Obama-mania! Oh, Man
by J. Anthony
I’m convinced. Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States. He’s inspiring, attractive, young, and…did I mention inspiring? What else does he need? While every candidate touts the c-word (“change”), it only sounds believable coming from the first-term Senator from Illinois.
Just this morning I heard the O-Man himself say, “We will change this country’s education system…We will change the attitude in Washington…” We’ll change this, change that. I thought, “What a cool concept!” Change. But if he really is new and different, why is he selling the same old stuff?
Change what, Barack? I challenge anyone reading this to give me one example (and provide your source) of a change that he has described beyond simply saying, “We will change _____.”
Even the liberal co-hosts of a Seattle radio show I was listening to this evening admitted that Obama’s following is largely uninformed and confused. I believe their term was, “Uninformed, 22 year-old, middle-of-winter flip-floppers.” Ouch! The u-word.
If you ask someone why they support Obama, you’ll likely hear, “He looks different from the other candidates,” or “He’s an African-American,” or “He’s inspiring,” if you haven’t already heard that one. Just last night I was burning the midnight oil at my local coffee shop when I heard a girl – who couldn’t have been older than 19 – say, “Like, he’s such a good person.”
Like, oh my gosh! And you arrived at that conclusion how?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m pleased to see the enthusiasm and interest from all political angles this election season. Believe me, I’m still scratching my head wondering, “How did we get stuck with the Ron Paul guys?” The vote is truly and finally getting rocked, one might say. But for the life of me, I can’t seem to figure out the logic behind the Obama Fan Club.
Would the real Barack Obama please stand up?
What is he for? I’m willing to be swayed. Anyone? You may wonder why it matters to me if it’s likely that I will vote for the Republican nomineee anyway. Not so fast, mi amigo. With all the conservatives now out of the race, I’m looking for just about anyone who can “inspire” my vote. And there’s no guarantee that I actually will vote for the GOP nominee, the way things are looking.
Senator John McCain certainly doesn’t represent any of my interests, nor is he interested in meeting me halfway. At this point I’m considering Tom Brady for Commander in Chief. Why not? He’s inspring, attractive, young, and…did I mention inspiring? Besides, he gets to impregnate supermodels. What else does he need?
We know what Hillary would do. She would force us all to purchase health insurance, most likely from Uncle Sam. She wants to increase taxes and redistribute our wealth (that I’m still trying to work toward making). And I think I heard something about cancelling Christmas.
But I say good on her! At least she’s forthright and tells us where she stands. She may not tell us from which particular angle she intends to drill, but we know we’d be getting the screw.
With McCain, we know we’d get someone who is weak on economic issues. He already told us this. Great! Thanks for making it easy for me, Senator. You’re weak in the one area that matters to me the most.
But what about the O? Where is he on…well, on anything?
See my point? This is precisely why Barack Obama has attracted a large following of vibrant young hipsters, many of whom live their lives by the minute, looking for instant gratification. No persuasion is necessary there.
He looks better than all the other candidates, and he says things that sound nice. As long as it feels good, it must be good. And when Obama speaks, I feel good. Therefore, he is good. Utopia at last! If this were a Liberalism 101 exam, I’d be acing it right now. Hey man, don’t ruin things with facts. Just give me a fix.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Wake up, people. I think we’ve already established that voting in itself is cool. I was happy to see everyone out caucusing on Saturday, making their marks for Republicans and Democrats. That was pretty cool indeed. But so were bell-bottom jeans, mullet haircuts, JFK, and the World Trade Center at one time. Where are they now? Gone.
Actually, the mullet hasn’t yet officially died. A small contingent of the hairstyle’s guardians remain visible in some rural areas of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. But that’s beside the point. If the act of voting doesn’t evolve from simply cool to sufficiently informed in 2008, expect more of the same – regardless of who’s elected.
Amateurs wait for inspiration. You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.