Paranoia: 2010 Election Theme?

This election cycle keeps taking turns for the unusual. On the October 7th episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, Art Robinson, a Republican running against incumbent Pete DeFazio in Oregon’s 4th congressional district, went from slightly uncomfortable to full-on accusatory and paranoid in a matter of minutes.

After asking Robinson about some of his more unusual statements from the past, including his belief that AIDS is a myth created by the federal government and that distilled radioactive waste should be spread over the ocean, Rachel Maddow could hardly get a word out without him bursting in, claiming she was at the center of a “smear campaign” against him. Every honest question was met with accusations of ulterior motives by Maddow.

After witnessing his  confrontational and unprofessional behavior, I have a hard time believing he still has a following. Maybe his average supporter simply has no access to the Internet to look up what their guy actually believes, considering the fact that he thinks we should reinstate nuclear weapons testing and completely denies man-made global warming.

Art Robinson represents a growing and troubling theme in American politics. The fringe and unhinged have come out of the woodwork and hijacked political debate. As nutty as Robinson is, he’s only one of many. Art Robinson, Michelle Bachmann, Carl Paladino, Christine O’Donnell, Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, Sharron Angle and even Sarah Palin have joined in the game of feeding into and off of growing anti-government sentiment and conspiracy theories.

The 2010 Election is less than four weeks away. Soon, all of the annoying political ads will go away and life will return to a more bearable level of “normal.” However, if people like Robinson are elected to office, their craziness will no  longer be confined to their mouths. We should all be worried at the possibility of them effecting national and international policy.

One can only hope that voters see this.

snapshot of Art Robinson's campaign website

One thought on “Paranoia: 2010 Election Theme?

  1. I believe global cooling, but anyways, I think that people follow what they want to believe…not so much what is really happening.

    Of course the times are changing but our views should be strong so that they aren’t swayed from side to side. When people just agree on something because they’re on the same side without reading then it’s really sad. Accepting people for who they are, even if you disagree, is something very noble.

    I agree that I will be happier when the elections have passed…even if I might want to believe one side or another, the reality is that I am so very proud of you and glad that you weed out the contradictions that most wouldn’t see.

    Time will tell if those of us (not telling sides) will appreciate the choices made by the masses. Hopefully the God I believe in shows the actuality of others situations and life so that changes will appeal to those who aren’t easy to change. If that makes any sense. That’s what I believe. Love you!!

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