But they’re our sons-a-bitches”

Supposedly attributed to FDR or one of his cabinet members when referring to the South American dictators we were supporting. Primarily Samosa.

I bring this up because it’s very representative of the the kind of thinking that goes on even today.   A kind of primitive tribal/herd/clan mentality.  That one is to support one of their own regardless of their current and/or past transgressions simply because they are one of their own.  Usually but not always based on some ethnic/racial/cultural sameness.  Combined with religious and financial classes as well.

It’s what brought Hitler to power and enabled Germans to rally around him, all the while ignoring his monstrosities.  It’s what what pushed the Russians on to defeat Hitler’s armies.  And what broke apart and empowered those involved with the war in the former Yugoslavia after the fall of Tito.

As well as what is behind all the problems in the Middle east. It’s also why there are those who will support policies and people who would not be in there best interest, since their support is not based on anything logical or even practical  Their support is based on and emotional them vs us.

Why there are those who vilified the policies of Bush and support the same policies and actions by Obama.  Obama is one of US and not one of Them.    And Obama takes care of his own. The upper crust, well healed professional Bourgeois with their expensive houses and expensive cars and 401Ks with a tonne of money invested.

There is no amount of logical, practical, fact based arguments that will convince these people otherwise.   One can rail against them – if that gives you comfort. But it will not change their thinking because it has little to do with thought.  Just remember what it took to change Germany – who still has neo-Nazi followers. Two world wars and 40 years of cold war as two separate countries.  And they still look down on some non-Germans with disgust.

We like to think with all our advanced technology and science that we as humans have risen above such things. The sad reality is we have not.