Monday, April 12, 2010

Why I wonder if American are crazy.....

Ugggh. I continue to be shocked by the unfounded beliefs that are held by a great many people here in the U.S., spread only by email forwards, extremist bloggers, etc. A new Harris poll shows that:


67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist. The belief that Obama is a “domestic enemy” is widely held—a sign of trouble yet to come. 57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim, 45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was "not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president", 38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is "doing many of the things that Hitler did." Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama "may be the Antichrist." 

I find this completely ridiculous. I came across it last week on a blog I read regularly, where the author slammed a photo showing the Obama family praying in church on Easter morning. I questioned the defamation in the in comments, and was told that clearly the photo was a farce since everyone knows Obama is a Muslim.

Seriously? The amount of people that believe this kind of claim is mind-boggling, considering the lack of source. It's impossible to verify whether or not Obama's claim to be a Christian is true or not, since no one can read person's heart. But really, the very claims and actions that Obama makes towards the Christian faith makes him absolutely discredited as a Muslim.

*shakes head*

I also get quite personally defensive. Obama shows respect to the Muslim faith of other countries and other political leaders. Bravo. A world leader should show respect and deference to others, lest he be seen as an uncouth bully. Obama's years in Indonesia gave him a sensitivity to certain aspects of Islam that most Americans never gain for lack of exposure. I can certainly understand and agree with his comment that the call to prayer is nostalgic for him. When you live in Indonesia and are serenaded by that call at dawn, sunset, and mid-afternoon every day for years, you'd feel nostalgic about it too. For him and for me, it's a part of our childhood.

Don't even get me started on then rest of it... on the definition of socialism, on the birth certificate controversy, etc.

It's just crazy to me what people will believe... and will continue to believe...

13 comments:

Jaimie said...

Agreed.

Jaimie said...

Also, I keep thinking, "So what if he IS a Muslim?"

Young Mom said...

I keep wondering why it matters whether or not he's a muslim too!

PresterJosh said...

Well, I'm perfectly happy to describe Obama's economic policies as a mild western-european-style socialism. But I also don't see that sort of socialism as a major problem. After all, even the Pope is socialist by those standards. :-)

CM said...

Thank you! I am not particularly a fan of Obama myself, but I am tired of hearing these things!

Alida said...

Why does believing in social justice make one a socialist? I keep thinking of the line with liberty and justice for all...seems like I read that somewhere.

Mason said...

I read that poll last week I think, and found it very discouraging on a number of levels.

First of all the ignorance it shows, will people believe anything that validates their anger? I'm fine with strong disagreement, but the anti-Christ, really? Yeah now I'll take you seriously.

Also it makes it impossible to get anything done. When you've spent the last year saying Obama is a communist then once a bill you agree with comes along you can't even vote for that less you appear to side with Barack Stalin.

I say we write to the Queen and apologize for that whole revolution thing. Clearly we are not fit to govern ourselves, and who knows maybe the Brits would take us back...

Kacie said...

hah, Mason, I loved your comment. I have so many British friends who would love you for saying that.

I can't remember which founding father it is that my husband always quotes... he said something about how we do NOT want the ignorant masses to be making the decisions in our country, thus we want a representative government, not truly a government by the people.

I come to agree more with the mistrust of the general whims of the people, which seem to change by the month and with whatever rumor is spreading at the moment.

Isaac said...

I also like to quote Martin Luther when he said, "I would rather be ruled by a competent Turk (Muslim) than an incompetent Christian."

Yes, the Queen will take the Colonies back on the conditions that you learn to speak English and that drinking of iced tea be made a capital offense. Personally, I have my doubts that Texas will be able to meet those demands.

Jase and Rach said...

I think Obama's current approval ratings would be higher if he were the Antichrist. HA.

But some claims could be taken more seriously... socialism, for one, is defined technically as "a political theory advocating state ownership of industry." With massive bailouts (both by this administration and the previous one) and an emphasis on health care reform, it is easy to see why 40% of Americans can see our current government gravitating towards a more socialist economic system. So we shouldn't discredit popular opinion on one matter just because the same poll contains numbers showing that a disconcerting amount of people don't really understand end-times theology.

And part of the beauty of the blogging world is that anyone can use it. You don't have to know anything about anything to write a blog post, and with that wonderful freedom of speech comes freedom of idiocy....

Jase and Rach said...

Haha, and KC I wan't refering to your blog AT ALL when I mentioned idiocy... I meant the "extremist bloggers" you refered to in your post. Just in case there's any confusion there! :)

Kacie said...

don't worry, no offense or misunderstanding there, Rach. :)

Togenberg said...

"freedom of idiocy" - yeah no doubt

Yes and no, Jase and Rich. It is a kind of socialism, that's true, though that word implies (esp. in the US) Marxism. For many people, socialism is really only Communism or Marxism, and not that welfare state spectrum from FDR to contemporary Denmark. Last I checked, Obama was a pretty ardent supporter of capitalism and not a critic or opponent, and Marxists and quite a few non-Marxist Progressives loathed Obama.