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They claim President Obama wasn't born in the US, so he can't be a legal president. They claim his speech to school children, exhorting them to learn and grow, is socialist indoctrination. They claim that his health plan includes early termination for the elderly, the sick and injured, the disabled. They claim that Justice Sotomayor's presence on the Court is "unsettling."

Who are they?

They are conservatives. They are the ones who see anything even a bit different from what they have always known as dangerous. They see President Obama and Justice Sotomayor as "the Other."

I diaried about this in 2006

which basically states that, operating out of fear caused by genetic xenophobia, conservatives (and of course Republicans) divide society into Us (people like them) and Other.

They can't imagine anyone voting for an Other ("just jumping on the bandwagon"). They just KNOW Obama is a Muslim, wasn't born in the USA, is lying to Us about everything. Who knows what he'll say to Our kids? They don't want Their kids to listen to anyone who is Other. They might consider making a woman one of Us if she is uneducated and stupid enough, but not a smart or capable one (insert Palin, Bachman, or your favorite Republican woman here).

They won't change, they can just die and leave their legacy behind. So don't waste time decrying the stupidity or wondering how anyone could think like that. Just keep putting the message out there, so gradually a few of Their children may start, just a teeny bit, to think.

Originally posted to ceratotherium on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 06:03 PM PDT.

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