EHK for Darwin Posted May 26, 2009 Share Posted May 26, 2009 reflection from this weekend. I'd forgotten how much hate my dad used to put into his voice whenever he described something 'wrong' with the country and attached "Clinton" to it in some way. Then this weekend I heard the same venom when he described something 'wrong' with the country and attached "Obama" to it in the same way.It is surreal. I grew up thinking that a democrat president like Clinton was surely leading us to world ruin we were in a perpetual state of barely avoiding because that's what my dad said, democrats are going to destroy everything great about the country. Now I'm suddenly hearing it again, the 'democrats are destroying everything great about the country.' WTF? we've had eight solid years of a republican president actively trying to destroy everything great about the country, driving the country off a cliff, possibly having taken it into an unsalvagable state, and in all those eight years you never had a bad word to say about Bush, and he was a great leader and we were on the right track and he'd restore things to the good state things were before Clinton nearly wrecked the country? I hope I don't wind up so blinded by partisanism as I get older. But I already feel somewhat blinded because I can't stand anything republican right now. I will, perhaps, remain open to being courted by a socially liberal fiscally conservative type though, but I really can't say that I'm any better than my Dad in regards to the partisan blinders I've got on.I ran into much the same thing with my dad growing up. Except he didn't name names. Didn't really have a party or an ideology. Just generally hated and distrusted everyone. It didn't matter whether we had a conservative Republican or a liberal Democrat in office, he was always convinced they were destroying the country. He'd rant about our 'Communistic fucking government screwing the people' whether government did something bad or private industry did and government failed to 'fix' the problem. I've pointed out that that term doesn't really mean what he thinks it does, but he doesn't much care. Communist = bad. Thankfully he hasn't started using socialist to describe anything. He'd read some shit in the paper that might set him off here and there, but he never expressed much interest in the big ticket items. Didn't give a shit about Clinton's indiscretions, Bush's power abuses, and seemed rather disinterested in the war entirely. He could rant til the cows come home about foreign steel dumping, pensions (and those evil communistic government bastards who work half the years and never lose theirs), gun rights, and anyone who fucks with unions, but beyond that, usually isolated examples of everyday abuse or unfairness. So I've got an idea of where my overall negativity comes from, but I can't quite explain my conservative early years. There wasn't exactly a formative ideological influence in my youth. That said, I'm pretty much in the same boat. I can't get two words into a typical Republican talking point without wanting to vomit. I can't listen to conservative radio in the car without looking for pedestrians to run over. And for the sake of the long term health of my plasma TV, I never throw on Fox news. If I did, I'd very quickly turn remote hurling into a house destroying Olympic sport. Pretty much everything about the party disgusts me. And I don't quite understand how any intelligent person isn't disgusted by it themselves whether they agree with the platform or not. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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