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Rosen World

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Things are tough these days in Rosen World -- that perplexing and abstract sphere inhabited by the those looking under rocks and behind doors for the darkness and danger of the great liberal threat to mankind.

It can't be easy purporting to embrace scandal and conspiracy theory only to have it vaporize and disappear time after time after time into the black hole of artificiality and affectation. But thus is life in Rosen World.

In July of last year, Denver conservative radio host and political commentator Mike Rosen wrote, "The trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin and the aftermath of that verdict has been a timely and convenient distraction from the flock of scandals circling President Obama's head." Not just one scandal, mind you, but an entire flock circling - like a wake of buzzards over carrion.

But reading an op-ed or listening to a radio talk show in Rosen World is the political equivalent of eating at McDonald's - the menu is always the same, devotees find comfort in the predictability of the fare, and the likelihood of regurgitation is ever-present.

In Rosen World, political ideology trumps common sense. Suspicion and duplicity eclipse reason. Hate and discontent rule the day. And scandals? They rock that parallel universe to its core. Rosenthology is a study in conspiracy, rumor, and allegation with little concern for fact, and less concern for honesty. The tomes frequently include references to the Benghazi scandal, the IRS scandal, and the Obamacare scandal. Scandal. Scandal. Scandal.

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In Rosen World there is always a longing and desperate hope for a new revelation that will bring down President Obama and Democrats. What really happened during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi? Who can we blame? Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif) has spent the past year and a half investigating every aspect of the Benghazi attack at a cost of millions of dollars to taxpayers, and he has uncovered... nothing. No sign of conspiracy. No foul play. Nothing. Put a fork in it.

Another oft-discussed Rosen World scandal "circling" over President Obama involves the Internal Revenue Service's "targeting of conservative groups" - almost certainly done at the behest of the administration's thuggish Chicago inner circle. How dare the IRS investigate the tax-exempt status of such obviously apolitical and do-gooder social-welfare organizations like Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity or FreedomWorks?

To his dubious credit, conservative watchdog Issa has spent some $14 million dollars looking into that Rosen World scandal only to discover that more progressive than conservative groups were targeted. Drat. No link to the White House. Scandal up in smoke. Poof. Gone.

Those in Rosen World demand a culprit for the National Security Agency's intelligence gathering. The nation grumbles but the scandal fades amid security concerns. The Fast and Furious gun-walking operation? A 470-page Justice Department probe concludes that there was more incompetence than conspiracy. Drat. Poof. Splat.

Lastly, on a more personal but nonetheless scandalous level (for what could be more shameful than to target society's most vulnerable), Rosenthology doctrine makes the claim that "very few of the homeless are without a place to live" (Denver Post, May 10, 2012). But the latest Point-In-Time survey conducted by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) concluded that there are 921 youth ages 13 to 24 who experience homelessness on any given day in Denver. 921. That's nearly 1,000 youth who sleep on the streets of Denver each night say the folks at Urban Peak who actually count them. Having worked at Urban Peak from 2007-12, I assure you that many of homeless -- and I've met thousands -- are without a place to live. But facts are sometimes inconvenient things on planet Rosen.

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Events in Rosen World bring to mind a scene from the 1995 movie, "The American President", in which President Andrew Shepherd addresses the small-mindedness of his political rival Bob Rumson. He says,

"Bob's problem isn't that he doesn't get it. Bob's problem is that he can't sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it."

That, in a nutshell, is the problem in Rosen World. Fear and blame aren't selling too well. But in the real world problems are being solved - one health-care policy, one gay soldier, one less war, one American automaker, one less Bin Laden, one higher-mileage car, and one breath of fresher air at a time.

 

Mark McVay has lived and taught school in Oregon, Michigan, California, and Colorado. He is a Vietnam veteran and served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in South Vietnam in 1969-70. His wife is a retired USMC officer. McVay's writing has (more...)
 

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