The Dangers of Passionate Views

Today I read about how Barack Obama really let rip at Trump. He said all the things a lot of us are saying. How Trump doesn’t respect the constitution. How he doesn’t use his power constructively. How he is treating the presidency like another reality TV show to get the attention he craves.

I agree with it all. And because Barack Obama was once a hero of mine, I applaud it and I’m glad to see it in the news.

But Obama disappointed me. If I was more worldly wise, it would’ve come as no surprise to me that Obama backed Biden, not Sanders. Obama, too, is one of the Wall Street Set. He was backed by big money and therefore he must toe the line that big money draws in the sand.

And that is why, out of two old, white men, Obama backed the less interesting one; the one who is strangely blessed by the pandemic because it means he doesn’t have to say too much.

So, if I were a user of Twitter, I would tweet Barack Obama. I would say “In backing Biden, you backed money, not change.”

That being said, many people keep reminding me of how unfortunate it was that the Australian Greens Party wouldn’t compromise back when Julia Gillard was trying to wangle a carbon tax back in 2009 or whenever it was. And because of that unwillingness to compromise, we got no progress at all. My brother reminded me, only the other day, that politics is not about great changes all at once. It is about gradual transition and negotiation and picking a path to a destination, rather than expecting to be teleported.

Biden is a path leading away from Trump. Biden is a path back toward the centre. Biden isn’t great, but he’s a lot less scary than continuing under Trump. Here in Australia, voting is compulsory and we’re all used to that. But even so, sometimes it feels like the best expression of general disgust would be to donkey vote or not vote at all. But the wiser members of my family always instruct me against that. Nobody of any power will see the rude message I scrawl on my ballot paper. It will not be counted. And hey, we all like to count.

Sometimes you have to eat a weevil. But at least you can choose the smaller one. I can’t remember the movie that idea comes from but i know the line was said by Russell Crow. Was it “Captain & Commander” or something?

One thought on “The Dangers of Passionate Views

  1. That myth about the Greens keeps getting perpetuated. I can understand why but I disagree with the analysis. It’s not the way I saw it. Labor could have negotiated with the Greens. If memory serves me correctly, they refused. Then when Ms Gillard took over the leadership and after the election, Labor formed a minority government with Greens-minded independents,and the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme was born. The reality is that the LNP would have torn down whatever the other side came up with. And they did.
    Mostly it is all about politics and power, and a party can do more for their constituents, political donors, and other vested interests when they are in power rather than in opposition. So getting in is the main game and as is choosing the leader who is most likely to win. Maybe that is the story with Biden too …

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