So, the election. That was a fun 15 months or so.
I wrote a kind of long, extremely overwrought* post last night that will likely never see the light of day. I canned it for a variety of reasons. I would like to relay just one small anecdote, though. (Update below.)
After 2008 was in the bag for Obama, I remember being annoyed and disappointed—but also a little hopeful, encouraged. It got a little dusty in my apartment, thinking about the progress we as a country had made. Electing a black president was no small thing, even if I felt he was woefully unqualified and unprepared to deal with what was to come. I didn’t agree with the man, but I did think there would be some effort to work with the other side, to solve some of the very real problems we faced and continue to face.
I was, obviously, wrong. Totally, utterly wrong.
After four years of prevarications, four years of bad-faith accusations of racism, four years of debt, four years of refusing to confront our enemies, four years of narcissism, four years of blinding partisanship, four years of relentless BS from the media**, four years of misplaced priorities, four years of woeful economic performance, four years of Barack Obama, I feel not hope or pride of progress or a sense that we’re all in this together. I feel something much closer to despair.
Oh well. Four more years of fail. Should be fun.
One final note, to Republicans: Just remember, whichever pet issue you have that the base disagrees with, that’s the one we need to change in order to ensure success going forward. So, you know, argue extremely loudly, preferably on Twitter, about it for the next few weeks.
*How overwrought? Well, it relied heavily on a metaphor involving Lord of the Rings, the elves “going west,” and diminishment of a once great nation of people. So “pretty-to-very overwrought.” Update: Roughly as overwrought as Kyle Smith’s take:
I do not think Americans fully educated by the media on the pros and cons would have voted to turn into declinist Britain (where even working class people pay 40 percent income tax and where everything costs double what it does here, except gasoline which costs triple). But they have chosen to allow themselves to be fooled by irrelevant chatter about caring or birth control or the DREAM act or gay marriage or “investing in our children” or whatever shibboleths were necessary to cover up the fact that we’re taking in $2.5 trillion while spending $3.9 trillion, with millions of Baby Boomers set to retire and all forms of entitlement spending set to skyrocket. The president has said repeatedly that middle class taxes won’t have to go up to pay for all this government, but even at the level of government we have today, this is a gigantic lie. And today’s government is tiny compared to what it’ll be in a decade.
There is no good news. Yesterday was a dark day in American history. As dark as I’ve ever seen.
**I’ve never been a “the media is biased, zomg sort of guy.” But Jebus has this cycle radicalized me. Imagine the coverage John McCain would have had to contend with if he had run for reelection after funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to donors investing in dodgy energy projects, 8 percent unemployment, a dead ambassador, and a drowning and freezing hurricane-ravaged New York City that his federal agencies were totally failing to help. It would not have been pretty.