Once again someone on Fox News has been caught blatantly taking comments made by President Obama completely out of context to fabricate some other “news story” that’s not at all based on reality because it was created from an outright lie.
This time it was Eric Bolling who decided to take comments the president has made about programs we have in this country that are “broken” (health care, immigration, gun laws) and twist them around to make it seem as if President Obama was bashing the United States. Because how dare a president be honest about certain areas of our country that need to be fixed. Apparently over 50 million people going without health insurance, 12 million illegal immigrants and thousands of gun-related homicides every year are just fine with Mr. Bolling.
And it seems that President Obama suggesting that our immigration system is broken (it most certainly is) finally set the Fox News host off.
On Cashin’ In, Bolling whined, “Back off. America is not broken. The country did just fine for 238 years without you. We are a dominant global superpower. America is not broken, we don’t need you fixing stuff.”
Doesn’t that statement just perfectly epitomize right-wing ignorance?
The reality is, our evolution as a nation is why we have reached the level of success that we have. We didn’t get to where we are now by “keeping to the status quo.” That’s what’s so incredibly ironic about conservative beliefs. Right-wing ideology is often predicated on the belief that “the way it’s been is the way it always should be,” which is absurd. The fact is that our success as a nation is a direct result of those who broke us away from “what we’ve always done” and ushered in a new chapter for this country.
Hell, this nation was founded by men who thumbed their nose at the “way it had always been” and carved out a new path, and by doing so created a new nation.
And at every major change this country has gone through (its founding, the Civil War, women’s suffrage, desegregation, civil rights) there has always been those people, like Bolling and his fellow conservatives, who didn’t believe anything needed to be changed. For them, “the way it’s been is the way it always should be.”
The United States wasn’t created by people who sat by and did nothing. This nation became the power that it is today because of those we now look upon with admiration and reverence. Those individuals who embraced changed and bravely pushed this nation forward, not backward.
Because the truth is that the United States became the global superpower it is today not because of people like Eric Bolling – but in spite of people like him.
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