Thursday, February 03, 2011

Egypt and Obama Derangement Syndrome

One of the amusing sideshows of the not-at-all amusing situation currently unfolding in Egypt is the way folks on the far-right fringe have twisted themselves into a contortionist's knot to place President Obama at the center of the whole thing, pulling the strings of an entire country's population and displaying both sinister cunning and utter incompetence in equal measure. To what end? Who knows. After all, it's not like this stuff ever needs logic or common sense to keep from propagating.

I have to say, while the left had plenty of instances of so-called "Bush Derangement Syndrome" (as coined by Charles Krauthammer to describe any criticism of the then-president) during the W years that were as embarrassing then as they are now, the right's comparable "Obama Derangement" has it beat all over the room.  To wit, check out Gawker's handy-dandy compilation of the wackiest "Obama + Egypt = Mwah-ha-ha" conspiracies worming their way through Right Wing World. I especially like Rush Limbaugh's "Muslim Pharaoh" thing, which I can't make heads or tails of, and I'm pretty sure didn't even make sense to him when he said it.

3 comments:

Omar A. said...

Interesting. Will take a look at "The Right-Wing Nut's Guide to Egypt" soon.

On a separate note, do you prefer comments be left here or on Facebook posts?

J.R. LeMar said...

You have to love the comment from the man on Worldnetdaily, who claim that “leftists” and “Islamists” share a collectivist Utopian vision. The truth is, radical Muslims have a lot more in common with the Religious Right in this country, than they do with any leftists movements. What is it that radical Muslims wants? A society based on the laws of their religion, with public prayers, and creationism taught in schools, no gay rights, abortions outlawed, a woman’s place is in the home. Sounds like the exactly the kind of thing Pat Robertson and his ilk want for Christianity in America.

Zaki said...

Spot-on, JR.