After having been accused for the umpteenth time of being some sort of drooling, Obama-worshiping idiot who can’t examine the historical record and make an informed decision, I wanted to throw the bullshit flag on that nonsense as well. This should have been added to the Obama MythBusting post, but it was the blog that generated comments speaking exactly to what I was talking about. The irony of someone calling me intellectually dishonest and incapable of understanding nuance on a blog about intellectual dishonesty and lack of understanding of nuance in response to comments perfectly illustrating my point was too delicious to pass up.
Just because you are a cynical prick doesn’t mean the rest of us have to be as well. Just because we can wax rhetorical about what a great guy Barack is, doesn’t mean we haven’t done the in-depth homework necessary to form that opinion. Just because we don’t buy into yesterday’s political framework, doesn’t mean we are all ready to drink koolaid and meet our maker.
I will be the first to admit that admiration will lead to at least a small amount of prejudice toward the guy., That is understandable. But this cynical, sarcastic, world-weary bullshit is a downer. I hate it when my little brother pulls the same crap. I am certainly not going to like it any better from a stranger.
OK. I get it. You are super smart and have even read a couple of books. You aren’t going to be fooled by a politician. No sir. They are all the same. No difference between Barack and Hillary, except in the size of their rallies and fund-raising efforts and number of votes and number of states and number of delegate won. You aren’t impressed. We are all a bunch of Pollyanna zombies without the ability to see clearly and will inevitably be disappointed by Barack because the guy isn’t a saint, notwithstanding that we never claimed he was.
I am here to say bullshit on that, too.
Barack’s supporters aren’t a bunch of uniformed twits with suffering hero-worship. We are republicans, democrats and independents from across a wide swath of this country. We have advanced degrees and no degrees. We are from every geographic region and have a diverse series of stories. Whatever one-dimensial slice that you decide to find offensive on this site is an Internet blink. As Gladwell suggest, some blinks need to be measured against existing prejudice to determine their veracity.