September 15, 2008
America the Dutiful
Feeling good? Pretty good? Not too bad? You’ve had better days? Actually today kind of sucks? Well, are you at least feeling nonsuicidal? Then don’t read this, from Athenae at First Draft.
Let me tell you what will happen should President McCain take the oath of office. There will be approximately six months of a honeymoon period, during which every commentator on TV and every Democrat who appears beside said commentator mouths the words “deserves the benefit of the doubt.” Much saying of “time to move beyond the past” will occur.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 15, 2008 09:31 AM
The President will be presumed to have time to put his or her cabinet together, appoint various hacks and morons to various high positions during which time even Russ Feingold will declare that the President should get what the President wants. During these six months, another few hundred US soldiers will die in Iraq. Iraqis will die, too, but we won’t count them. The economy will continue to get worse.
After those six months, some sort of foreign policy crisis will increase the President’s Sunday Show Street Cred. He will appear on TV looking powerful and it’ll hit the re-set clock on those six months. His approval ratings will slip, but it’ll just be hippies and decadent leftists in enclaves.
Real Americans will still love the President, because he’s the president, and deserves the benefit of the doubt. Really, we should move beyond the past. Lather, rinse, repeat, stab out own brain with fish fork, until it’s four years later and we’re trying to figure out how we are still in Iraq and why nothing’s been done, and oh hello, Mr. NSA Agent, so pleased to see you at my door this fine autumn evening. Where does the time go?
Real Germans used to love Hitler. After all, he was the elected "Reichskanzler". And you just had to give him the benefit of doubt! No unemployment! Autobahns! Rearmament! Even Olympic Games! Worldwide acclaim! No crime on the streets! And - no bloody commies any more!!!
Nobody really knew about the Jews, the concentration camps, and, you know, we really had to defend ourselves against the Poles on 1/11/1939, after all they had attacked us! Okay, later we were told this incident was staged by the Nazis, but, well, you know, propaganda and all that. Who knows?
By the way, our Homeland Security was called Gestapo back then, Secret State Police, the nice guys in the long black coats who came knocking at your door at five in the morning just to ask you a few simple questions out of sheer curiosity.
Protecting you from yourself.
I understand Palin better now. Obama is black and exotic. Palin is white and familiar. She espouses the values and inclinations that are held dear by the majority of Americans -- fear, prejudice, jingoism and complacent ignorance. No need for further analysis. That's why she and McCain are likely to win this election.
I dunno Bill. I went to the Obama campaign headquarters opening in Carlisle PA (in Carville's "Alabama of the North") and the number of former Republicans and young people there was amazing. I've been heavily involved in Democratic politics here and hardly anybody at that opening was from us "old guard" Democrats. I hardly knew anyone there! The turnout far exceeded anything that I saw here during the Kerry campaign. The young people are fired up and ready to vote. The old people that voted for Bush last time aren't. We may see a greater youth turnout in this election than in any election in either my or your lifetime. The political game is completely different on many levels in this election. If the youth actually turnout and vote. And I'm expecting that to happen.
There have been hopeful signs in the past that the youth were going to show up in large numbers at the polls and that seems to have never occurred. I expect that things are going to be different this time. But we'll see.