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Politics of Cynicism

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The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America. In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope? …

… I’m not talking about blind optimism here – the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don’t think about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about something more substantial. It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs. The hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores. The hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta. The hope of a millworker’s son who dares to defy the odds. The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead. I believe that we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair. I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us.

– Barack Obama, 2004 Democratic Convention


  • Jonathan Wellinton-Fidrych III

    I join our President in his beief in big banks and Wall Street.

  • Jesse

    You don’t see it as being slightly dissonant to conjure memories of Obama complaining about the rot of cynicism in politics while before and after adding to the mayhem using common warmed-over Internet cynical leftism? (to whit: just consider the title of your post reminding everyone about the old farts in GA)

    • Alan Bedenko

      What’s wrong with the title of that post? It’s factually accurate.

  • Jesse

    What a piece of sh!t lawyerly response there, Alan. No, it’s NOT “factually accurate” because there is not increase in “middle class taxes”, only an expiration of a _temporary decrease_. Which you surely know and perfectly well understand except it doesn’t fit in with your demonization of everything Republican.

    • Alan Bedenko

      If you decrease something, and then opt to raise it again, it’s an increase. Hope that helps.

  • Bbill

    The title of the GA post was “Georgia Militia: Let’s Rain Ricin on Washington” having to do with right-wing terrorism and nothing to do with petty semantic pedantics or the GOP war on America. And of course they want to stick it to the middle class, best of luck arguing otherwise.

    Speaking of right-wing terrorism, has there been any decrease since Glenn Beck disappeared from the teevee?