As we are exactly one week away from Obama being sworn in as President, I have something I need to say: Obama supporters simply will not defend or explain their views.
Throughout the election season, I would challenge anyone willing to listen (and some who were not) to take a long hard look at what they believe politically. Some people are simply apathetic, but that was not the problem this election cycle. The problem was a huge number of individuals who simply latched on to Obama without making that decision critically.
I'm going to generalize (a lot) here, but this is what I have found:
When I question people who support Obama, the conversation goes one of two ways:
1) Immediately attack of Bush and Republicans. Once I told them that I was not voting Republican, nor did I agree with a number of things the majority of Republicans did when they had power, they went quiet. "Really? Who are you voting for then?" Which, as you can expect, diverted the attention from why they are supporting Obama to why Ron Paul's the man.
2) An attack on me! Apparently for questioning their political views. I don't care if someone says they don't have the answers or they are not informed enough, but when someone supports something, surely there is a rational thought process that was involved? And if not, you should not be embarrased to admit it. But it was pretty amazing when I start going on about why I believe Obama's policies are 'bad' and immediately I get the "I don't have to defend my views to you" and "It's none of your business" and whatnot. What?
My friend Matt Chesla sent me a clip from the Howard Stern show a few months ago where they went out and asked Obama supporters what it was that they liked about Obama's policy. They would say stuff such as "do you like Obama's policy of finishing the war in Iraq or his pro-life stance?" To which the responder would choose one. Each time neither of the views would be those that Obama has, yet sure enough the responder has no idea.
I have waited a while to write this post because I would rather defend the views I have than attack others. But actually what I am trying to say is that I rarely find an Obama supporter who will defend their views and explain why that view is better than a Conservative or libertarian view, or why it would work better. Of course each time they simply attack policies of the past eight years.
Now, I'm sure there are many Obama supporters out there who do not fit my generalization - I have yet to meet them. Perhaps I find too much enjoyment in debating an issue that I think is right, but it would be great to talk to Obama supporters who will defend his views (and not just attack, attack, attack).