Liberals Can’t Fall in Love
I like Barack Obama. I think he’s a decent guy, I voted for him in 2008, and I’m going to vote for him in 2012. While all the polling gives him the advantage in the swing states, I worry that he’ll lose the election. The reason I worry is because generally speaking, liberals are insecure pessimists who can’t fall in love. And when I say love, I mean real love. Take-no-prisoners, never say sorry, I-believe-in-this-with-every-fiber-of-my-being love.
Right wingers have this love thing down, which is why their “Let’s repeal the entire 20th century” platform still wins election after election after election. They have confidence in their ideas. They sincerely believe they’re doing the right thing and have all the right answers to the country’s problems.
What do us liberals have to offer? Irony? People fucking hate irony.
I used to look down on outspoken conservatives, but not so much anymore. At least the folks in Texas trying to outlaw critical thinking will get out into the streets and make their voices heard. I can’t say the same thing about my self righteous liberal friends. You want pot legalized? Go try to change the system. Get pissed off and take to the streets. Organize members of your community and demand our elected leaders listen to your demands. Do something! Anything!
But no…the best most of us can do is make a facebook post laughing at something retarded Newt Gingrich said.
Generally speaking, the only liberals I know who can still fall in love are the gays. They’re the only group on the left who can get young activists excited. They’ve got the conviction to stand behind their beliefs and say to their political opponents “We’re right, you’re wrong, and we’re gonna do everything we can to vote in people who represent our interests until you fucking get it.” And what do ya know? 2 election cycles after Bush and Cheney ran on outlawing gay marriage, they’re changing hearts and minds and now the DNC is officially embracing gay marriage as one of the planks of their 2012 platform.
To which all my non-gay liberal friends/blogger people have largely responded with an apathetic “Meh. Those cowards are just doing it because it’s politically convenient now. Gay marriage is like the most obvious thing on earth.” Because we’re a bunch of cynical dumbfucks. This is the part of the process where we’re supposed to be happy, and thank the party that most represents us for doing the right thing. This is the part where we’re supposed to donate money, and guide them along to the next thing we’d like them to do.
2008 was the first time I saw my liberal friends actually get excited to be a part of something. Can we fall in love with Obama again in November? I hope so.