Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Feeling a distinct lack of pride for parts of my country
Michelle Obama said: "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country".
Now, we could spend some time parsing this, and ask how "really proud" one is supposed to be of one's country on a day to day basis.
But you know what? I ain't playing that game.
Because the poisonous assholes who are trying to take her to task know better. They know she was not saying she was never proud of her country before. They know they're spreading a lie, they know that they're trying to whip up hatred of her based upon bullshit.
They know that if she was asked about this, she'd explain that she feels a new sort of pride, or a new level of pride, because she feels people are hungry for change. They know that, and don't go thinking they're so stupid they don't. They know.
So parsing the sentence doesn't matter, because the people attacking it have no honor, no decency, and no real caring for what she said, or what she meant. They just want to spread hate.
How do you deal with people who are willing to stoop to such depths?