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The Obama orders his minions to go forth and educate the unwashed masses.

I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face," he said.

Bad idea there, Sparky. Getting all up in my grill, attacking and arguing with me isn't gonna do it. In fact, it's just going to piss me off. Why? Because, whether you like it or not, I'm an intelligent adult and I have my well thought out reasons for not wanting to put you in a position of power. Others might not agree and that's their right. My opinion on the subject is also my right. Good thing it's still a free country.

Still want to try to change my mind? How about a civil explanation of what you plan on doing for the country besides vilifying the successful and turning us into a nanny state at great taxpayer expense? As opposed to say, getting in my face. Because even at the end of that grown-up conversation, if I'm still not convinced, I can respectfully agree to disagree with you. I can respect and appreciate that approach.

However, I'm rapidly getting the idea that respectful disagreement isn't an option with you and your followers. And that's why you scare so many people. The more Obama shoots his mouth off like this, the more he plants images of brown-shirted thugs rounding up the opposition in their capacity as Thought Police – but it's only September, so let's not go there yet. I'm not going to worry about my neighbors turning me in until I actually have to.

Look, I have family and friends – people I love and respect for so many reasons – who aren't nearly as excited (understatement of the year) about Sarah Palin's emergence on the national scene as I am. I have family and friends who will vote the polar opposite of me in November. I have family and friends who support and contribute to causes and issues I wouldn't piss on if they were on fire, and vice versa. And you know what? That's okay. Last I heard, it was still a free country and I can still care about these people and actually like them even if we don't agree on every last thing. In my world, these things aren't deal-breakers. It's what makes us individuals.

It's what makes us peaceful individuals. I guess what I'm trying to say, Mr. Obama, is that the strongarm tactics you learned in Chicago aren't going to play on a national stage. At least I hope not, because if disagreeing with you is a crime, I am so headed for death row. Get in my face and explain that.

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About Melinda Loomis

  • cuervodeluna

    Really?

    Getting in other people’s faces is the bedrock of the American Way.

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/39420/joanne_huspek.html Joanne Huspek

    Melinda, I’m with you.

    Earlier this week, I was getting weary of the ads, the interviews, the newspaper. Now I’m just about fed up. It sickens me to see this crap played out. If sensible questions are asked but the respondent doesn’t like them, they will shout down with tried and true rhetoric. Guess what? I don’t want to hear THAT.

    Honestly, I’d like to get all four of them in one room (separately, of course) and ask them a few of MY questions. In my game of 20 Questions, if you start slamming the opposition or doing a two-step or become foggy-headed, you lose. I hit the button and you’re down the poop chute.

    Oh… a girl can dream, can’t she?

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    If there’s one thing to be said for McCain, it’s that his followers are at least not fanatical. They may support him with various degrees of enthusiasm, but they are generally not ideologues, unlike supporters of some other leaders on the far right or Obama or Hillary Clinton for that matter.

    Fanatics of all stripes make me nervous, even when I agree with them on many issues. I’d rather deal with people who think about their beliefs rather than holding them religiously and dogmatically. There’s just no talking to a fanatic and if fanatics get into power there won’t be much compromising or dealmaking going on, and government just doesn’t work when it’s nothing but fanatics butting heads.

    Dave

  • cuervodeluna

    “Fanatics of all stripes make me nervous, even when I agree with them on many issues. I’d rather deal with people who think about their beliefs rather than holding them religiously and dogmatically. There’s just no talking to a fanatic and if fanatics get into power there won’t be much compromising or dealmaking going on, and government just doesn’t work when it’s nothing but fanatics butting heads.”

    I have never seen anyone hold beliefs more dogmatically on this site than the poster who wrote the above quote.

    The beam in one’s eye and the mote in another’s and all that biblical stuff–sepaking of religiously holding….

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    I guess there are no mirrors in your house, Moonie.

    Since you categorically reject anything I say I don’t think you’re really equipped to have an opinion on what I believe or how I adhere to those beliefs. To understand someone you have to listen to them. Your hearing is drowned out by your inner voice of bitterness and self-righteousness.

    Dave

  • dee

    What a crappy piece of writing up above… if you can dish it, then you have to take it… sorry that’s how it works honey… of course i’m not surprised you say you actually like and support Palin… are you kidding me? she and the oldest man alive would bring this country to ruin if elected… they have to be defeated and they will… no old out of touch man and no crazy religious redneck woman will destroy the country that I love… you don’t have to agree, but I don’t have to sit back and watch the country go down in flames due to ignorance and cronyism

    Gobama

  • Clavos

    What a crappy piece of writing up above

    Why do you say that, Dee?

