The huge controversy over the exchange of five prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay priosn (which should have been shut down a long time ago) for a US soldier Bowe Bergdahl captured in Afghanistan has been quite incredible. Once again, we have the spectacle of people seemingly deciding their position on one issue by their views of something else, in this case whether the swap reflects well on president Obama, and then using that to drive their message.
In this case, the desire to hit at Obama has resulted in a rampage of unbridled and vicious speculation about Bergdahl and his family that has been quite disgusting to observe. These people are unleashing what has now become almost routine, the Orwellian ‘two-minute hate’, where for a time they all focus on one person with the goal of completely destroying him or her. Rather than allowing the family to reunite in peace and let things work their course, we are witnessing a bizarre feeding frenzy on a single family.
Fox News and the elements of the right wing seem to have absolutely no sense of decency. Given the mood of the country, it would not surprise me if some ‘patriot’ is inspired by this hateful rhetoric to personally take it upon himself to ‘punish’ this hapless and already suffering family for their ‘treason’.
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