong emotions totally block rational reasoning and simply justify accepting slanted propaganda. To call President Obama “unpatriotic” and to say “He does not have America’s best interests in sight” is completely ludicrous and totally defensive of a biased position that very likely can’t be supported any other way.
Next the “mockery of the USA to other countries” conveniently ignores the reality that Bush-Cheney drove America’s foreign reputation and respect into the pits, with the full support of the Republican Party and, to this day, without their ever offering anything to change that, all while Obama has been given credit internationally for significantly turning it around. Reality again is ignored.
Then regarding the “own agenda”, it really is just ‘the pot calling the kettle black’. No one worked harder at stubbornly and irresponsibly pursuing their own private agenda, for the benefit of the very few, their strong supporters, then Bush-Cheney and again with the full support of the Republican Party who even now are again aggressively pushing their own political ambitions at any cost. Once more reality is conveniently ignored.
Lastly, the rest is pure garbage, purely emotional blabber trying to create justification for faulting Obama with unfounded and ridiculous innuendos. The funny part about it is if you change the name from Obama to Palin and the party from Democratic to Republican, it clearly is far more applicable. And isn’t it really expected that “hate” of the opposition is actually strong motivation for supporting either candidate – maybe “dislike” is a better word and especially when based on real justification.
The point here isn’t to argue the merit of the political preferences but rather to identify the fallacy of a mentality that is all too common and, regardless of which side is being supported, totally fails to be objective with rational discernment and constructive decisions. Today there is just too much of that going on; fed, created and controlled by creative appeals to fears, emotions, biases, prejudices and predetermined attachments without regard for reality, for what really benefits the people. The few once again want to use their power, influence and substantial wealth to buy, con, manipulate and control public opinion for their own benefit. If the majority won’t be rational and objective with their biases, prejudices and emotional attachments put aside, then we are very likely to be returned to ‘more of the same’ that cost us so much. There are those who don’t want us to be rational and if we can’t clear the antagonistic smokescreen and reject the creative emotional appeals, how can we ever expect to make logical decisions?