Probably inspired by Hunger Games mania, Rick Santorum recently released the most dystopian campaign video we’ve seen in quite a while. Called “Obamaville,” the video depicts the bleak world of 2014: President Obama has been re-elected, the playgrounds sit empty, freedom of religion is under attack, and apparently we’re all cyborgs powered by putting gasoliine directly into our heads. THANKS A LOT OBAMA!
It’s amazing that a moderate, center-of-the-road president, a president who has been a tirelessly optimistic advocate of bipartisanship and cooperation since he first took the national stage by giving the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 (“There is no red America. There is no blue America. There is only America.”), a president who has advocated no radical policies, a president who’s major legislative accomplishment was to pass a modest universal health care law, not much different than one proposed by Republicans over a decade earlier, a president that has shown more concern for continuity than change, has generated so much hysterical fear and loathing among those who appear to believe he embodies pure evil in all its various forms, from communism to fascism to anti-religious bigotry and appeasement in the face of foreign enemies. Has there ever been a president who was the subject of such wild, fevered, monstrous fantasies?
Gee, I wonder why that is? I wonder what sets him apart from all past presidents and makes the most outlandish accusation against him seem plausible to those who fear him? It’s a mystery.