I’ve heard a lot lately about vicious, right-wing rage popping up since election night. I suppose the idea is that conservatives (i.e. bitter white people) are so racist and such sore losers that they are foaming at the mouth angry to the point of insanity. I even had someone tell me about how right-wingers were rioting in California after the election, but it turns out it was actually some members of the gay community who were rioting because they didn’t like the outcome of a democratic vote on gay marriage. Of course, it could have been only conservative gay people that were rioting, I’m not sure. Anyway, for all this supposed right-wing rage, conservatives aren’t doing much more than continuing to oppose Obama through dissenting opinions and simply commenting on what he is doing.
There have been numerous pleas from the left saying, “Can’t we all just get along?” and that we all need to unite behind Obama, “embrace” him, and follow him so we can heal as a nation and boldly march toward the future. Well that’s a load of crap. I opposed Obama’s ideologies and politics on Nov. 3rd and I still oppose them. He has to prove me wrong; prove that he is not really a Marxist and he really is some kind of new and different politician. He’s made a lot of speeches, a lot of promises, and now he’s got to deliver. It’s always been my thinking that he’s promised too much, too quickly to too many people and he can’t make everyone happy that he said he would. The aforementioned gay marriage ban riots are a great example. The majority of the gay community has expected that Obama will fully support them in their political agenda. Blacks and hispanics both think the same thing about their own interests. However, the interesting thing is that blacks and hispanics both voted for the gay marriage ban overwhelmingly, so it wasn’t simply a case of the Mormon Church pumping money into Cali and riling up all the gullible, white Christians. Now how can Obama make both gay people and people who don’t want gays to marry happy? You can ask the same question of the large number of Jewish people that voted for Obama and the large number of Jew-haters that have been supporters of his. Now that he’s President, he has to get off of the fence and make decisions; no more voting “present”.
And I love how most of the people who say we need to give Obama a chance and we need a honeymoon period, etc, are the same people who were slamming Sarah Palin from day 1 and still haven’t stopped. I have a coworker that talked about nothing but her “corruption” in the huge “trooper gate” scandal and would go on and on about how she can’t be trusted. Well she was cleared of all those charges, but now she’s just a complete idiot to him and the trooper gate saga is a distant memory.
My overall point is that if Obama makes good decisions I will not dissent just for the purpose of disagreeing with him 100% of the time. He has already been insinuating that he will not be able to raise taxes like he wants to. Well if he doesn’t, then good for him. I mean, that makes him a liar for breaking one of his top campaign promises and it will prove my point that socialism destroys economies (b/c otherwise why not do it? Either socialism works or it doesn’t), but I will still be glad he has some sense and I will give him credit for it. Likewise if he does raise taxes and we enter a period of economic Nirvana, then I guess I can’t complain, either. No, I leave the dissent for dissent’s sake to the Democrats. If you’ll notice, every single decision that Bush has made in the past 8 years has been a horrendous mistake according the Democrats….except for the bailout, which is arguably the worst thing he’s signed his name to during his presidency. Just you watch, though: as soon as the economic repercussions of the bailout hit the fan the Democrats will catch amnesia real quick and blame everything completely on Bush and the Republicans as if they had nothing to do with it. Kinda like our current economic situation.
I’d like to end with an Edward R. Murrow quote that I’ve seen bandied about by people on the left virtually every day since Bush took office. My hope is that this applies to conservatives as well as liberals and that criticisms of Obama will be allowed and not simply be labeled as racist.
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.”