*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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Dear President Obama,

I've always liked your seeming thoughtfulness and rationality. I tend to like that sort of person running things. But I am a rather tiny constituency.

I have sympathy for your current predicament. While mistakes were made, you've probably done a pretty good job of handling the details of the spill and attempts to stop it as well as clean up the damage. And yet many people are dissatisfied with what you've done.

If I may suggest what the problem is: What people want from you is outrage. They don't really care what you're actually doing so going on TV and telling them in your relatively calm, reasoned way won't change their opinions. They simply want to see a reflection of their own strong emotions on the matter. They'd like to see you lose it a little. Let slip an f-bomb, tell off a BP exec, something.

Is it the right thing to do? I don't know. I certainly don't like outrage replacing reasoned action. But you can have the best product out there but people won't buy it unless you sell it. So who knows? Maybe it's time to pop a few beers and pull a Biden.
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Dear President Obama,

I've always liked your seeming thoughtfulness and rationality. I tend to like that sort of person running things. But I am a rather tiny constituency.

I have sympathy for your current predicament. While mistakes were made, you've probably done a pretty good job of handling the details of the spill and attempts to stop it as well as clean up the damage. And yet many people are dissatisfied with what you've done.

If I may suggest what the problem is: What people want from you is outrage. They don't really care what you're actually doing so going on TV and telling them in your relatively calm, reasoned way won't change their opinions. They simply want to see a reflection of their own strong emotions on the matter. They'd like to see you lose it a little. Let slip an f-bomb, tell off a BP exec, something.

Is it the right thing to do? I don't know. I certainly don't like outrage replacing reasoned action. But you can have the best product out there but people won't buy it unless you sell it. So who knows? Maybe it's time to pop a few beers and pull a Biden.
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Over on the Book of Face I've noted a recent mild uproar over a "prayer for Obama's death." Curious, I looked it up. It goes like this:

"DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN."

I would like to respectfully suggest that this is not a prayer, but a joke. And at a time when many of the same people wishing to censor this "prayer" are aghast at Islamic radicals trying through death threats to censor the South Park creators (and most everyone else) it seems a bit hypocritical. I'm a big fan of the first amendment. However, as most people, I'm not a fan of everything it allows but that is the price of freedom. Now don't get me wrong--I have no problem with people objecting to the "prayer"--I simply reject attempts to remove it from Facebook. Hell, if everything I'd like removed from Facebook were, there wouldn't be much of a Facebook left.

Not to mention when someone lists their favorite actor as Patrick Swazyie (sic), favorite actress as Farah (sic) Fawcett and their favorite singer as Michael Jackson, I think the joke's on them.
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Over on the Book of Face I've noted a recent mild uproar over a "prayer for Obama's death." Curious, I looked it up. It goes like this:

"DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN."

I would like to respectfully suggest that this is not a prayer, but a joke. And at a time when many of the same people wishing to censor this "prayer" are aghast at Islamic radicals trying through death threats to censor the South Park creators (and most everyone else) it seems a bit hypocritical. I'm a big fan of the first amendment. However, as most people, I'm not a fan of everything it allows but that is the price of freedom. Now don't get me wrong--I have no problem with people objecting to the "prayer"--I simply reject attempts to remove it from Facebook. Hell, if everything I'd like removed from Facebook were, there wouldn't be much of a Facebook left.

Not to mention when someone lists their favorite actor as Patrick Swazyie (sic), favorite actress as Farah (sic) Fawcett and their favorite singer as Michael Jackson, I think the joke's on them.
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It seems the administration has ordered the assassination of an American citizen:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/middleeast/07yemen.html

As someone who has argued against abuses of executive power, I can't ignore the implications of this. If it is improper for the government to torture or even detain American citizens (or anyone else) how can it possibly be right to kill them without recourse to due process? I'm not even convinced that killing those who've been given due process is justified or useful. I don't care if it is Obama, Bush or Cheney, abuse of power needs to be stopped.

Yes, it is galling that those who approved or were silent in the face of abuses during the Bush administration will now shrilly decry this abuse by the Obama administration. But it would be equally wrong for those who condemned the Bush administration to ignore this abuse.

Honestly, I do (possibly foolishly) trust Obama more than I did Bush. But that would be a horrible reason to approve of such expansion of powers. Do not give unchecked power to any office you wouldn't want your worst enemy to have. Because eventually they will have it.
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It seems the administration has ordered the assassination of an American citizen:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/middleeast/07yemen.html

As someone who has argued against abuses of executive power, I can't ignore the implications of this. If it is improper for the government to torture or even detain American citizens (or anyone else) how can it possibly be right to kill them without recourse to due process? I'm not even convinced that killing those who've been given due process is justified or useful. I don't care if it is Obama, Bush or Cheney, abuse of power needs to be stopped.

Yes, it is galling that those who approved or were silent in the face of abuses during the Bush administration will now shrilly decry this abuse by the Obama administration. But it would be equally wrong for those who condemned the Bush administration to ignore this abuse.

Honestly, I do (possibly foolishly) trust Obama more than I did Bush. But that would be a horrible reason to approve of such expansion of powers. Do not give unchecked power to any office you wouldn't want your worst enemy to have. Because eventually they will have it.
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I am so pleased that Obama is acting with restraint regarding Iran. It is so wonderful to have a president that seems to be considering the ramifications of his actions before taking them.

This is not a game. This is peoples' lives and futures. It's about fucking time we acted like that's the case.

It is the short sighted actions of the U.S. and its representatives that contributed in (large) part to the problems in that region. I hope that we can finally, FINALLY, get over our self-important need to constantly be the Wild West sheriff of the world. Our desire to preen and strut to show everyone how important we are. I hope that we can act in our own real, nuanced, long-term interests rather than to stroke our collective or individual egos.

There's plenty of people running around shouting their opinions about something they know little or nothing about. The president doesn't need to join them.
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I am so pleased that Obama is acting with restraint regarding Iran. It is so wonderful to have a president that seems to be considering the ramifications of his actions before taking them.

This is not a game. This is peoples' lives and futures. It's about fucking time we acted like that's the case.

It is the short sighted actions of the U.S. and its representatives that contributed in (large) part to the problems in that region. I hope that we can finally, FINALLY, get over our self-important need to constantly be the Wild West sheriff of the world. Our desire to preen and strut to show everyone how important we are. I hope that we can act in our own real, nuanced, long-term interests rather than to stroke our collective or individual egos.

There's plenty of people running around shouting their opinions about something they know little or nothing about. The president doesn't need to join them.

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