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.