Monday, August 16, 2010

Take your flying pony and shove it

It's hard to remember now, but at one point some people thought Obama's election heralded some great turning point in our society.

Yeah, didn't take. Whose fault is that? Everyone's but his, according to the dancing double-rainbow flying pony dreamers like Johnathan Smith.

Remember January 2009? That month, the country witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America.

I remember thinking he was kind of a ruse. A supposed genius who was nothing more than a doctrinaire liberal who had a poor understanding of his doctrine, but who wasn't going to be called out on account of his charm and his race. But yes, I remember the inauguration, with the millions of hippies watching it live on jumbotron. Weird.

The skinny kid with a funny name

Nobody described him this way other than himself. By the way, Johnathan Smith is one of those people who writes in hyperlink. Blogger helpfully imports them, for the edification of my readers. Enjoy.

So many of us expected that his administration would usher in a new, golden era of progressive policy and thought in Washington. No more politics as usual, we all agreed.

Yes, you did all agree about that.

Some heralded the start of a new, “post-racial“ era in American life. It was hard for even the most jaded pessimist not to get suckered in.

I am a jaded pessimist. It was very easy for me not to get suckered in. Dancing double-rainbow, flying pony dreamers? Yeah, they had a hard time not getting suckered in.

Fast-forward to the present: summer 2010. While there have been some landmark victories and accomplishments, they have been overshadowed by the plethora of watered-down compromises and outright defeats.

And also the fact that Obama's magic flying pony dreams didn't really prove real. People who sit around waiting for flying ponies are, I think, perpetually discontent, sitting cold in their pumpkin patch.

Politics has indeed departed from its usual course, but only in that the level of partisan bickering seems to have reached an all-time high.

Yes, the only change in politics is that there is now lots of partisan bickering. By the way, the term "partisan bickering", links to an article about Evan Bayh leaving congress. To which, does Johnathan actually believe that Bayh is leaving congress out of frustration with partisanship, as opposed to the fact that he was certain to lose his seat?

Like, there are people in this country who read Bayh's explanation, with accompanying false sanctimony, and swallowed it whole? That's... Wow.

Plus there’s rampant unemployment;

The golden eras of progressive policy and thought in a nutshell.

the massive national deficit

Which especially took its toll on our collective belief in flying ponies.

On top of that all, along came the Shirley Sherrod incident, eradicating any holdouts still desperately grasping onto the myth of a “post-racial” America.

We pessimistic non-holdouts dispensed with that myth when racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism, racism...

I can't pinpoint exactly where it was, but it was somewhere in there.

And it appears despair is contagious, because progressives aren’t the only ones suffering the doldrums.

Right. So, here's the thing. Non-pony types are suffering the doldrums because they don't have jobs and they think (accurately) that the president and congress do not give a crap about what they think. It's not because they suddenly realized we don't live in a post-racial society, or whatever.

Americans of all ideological backgrounds and partisan bents seem to be in dour moods.

Dude, get out off your pony for a second. I have something to tell you. No, come closer...

BARACK OBAMA IS NOT A GOOD PRESIDENT!!!

Okay, now get back in your 1998 Saturn... Sorry, "flying pony", and go get yourself some lunch from the cheapest place you have convinced yourself is ethical.

A majority of people believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Fancy that.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle (and even those in the middle), are quaking in their boots

This is an article of faith on Team Double Rainbow Pony, the notion that there is simply a general "anti-incumbent" sentiment. It's not an anti-incumbent sentiment. Mike Pence is an incumbent. He isn't going anywhere.

It’s simply a hard time to be an optimist.

So don't be one. Why waste the effort?

For the average citizen, it is tempting for us to bury our heads in the sand.

Okay, this guy is a lawyer in New York City who pens articles for a left-wing spiritual blog. What's with the solidarity game here? Johnathan is, in no way, an "average citizen". I don't know what our mean occupation/geography is, as a nation, but it ain't New York lawyer.

To lament the sad state of affairs that has developed and to promise that we have learned our lesson. We won’t get involved, we say.

Oh, I think the average citizen plans to get quite involved. We just don't harbor any delusions (nor do we particularly care) about achieving a post-racial America.

It is in times like these that we should remember Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians. He encourages them to be persistent in their efforts and endeavors, writing: ”Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9).

Paul was probably referring to his favorite political party at the time, so this is entirely apropos.

Just as Paul urged them to persevere in their efforts despite the negativity around them, so too must we not take our hands from the plow despite what we see or what the pundits say.

For my friends who are not familiar with the text here, Johnathan has just compared pundits to judaizers who persecuted and murdered Christians out of fealty to the mosaic law. I'm not sure if he meant to do that. Like, maybe he picked up a book of inspiring bible quotes and rolled with it.

While we have been suffering through a summer (and perhaps a spring and winter) of depressing news and bleak outlooks, we must remember that a new season is just around the corner. And, lest we forget, autumn is harvest time.

When the double rainbow dreamers will reap what their flying pony has sown. We pessimists will harvest their delicious pony tears for sustenance.

3 Comments:

Blogger thethinktank said...

BARACK OBAMA IS NOT A GOOD PRESIDENT!!!

Just imagine if, having been warned by his security staff, that terrorists hi-jacked planes and flew them kamikaze style into our financial capitol. Then imagine that he sent scores of our own children to death in a country that had nothing to do with it. Then imagine that he repealed our own constitutionally-borne rights in the interest of "national security". Then, on top of all that, imagine that his administration was responsible for the financial oversight that drove our country into the depths of what could be its second great depression.

TRADE OBAMA NOW. What are you conservatives whining about again? Something about ponies and racism and rainbows? Try not to pull a muscle on that ridiculous, whiny and historically-empty rant against, uh, something?

I'm pumped to hear something of substance out of your message-less whine fest. Do you people honestly have room to complain after how badly your boy Bush skull-fucked the American Dream and the lives of our troops? Your search for justifiable animosity must be exhausting.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Though I'm struggling to put together a cohesive thought in the comment above, I'm pretty sure what it says is, "Barak Obama should be allowed to be an awful president because the previous president wasn't very good either."

Is that the argument? "Okay, fine, Obama is bad, but look at Bush... he was bad too!"

At least we have progressed past defending Obama...

7:23 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

The logic is that, because Obama is such an outstanding leader, the fact that he hasn't been successful can only be attributed to the fact that Bush irrevocably damaged this country. If Obama can't fix it, it can't be fixed.

Considering Bush's legacy consisted of Medicare Part D, modest tax cuts, and a war of about half the magnitude of Vietnam, I don't see how that's possible.

The most impactful thing Bush did (and the reason liberals hate him) was to appoint John Roberts and Samuel Alito. But you can hardly blame Alito for the economy.

If Obama is as competent as his supporters claim, and if the efficacy of his ideology is beyond question, he should be able to unravel the "destruction" caused by a relatively moderate president, or at least begin to do so.

12:10 PM  

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