During the Clinton years I had to endure a constant harangue from my conservative Republican friends and family about "The Rapist" (i.e. Bill Clinton) and "The Bitch" (Hilary Clinton). It got so bad that I hated to visit my Mother and my brother who lived with her because they would work themselves up into quite a lather after listening to Rush Limbaugh. Hey, I wasn't too thrilled with Clinton either after he double-crossed the GLBT community by signing into the stupid "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and Defense of Marriage Act. But that didn't make a difference to them, they felt they had to hold me personally responsible that "The Rapist" was president. Never mind that the Clinton Years were some of the best for the economy of this country in a generation. No, the GOP Hate Machine was in full force to delegitimize Clinton by impeaching him. Of course Clinton was reelected for another four year term thus throwing the Republican Haters into a frenzy of self-delusion.
After the Clinton eight years we got Bush. Need I say more? I'm not even going there where that the Republicans probably stole both elections. Look at the mess Bush Junior left us in, but not to my conservative Republican friends and family. Soaked in their Fox News paranoia they think all the problem is the Democrats blaming Bush for everything that ever went wrong with this country. Delusion.
So now we have Barack Obama reelected as president for a second term. This after four years of the conservative Republicans trying to delegitimize President Obama as a Kenyan, Muslim, Socialist, Hitler, and homosexual. Delusion.
Barack Obama, only the third president to be reelected with a 50% majority since Ronald Reagan, the other presidents being Roosevelt and Eisenhower.
So now I am being bombarded again by some of my conservative Republican friends with their paranoid conspiracy theories that President Obama is a Socialist Muslim Terrorist who stole the election and is hell bent to destroy this country. The Mau Mau are coming!
Friends, I have to be blunt here. I'm 71 years old and frankly, I am tired of fighting these delusional people. Friends, relatives notwithstanding, I am tired. I can't imagine responding to their fantastical delusional conspiracy theories for the next four years. I just can't.
I've tried to figure out what makes these people tick. Is it racism? Maybe that's part of it. I really don't know. This is what I do know. I heard a quote today form a columnist that I never heard of before that sums up my feelings best. This is the quote: