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Bruce McFarland: Are you a nut job?

Democratic Voices

Posted: August 24, 2009 4:30 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Please sit down, relax, take a few minutes and ask God for the courage to hear and accept the truth.

By answering a few simple questions, I will help searchers and seekers address that age-old question: "Am I a nut job?"

If you think George W. Bush was a great president, you are a nut job.

If you think George W. Bush was a good president, you are a nut job.

If you think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, or had anything to do with 9/11, you're a nut job and you may as well find something less intellectually challenging to read.

Good, now that we've shed the unsavable, let's go to some current issues.

If you think health insurance companies, or their champions in the Republican Party, have any interest in passing a meaningful health insurance reform in Congress (commonly referred to as Health Care Reform), you're a nut job.

Take a look at most of the significant social reforms our government has enacted over the last 100 years - almost all were thought of, developed by, promoted by, passed by and signed into law by Democrats, with little Republican support.

If you think President Barack Obama or anyone wants to create "death panels," you're a nut job - you're really a nut job.

If you think undocumented immigrants (you may call them illegal aliens) will be covered by ObamaCare, you're a nut job. This one is a little funny.

After critics were shown specific language in the proposed bills that excludes "illegals," the retort from the right has been: "Well, the liberals want it, so it will happen in the future."

If you think ObamaCare will put a government bureaucrat between you and your health care, you MAY not be a nut job, but if you think an insurance company bureaucrat, whose motivation is maximum profits, is better than a government bureaucrat, whose motivation is fairly covering as many citizens as possible, you're definitely a nut job.

If you think the president is not a natural-born American citizen, you're a nut job.

If you think it's right for the general public to carry guns at a Presidential Town Hall, you're a nut job.

If you think Adam and Eve lived among the dinosaurs 6,000 years ago, you're a nut job.

If you think the dinosaurs lived 6,000 years ago, you're a nut job.

If you think white people don't get a good deal in the United States, you too are a nut job.

Now, just so you don't think I'm demeaning people unfairly, let me define "nut job."

A nut job is someone who believes and repeats something he or she sees or hears, without question, despite indisputable evidence to the contrary.

A nut job is someone who will lie, cheat or steal, because they think the end result is justified.

A nut job is someone who thinks liberals love the United States less than they do.

As you might imagine, nut jobs do not like being called nut jobs, but somebody needs to do it.

If you don't have the courage to proclaim people in your world as nut jobs, just say "you sound like one of those folks that Bruce McFarland was writing about," and refer them to this column.

On the other hand, if the above test identifies you as a nut job, and you've read this far, there may be hope for you.

Here are some ideas to try to resurrect your intellect and common sense:

1. Question everything, do your own research and come to your own conclusions. Democracy works best with an informed electorate. Don't let anyone do your thinking for you.

2. If your friends become agitated and defensive when you question the validity or sources of their opinions, get some new friends.

3. If you listen to Rush Limbaugh, stop, find yourself a blackboard and write "I am not a dittohead" 600 times, every day, until you are cured.

4. Turn off FOX News - it isn't really news in the accurate, honest, unbiased sense of the word. It does try to find new ways of using the airwaves to turn susceptible types into tools of right-wing fear-mongers. Don't be a tool - turn off FOX.

5. If you feel you are ready to start challenging health care myths, take a look at www.HealthCareReformMyths.org and see what you think.

Bruce McFarland represents the 17th Senatorial District in the Los Angeles County and California Democratic Party. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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