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Manufactured fear

Posted: September 28, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, roughly 60,000 aggrieved conservatives converged on Washington, D.C., to participate in the "grass roots" but Glenn Beck-inspired anti-Obama rally.

(Did you know that right-wing newspapers and Web sites used a photo from a previous unconnected rally to imply that many, many more people turned out?)

The event, organized by FreedomWorks, a corporate-funded (read: big pharmaceutical and health care providers) right-wing advocacy group headed by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), was promoted as a grass roots manifestation of anger at the direction of America under President Obama.

These are professional political groups fanning the flames of misguided dissent. These are outside agitators scaring up the population.

We keep hearing these non-critical thinkers in the audience telling the government to keep their hands off Medicare and ranting about death panels, when in truth they simply do not understand the situation and are willing to believe these Palinesque horror stories.

Fortunately these birther/deather types, while they make a lot of noise and are well-funded, are a minority, less that 10 percent of the population, showing most Americans are smarter than that.

Instead of offering ideas, the right wing is offering nothing but fear, as usual.


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