Man, my Facebook feed is fucking infuriating

November 10, 2012 – 2:10 pm by John

That's only partly because I have an anger management problem.

My main problem with Republocrats is that they selectively ignore the bad aspects of their policies and politicians just so they can defend their side against the other side at all costs and get their side elected at all costs. By "at all costs", I include the costs to their conscience, the costs to the rest of the world, the costs to the promotion of justice and the fight against evil in this world. Most of them know they put evil in power, but they justify it by labeling it a lesser evil.

In addition to that, the main problem with Obama supporters specifically is that they go overboard into hero worship. No, the word "worship" is not hyperbolic or unfair; it is an accurate word to describe their feelings towards him. But if you prefer "idolatry", that's just as good. They're also really fucking smug. My Facebook feed has certainly had its share of Obama worship and smugness over the last couple of months. Here's a sampling of status updates and comments by my friends and acquaintances during the presidential campaign that were particularly annoying, oblivious, or rife with denial and willful ignorance. Probably nothing you haven't seen before, but it feels good to vent sometimes.

There were multiple statuses the day after the election that consisted of one word: "Forward." Yes, forward into endless war, expanding kill lists, and murdering and maiming not hundreds but eventually thousands of innocent non-combatants by drone strikes! Forward into a post-civil-liberties world where individual rights, due process, and checks on executive power are silly anachronisms that impede the true progress of Democrat power! Forward into a post-capitalist world where the price system, free exchange, private ownership, and profit-and-loss system of a semi-free market are eroded in favor of State management, State subsidization, State regulation, State favoritism, and State bailouts!

One super Obama-worshiping girl wrote this nauseating status:

Obama

Obama!

After Obama's victory was secured, one really smug, intolerant, divisive shithead who's only a friend of friends wrote, among other execrable things:

Looking forward to more incremental progress toward tolerance and fairness.

No, I didn't bother to ask him tolerance to whom and fairness to whom? (If you frowned at my characterization of this particular guy as a "shithead" and lamented my stooping to unnecessary ad hominem attacks, please note that I was only trying to describe this person as accurately as possible and paint you as detailed a picture as I thought you'd need to understand my feelings towards this particular Obama worshiper. So no, it wasn't necessary, but I try to go above and beyond what's necessary, to help all five of my readers as much as possible.)

In response to another post by same shithead about one of the presidential debates, one of his friends commented,

I wish all people were smart...if you just listen to what the pres, vp, pres-candidate and vp-candidate are actually saying, there is absolutely no contest...two people have real arguments, the other side just says "no you're wrong"..

Yes, if only all people were as intelligent as us and started worshiping a real, live human being instead of some imaginary misogynist up in the sky, then they would all realize the infallibility of any president with a (D) after their name and the glorious good we could achieve if we just elected the right leaders. It's just stupidity, primitivism, and racism that makes anyone support a Republican. (I shudder to think how she would characterize libertarians and other anarchists!) It reminds me of this smug tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson and, especially, the super-smug and condescending comments by his Democrat-idolizing followers.

Of course, the day before and the day of the election, there were a good 10 or 12 posts imploring and encouraging everyone to go vote. I did not vote this year, and I am very glad and proud that I didn't. As I wrote in 2008, voting and becoming even slightly emotionally invested in the election results made me feel dirty and depressed.

One example of these status updates was,

In the words of Bob Scheiffer: "Go vote. It makes you feel big and strong."

Yes, big and strong that you've taken hold of some small part of the reins of the State and can use them to oppress, marginalize, subjugate, and otherwise disempower every human who doesn't support the policies and tactics you've helped force upon us.

Another was,

Don't complain if you don't vote!

Actually, as George Carlin and Brian Doherty remind us, it is those who vote who have no right to complain. Or at least, as I would allow because I've voted in the past and will probably vote in the future, those who vote for winners have no right to complain.

Another girl left this comment in a thread that wasn't directly about the presidential campaign but was about politics and I felt like venting about it so close enough:

i would submit that there are many, many things the free market is bad at.

This is so ignorant as to defy argument, logic, or persuasion. I'll leave it at this for now: even the most liberal, Keynesian, Democrat-supporting economists acknowledge that a completely free, unfettered, unregulated, untaxed market will provide the most material wealth to the most people for the lowest cost in 90% of markets, without violating anyone's rights. Most "liberal" economists are largely free-marketeers (of course, that 10% or so makes a big difference). Most introductory Macroeconomics and Microeconomics textbooks are mainly about how the free market does almost nothing but allocate resources efficiently and make everyone better off. Then there are chapters about public goods and monetary policy that reveal their true colors. But if these ignoramuses would even walk by an Economics classroom once in a while, they might find out that professional economists who are on their side could go to town explaining how ignorant their opinions about the free market are.

You might wonder why I don't just hide these Obama-worshiping socialists and save myself some time and future medical problems from hypertension. Well, they post about politics mainly during the primary and campaign seasons, and the rest of the time, they might post something worth reading. And besides, their vacuous political commentary provides me with occasional blagging material, so I got something out of it. It helps me focus my criticisms of Obama and other politicians and either review the links I've saved or find new ones with concrete facts or respectable commentary to cite in support of my own statements.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Man, my Facebook feed is fucking infuriating”

  2. Great post! For some reason it feels deeply satisfying to finally read a bit of rage against the foolishness of the Republocrat thinking. I've recently discovered your blog and find your posts enlightening. There are two items as it relates to the election and politics at large that I'd love to see a post on. 1) Every politician argues about "what works" or "this study says" or "that study says", but I rarely hear anyone arguing the rightness or wrongness of state control and intrusion. Seems both sides have given up on whether there should be state control, they just argue about how much. 2) The apparent reality that 99% of voters make their decisions based on television coverage, ads, shows etc. That must be part of the problem right?

    By scott on Nov 15, 2012

  3. A lack of principles is certainly a major complaint of libertarians about Republocrats, including from myself. Of course, a major complaint of Republocrats against us crazy libertarians is that we have ideas that are principled and consistent on paper but don't work in practice. I, of course, disagree completely, and exposing how badly government works and how brilliantly libertarianism would solve government-created problems is basically the main purpose of this blag.

    I wouldn't have too big a problem with a focus on what "works" or what research shows if the proponents of policies would be more objective and not find excuses to continue believing in things that clearly don't work. In fact, when I do have time to read and research and blag, I try to direct at least some of my posts to non-libertarians by citing statistics, results, and concrete events so that I can convince the occasional person that less government here or there would work better, rather than trying to convince them their entire moral-political belief system is wrong.

    And not surprisingly, I do have a post about voters who decide whom to vote for based on ads and debates and the candidate who appeals to them the most at election time: http://www.blagnet.net/2008/11/03/undecided-voters-are-the-biggest-idiots-on-the-planet/

    Finally, sorry for not seeing your comment until three days later; too much work and football-watching and unpacking, as well as a still-not-internet-connected computer with the email client that receives this site's emails, have kept me from this site too often this fall.

    By John on Nov 18, 2012

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