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While the Republicans have declared war on scientific reality, the Democratic Party and their financial backers live in denial of political reality. Our so-called leadership clearly does not understand what kind of opponent they are facing in their Republican counterparts and is even more clueless when it comes to understanding what they need to do to combat the propaganda machine the right has been building for the last thirty years.
Every day the right wing message goes out to people in their workplace, in their homes, and in their cars. It's easy to call many of these people morons, and many of them are, but much of it is that they're simply misinformed. To people like the Republicans, lying is just a means to an end and these people make perfect targets.
But instead of funding groups to counter that message, the financiers of the left sit on their hands, or waste their money on the kind of activism that's pretty meaningless: lobbying, for example, for George W. Bush to put someone other than a political crony in charge of PBS. Even if they managed to accomplish that, what good would it do?
The Republicans will eventually be brought down because to them, political reality trumps all other forms of reality. If nothing else, the rest of the world simply won't put up with it, and we will face a huge international backlash, either economically or militarily. And it'll be poor Americans who, as usual, will suffer the worst of it. Much of that could be avoided if only our so-called leaders on the left would face up to America's political reality.
(See also The Democrats' Tiny Megaphone
by Robert Parry of Consortium News
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