THE CULTURE OF DOOM

                                                           
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Politics

The Iraq War. Our young and fortune is going down the drain!

Bush. Fill in your pet phobia.

Donald Rumsfeld. Just get rid of him and everything will improve!

Dick Cheney.

Democrats. A threat to our way of life and civil liberties.

Republicans. A threat to our way of life and civil liberties.

Ralph Nader: A dangerous threat to the Democratic party!

The Reconquista. The Mexicans are coming back to take over the Southwest!

A-Rab terrorists!

A-Rab terrorists with bio weapons!

A-Rab terrorists with nuclear weapons!

North Koreans with nuclear weapons!

Iranians with nuclear weapons!

US as the only superpower!

Foreigners are destroying the [American, British, French, Irish, German, etc] way of life!

Social security failure! (hottest issue in 2004 campaign!)

Global poverty

Trade imbalance with X

Deficit spending will ruin future generations!

We must build a fence to prevent the [Arabs, Mexicans, Western Europeans] from encroaching on us!

The Iraq War. Our young and fortune is going down the drain!

Nuclear war!

Dem activist judges. How dare they strike down Plessy v. Ferguson. But let's hope they nail Roe vs. Wade!

Gay marriage as civil rights issue!

Gay marriage as threat to family values!

Domestic spying a threat to all civil liberties and life as we know it!

Muslim politicians are a threat to our way of life!

[2008] Mexican illegals are a threat to our way of life!

[2008] Barack Obama is a [Muslim, Socialist, Communist]!

[2008] John McCain is [George Bush, a doddering old fool]!

[2009] We’ll all be spending $20K a year in health insurance premiums if health reform passes!

 

Crime and Punishment

Child molesters. They’re everywhere! Won’t someone PLEASE think of the children!

Assault weapons! They're soooo scary!

The NRA!

The cocaine epidemic!

The crack epidemic!

Meth labs!

[2009] Mexican crime on our borders!

 

Religion

The Apocalypse. An old standard.

The Religious Right as the left wing's bogeyman.

Secular humanists are destroying the family and American values!

Teaching evolution will destroy God and our way of life!

The Mayan calendar ends in 2012!  Time for a disaster movie tie-in!

 

Medicine

AIDS. Have sex and die!

AIDS in Africa

Mad cow disease. Eat meat and die!

The obesity epidemic!

Flu vaccine shortages! (second hottest issue in 2004 campaign!)

Bird flu!

SARS!

Saturated fats!

Transfats!

Cholesterol

Second-hand smoke

Government ban on stem cell funding is denying us immortality! (2004)

Foot & Mouth Disease (2002, Europe)

[2006] Food safety. Eat California produce and die!

[2007] Dengue fever epidemic!

West Nile will spread... THIS year! (2007)

MSNBC: "Bird Flu Mutating to Better attack Humans." 2007-10-05

[2009] Peanut food quality!

[2009-4] Swine food pandemic!  Sort of.  [2009-5] Well, not really.  [2009-10]  Maybe if you’re a kid.

[2009-05-12] Injuries to small children from furniture up 40%, due to tipping LCD displays!

[2009-07] Dog flu!  H3N8 mutates from horses!

[2009-10] Swine flu vaccine is dangerous!

[2010-09] Genetically modified fish will result in the end of humanity!

2010-10] CDC says 1/3 of all Americans will have diabetes Type 2 by 2050!


Popular Culture

Steroid-laden baseball stars corrupting family values!

TV violence will corrupt our children and create a generation of monsters! (1975)

Video game violence will corrupt our children and create a generation of monsters! (2000)

School books that include the word “scrotum” will corrupt our children and create a generation of monsters! (2007)

 

The Environment

Ozone layer depletion. We're gonna die of radiation poisoning!

Global warming. Our lifestyle is going to kill us! (2000s)

Rain forest deforestation will cause a climate catastrophe!

Deforestation in general causing ecological catastrophes!

Plutonium in spacecraft power cells to destroy all life!

Planetary collision with an asteroid or somesuch. Planetary extinction!

Overfishing. Oceans devoid of life by 2038!

Killer monster hurricanes 2006! See global warming. (these did not surface).

Nuclear waste (1970s-2000s)

The next ice age is upon us! (1970s)

Genetically modified foods will uh, we don't know exactly what will happen, but they're BAD! (1990s-2000s)

Irradiation of food will give us all cancer! (1980s)

Naysayers are ignorant hicks on the payroll of the oil companies, combatting the existence of the 600-3500 scientists endorsing global warming! (Newsweek, August 2007)

Killer monster hurricanes and record number of storms, 2007! See global warming (this did not surface)

Biofuel use will spur massive starvation! (2004-2007).

Bee extinction will destroy our food supply! (2007)

Frog extinction is the harbinger of the end of humanity! (1980s)

Coral extinction is the harbinger of the end of humanity! (2010)

Coral die-off in Indonesia is the harbinger of the end of humanity

    (but was really the result of volcanic activity)! (2010)

 


The Economy

August 2008 Bailout package will bankrupt our nation!

January 2008 Bailout package will bankrupt our nation!

We can’t let AIG fail!

We can’t let GM fail!

We can’t let Ford fail!

We can let Chrysler fail!

We’re going to end up owned by the Chinese!

We’re going to end up reporting to policymakers in Brussels!

Federal government to dictate salaries of all workers! (in companies receiving assistance)

Obama’s a socialist! (2008 - )

Health care for all will doom us all! (2010)


 

Every generation thinks it’s on the cusp of history.  Sometimes they’re right, sometimes not.  But these days, apocalyptic politics has become ingrained in our culture.