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I've always enjoyed reading other DK postings about their interactions with Right Wing Nut Jobs but living in New York State and even though I'm in Peter King's Congressional District I do manage to not have much interaction with them.  But follow below the swirly to hear my recent experience.

Sadly my 91 year old mother just passed.  We were most fortunate to not experience the cruelty of depleting family funds to pay for extended medical care as her illness was unexpected and lasted less than two months. However, the topic of the high cost of healthcare and the need by many to resort to Medicaid to help where Medicare leaves off came up in a few discussions at the funeral wake.

Just to backtrack a bit, my mother, though 91, was very liberal in her political views and always voted Democrat.  But a friend of hers for over 60 years did not share her views.  Through the years I had heard from my Mom some of this friend's comments and always rolled my eyes at the remarks.

So while speaking to my Mom's friend, at the funeral wake, the issue of being elderly and needing long term care came up.  She stated she was terrified of what was going to happen because of Obamacare.  Though I'm very vocal in my own political view, I knew this was not the place nor the time to 'debate' or 'convert' someone to my way of thinking.  So I gently told her not to worry that the President would not do anything to change Medicare for today's seniors.  I said it to reassure her in the case she was thinking of her own future.  Yet she vehemently stated that I was wrong, that Obama was slashing Medicare benefits and causing doctors to drop Medicare patients.  I remember doing a mental double-take to make sure I heard her correctly.  Then she proudly stated, she is very knowledgeable about what is happening in the world today because she watches Fox News every day.  I glanced at my daughter (who goes to college in NYC and is very liberal) and saw she had a stunned look on her face.  The friend continued to state that Fox News is the only place you can get true information on what is happening.  She continued to go on and speak about how terrible it was that Obama was going to appear with children to force his views on gun control on the country.  Luckily for me, two cousins of mine from out of state came into the room and I excused myself to go speak with them.  As my daughter got up with me and we walked away, she said "Did I hear what I think I heard?"

What I took away from this interaction, was first, the disrespect shown to the President by her constantly referring to him as just Obama without stating President Obama.  Second, she honestly appeared to me as a zealot in her fanatical manner of presenting her views as the right ones. But her absolute conviction in believing that only what Fox News presents was the truth was unsettling to me.  I've read here on DK the comments by RWNJ and would chuckle to myself that those comments were the rantings of nuts. But here was a woman I knew my whole life, sitting right in front of me, sounding like a crazy person.

The damage Fox News has done to this country is a disgrace.  I truly hope that we can undo all the harm they have done and make our country whole again.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.

    by Renie57 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:02:57 PM PST

  •  While she marred the wake, what a (your mom) (0+ / 0-)

    she made, when she demonstraed what you mom did to have maintained a friendship with someone so unlike her. She must have been a pillar of patience and tolerance, and thus, IMHO, produced a child just like her--as you seem to be in this post.
    Bet the grandaughter is like the grandmom, too.
    My condolences to the whole family.

    META: Sorry about the use of the blog ()for applause, it was the only way I could think of getting both ideas in the subject line thru the little bitsy tear that splashed on my keyboard.

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:29:42 PM PST

  •  It is rather stunning (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, buffie, OldDragon

    when it comes from people you've known for some time but not seen in a while. It makes me want to look on the back of their neck to see where that chip was implanted.

  •  Sadly, that could have been my Mom who was (0+ / 0-)

    thoroughly brainwashed by Rush/Fox by the time she died.  She was not always like that, but she never worked outside the home so did not have much in the way of real world experience to draw on and after several years of poor health during which she mostly watched/listened to right wing propaganda, she was pretty much irrational about anything political.

    I did not live close so only saw her a couple times a year.  I tried to talk to her on the phone each week, but it was obvious that she was becoming more and more paranoid.  It is a form of elder abuse, but I have no idea how it can be offset.  

    I actually wrote her a letter to tell her that I voted for President Obama and why.  She wasn't happy, couldn't understand it, but we still talked.  When she went off with her right wing talking points I eventually just stayed silent until she finally gave up and returned to non political conversation.

    “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

    by ahumbleopinion on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 03:15:47 PM PST

  •  My heartfelt condolences to you (0+ / 0-)

    and to your family.

    I have noticed over the last few years that right-wingers are the only people who will just start spouting off about what idiots democrats are, et cetera, et cetera, ad infinitum. They tend to do this with no clue as the politics of the people around them. They actually seem proud to be the bearers of "the truth", and don't care a whit about the appropriateness (or it's lack) of the location or occasion.

    Ignorance topped with a thick layer of rude for icing.

    Trickle-down theory; the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows. - J.K. Galbraith

    by Eric Twocents on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:40:56 PM PST

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