Let’s be clear. Most people don’t watch Fox News; most people don’t watch Glenn Beck. Most people don’t describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party. Everyone isn’t having them dreams, despite what Dylan said.
But there are millions of citizens in this country; they get their ideas from many sources. Many people might be said to have been “fleeced” and “conned” by various types. People have heard all sorts of ideas, often in repetitive fashion. As in the case of Ramsey’s parents, they may not be fully equipped to separate wheat from chaff.
To tell the truth, none of us are.
People believe a wide range of things. This includes a range of things which don’t comport with progressive outlooks, understandings and viewpoints. If progressive viewpoints are going to spread, these people must be persuaded.
How might progressives accomplish that task? We’ll ponder the question all this week, starting with something else Digby said in that post.
That's Bob Somerby from Tuesday. And I like that because it shows the best of Somerby which is seeing the good in people. He's not the only one who refuses to beat the tribal drums. Ava and C.I. do such a good job of that as well. Prior to 2008, I did not.
Prior to 2008, I was very, very hateful and judgmental towards people on the right.
And I was very, very guilty of believing the personalities on my side never lied. So Amy Goodman shaving facts and inventing them as well? I never knew. I thought she was honest and upright. She's nothing but a clown.
And I really learned to hate a lot of people via her.
2008 was a gift in that it showed me how much hatred there was on the left (all those sexist attacks on Hillary) and then the hatred heaped on Hillary supporters. Hatred from the left. And lies told about us.
It was an eye opening experience.
And for that I am grateful. It made me grow as a person. (Of course, I'd gladly go back to shallow if it meant Hillary could be president right now.)
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"