Letter: 'Obnoxocrats' don't win in the end
Ranting mostly on talk radio and TV, the obnoxocrats complain about the evils of the very government that gives them the right to rant. The government is too big, spends too much, taxes too much, is out of touch with the people, favors the rich over the middle class, loves the welfare state and adopts policies that are sure to bring about economic collapse and the total loss of personal liberty.
As if sworn to an Obnoxocratic Oath, the extremist on the left or the right finds nothing to support that is suggested by anyone of an opposite persuasion. He is always right, has little time for those who are wrong and gives little regard to those less informed, which means anyone else besides himself. He is a talker, rarely a listener.
The obnox conservative sees the presidential administration as a "regime," over-burdening the taxpayer by excessive spending on social programs such as runaway social security and medicare, education, food stamps, aid to dependent children and unemployment benefits. Those expensive "welfare" programs are seen as symptoms of advancing socialism.
The ultra-conservative obnoxocrat relies singularly on Fox News to keep informed, avoiding the propaganda found on MSNBC, NBC and ABC. Liberal obnoxocrats shun Fox News for the same reason. A common liberal bumper sticker reads, "I THINK. Therefore, don't listen to Rush Limbaugh." Each side preaches to its own choir. If a leader on one side walks on water, others claim he can't swim. If a leader makes a wise move, others ask why it took him so long to do so.
Fortunately, there is hope for those who tend to avoid the extremes. There's hope also for those who rant, but in a quieter manner. There's hope for those who listen to both sides. Eventually, come election time, it's those near the middle who are most likely to prevail, not the obnoxocrats.