Former Pres. Clinton has been talking about a concerted effort on the part of the right to thwart just about everything — echoing the phenomenon then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said plagued his administration in the ’90s.
(Of course, no conspirasists — if that’s not a word, it should be — arranged to involve former Pres. Clinton in an extramarital affair; that was his own doing. But for a time there, the shouting class did seem overheated about all things Clinton — both Bill and Hillary.)
Former Pres. Clinton says the same thing is happening now with Pres. Barack Obama in the form of the tea partiers, the birthers, and the like. But he says the country is not necessarily buying the rhetoric from the extreme right.
I don’t know. A conspiracy? I think it’s dangerous and damaging to label everyone at those meetings part of a conspiracy. I do think some of the people there are faking it — or are whipped into a frenzy by sources who have a financial interest in getting those people into a frenzy — but a conspiracy sounds…overheated? to me. Maybe it’s because I’m from those people who worry about the size of their government — legitimately so, and they do so while knowing that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, and without throwing socialism around like it’s a fait accompli. In other words, they’ve given thoughtful attention to the state of their nation, and they’re concerned. They’re not nutjobs. I disagree vehemently with their politics — loudly so — and will stay in a conversation long past the time when most would have given it up for lost, but I wouldn’t call them nutjobs. Just wrong.
Your thoughts? Had any political arguments lately with a reasoned person who disagreed with you but who didn’t frighten you?