I have been having some grave concerns about the American Conservative movement for quite some time. They appear to have lost their focus and common sense and appear to be spinning off into a political La-La land with a very small and extremist base.
One of the reasons I don't spend a lot of time on Facebook these days is because these conservative zealots tend to infest the site with their rantings and ravings about Benghazi, Birth Certificates, resignations and Impeachment.
Bear in mind, I am not a liberal. I am probably more conservative than most in my views and beliefs. But these whack jobs are making the rest of America look like idiots by default.
I sometimes respond to their whining and conspiracy laden posts by trying to give constructive criticism about the way in which they are trying to steer public opinion. Basically, it is the old, "What do you have to say that solves the problem, instead of just complaining about it?".
This usually meets with vehement responses that I am sort sort of idiot. A case in point. Check out the comments to the graphic at the top of this page that were posted on Facebook this past week. Names have been redacted to protect the innocent (and the ignorant).
Bruce (Me): Instead of insulting over half of the voting populace, wouldn't it further the conservative cause to post something along the lines of, "If you voted for Obama twice, please give consideration to not wasting your vote a third time, by voting for (fill in potential candidates name here). 12 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2
Stacey: Ha!!! 12 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1
Gene: Bruce, no offense intended, but if such a request as yours is necessary (i.e. if, after two epic failures, a voter is *still* not willing to see the errors of his/her ways...), there is an excellent chance that the intended recipient will be too ignorant to give it any consideration in the first place. 11 hours ago · Edited · Like · 1
Joe: Gene, totally agree. Like the people who did anything that Obuma<sp> said to only to now find out that he has been lying to everyone for the last several years. 11 hours ago · Like · 1
Gypsy: Insulting half of the voters? Seriously Bruce Johnson ? SERIOUSLY....seems you ignored that a LARGE portion of that half were DEAD...wake the fuck up! 11 hours ago · Like
Gene: And then there's the portion that bragged about having voted 6, 7, 8 or more times... and the illegals who voted... 11 hours ago · Like · 2
Gene: But no, it's only "voter fraud" when Bush wins... only it wasn't. 11 hours ago · Like
Gene: My favorite were the voting precincts that had *over* 100% voter turn out, and 100% of the votes were for Obama... i.e. NOBODY, not one single person, voted for ANYONE but Obama. A miracle if ever there was one... 11 hours ago · Like · 1
Marc: Bruce, by your statement "insulting over half the voting public", you discount the fact that there was widespread voter fraud. There have been convictions for multiple voting; one poll worker was convicted for voting for Obama SIX times! There were doc...See More 11 hours ago · Like · 2
Dave: Joe- Enjoy your posts about NORMAL stuff. Your political rants are getting tiresome.... We know how disgruntled you are. 4 hours ago · Like
Glenda: people with this frame of mind are to stupid to argue with! 2 hours ago · Like
Based on the responses, even a dim-wit with a limited education could extract the following:
a) The people replying to my comment can't read or comprehend. None of them gave a name or possible political direction that could correct the perceived problem.
b) Most of the respondents believe that the American populace are idiots that can't understand what they are doing, yet they believe that we are all having our rights taken away.
c) That the president was elected fraudulently, which is a claim made in all presidential elections going back to Kennedy.
d) It is more important in the respondents minds to constantly remind us of how bad things are instead of trying to find solutions (better candidates / platforms) to the problem(s). It is like standing on the fantail of the Titanic screaming that the ship is sinking and complaining that the captain is incompetent! Stop stating the obvious and start building a raft!
The end result of all this is the most hilarious. By simply stating the negative aspects of the situation, they are imprinting those negative thoughts on the electorate, which in turn views the conservative movement as the party of negative outlook and failure. By not offering solutions / candidates that can correct the problem(s), they are assuring the continuation of the current party in power and are in effect nominating Hillary Clinton as the next president.
But try as I a might to point this out, I meet a wall of denial. It is truly amazing and sad. As hard as I try to find some positive message from the Conservative Right on what could be a better and brighter tomorrow, all I can find is whining and finger pointing.