The Republican party is united against President O’Bama and O’Bama is a black man. Ip so facto, all Republicans are racist.
Well, actually I don’t think this is so. BUT, why not say that it is so, and say so with vehemence and self-assuredness, and do so on the “lame-street media”, and therefore make it so. For, most people do not watch or read the news with any discrimination and believe whatever is presented to them as fact. This is particularly so with the right-wing of the conservative movement. They live on a steady diet of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh (and his ilk), and conservative religion. And they are now dug in at the heels. And, they hate O’Bama and I do suspect that with the fringe element there is a racist dimension to their acrimony.
It is fascinating to watch what Limbaugh, Fox News, and Company have done with the “O’Bama is a Muslim” and “O’Bama in not an American” stuff. There are millions of people who believe that non-sense and do so because that is what has been presented to them and because it feeds the poison that festers in their heart. Sure, liberals are not objective either. But they are much more likely to have a healthy self-doubt and be aware that they are not objective. Such a perspective makes some allowance that other view points have some degree of validity.
The core issue here is, “What is real and what is unreal?” Hermeneutical willingness is the issue. Each of us interprets his/her world and does so on a daily, minute-by-minute basis. The more conservative one is the less likely is it that he/she will grasp the flimsiness of his/her perspective and be willing to consider other interpretations of reality. That is the reason I subscribe to my particular bias–liberal Democrat! So don’t dare confront me with anything which might challenge this assumption! And let me gravitate to a social context that has the same bias and then all will be well with the world.
(On the last note, I hope you are not ironically-challenged!)