Well, and it’s been an interesting week, though, hasn’t it? Our president in a one-on-one with the Russian president, followed by Trump’s siding with Putin over the combined U.S. intelligence system? I mean, I hesitate to use the word “treason,” but really…
And I heard an acquaintance brush off the whole thing, pointing to Obama’s so-called “apology tour” as having been worse.
So I’d like to take a moment to address that.
Now, I understand that there were many out there who were freaked out by having a black man in the Oval Office. I disagree with literally every single reason I’ve ever heard given as to why it was supposedly a “bad thing.” And I’d retain at least a sliver of respect for anybody who could admit, flat-out, that they were freaked out because they are, when it comes down to it, racists. (The sliver was merely the one for them being honest–and it’s a very small sliver.)
I also get that there’s this right-wing information bubble. Heck, when it comes down to it, there’s a left-wing information bubble, too–but most (not all, most) folks on the left try to fact-check their news. Many of us occasionally listen to what they’re saying on the right. We’re willing to change our minds when presented with credible information that is backed up by other, independent sources.
So when I read transcripts of Obama’s speeches over the course of that tour–they’re publicly available information, after all, and a quick perusal of teh Google will turn them up–I don’t see any actual apologies anywhere.
What I do see is somebody rationally looking over U.S. history, and saying “we messed up right there, but we’re fixing it,” or “we’re still struggling with the aftermath of slavery.” Not apologies–but acknowledging that we’re human, and we’ve made mistakes. Note: not “we’re sorry for making these mistakes.” Just noting that we’ve made them, and we’re trying to better ourselves and move on from them.
I’d submit to the reader that that sort of an acknowledgement is much more sane, rational, and well-thought-out than completely blowing off even the notion of taking a hard line with our biggest adversary.
Putin said they didn’t interfere? He said it very forcefully? Well, duh. What did you expect him to say? “Hey, Putin–we think you’ve just done this absolutely horrible awful thing. What do you have to say about that?” “Nyet. Didn’t happen. Fake news. Wasn’t us.”
And our dunce of a president–this idiot, who’s borderline illiterate, and who I’m convinced is riding the dementia train–just went along with it.
Going with “But Obama did an apology tour!” is not only imbecilic, it’s untrue, and it’s “whataboutism” at its finest. Three strikes? At least.
I’ve got no words.
Having just spent over four hundred words to get to that point, I’ll announce that I’m going on vacation. I’ll be skipping my next two “normal” posts, and I’ll be back on the 30th of August. In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight. Keep urging people to vote blue-ticket. Keep writing and calling your congresscritters.
Our lives–or, at the very least, our democracy–probably depend on it.