It was kind of like being a parent watching the kids open presents on Christmas morning. They get so happy about some cheap plastic trinket that will be broken before the end of January.
You let them have their moment. It's so easy to please them and they don't know any better anyway.
But then I remembered that these aren't children. They're grown adults. They should know better.
I became increasingly disappointed as I read phrases like...
I watched that speech with tears in my eyes. This is something that people will remember for a very long time. We’ll tell future generations about watching this election and I feel blessed to be a part of it.
But aside from the fact that by definition history is made every day, the only thing remarkable about this election is that Obama is black.
For some people that's enough. Heck, for some people that's the only thing that matters.
As for history and the big "change" that everyone is expecting, I'm surprised that so many are so naïve to think that any real change will actually happen.
Politicians are still beholden to the money of special interests. With Obama, even more so.
They will promise the voters all kinds of new, expensive programs, inexplicably paid for by lower taxes. With Obama, even more so.
Sure, there has been a change in which party is in control of one of the branches of government. But to accept that as a real change, you have to convince yourself that there is a difference between the two parties, an accomplishment that takes a monumental act of self-deception and willful disregard of history.
It's like a Royals fan, believing each spring that their team will be in a pennant race at the end of the season despite years of evidence to the contrary. The difference is that despite the behavior of the vast majority of the electorate, politicians and news media, this isn't baseball.
If we want real improvement, we need to stop looking at national politics like it's a team sport or the latest season of Dancing with the Stars.
But we don't really want real improvement, do we.
My thoughts to be continued tomorrow...
- Meet the old boss, same as the new boss
- The very model of a modern hypocritical
- Meet the old boss, same as the new boss (Part II)
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