I think I’ve angered people who read my blog and my Facebook status. A friend asked me why I can’t be optimistic about the future (with Obama as president). As I think about it, now, I think I may understand my feelings a little better.
The thing is, there’s something beyond the horribly misguided policies and the lack of substance in his speeches. It’s that combined with the overwhelming hype that I’ve, frankly, not seen before (of course, I’ve only been interested in politics for about 9 years). It scares me that so many of the American people can be manipulated and duped by so few into making such a poor choice. I realize the alternative wasn’t much better, but still. It was better.
I think part of it may be that I’ve lost faith in the American people. I honestly can only imagine three reasons for a vote for Obama: ignorance of the ramifications of his policies, a desire to move even closer to a Marxist-style government or a desire to get a black man elected president, regardless of qualifications or platform (or some combination).
And any one of those choices really depress me.
That, juxtaposed with MLK, Jr. day is also sad to me. I don’t think MLK, Jr. would support the patronization of his people by the election of a mere figurehead. A sound and a fury, signifying nothing. I admire MLK, Jr. and hope he wouldn’t support the election of a completely unqualified man to the “highest office in the land” merely based on the color of his skin, rather than the content of his achievements. I think MLK, Jr. had too much substance to support that.
I wrote earlier about the fallacy of confusing the current, acceptable outcome with a possible best outcome. People are ecstatic that we’ve elected a black president. There’s no question that it’s a huge milestone. But I think we’ve squandered it. Who knows how many more qualified, better-suited black leaders there are out there whom we could have elected? But we wasted this first on Obama. Now, whenver anybody talks about the first black president, they’ll be talking about Obama instead of that person.
I know I shouldn’t get caught up in what could have been and just try to make the best of what is. Unfortunately, pessimism may be the best of what is.
But I hope not.