Here's how the human shadow works: you take a deep fear, a fear you can't stand to acknowledge, something you're ashamed of, your worst fear, and then you project it out onto the "other" so you can accuse them of carrying out your actions.
Is Obama really responsible for our national debt, as the $7 million ad, paid for by Crossroads Group and now appearing on TV, charges?
Or, are the very people paying for the ad actually responsible for our national debt?
Let's reprise, folks. The national budget was balanced, had a bit of a cushion in fact, when Bill Clinton stepped down and George Bush Jr took over.
Then, during Jr's administration, the debt began to blossom. First there were tax cuts, mostly benefiting those who were already quite wealthy (wealthy enough to help him win elections, anyway). Then there was more de-regulation of banking and lending (which started under Reagan, another Republican), until big money got so complicated no one knew what was going on.
Then we got into not 1 but 2 unfunded wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfunded… that means not paid for in the regular budget. That means paid for by borrowing. Unfunded. That means your national debt begins to balloon and swell out of control.
Then finally, just a few months before he left office, Jr enacted a huge emergency bailout, as our whole economy began to implode under the weight of 8 long years of catchily-phrased-but-poorly-thought-out Republican policies.
FOR PETE'S SAKE, AMERICA – WAKE THE FRACK UP!!
Did Obama really step into a peaceful, orderly land of plenty and then begin to maliciously max out the USA's charge cards for no good reason?
The worse Republican policies work, the harder Republicans try to blame the effects of those policies on Democrats.
This isn't governing. Or wisdom. Or patriotism. Not even the rah-rah-Tea-Party-foam-at-the-mouth kind of patriotism.
This is wrong. Just flat sick and twisted.
This is a childish failure to take resonsibiity for one's own actions, played out at a national level, for very big stakes.
This is "doublethink" and "newspeak," just like George Orwell predicted in 1984.
This is the way down.