May 1st, 2009

Try Again, York. . .

No, you weren't pointing out differences in support by subgroup. You were implying something was wrong with black people, by which they supported a black president at a higher level than white people. You never even tried to understand why, nor did you care to notice that he has a higher level of support from white people today in polls than he got at the ballot box on November. But what you said was that Barack Obama is not as popular as the polls say because there are numerous black thumbs on the scales. "His sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are." There is not. A Black person counts today as 5/5th of a citizen. I can just as easily say that Obama's approval ratings and ratings for his policy positions are still artificially low because of his (not) shockingly low support from Republicans. It would be an equally as erroneous look at statistics. I don't see you writing that Bush popularity was overstated because of high approval numbers from evangelicals. But yeah, black support for anything must be questioned, prima-facie.

Try again, York.

Irony Day

Today is an interesting day. There is a little known holiday in America today known as Loyalty Day. Think about that. In a country whose founding tale involve that of a band of noble men launching open rebellion against their far-away ruler, and whom a large segment of its population romanticize a less noble rebellion against this very nation roughly four-score after its founding, and that politicians to this day invoke open rebellion to gain political support, that there exist on the books a holiday called Loyalty Day is pretty ironic. Perhaps it's no coincidence that also on this date, another event would take place that would teach us all about dramatic irony. Yes, today was the day, six years ago, Bush would produce the piece of stagecraft that would define his presidency: "Mission Accomplished". Unfortunately, it would define his presidency in the exact opposite way than he intended. Now, even the phrase itself can only be used in ironic fashion.

For those two reasons, I wish to declare a new holiday for today. Irony Day.

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