I meant it. And here’s the latest from Michelle Obama, the stupid bitch.
“Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you
shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out
of your isolation and that you move out of your comfort zone. That you
push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never
allow you to go back to your lives as usual – uninvolved, uninformed –
you have to stay at the seat at the table of democracy with a man like
Barack Obama not just on Tuesday but in a year from now, in four years
from now, in eights years from now, you will have to be engaged.”
Fuck you, bitch. Who the fucking fuck do you think you are? And Tell Barack he can take his "require[ments]" and just fuck right off along with you. Understand: I hate people who talk like that.
That’s via Billy, who de-euphemizes that pretentious "seat at the table" bullshit and rot. That Protein Wisdom link has a lot more.
Later: Here’s another one, from that Protein Wisdom piece:
“in 2008 we should be in a place where children can dream any kind of
life for themselves regardless of their race, their gender their
socio-economic status. They should be able to dream big dreams and know they are going to have the love and resources of this entire nation behind them. That is the least we can do for our children. But the truth is we are not there yet.”
Vacuous, contemptible bullshit.
More later: Krauthammer:
There’s no better path to success than getting people to buy a free commodity. Like the genius who figured out how to get people to pay for water: Bottle it (Aquafina was revealed to be nothing more than reprocessed tap water) and charge more than they pay for gasoline. Or consider how Google found a way to sell dictionary nouns — boat, shoe, clock — by charging advertisers zillions to be listed whenever the word is searched.
And now, in the most amazing trick of all, a silver-tongued freshman senator has found a way to sell hope. To get it, you need only give him your vote. Barack Obama is getting millions.
This kind of sale is hardly new. Organized religion has been offering a similar commodity — salvation — for millennia. Which is why the Obama campaign has the feel of a religious revival with, as writer James Wolcott observed, a “salvational fervor” and “idealistic zeal divorced from any particular policy or cause and chariot-driven by pure euphoria.”
“We are the hope of the future,” sayeth Obama. We can “remake this world as it should be.” Believe in me and I shall redeem not just you but your country — nay, we can become “a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, and make this time different than all the rest.”
Charles is only partially right, though. Yea, you can get people to buy something that’s free. You can also get them to buy even more, and more, of the very thing that is at the root of their despair. Government is the problem. There will never be an ounce of solution in any measure of it, in any reconfiguration.
Not that the Doprahs preening after Obama are considering anything at this level. They’re too busy being "hopeful" for "change." But it’s what you asked for: democracy. In practical election dynamics, it means that less and less substance will be necessary to con more and more voters.
Even more later: Do I really think she’s "stupid," or is that just ad hominem? Yes, I think she’s stupid, as I think anyone is essentially and fundamentally stupid who has either lost, or never gained the ability to think, reason, and integrate facts proceeding from general principles as it is the human capacity to do. I don’t think she ever had the ability. These are people — her especially, from everything I’ve heard — who "principally" hold facts and their logical relationships to one-another as mostly irrelevant. What’s important is merely a whole slew of feelings, whims, desires, inspirations, hopes, fears, dreams, passions, and so on; and of course they all come in conflict with one another from the perspective of an integrated, hierarchical, rational view of the nature of man. That’s stupidity, and the most charitable I can be to her is that she’s in good company; in the hundreds of millions, perhaps billions.