Lately I've been gathering more and more examples of cognitive dissonance-- the state of holding conflicting beliefs, values, or emotional reactions simultaneously-- among American conservatives.
One such example was during the GOP primaries when Mitt Romney kept trying to appeal to the NASCAR demographic by pretending to be just a regular guy, and not a Very Rich Man who had nothing in common with them. (His efforts seemed painful to me, like watching a dog walk on its hind legs.)
It was ironic that although Romney was trying to win the nomination of the party that openly serves the interests of the Very Rich, he had to pretend that he wasn't one himself.
Another example was served up to me this morning when the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. Immediately a slew of conservatives tweeted that they were so mad about Obamacare they were moving to Canada.
You do realize that Canada's nationalized health care system is way more comprehensive than anything Obama has ever proposed, right? (And it's also very popular among Canadians, I add snarkily.)
In fact, I can't think of a
single other country that offers less nationalized health care than the
U.S.-- at least not one that conservative Americans would want to live
(Full disclosure: after some investigation, it appears that some of the people who tweeted about moving to Canada were joking. Others, well, were just idiots. It's probably not fair to use them as samples of conservative thought. Still, it kinda shows you the stupid shit that Obama is up against.)
Tim-Alone No More
8 years ago