I forgot to mention one thing in my post about how I gauge the effectiveness of the Obama propaganda system by the way that his supporters in my social circle now say things in support of Obama’s actions in almost identical terms to the way that Bush/Cheney supporters defended them.
When I criticized all the actions of the Obama administration such as the NSA snooping, the secret interpretations of laws, the drone killings, etc., they said that all these things were necessary because we are at war with the terrorists. I responded that yes it definitely feels like we are in a war and that is why I am always fearful of a sudden attack and take a different route to work each day, in order to foil any al Qaeda snipers or any IEDs that may have been planted along my route.
My attempt at sarcasm was not appreciated, as is usually the case. They actually replied that the reason I did not have to take such evasive measures was because all the steps that Obama was taking to keep us safe were working. So clearly the conversation had gone well into Dick Cheney territory, someone whom they consider evil and had condemned when he was in office. But they seemed oblivious to that.
That exchange also reminded me of a 1996 episode of The Simpsons (unfortunately I could not find it online) in which the city of Springfield sets up a Bear Patrol in response to a bear sighting. Homer and Lisa have the following exchange while standing in front of their house.
Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
Lisa: That’s specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, dear.
Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn’t work.
Lisa: It’s just a stupid rock.
Lisa: But I don’t see any tigers around, do you?
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
When your arguments in support of Obama have reached the level of Homer Simpson’s tiger repelling rock, you have hit bottom.