I’ve been pretty critical of Barack Obama for some time now.
I feel qualified. I was a huge Obama supporter in 2008. I had such high hopes. And I’ve been devastated – not just saddened, but thrown into a major spiral of depression – time and time again by the GOP-friendly decisions he’s made since taking office.
I’ve written about his specific betrayals and capitulations before. I don’t need to beat a dead...er, donkey.
My most recent tirade was in response to his caving on the debt ceiling negotiations. I ripped him a proverbial new one over giving the GOP “98 percent of what it wanted,” according to the repulsive Weeper of the House. No tax increases. No closed loopholes. No ending subsidies for Big Oil, which is enjoying record profits. No new revenue whatsoever. Only massive cuts – including to Social Security and Medicare – and punting to a “Super Congress” of six which some believe will make the grins on Eric Cantor’s and Grover Norquist’s faces even wider.
And f*ck the poor, the needy, the middle class.
Some of my recent Facebook status updates have generated intense rebuttals from Obama loyalists:
- Time and time again, he's chosen the GOP position on issues large and small and then pretended he had no choice when he did. Unfriend me if you like, but my mind's open and the evidence points where it points.
- "If I ever get a divorce I want Barack Obama to be my ex-wife's lawyer in the settlement so I'll get everything." ~ John Fugelsang
- It's not compromise when one side gets everything and the other gets nothing, people.
One Obama worshipper in particular is quite unhappy (although, strangely, he hasn’t unfriended me yet) and chastises me mercilessly for aiding the enemy. Another keeps reminding me how much smarter Obama is than I really know, and thinks it’s just a matter of time before the president’s true wisdom will be revealed and his Super Duper Master Plan will kick into gear.
Another Obama defender even went so far as to accuse me of racism. It’s as ignorant to label me racist as it is to label Dubya a war hero. And it’s utterly ridiculous to assert that the president deserves a free pass because of the color of his skin. I’m pretty sure Rosa Parks didn’t refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus so that 56 years later, a black politician could make whatever decisions he wanted to without question. I don’t think those who marched for civil rights and fought segregation in the 1960s were trying to earn future presidents of color immunity and blind allegiance. Yes, racism is, regrettably, alive and well in this country. This doesn’t mean everyone who disagrees with a politician who happens to be African-American secretly burns crosses and wears white sheets.
When I’m attacked for challenging the
I think I’m doing my job.
It wasn’t until I received, surprisingly, a private message from someone I respect a great deal – not that I don’t respect the others who’ve objected to my objections – that I considered toning down my criticism of the POTUS. I don’t want to help the Dark Side in its efforts to divide and conquer Obama’s base. I don’t want anyone to think my anti-Obama missives are indications that I don’t intend to vote for the guy next year. As I said in a subsequent status update, I’m disillusioned, not stupid.
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But as Benjamin Franklin once said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
I’m nobody’s fool.