Talking Down America

American right-wing conservatives really should be ashamed of themselves. In their efforts to regain the White House and the Congress, opposition leaders have crossed the line over and over again since President Obama took office. They have opposed the President at every turn. They opposed the Recovery Act that saved millions of jobs, bailouts for American automakers that saved millions of jobs, and financial system reforms intended to curb the excesses of a financial industry that almost took down the entire world’s financial system.

Our airwaves are being bombarded with “End of America” propaganda, and gold buying scams based upon gloom and doom scenarios in which America is left as little more than a third-world republic. And this week, we are hearing disingenuous rantings about how America looks weak because we waited too long to intervene in Libya, or because we don’t have the resolve to assert our right to take out the Libyan dictator.

In the coming weeks, right-wing politicians will continue talking down the economy, and pushing for aggressive state and federal budget cuts that will cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and are intended to slow economic growth just enough to make President Obama more vulnerable when he seeks re-election in 2012. The open question is whether the American people will see through this shrill, right-wing, corporate-funded propaganda, or continue to be manipulated through fear.

Jonathan Cykman, Diamond Author

About cykman

Jon Cykman works in Washington, DC as a consultant, and is long-time student of American Politics. He started out handing out campaign materials for Hubert Humphrey during the campaign of 1968, and later went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York, College at Purchase in 1978, and an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in 1980. Jon retired from Federal Service after 31 years of service, and lives with his family in Catonsville, MD.
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