The video below asks and answers the question “What does Obama want with four more years?”
Asking and answering “what will he do with four more years?”
Conservatives everywhere are asking this question. The editors of The Economist wrote:
Mr Obama’s first-term record suggests that, if re-elected, he could be the lamest of ducks. That’s why he needs a good answer to the big question: just what would you do with another four years?
Artist Jon McNaughton is best known for his detailed political paintings in the French Barbizon style. This week he released Obamanation,” a painting and interactive web picture with 60 hallmark objects associated with the administration. Each symbol has a commentary and a link to a web source that verify the behavior McNaughton finds objectionable. About the president he writes
I challenge you to study the sixty symbols of this painting and the web links. If after doing so you continue to support Obama, congratulations. You are part of the OBAMANATION.
Political cartoonist Michael Ramirez offers this cartoon to demonstrate how “Four more years” might work for the president as a slogan.
And Mitt Romney himself confesses he wants to ask folks about those four more years.
Mitt Romney wants to ask why anyone would want four more years.
The common thread is that we conservatives don’t understand why anyone would choose to continue an administration that has produced such bad fruit. In the documentary “The Hope and The Change” produced by the Citizens United Foundation you will see the disturbing answer. Some Americans simply do not approach politics with reason. Instead they are influenced by the oratory, or the novelty, or the desperation for a change in their lives as typified by the woman at 0:35 in the clip below. Their votes count as much as yours and they approach the decision with an entirely different set of tools.
Scary answer: voters who do not approach the decision with reason.
Like all of humanity I flatter myself that my opinions are the ones that most closely align to reality. Reality to me should be informed by reason, not emotion. In the clip above you hear voters explain a decision they regret. To my ear, “reason” does not appear prominently in their explanations. Distasteful as it may be to me, emotion seems to play a big part.
I am tempted to think that the question is “What can be done about that?” but unfortunately I think the real question is “Is the problem with me or with them?” And if the problem is that I don’t respect my fellow Americans’ decision making, then that is good news because I have control over that.
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