Schizophrenia: A form of psychosis marked by a strong tendency to dissociate oneself from reality. Schizophrenia is often characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and inappropriate reactions to situations. The word schizophrenia is often used informally as well as scientifically to indicate a split personality. (from The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition)
One thing I've always agreed with was the title of Michael Savage's book "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder," as it seemed to be such an obvious explanation for why the left is so devoid of logic. And perhaps it's also an explanation for the results of the latest polls on Obama, the economy, deficits, etc. I can think of no other excuse than mass public schizophrenia.
A couple of things stand out. First, the mere fact that Obama was elected in the first place when it was so patently obvious what the man was planning for the nation. "Joe the Plumber" came to the fore when he persuaded Obama to admit that he was planning to "spread the wealth around" - aka. socialism. Yet the schizophrenic American public ignored it. Now what? Almost 70% of Americans disagree with the administration's government takeover of the auto industry. (Were you people blind?) Obama admitted before the election that this would happen. Sarah Palin was right - Obama is a socialist. This should not be a surprise.
Next we have the so-called "stimulus" and the unprecedented, massive budget deficits that come hand-in-hand with Obama's Keynesian spending orgy. Yes, the economy was in the tank when the election occurred, and that undoubtedly had a profound impact on the election results. Yes, Barry, we know - you won, and as a result you have the ability to do...and spend...whatever you want. But oddly, poll after poll shows that the public supports the economic "stimulus" plan...yet there is a large and growing concern about the size of the deficit. A CBS/NYT poll from this week shows that 90% - NINETY - think that the deficit is a somewhat or very serious problem. But people still support the deficit-laden stimulus. There's no other explanation than American schizophrenia.
Even more incredible is the perception of the source of the deficits. A WSJ/NBC poll from this week shows that 46% believe that the Bush Administration is responsible for the deficit problem, while only SIX percent believes it is Obama. SIX. Folks, this is not hard to understand. Behold:
The Bush deficit spending was child's play. But I can't help but think that we, Republicans and conservatives, are partially responsible for this perception - we've spent the last few years complaining about Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, etc... and it seems people were listening. Now George Bush is the fall guy while Obama skates and is permitted to spend like one of the Real Housewives.
We must pin the deficit on Obama just as we have the Guantanamo closing. This is Obama's deficit. This must be repeated over and over and over again, in blogs, in Twitter tweets, in letters to the editor of newspapers. That Heritage graph should be emblazoned in the minds of every one of the American schizophrenia sufferers out there.
Perhaps it's not schizophrenia. Maybe it's Americans doing what little children do when they cover their ears and chant "I can't hear you...I can't hear you..." when their parents scold them and tell them something they don't want to hear. Because gosh darn it, Obama is so darned nice and likable, and jeez, he can even catch flies with his bare hands! How can we not like him? How can we not support him? How could we dare blame anything on him? After all, he's not George W. Bush!
No, sorry, I think it is schizophrenia.