The one good thing Obama has done. (Yes, there is such a thing)
I enjoy discussing politics with people who have different ideas than I. Actually, I enjoy it alot. What I do not enjoy is being screamed at simply because I hold different views than someone else. Engage in a conversation with a person on the left about beliefs, and you’ve got a pretty good chance of being the target of an irrational hatred-spurned rant. Because of this, I have avoided such discussions with leftists in the past, meaning that I probably missed many interesting, and perhaps even enlightening discussions with rational people on the left over the years.
But things have changed.
When Obama surfaced, he embodied everything wrong with the left so succinctly it was almost surreal. It was hard to believe such a perfect embodiment of so many bad ideas existed in human form. And it was only a matter of time before hordes of idiots (see: Obama Supporters) rose up to follow him.
But there were many rational liberals and left leaning moderates who weren’t fooled by him. The more they saw of him, the less they liked him. Some of them were big Hillary fans, others were just so repelled by Obama that they didn’t care who became president in ’08 – so long as it wasn’t him – and Hillary offered them a channel for that desire.
So now when I meet a Democrat or somone who simply has a left of the center ideology, I merely need to ask who they’re supporting before I know if they’re rational or not. Sometimes, all I need to see is a “Hillary ’08” button.
The Obama Supporters I have encountered have (with only two exceptions) been rude, ignorant, angry, hateful, arrogant, and generally incapable of forming original thoughts – instead defaulting on the most recent talking points of the Obama campaign.
The Hillary supporters I have encountered (with only one exception) have been polite even when in complete disagreement, honest, forthright, and many times quite insightful.
And I have encountered many from both camps. It’s amazing how effective Obama has been at completely filtering the left into two distinct camps: the rational and the irrational.
I know who my allies are across the spectrum, thanks to Obama, and while we may disagree on many things, we both love America and don’t want to see her fail.