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It's not easy to both love this country and hate half of its peoples' guts at the same time.

The last 8 years and this past election proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that nearly one out of every two Americans is not very bright.  They're not even smart enough to realize that by supporting candidates who appeal to their worst instincts, they are hurting themselves badly.

It's obviously useless to castigate people who don't know any better.  It makes a lot more sense to focus on the real culprit.  Thing is, unlike the public, the people who run our media are pretty smart. And yet they still gladly do what they do, knowing fully well how destructive they are being.

They do it, knowing fully well they are hurting this country, keeping division and hatred alive.

For a while, one might have wondered: how are these people going to fill air time after the election?

The answer should have been obvious - the same way they did before the election; appeal to our lowest, most horrible instincts.

Which essentially means that our so-called news organizations fill 24 hour newscycles by feeding our fear and our hatreds.  

They will from this day on, spend hours spreading idiotic, vicious rumors about Obama and then hours more dissecting these rumors.

They are will puzzle over every move Obama makes and then put each move in its ugliest, most unsatisfying light.

Eventually, this perception they foster on the public becomes reality.

The one ray of hope: Obama's team has been able to deflect most of this mindless crap - and they may continue to do so.  Maybe if they are really good at it, if they actually help provide this man with the time and space he needs to do his job, our country can return to something resembling what we originally set out to be.

Originally posted to codyjarett on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 08:56 AM PST.

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