Sunday, September 04, 2005

Conspiracy Theories Abound!

I tend to regard Democratic Underground as a far left website, but I think most people wouldn't place them any further on the left than Rush Limbaugh would be on the right. But why is it that liberals are so loath to disavow nutcases? Think of any wacky thing the religious right has ever said about blaming a debase American culture for some tragedy that has befallen us, and you'll find a strongly conservative commentator who has taken them to task. So why don't liberals do the same thing?

Just take a look at some of the posts from the past weekend at Democratic Underground.

Anyone who thinks the delay in aid WASN'T prompted by views on poverty... BushCo is a fool.

Grounds to impeach based on New Orleans

Is * just doing "Ethnic cleansing" in NOLA

The reason was simple: a Democratic governor and a Democratic city

Rice "just doesn't believe" Katrina aid came in "a color-affected way"

Bush issued a Federal Disaster proclamation BEFORE

Let me see if I can get this straight. Bush knew Katrina was going to be as bad as it was, yet did nothing. Federal rescue efforts took several days to get underway because most of the victims in New Orleans were black and poor. What happened in New Orleans was tantamount to genocide, and George Bush should be impeached. When you think about it, it really makes sense. Seriously.

Pushing aside the questions of why people who pride themselves of their rationality would believe such nonsense, the larger question is why no one tells these people that they need to think seriously about whether or not they really believe everything they're saying.

To be fair though, some people do question whether the other posters are being unreasonable. Here's a brief example.

Q: Do the Gov and Mayor deserve any blame? The feds, Brown and Bush, fairly deserve some blame, but I think the Gov and Mayor do also from what I've learned so far. Am I wrong about this?

A: The lack of federal response for this is within the realm of genocide. I do not tolerate the blame shift to the tireless efforts local and state workers.

Remember, this is not to disparage liberals at all. This is just to disparage liberals who believe such insanity, and question why everyone else on the left remains silent while the lunatics shoot their mouths off. I suppose I can understand that environmentalists and the religious right look to their faith for an explanation, and that's what leads them to say such crazy things. Maybe this is the exact same scenario for the Bush haters.


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Blogger Kerry said...

That "Democratic Underground" makes me laugh. So ludicrous.

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