|So tell me again, what did I win?
||[8th Nov. 2008|21:20]
At the risk of putting a damper on the prolonged Obamagasm currently washing over the planet, I find myself having to ask... is it just me, or has everyone gone just a little bit barmy? This is after all a politician we're talking about. After nearly eight years of Bush and Cheney, have you no longer even the appropriate amount of scepticism to muster for the occasion?|
I have always been in agreement with H L Mencken that "democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." In that respect, Democratic governments distinguish themselves from their Republican counterparts only by their greater willingness to use a decent amount of lube beforehand. Like Bush before him and Clinton before him, Obama believes in a fully-engorged government, with the divine right to bomb whomever and whenever necessary to defend America's vague interests abroad. Close your eyes, and he seems little different from the status quo.
That said, I'm not completely insensitive. I will admit to an uncanny sense of optimism and absence of dread when I see that big round O.
2008-11-09 16:23 (UTC)
I'm drbitch and I endorse this message. I'm also amused that both of us have drawn the same metaphor with the Big O.
You're not alone, but in the current barmy climate it'll be a while longer before others dare speak up and express anything resembling skepticism. The Onion has been my primary source of comfort in these trying times. Let me also point you at http://rmd.livejournal.com/338818.html
I do have some skepticism, but for just a little while I am allowing myself to just feel happy after many long years of painful bitterness and cynicism. Despite what the Republican machine would have us believe, I know that Obama is not a flaming liberal. He holds some positions with which I do not agree, and I know he will make some decisions that will disappoint me, perhaps even anger me. I still consider this a vast improvement over what we've endured from the Bush Administration. Just to have an intellectual president again, one who isn't ashamed of being intelligent and deliberative, is HUGE to me.
I agree that it is huge, but let's be fair: we were going to get that regardless of this election's outcome.
I wish I believed that we were going to get that regardless, but I really don't, which is why I did what I could for Obama's campaign.
And I find that absolutely commendable. Let me say that up front: you did a fine thing and you've every reason to be proud.
What I am having a difficult time with is not people like you, but the whole personality cult phenomenon which has sprouted up around Obama, which is completely out of touch with basic realities of governance in this country of ours.