*sigh*

May. 2nd, 2011 09:26 am
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No one seems to understand that the "yay Obama" spewing is as hurtful to how the public perceives him (and re-election chances) as the "boo Obama" spewing. I think the biggest problem average people have with Obama is the idolization he gets from some. It turns them off and causes them to judge him more harshly.

It seems to me he's done good things and bad things--it could be argued which is which, but it can't reasonably be argued he hasn't done both. He's not a god or a devil and a disservice is done to him, us and the country when we treat him as such.

Ad hominem attacks and unthinking adulation distract from the real issues. It isn't new with this president by any means, but the echo chamber afforded by the 24 hour media and the internet is new and it is gasoline on a fire--a fire that each side seems to think needs to be fought with fire.

*sigh*

May. 2nd, 2011 09:26 am
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No one seems to understand that the "yay Obama" spewing is as hurtful to how the public perceives him (and re-election chances) as the "boo Obama" spewing. I think the biggest problem average people have with Obama is the idolization he gets from some. It turns them off and causes them to judge him more harshly.

It seems to me he's done good things and bad things--it could be argued which is which, but it can't reasonably be argued he hasn't done both. He's not a god or a devil and a disservice is done to him, us and the country when we treat him as such.

Ad hominem attacks and unthinking adulation distract from the real issues. It isn't new with this president by any means, but the echo chamber afforded by the 24 hour media and the internet is new and it is gasoline on a fire--a fire that each side seems to think needs to be fought with fire.
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...the witch is dead. Would that it were that simple. Someone on LJ wrote this about Bin Laden:

"He still triumphs from the grave as we have destroyed ourselves to obtain this hollow victory."

Diligent readers here will recognize that I wouldn't disagree with this statement. But I'm sure this does have some real meaning for some people. I'm not a fan of vengeance, but the families of the victims of 9/11 and other atrocities Bin Laden masterminded have had to endure so much these last 10+ years as so many used these occasions for their own ends--and still do, that I can't begrudge them their feelings now. And I hope they are those of relief.
angstzeit: (Default)
...the witch is dead. Would that it were that simple. Someone on LJ wrote this about Bin Laden:

"He still triumphs from the grave as we have destroyed ourselves to obtain this hollow victory."

Diligent readers here will recognize that I wouldn't disagree with this statement. But I'm sure this does have some real meaning for some people. I'm not a fan of vengeance, but the families of the victims of 9/11 and other atrocities Bin Laden masterminded have had to endure so much these last 10+ years as so many used these occasions for their own ends--and still do, that I can't begrudge them their feelings now. And I hope they are those of relief.
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I have made no secret that I believe the actions and rhetoric of the Bush administration are not only useless but counterproductive in curbing terrorism. However, I have also claimed I don't think they really want to curb terrorism, since it is the perfect political weapon--fear and revenge are excellent tools of power.

Well, not that I enjoy the company, but it seems Bin Laden agrees with me.

From an article in Slate; Bin Laden is quoted:

Bush left no room for doubts or media opinion. He stated clearly that this war is a Crusader war. He said this in front of the whole world so as to emphasize this fact. … When Bush says that, they try to cover up for him, then he said he didn't mean it. He said, 'crusade.' Bush divided the world into two: 'either with us or with terrorism' … The odd thing about this is that he has taken the words right out of our mouths.

Obviously, Bin Laden has a political agenda, but no more so than Bush. I feel as if we are all caught between two grinding stones being crushed to make the wine Bush and Bin Laden will toast their victories with.
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I have made no secret that I believe the actions and rhetoric of the Bush administration are not only useless but counterproductive in curbing terrorism. However, I have also claimed I don't think they really want to curb terrorism, since it is the perfect political weapon--fear and revenge are excellent tools of power.

Well, not that I enjoy the company, but it seems Bin Laden agrees with me.

From an article in Slate; Bin Laden is quoted:

Bush left no room for doubts or media opinion. He stated clearly that this war is a Crusader war. He said this in front of the whole world so as to emphasize this fact. … When Bush says that, they try to cover up for him, then he said he didn't mean it. He said, 'crusade.' Bush divided the world into two: 'either with us or with terrorism' … The odd thing about this is that he has taken the words right out of our mouths.

Obviously, Bin Laden has a political agenda, but no more so than Bush. I feel as if we are all caught between two grinding stones being crushed to make the wine Bush and Bin Laden will toast their victories with.

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