Yeah, shocked. Shocked that stupidity reigns supreme in this nation. I mean, really...the first time around, one could understand the emotion attached to the notion of electing our first black president (I could have sworn they said that was Bill Clinton). It was too much to ask to let that slip by without any sense of when another chance might come along. It might have been then or never, as if it was all that important to risk the following four years over it.
Yeah, that was shocking, too. Here was a guy with no track record, no accomplishments...at least none that anyone ever highlighted...and at least two clear examples of having far less than the brilliance so often attributed to him: his objection to the Born Alive Infant Protection proposals and his radio interview demonstrating his incredibly nutty views on the US Constitution. His associations were incredibly suspect and with all that and with all the rest not mentioned, he was a Chicago politician. So much to suggest that it would be stupid to even nominate such a man, say nothing of voting for him.
Yeah, that was stupid enough.
But now, after establishing just how impotent he is, just how poor a leader, just how bad a president, even after providing in his first campaign and shortly after what would justify a one term proposition and following through to deliver that very justification, he is actually re-elected? I'm ashamed at how stupid so many of my fellow Americans are.
The stupid came in three different flavors:
1. Those who bought into the Obama cult of personality, who never took the time to truly examine his actions and the effects of them. Some of these people are just mindless followers of the first black president and feel he can do no wrong, especially if he gives them stuff and sticks it to the rich guy they don't even know. These are the people who would vote for him because he's a Democrat and not a Republican and no other really substantive, thoughtful, reality-based reason.
2. These are the non-voters. They are those who like to say that voting makes no difference, that it's all rigged but in reality are just too freakin' lazy to really take any time out of their lives to pay attention. Their non-action is the most heinous action for daring to believe such nonsense and putting it forth as a valid reason for not voting. I know too many people like this. They guarantee that they make no difference.
3. Third party voters. I don't know what it would take for any third party to be a viable option that has more than an ice cube's chance in hell to win the presidency. That is, of course it would take at least fifty-one percent of the vote, but what I mean is, what would it take to muster up those kinds of numbers? As they never have more than a few percentage points at most, they aren't so very little better than non-existent and a vote for one of them makes no statement of any consequence, makes no noise anyone can hear and is completely wasteful. All it does is hurt the chances of the candidate for which one would have voted if none but the two major parties were allowed and one had to pick one of them. That is to say, most, if not all third party voters lean left or right. A lefty voting third party only hurt Obama and helped Romney by not voting for Obama. That's the only tangible effect of a third party vote. It is stupid to think that such votes have any other value but to screw candidate of the two major parties closest in ideology to the third party voter. In the case of this election, it got us Obama for another four years. The time for voting one's principles is the primaries. The time to vote to save the country from the worse scenario possible was just lost to that worse scenario. Thanks.
I know people of each group. I'm ashamed of and for all them. This was a no-brainer, but that expression does not mean one removes one's brain and then does something incredibly stupid. It's supposed to mean that one needn't have to use a brain to see just who the better choice was.
May God forgive everyone of them. I wonder if He can.