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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Facebook Prayers + Celebrity Deaths + Obama=More Awkward Emails





http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/21/obama.facebook.prayer/index.html?hpt=T2

While I can’t ramble on this for as long as I usually would for other more important issues, I thought I’d put my two cents in on this. Supposing this is humor, it borders on disturbing already. Swayze, Fawcett and Jackson have been dead for half a year or so and all were in 2009, so this doesn’t even make sequential sense. If Swayze, Fawcett and Jackson had died this year, it would have been coherent. But beyond that, the issue is that people are going along with this as a joke and not realizing that you basically just asked God to conveniently make sure Obama would die or as Rush Limbaugh suggested, fail. I don’t have to agree with people on political issues, but this goes into something that’s a personal issue. People pray to God for a variety of things, many of which are probably less than virtuous to begin with, but when you begin your prayer by whining to God about how it killed your favorite actors and musicians and then say, “Oh my favorite president’s Obama” as if presidents have the same area of popularity, it goes beyond disappointment. Instead it’s a matter of me pretending it never happened; which unfortunately is not likely to happen with Facebook popularity being what it is. I would have to wait at least two weeks for someone to think up a new way to say, “Hey we hate Obama, but we don’t wanna be seen as racist. Hey let’s make some nonsensical insult again,”

What makes this less than humorous in any sense is that the scope of living presidents that are people’s favorites are usually dead already. And if we’re talking favorite presidents over the last 40 years or so, people have plenty of conservatives they could choose from. But the whole ironic point to this is that they apparently can get over God killing Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, but then they beg and plead ever so subtly for God to strike Obama down, as if such an entity gave a rat’s tail about what we do with our free will, especially in politics. No one said you had to agree with President Obama, but if you go along with conservatives that think this is a joke, your sense of humor is a bit disturbing (you know, the whole indirectly wishing death on a person because you don’t agree with them), but more importantly isn’t wired right, since there’s the obvious conflict that defeats even irony. You start with people that were popular over time and then note a man that is only well known because he’s the President of the United States. In 6 years tops, he’ll be unable to be President anymore and politically minded conservatives will have to find a new target to poke fun at or call random names like Czar and Socialist. So get over it and do something more productive, like protest with your brain. Until next time, Namaste and Aloha.

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