You’ve seen it, heard it, read it. You’ve seen the people who say, “Yeah, what Obama is saying isn’t so bad [or even, is great], but if he gets into power he’ll XX,” where XX is “put everyone on welfare” or “put terrorists in his cabinet” or “really try to teach the Kama Sutra to kindergartners.”
Up until yesterday, I thought these were either people whose meds needed tweaking or Republicans cynically trying to obscure Obama’s message. After yesterday, I finally get it. The reason that so many conservatives think liberals have a secret agenda is that they can’t talk about their own real agenda in public.
You’ve seen the video by now, the yahoo at the Republican convention talking about bombing Iran. You may have thought he was an outlier, someone put on the web because he’s an extremist. Watch it again. Watch how he switches back and forth between being elated that he’s somewhere where he can speak his mind and being nervous that maybe he still shouldn’t be saying this.
This is a man who knows he’s telling secrets. This is a man who is not being who he feels he needs to be when he’s at home. He doesn’t even look like the same man he is when he’s being public.
When the Republicans are hiding so much, is it any wonder they think that Democrats are doing the same thing? Of course, what they don’t get is that liberals don’t have to hide. That permissive atmosphere that scares conservatives so badly is just freedom to a liberal. Liberals have the freedom to be who they want to be, dress in any ridiculous fashion that appeals to them, and speak their minds about what they want to accomplish. It’s just that simple.
It almost makes me feel bad for conservatives. Then I see something like this video and remember that there’s a reason they have to hide.