There’s a re-share going around my Facebook friends list of a billboard that says “If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you’re not a racist, vote for somebody else in 2012 to prove you’re not an idiot.” I’m not linking to it because I’m not in any hurry to give the guy who posted it originally any more traction (though to be fair I’m sure he didn’t create it, just took the picture).
I’m having a hell of a time figuring out why people are re-sharing it. Presumably because they think it’s funny, but my gut reaction to someone thinking it’s funny is, at the very least, the assumption that they’re planning to vote for someone else this fall because they think voting for Obama again would be an idiotic thing to do.
In which case, *seriously*? Because which one of the current contenders would be an improvement over Obama? The serial marriage cheater who is the only Speaker of the House to have ever been fined for ethics violations? The millionaire who buys up companies so he can tear them apart, sell off the pieces, and destroy jobs in the process? The right-wing conservative who proposed that Biblical creationism should be taught in schools as scientific fact? Or the one who thinks the Civil Rights acts that came out of the sixties are unconstitional?
Obama is not a perfect president, and he’s a disappointment to me for being much more middle-of-the-road and much less daring than I hoped he would be from the strength of his campaign. But the idea that one of the Republican contenders would do more to help individual, middle-class workers–people like me and pretty much everyone I know–get health care, find jobs, and improve the quality of their lives is outrageous.
(x-posted from the essential kit)