Earlier today I was mailing a package when I ran into a woman who was in one of my classes in college a few years back. We see each other every now and then, but don't know each other terribly well so one of the first things she asked was where I was working. When I told her that I was working for an organization called Working Families Win she insisted that I was "working for the wrong side." I decided to kind off brush this off because I thought it was odd that someone would think standing up for working families was "the wrong side."
To top things off she then added that I shouldn't "get [her] started on the Nazi propaganda speech that Obama's giving to children today." This one I couldn't pass up so I asked her if she had read the speech which was released yesterday on the White House website. She responded by saying that she didn't need to read the speech to know that it was just "the president's way of promoting his socialist agenda." It was at this point I realized it probably wasn't even worth pursuing the conversation much further so I simply asked how her kids were doing and then politely excused myself so I could finish my errands before heading off to work.
Now here's what I find very interesting. This woman just finished up her Master's degree in education and wants to be a teacher, but she doesn't even know that there is a difference between the Nazis and Socialists. In my opinion this simply reinforces that the Republicans are just interested in trying to make everyone think Obama is evil but don't actually have an intelligent reason for why they adamantly oppose every single policy that he's put forward. Secondly, she's received a fair amount of formal education but the right wing's talking points have worked so well with her that she's not even willing to read a speech to see if the talking points have any truth to them. This is perhaps the more troubling part because it illustrates how so many people get their news from the soundbites that they hear on TV and oftentimes don't have the time and/or desire to do their own independent research.
So now I want to hear from you. What do you think I should take away from this experience and has anyone had something similar happen to them lately?