See, this is the kind of thing that drives me absolutely nuts: in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the guy who's so far given the most money to right-wing superpacs says this about our president:
"Any of these Republicans would make a better president than that socialist, Obama," Simmons told the Journal (subscription required), in what is the piece's most provocative quote. "Obama is the most dangerous American alive … because he would eliminate free enterprise in this country."
Never mind that, according to the first-linked article, the man's wealth has more than doubled under Obama. Never mind that, given the option to do something that actually could have been characterized as socialism, Obama instead made the ACA entirely based on private insurers. Never mind that it doesn't matter if the guy believes what he's saying or not (I have no idea, but, based on a line in the article, namely "The 80-year-old Texan takes his political advice from Karl Rove," I'm guessing he knows better): he'll feed money to those that will repeat his claim over and over, the more untrue the better, to the willing and eager-to-be-misled audience, patiently and carefully crafted for the purpose by Rove, Roger Ailes, and the unified chorus of right-wing screamers.
That Barack Obama is not a socialist is clear in everything he's done. That he understands the central role of free enterprise in our economy is as obvious as a dog on the roof of a car. But, like special sauce in a Big Mac, Republican lies are what sell the product. In this case, rather than cholesterol, which is known to be deadly, the product is crafted to hide the truth doubly: not only is the message patently false, it's not about the message at all. It's about stealing by getting the victims happily to open their wallets while thinking they have them still in their pockets. It's about making sure the Republican vision of the future -- which, it couldn't be more clear (read their budget proposals), is to take money away from our future and lay it in the hands of the presently wealthy -- comes to pass.
And the only way that can happen (sadly, likely will happen) is by the constant selling of a lie to a public only too willing to take it in. Willing, because they've been carefully sold a bill of goods, slowly, for decades; and now they're too endumbed to notice or care.
Truly: I'm beginning to think it's not only a waste of time to say anything, but that the country isn't worth saving.