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!