Tuesday, November 17, 2009

So Obama bowed to Japan's Emperor

And surprise, surprise the right wing it apoplectic. According to Rove, Fox et al, by making a symbolic gesture of respect to an revered old man means Obama is weak and demeaned along with the USA as a whole. I find this to be an oddly overt expression of the deep insecurity of the modern american political right. They are in constant fear and express it through this ultra machismo bullshit. If they didn't constitute one of the two major political parties it would just be sad. Instead its scary. Everything is a big pissing contest to prove manliness, which is exactly what those who are trying the hardest to hide their fear do. I hate to resort to this kind of simplistic psychological analysis on people I've never even met, but the evidence is overwhelming. Its just like the pants pissing that Giuliani and the rest did about bringing terrorists to trial in New York. Its scary and dangerous and our children will be kidnapped etc. I mean wtf?

The only thing I can't be sure of is if the politicians themselves are this scared or if they're just playing on the fears of voters. I imagine its a little of both. They share many of the same fears as their base such as brown people, gays, and 'socialist medicine'. So they know how to lie and exaggerate to whip the fringe into a frenzy of fear and hate.

Obama's bow is the act of a man of confidence. The screaming from the crazies is the mark of fear and weakness.

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