Pretending He’s Not Real

My youngest grandson does a lot of pretending- as did his grandpa lo those many years ago.  He likes to make up stories and plots and gives a running narration on how he perceives the action to be moving forward. I suppose that he’s on ‘the spectrum’ just a bit, but that’s not all that uncommon these days. At least his brain is as sharp as a tack, according to his grade card. He’s a sensitive boy, too. Last evening as his cousins were loading up to drive to eastern Ohio, he broke down in tears saying good bye. That’s a great human quality.

Pretending. Living life in an alternate universe. In denial of reality. Making up things. Sixty-seven percent of Republicans are living in an alternate universe, in denial of reality too, according to a recent poll. Only 33% of Republicans ‘believe’ that Obama was born in the United States. One out of three.

There was an article in this weekend’s local newspaper on the topic of the president’s birth location which included a photo of his birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper. The article also said that there is a book on the counter at the Bureau of Statistics that has his birth information for any and all to see. Why do I think of the apostle Thomas who ‘wouldn’t believe unless he put his hands into the spear hole in the chest of Jesus?’

The play activity and story-telling of a 7-year old is quite normal; that of an adult Republican is either a mental disorder or an indication of living in an alternate reality. I suspect the latter. If one pretends that something isn’t real, then maybe it isn’t. Is that why they only watch a certain TV network or listen to one singular radio frequency?

This feigning of reality is clearly the chief operational characteristic of evangelical Christians, but surely they do not make up 67% of the GOP. There is no doubt that they live in an altered universe, but what of the non-evangelical Republicans?  What’s their excuse?  Is it the ‘ruby slippers’ syndrome? If they believe real hard that President Obama was not born in the United States, then maybe it is so? Of course, then it becomes perfectly appropriate to attack, belittle and insult him. ‘He’s not one of us’ is like a double-dip cone. To the lily white GOP, his race makes him automatically illegitimate, but the belief that he’s not an American citizen seals the psychic deal quite nicely.

My grandson will grow out of his pretending stage soon enough. That will be a sad day for his grandfather.

What is even more sad is that I know that millions of his fellow citizens live, as adults, in an altered, simulated reality.  And that scares the hell out of me!

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7 thoughts on “Pretending He’s Not Real

  1. Hello Muddy,
    “Only 33% of Republicans ‘believe’ that Obama was born in the United States. One out of three.”

    This is what I have to deal with not only with the local Republican Party, but also the dumb asses claiming to be Conservative Republicans on blog sites telling me what I need to believe if I were a REAL REPUBLICAN.

    As you have well noted the topic of the president’s birth location which included a photo of his birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper. The article also said that there is a book on the counter at the Bureau of Statistics that has his birth information for any and all to see.

    BUT MUDDY!!! Don’t you know that the liberals planted and concocted this cover up over 40 plus years ago knowing that Obama would be running for President?

    They are just too stupid to even be breathing air.

  2. “This feigning of reality is clearly the chief operational characteristic of evangelical Christians, but surely they do not make up 67% of the GOP.”

    Very true, M_R! According to the recent Gallup Poll it’s 88% of the GOP who
    believe in creationism or a God guided process. 88%, M_R…Think of it like this, if your in a room of 100 GOP people, 88.8 of the people in that room believe in creationism. And, we think this is not a problem…Why have we been calling the GOP as God’s Only Party. Well, here’s the polling to prove it!

    Now, if we move to the population at large the statistics change a little. 40% of all Americans believe in creationism, and that is defined by Gallup as God directly created humans no more than 10,000 years ago. The good news, lol, is that is down from 47% in 1999! Another 38% believe “a God guided the process” over millions of years. And 16% say humans evolved without any
    divine intervention.

    Sink your teeth into this, M_R. Here is where we find the ideology of the GOP.
    This has political consequences from public school textbooks to social policy. Is there little wonder now why the GOP added all those social policy riders to the 2011 budget bill?

    A last point is that according to Gallup, views on divine origin differed by religion and by level of education. 60% of all weekly churchgoers support the creationist view point. Do you remember, M_R, your post about the Creationist Museum and then the Noah’s Ark Park? We all had a good laugh about these fundies. Well, it seems to me this poll points out the seriousness of the problem religion presents in our society. We have to engage them in a fight to the finish! Is there little wonder why the GOP wants to end the U.S. Department of Education? Education broadened people’s minds and opens them up to something other than working God’s will. And, look where we are, 16% of the population…..

  3. Well, it seems to me this poll points out the seriousness of the problem religion presents in our society.

    Indeed it is, my friend from the Bible Belt. You ought to know more about this topic than I. And the disgusting part of this scenario is that hundreds of billions of our tax dollars are being spent in Afghanistan to defeat the religious fundamentalists THERE!

  4. BTW, still can’t post! Are you sure that your forwarding an accurate invitation?

  5. Please go to Wikipedia and access the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Especially observe the map on the Kansas-Nebraska page. My question is, after reading those citations, has anything changed?

  6. There’s nothing wrong with living in your own reality, it’s when you can’t function in the real world that it becomes a problem. The Republican party has become a party of people who not only can’t function, but are dangerous to the welfare of others.

  7. Laci: …but are dangerous to the welfare of others. That is exactly my point. It is fine to be ‘living in your own reality’ as long as you do not attempt to foist it upon others. The fundies are a great example of that concept.

    UptheFlag- no, nothing has changed. The mounting trouble for the U.S. is that our new generations have less knowledge of our own history than we did, and it isn’t getting any better.

    “Still can’t post” – I’ll send you a new one to your msn address.

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