It has occurred to me that this post is not as clear as it could be.
By “support” I’m referring to cheerful promotion, to advocating a candidate as on “our side” etc.
File this under Another Problem With Democracy. Everyone says that we’re supposed to be realistic. We’re supposed to not be perfectionists. Blah, blah, blah. One might think that such exhortations mean that we are supposed to keep our heads about us and, well, be realistic and not be perfectionists. I’m sure many do mean that.
But for some it seems to mean the opposite and worse. It means that we should take a look at a list of realistic candidates, without demanding perfection…. and then jump head-first into the fantasy world in which this candidate, chosen so realistically, is now the perfect messiah, the Good Guy, the Champion of Right.
I have to confess that I really liked the ant-Bush attitude that in the first few years of this century because I thought it would end this sort of thing. I thought people’s anger at the Bush regime was a cynicism and opposition to politics. But it wasn’t. Demonizing Bush was simply an urge to find a fresh, young, god to control The Machinery Of Heaven. And even now, when we have even less excuse for our war than before, and even more fiscal insanity (exponentially more) than before, Obama continues to be worshiped and professing Christians decorate the bodies of their young children with his beautific face on their clothing.
It is all pagan worship and it is all headed toward human sacrifice. The first sacrifice is one’s own brain, and the rest follows naturally and more literally.
I never thought I would say this so soon, but Bush’s sins aren’t an excuse anymore.
Anyway, saying I can’t “support” someone doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t worth voting for. It just means there is not much to get excited about. Which, in our modern political context, virtually makes you part of the opposition.