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When it was announced that the President's daughters would not be receiving the H1N1 innoculation, the blogosphere was filled with all manner of contemptuous remarks. There was the run-of-the-mill spite criticizing the President as a "typical liberal" mandating that others do what he chooses not to do.

Then there were the truly creative storylines about a sinister conspiracy that something harmful was in the vaccine, or that H1N1 is just a legend Obama is using to increase government control over health care.

Just a few days later, the first daughters have in fact been vaccinated. Naturally, the usual suspects are now outraged that the girls have received preferential treatment and moved to the front of the line while the rest of us have to wait. There is also a sizeable contingent claiming that it is all still a lie and the girls have not been vaccinated.

I think it is a paradox of our information age that the more information we have available to us, there is a sizeable segment of the population that is less informed than ever before. With a click of the mouse, you can instantly move from the Wall St. Journal to IHateLibs.com Unfortunately, there is no adjustment in credibility expectations. Off-the-wall opinion blogs are considered digital equals to publications with over a century of journalistic excellence and integrity. Opinions that support preconceived notions are accepted as facts. Facts that contradict those opinions are dismissed because the sources of those facts are not ideologically pure.

I do my best to avoid the nastiness that has become such a big part of political discourse. But when partisan, delusional idiocy slaps you in the face, it is time to put on your umpire's hat and call it like you see it.

Here is a sampling of right wing opinion about the first daughters' flu shots.

Both links are from the same right wing website two days apart. And I'm supposed to respect the opinions of these people on something as complicated as health insurance reform? That would be like talking investment strategy with the homeless guy wandering around downtown San Francisco, muttering about the UFO that planted a tracking device in his brain.

During the administration of President Bush, the left was accused of having BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome). I think the ODS mutation of the virus has has grown infinitely more virulent and destructive

Not only does it cause the victim to question every official policy of the President, it also causes you to see completely benign acts such as the President speaking to schoolchildren or looking out for his family's health as yet another assault on American liberty.

At some point, maybe the Republican party leadership will figure out that catering to these people is not a strategy for long-term electoral success.

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KarenPearsall commented on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009 at 14:36 PM

Hello Anthony, Unfortunately for President Obama, he is in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation with his critics. They will find fault with or nit pick whatever decision, move, or position he takes, due to their intense distrust and extreme hatred of him. At the end of his term, President Bush faced similar negative attitudes, but one could argue that he brought this on himself because of his less than forthright actions and missteps. It appears that Obama's critics are unwilling to give him somewhat of a "grace period" to correct difficulties that were, in part, the fallout from the past administration's actions (Iraq and the initial bail-outs) or inaction (Katrina). I believe that Obama has the moral fortitude to overcome unwarranted criticism, while adapting and learning from mistakes that he has made. I don't think that anyone can truly be prepared to be President, no matter the qualifications and intelligence. It is an on-the-job learning experience and, as such, there are bound to be times we disagree with our President's decisions. As citizens, it is not only acceptable, but also our duty, to express our disagreement, especially if we think that could lead to policy changes. I don't fault Obama's critics for a legitimate difference of opinion. But tearing down the President on every possible front, including his personal family life, just to further a partisan agenda rather than improve our country, is extreme and unacceptable. Even though it will obviously be difficult, I hope that he continues to focus on the goals and improvements he believes will benefit our country and its citizens and not allow himself to be distracted by those who seek his downfall at all costs. On a personal note: I really admire your reasoned approach, the facts and back-up links that you provide, and your ability to rise above petty and childish attacks. I know that you are not a paid "Dem-blogger" as Newsense is fixated on constantly repeating,but if you were, then you would be well worth whatever you were paid because you represent some of the best aspects of being a Democrat. I enjoy and am enlightened by the information and insights that you share, both in your blogs and comments. They are definitely thought-provoking. Sincerely, Karen

anthony002 commented on Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Thank you for the kind words Karen. My guess is that even among the people who agree with Mr. newsense's politics, they realize that the "paid blogger" stuff is false to put it politely.

I will continue to contribute my two cents online and I have also realized that I need to become more conversant with our local issues.

Looks like a gentleman named Brad Goehring is the leading candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Jerry McNerney next year. Goehring, according to his website, completely opposes a health care public option, so that makes him a non-starter with me. On the other hand, Republican Tom Campbell just may get my vote for governor.

I also need to learn more about the PG&E vs SSJID issue. All I know so far (other than my $300+ monthly PG&E bill) is that there seems to be a great deal of support across all political ideologies for a SSJID takeover. Who would have thought a socialist takeover of the utility industry would have such broad support in San Joaquin county?

rozemist commented on Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 20:06 PM

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