Saturday, February 07, 2009

Passion Without Reason: Commonalities of Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria

I don't know about you, but I am sick to death of wild-eyed, excessive emotionalism in the political arena. At its worst, it's infantile behavior that has no place in a complex world that needs thinking adults. The two most egregious examples of this in recent memory have been Bush-hatred and Obama-worship. I missed this story when it came out a few days ago, but I think it's interesting enough to post now anyway. Blurb:
Bush hatred and Obama euphoria -- which tend to reveal more about those who feel them than the men at which they are directed -- are opposite sides of the same coin. Both represent the triumph of passion over reason. Both are intolerant of dissent. Those wallowing in Bush hatred and those reveling in Obama euphoria frequently regard those who do not share their passion as contemptible and beyond the reach of civilized discussion. Bush hatred and Obama euphoria typically coexist in the same soul. And it is disproportionately members of the intellectual and political class in whose souls they flourish.

I add also that neither hatred nor euphoria have much to offer in the way of the sober, thoughtful, reasoned and pragmatic solutions to actual problems.

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