A bit of an interesting discussion about Senator Obama and his lapel pin problems. What I think is that Obama created this problem because he just could not help being condescending and mean, if not bitter. He couldn’t just explain his own action, he felt it necessary to defame others who were different. Had he just said “different people express their patriotism in different ways, some with lapel pins, others by … “. OK, I start see the problem. But, ignoring the issue of coming up with an example of Obama demonstrating patriotism, I think this is a classic of how so much of the MAL is, at a basic level, highly intolerant of difference. It’s exactly the same philosophical defect that led to the “bitter clinging to God and guns” comment. People can’t just be different, they must be wrong. And, of course, punished for it.
Yet people still bitterly cling to happy thoughts about Obama. I couldn’t believe the positive reaction among nominal Obama detractors to his interview on Fox. Does not the possibility that he was faking in order to pander to his presumed audience not occur to people? It’s not a matter of different emphasis (which is quite legitimate) but outright contradiction to his previous (as little as they were) policies and actions. When he tells the same thing to his billionaire friends, then I will be willing to consider the possibility that he means it.
But that’s not just among the conservatives — much of the Obama phenomenon is people not just suspending but launching in to orbit their disbelief. I ran in to this one today, by someone who’s normally clueful for a progressive. The basic thesis is “Sure, Obama’s an ambitious politician, but I’ll still take just his word over any evidence”. And the root of that is that Obama wants us to “talk”. Well, yes, that’s true. But I agree with those who think the he wants us to “talk” the way a cult leader does, in self criticism and abject agreement. One need merely observe any instance in which Obama is confronted with strong, principled dissent from his party line to see what he really thinks of what normal people call “talking”. Or one could quote any number of Michelle Obama statements. Heck, Obama apparently couldn’t even have one good, down to earth talk to his much admired, spiritually advising pastor in 20 years! The author even notes
The kind of insane beliefs that Wright espouses wouldn’t stand up to an honest discussion in the light of day
yet doesn’t twig to Obama never managing such an honest discussion.
The more standard socialist blindness bit is discussing Obama’s sordid past —
[.…] what I want is a politician like Tom L Johnson - who is idealistic at core, but willing to get his hands dirty in the back and forth of the reality of politics.
I can see that, but Obama has the no omelets problem. What, exactly, did he accomplish while getting his hands dirty? Besides the mansion, the $4.2M last year, and the $300K/year job for his wife.