Keith Ablow, Fox News’ resident psychologist, has an absolutely incoherent and idiotic column claiming that Obama is “waging psychological warfare” on conservative Americans, indeed on the entire country. How? By admitting that America has made mistakes in foreign policy. Apparently that is intended to demoralize the country.
I believe that the Obama administration is conducting psychological warfare on conservative Americans. Not only that but it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country, their Constitution and their overwhelming belief in God as a force for good in the world.
The psychological warfare began with an apology tour in which President Obama publicly “confessed,” presuming to speak for all of us, for the shortcomings of America and our supposed contributions to tyranny and all manner of evils around the world.
This confession planted in the American mind the notion that our values and beliefs might not be in line with freedom and truth.
Or the more rational way to frame the issue: Maybe it planted in the American mind the idea that the actions of the government often do not match the values we claim to favor, values like freedom and truth. No sane person with any knowledge of history could possibly dispute that fact, but its status as a fact is precisely what bothers Ablow and the right wing. Facts that conflict with their narrative — in this case, that America is the greatest country in the history of the world, endowed by God and perfectly holy — are not only dismissed, but the mere mention of them makes one a traitor.And isn’t it amusing how this perspective is always offered up by people who spend nearly all their time complaining about how horrible government is? Conservatives believe the government can’t do anything right at all, with two exceptions — the criminal justice system works perfectly and never wrongfully convicts anyone and the military has never been used in a manner that is anything but holy and righteous and justified.
Of course, none of this should be the least bit surprising by Ablow. This is the guy, after all, who said that Newt Gingrich’s history of hypocritical infidelity would make him a better president because of his irresistible appeal to women, three of whom have “been so moved by his emotional energy and intellect that they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with him.” I don’t know how his intestinal tract continues to function with so many inane ideas being stored there, awaiting his retrieval.