The other working titles were: "Faster, Obamabots! Annoy! Annoy!", "Attack of the Obamabots", "The Obamabots Strike Back", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of the Obamabots" and "Citizen Obamabot". But I don't know Harry and unlike Sirius, I remain a prisoner.
I've been debating whether or not to write this post. My views on now President-Elect Obama are well-known here, as well as my opinion on the large majority of his supporters, or at least their behavior during the campaign. Obnoxious is an obnoxious understatement. One Tenacious Baby Mama posted this The Onion News Network bit about said Obama supporters was so spot on, I needed to embed it here to continue on with my point.
But let me tell you WHY this annoys me. Liberals and pseudo-liberals, that is Democrats, like to fashion themselves as independent thinkers. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It is some source of liberal pride that we even disagree with each other to a point because then our thinking is not some sort of Nazi-esque lock-step.
Except when it comes to Barack Obama.
YOU DON'T LUV HIM ZOMG!!!!1111ELEVEN111!!!!!! is what I hear implicitly when people ask who I voted for (or, before 11/04 intending to vote for). It is pathetic that liberals and their close Democrat kin have slipped into dichotomous thinking of, "What, did you vote Republican?!" simply because I didn't vote for superstar Barack. Yes, after spending ten minutes harshly criticizing the Democraps lateral move to right-of-center, I voted for the right-wing! Yes, that makes PERFECT SENSE! Or at least it does to someone under a spell. This is a classic example of a group of people not realizing the strength of their ideals. Independent thinking. This means that someone within your group may disgree with you one day! Deal. But I'm so fucking sick of folks trying to treat me like a pariah because I didn't go "baaah" and follow the herd (which I never do anyway). Again, the liberal hypocrisy rears its ugly head here because, didn't we show our disgust at the people we called Busheviks? The ones who had just as much enthusiasm, hope, love, and hero-worship as the Obamabots do now, only for the beady-eyed, hate-mongering, war-mongering George W. Bush?
It is even more amazing that liberals are excusing actions from Obama that they would not excuse from a Republican. This is not okay, y'all. One standard and every politician must be beholden to it. For example, making the Patriot Act even more of a dangerous tool thanks to expansion of the FISA bill. We, liberals and moderates and lovers of the Constitution, all rightly crowed when the Patriot Act was introduced. But Obama votes for a further trampling of our privacy rights as promised by the Constitution and it's okay? I'm sorry but I thought Democrats were supposed to set a HIGHER standard, not merely meet a Republican one. Just as baffling is the nonchalant way sex workers who have several causes for concern over the state and federal trampling of privacy rights, let this one slide. Because its Obama. Hey, guess what? He will not be a friend to our movement. Recognize that.
Then the Bailout. Once again, liberals are showing hypocricy accepting the "trickle down" economics here, because it's Obama, but what was your opinion on Reagan doing the same thing? Right. See, the problem is that on the FISA bill and Bailout Gift, Obama and McCain voted the same way. Doesn't this WORRY YOU PEOPLE?! These are supposed to be two issues on which Dems and the GOP disagree on. The Dems are supposed to be for helping out the people and making sure they aren't screwed over by the banks (according to their rhetoric, that is. anyone actually paying attention knows this to be false, but sometimes they try to do good). Rethuglicans are ALL FOR heartlessly screwing us over. They always like to point to Dems and say, "They'll raise your taxes!" That may be, but Rethuglicans make sure our wages drop or evaporate (source: the last eight years). Democraps are supposed to be for free speech and protecting the Constitution, especially privacy and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and all that. Repuglicans have empty cant on this because they jumped on subverting those rights as soon as 9/11 (their most precious gift. ugh.) occurred. Yet this election cycle we had an elderly war-monger and a Constitutional attorney agreeing to further reduce the privacy and liberty rights of Americans. And yet people ignored or worse, Apologized, for this. Sick.
A friend of mine claimed that my standards for President were too high and rigorous. Truly, I have heard this from every Obamabot I have been forced to have a political "conversation" (more them condescendingly demanding I vote for their Golden Boy) with. Is this country so fucked up, so programmed, so hopeless, so accustomed to a low bar that demanding that the FRAKIN' PRESIDENT defend our Constitutional rights and not play so unabashedly into corporate pockets is too high of a standard? Do you hear yourselves?
Then we have people, like my grandmother with whom I argued last night, praise the large youth voter turn out. I'm not impressed. Yes, they got out and voted but they didn't put any thought into it. As a woman who is in college courses with many of these voters I asked why they voted for him. Out of dozens, maybe one actually sounded as though they understood his platform outside of the "hope" and "change" rhetoric spewed forth like a rainbow shower every time Obama was on (or referenced to) television. The others? Because it was the popular thing to do. Because they approached it with all the thoughtful deliberation they do voting for the next American Idol. Pun intended. When the youth get out to vote based on doing actual research and seriously considering how to use their vote (yes, even if they decide to make an educated decision to abstain, which is a very subversive political act), then I'll be impressed.
But what is infuriating me the most is this race issue. Brace yourselves. OBAMA WINNING THE ELECTION WILL NOT END RACISM! Repeat this to yourself for every time your lord and master used the word "change" or "hope". It's a delightful little meme, isn't it? If I hear one more person make this inference, I am going to slap the shit out of them. This thought process is most popular among delusional white liberals, blacks and Latinos (note: not everyone who fits in that group. Don't confuse the two). Sorry, but a vote for Obama was not a "get out of racism, free!" card. That people of all races think ending racism is so easy trivializes it. This is not some grand social leap forward. Actually, it is a foot forward; another ten years we might even be able to shift the weight! But here's an idea that could start to put some of the weight onto that foot: stop promoting the one-drop rule!
This is a big concern for me. For all the idiots looking through rose-colored glasses at this Obama win, thinking racism is depowered, are going to make the situation worse. Because then incidents involving racism get whitewashed and obfuscated and ignored, the victims told that "they're just imagining" it or that they're making too much out of it. They become a "buzzkill" for the illusion of the racial utopia a vote for Obama supposedly instituted.
Finally, drop the notion that Obama is some sort of liberal revolutionary. He is not. Obama and this guy would not get along. At all (note the shading and portraiture. It's not accidental). He is better than McCain and Bush by comparison only. Like I said, this country is beyond fucked and people know it and were desperate. A one-eyed, three-legged jackass could've won against McCain. If a black man (and by that I mean someone who has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents who are noticeably of black African heritage) was elected President during American halcyon days, yes, I would be much happier. Give me a Taye Diggs, Denzel Washington, or (appropriately!) Dennis Haysbert looking president and I'll be happy. Especially since those are some damn gorgeous men. But a clearly biracial man (and don't act as though many, esp. whites who don't even socialize with minorities when given a chance, who voted for him didn't do so because he is knowingly half-white) was elected at America's breaking point. He is the piss to our personal fire.
So, yes, damned right I'm skeptical. It is dangerous for a liberal not to maintain skepticism, even if their preferred candidate got into office. Politicians have our best interests in mind until the minute the polls close. After that, all we can do is *ahem* hope they didn't play us. That is why we must hold their feet to the fire, exercise all of our rights as citizens in a popular sovereignty to keep them in line. Obama is not a Saint, Buddha, God, Allah, the Goddess in male wrapping or any other ideal you want to project onto him. Stop the beatification.
On that note, I want to end with a thought that should definitely turn into a meme:
"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty." - John Adams .
***Edit*** I'm sure it's already been said or connected elsewhere, but y'all realize Chicago is going to get the Olympics in 2016 now, right? Right?