My favorite quality in President Obama is his ability to maintain complexity instead of over-simplifying and speaking in absolutes. I was accused of this by an ex-girlfriend, “You over-simplify and speak in absolutes.” She launched this at me in the middle of a drunken diatribe.
So I left her.
Doesn’t get more simple. Doesn’t get more absolute.
She won. Good for her!
This is the curse and blessing of working in advertising for 11-years: saying more with less. It’s powerful in the purview of getting your point across and selling merchandise. Unless, of course, your point of view is lying about WMD’s and what you’re selling is war.
I left advertising to become the “Karl Rove of the Left.” Luckily, I failed, having too much heart in my ability to see the world through the eyes of someone else. And a brain I enjoy using, as opposed to leveraging for the cheap-thrill of political advantage.
Mission Creep: over-simplification.
Boots on the Ground: over-simplification.
Air Strikes: over-simplification.
Our role in the world isn’t to reduce cities to rubble and oust leaders who’ve been elected to replace leaders we’ve chased into holes, and hung, for lack of imagination.
I can’t believe we executed Saddam Hussein. I can’t believe we executed Osama bin Laden. I’d much rather have tuned-in to CSPAN and watched them in orange jumpsuits, fly fishing with Dick Cheney and raping Bernie Madoff while Ruth Madoff shops on QVC.
Call it “The Real Housewives of Gitmo.” Finally, a reality show I can get excited about watching.
Iraq isn’t our problem. Syria isn’t our problem. Russia isn’t our problem. Al-Maliki isn’t our crippled prime minister. Al-Assad isn’t our psychotic president. Putin isn’t our porn-star-in-chief.
Yes, I hate his horsie.
Yes, it’s none of my business.
Da (which is Russian for yes you fuckin’ idiot).
It’s up to the people of Russia, in the same way it was up to the people of America to deal with our own torture fetishists, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. We got it right, after we got a lot wrong, we got it right, by electing Barack Hussein Obama.
I seem to remember another group of misguided men with small penis syndrome thinking they could liberate Americans by smashing planes into buildings. All it did was create the false camaraderie of nationalism.