Some People Take Politics Way Too Seriously
Here’s how one Daily Kos diarist described his reaction to the Obama tax deal and the odd emotional reaction he had to unsubscribing from the email list for Organizing For America:
And then I clicked the link to unsubscribe from the Organizing for America email list. I didn’t do it lightly. I have thought of doing it before, but never actually did it. Maybe it was my memory of the weekends I spent walking neighborhoods, knocking on doors, passing out literature and attempting to persuade people to vote for this man in the crucial swing state of Virginia. I was always hoping that at some point, President Obama would surprise me by restoring the hope I had invested in him in his campaign. There is such a deliberate finality about taking the action of unsubscribing from the mailing list of an organization that one used to support strongly and in which one made a significant investment. Finally I did it.
I felt a sick feeling in my stomach and found tears welling up in my eyes. I don’t cry easily. I certainly didn’t expect that the simple act of unsubscribing from a political mailing list would have such an effect on me, but somehow it did.
I think my tears came because of a realization that suddenly hit me full force like a punch in the gut: that Barack Obama will go down in history as a tragic figure, a classic, archetypal example of a man who had so much potential to be a great, transformational leader at a time when the society in which he lived desperately needed such a leader and actually elected him to lead our country in a new direction. And who took the rare opportunity given to him and threw it away, becoming just another typical politician making backroom deals for less than half a loaf — mere crumbs, in fact, and crumbs spiked with poison — becoming an accessory to the continued decline of American civilization, shattering the hopes of millions. When he could have been so much more.
Seriously, dude, get a life.