    Because you disagree with what it says?

    Or because you consider it to be poorly written? If so, how is it poorly written? Be specific – give us actual examples.

  • Cindy D

    If there’s one thing to be said for McCain, it’s that his followers are at least not fanatical.

    Well, it’s difficult to get the label “fanatic” if you uphold the status quo.

    To those of us who don’t, there is nothing more fanatical.

  • cuervodeluna

    I believe post number 5 is nothing but invective against the messenger–in this case, ME.

    I DON’T believe asking for facts and evidence of Nalle’s claims is the same as “categorically disagreeing with everything he says”.

    Nalle apparently believe he doesn’t need “no stinkin-evidence”.

    I believe that implies fanaticism, but of course I COULD be wrong….

  • http://www.parodieslost.typepad.com Mark Schannon

    Dave, holy smokescreen, batman, do you really think that the McPalin people are not fanatics??? Old Loose Cheeks picked the Moose Shooter to whip up fanatical, fundamentalist, right wing conservatives. If they’re not fanatics, we need to discuss the definition of the word…like what is meant what the meaning of “is” is.

    And that’s the truth…

    Curmudgeon-At-Large
    In Jameson Veritas

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Mmmmm.. Mark. That’s a nice line of Democrat BS you’re slinging there, but Palin’s appeal is a lot broader than you think. And she’s less of a fanatic than your lefist amigos want us to believe. Plus, picking her doesn’t make McCain any less of a pragmatic moderate than he was.

    Dave

  • http://roseparade.typepad.com Melinda Loomis

    I came very close to only posting this particular piece on the personal blog that nobody reads. But I was overdue for a Blogcritics piece, so here we are. Thank you everyone for your comments, good, bad or otherwise.

    A few thoughts: Sarah Palin has inspired and invigorated conservatives and Republicans with hope for our future. She has been an unexpected breath of fresh air, but she hasn’t been the elusive political candidate who can unite both sides and you know what? I’m not sure that person exists. We’re all looking for him/her, but I think the reality is that we’re so split neither side will budge for anyone or anything.

    On the other hand, I don’t see Barack Obama as that person either. I certainly don’t see the gifted orator others see, I just see a guy who can’t carry on a conversation that isn’t scripted on a Telepromter. The ums and uhs and going off on tangents sound like, well, me trying to think on my feet and not with the benefit of time to rewrite. The Saddleback Forum and Obama’s refusal to submit to an unscripted Town Hall format are proof that I’m not the only one who can’t think on their feet. The difference is that I’m not running for the most powerful office on the planet.

    One way or another, good or bad, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, I think this upcoming November is going to be interesting as hell. I just hope that whatever happens that it’s interesting for the good of our country.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    I’m guilty of a few ‘ums’ myself, so I’d hate to have to hold that against Obama. I’d rather see him taken to task for something substantive like his involvement with voter registration fraud conspiracies going back to his time as a community organizer and continuing today.

    Dave

  • Cannonshop

    Dave, he’s a Chicago Politician, do you REALLY think he’s stupid enough to leave enough of a trail to go to trial?
    Without a smoking gun, Obama’s followers will eternally believe in his innocence, after all, he is “The One”.

    (hell, even WITH a smoking gun. After all, he’s got Oliver Stone in his corner…)

  • Baronius

    “I certainly don’t see the gifted orator others see”

    Melinda, I thought I was the only one. It’s like the Emperor’s new clothes. He’s not smooth. His scripts aren’t particularly profound, and when he goes off-script, I sure don’t hear a towering intellect at work. This ties in to his supposed intellectual curiousity. I’ve met thinkers, and they go on fascinating digressions with references and allusions and all kinds of stuff. That’s not Obama. It’s not McCain either, but no one’s claiming it is.

  • http://bobmccarty.com Bob McCarty

    Personally, I’m stunned to find people describing Barack Obama as a “gifted orator,” despite the fact that his oratorical prowess surfaces only when he is using a teleprompter. In a recent post, I highlighted a media interview during which Obama used variations of the word, “Uhh,” a total of 30 times during the interview that lasted two minutes and 47 seconds. That’s almost 10 times per minute!