Et tu, Obama?September 11, 2010
I suppose I have a couple of years to see if cold pragmatism outweighs the disgust at this pandering. This was something I had heard about, and then PZ Myers chimed in about it, and it was the seed that crystallized the supersaturation of rejection and scorn.
“We are all Americans, we stand together,” Obama said. “I think it is absolutely important now for majority of Americans to hang onto that thing that is best in us: a belief in religious tolerance. We have to make sure we don’t start turning on each other.”
“We are one nation under God. We may call that God different names, but we are one nation.”
Tolerance is a good idea. But Obama has just divided the nation, forgetting all of his previous brief, superficial mentions of non-believers, into those who are part of his one nation under God, and the rest of us, who are…what? Not part of the nation?
From Obama’s POV, it’s not much of a division. Nothing Americans aren’t used to. Although I had come to expect this from conservatives, not from the guy I voted for. Oh well. So his initial forays into acknowledging that skeptics exist and might even be decent citizens are quickly retracted for the sake of pandering, for some lame attempt at scoring some street cred with xians.
Obama ought to know that he can never be Christian enough for these people. He could go to church every day, have a personal spiritual adviser strapped to his back, and constantly drop to his knees and invoke the big daddy in the sky. They will still call him a ‘secret muslim’ and suspect and question. They don’t like him already. They’re just trying to justify their dislike for other reasons.
PZ’s question is one I would ask, too. I’ve got no good answer. If this is to be ‘one nation under god’ then I guess I’m just here by some accident of birth. And while Obama complains mightily in defense of muslims in our armed forces, fighting and dying for us, he throws the skeptics doing the same damn thing under the bus.
As a liberal, it’s been fun trying to reconcile with the broken promises, the one-sided compromises that accomplished nothing, the support for failed or illegal practices dating back to the Bush regime. Other liberals have tried real hard to find the silver lining, the good that’s been done. And all politicians lie, pander, break promises. I guess this insult is just too personal to let stand.
So I’ve done some frivolous exercises in response; dropping off the campaign email list, contacting the administration to berate them, ripping the Obama magnet off my car. And my vote, thanks to the electoral college, is likely meaningless as well. Maybe in a couple years I’ll find someone else in the primary season to vote for, and to have betray me. Since they are all politicians, after all.
Ain’t life grand?