Sunday, April 26, 2015

"What the Real Ones Can Be..."

A couple of recent pieces of interest - NYT - What Drives the Bile Against Obama? responses to an earlier piece A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks, linked in the piece above. Both worth reading, and both remind me of a quote from Hitchens I've linked to in other blog post -
...Christopher Hitchens, in this brilliant piece, asks it better than I can, "What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned?" And then ask the tough question - "It's not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be."
And this from Eric Alterman - A Wake-Up Call for US Liberals
Obama no doubt intended to demonstrate his desire to reach across the ideological divide and engage his neoconservative critics in a healthy debate. Conservatives saw a president they could roll. Part of the problem was Obama’s misplaced confidence that he could heal the divisions forged in the Bush era. A second complication arose from his unique position as the first African-American president. But the fundamental problem was a much deeper one that, in retrospect, has come to define US politics in the Obama era and remains the greatest obstacle to liberal progress.
Today’s conservative intellectuals aren’t even bothering to offer “irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas.” Instead, they’re making calculated attempts to undermine our democracy, exploiting and manipulating a public that has decreasing resources for the kind of reliable information that would lead to a pragmatic “liberal” response. It’s time we woke up to that reality while we still have a country—and a planet—left to save.