November 5, 2008

Apathy, Hope and Hypocrites

I never thought I’d live to see this day.

I never thought I’d live long enough to see the winds of change sweep through my country as they have today. I’ve never seen the world around me move so far in such a short time. I never thought things would change this much, in that we would be forced to look at ourselves different than we ever have before.

Of course I’m talking about the complete and total indifference toward the Nebraska football program.

Oh sure, there are a few other things going on in the world this week. And yes, who the hell is going to think about everything else going on? But has there ever been a sliver of time where Husker football meant less? I’ve lived here 23 years, and even when things were dark in 2004 and during the bowl losing stretches of the late 80’s, we never got to the point of complete and total apathy.

How do I know?

It’s the little things. Wearing red on Fridays. Filling out scores on schedule posters; Bringing up this week’s opponents in everyday conversation 35 times an hour; Continuous stories on the news about how the a Husker grad assistant overcame the trauma of ADD to live out his life’s dream of handling the balls of his favorite football team.

All of that…is gone, just as I told you it would be when the atom bomb of apathy was dropped last October. So what is the Husker hating movement to do? What can we do going forward to make sure Husker fans realize they are getting exactly what they deserve? I look at it as an old battleship that has fought it’s battles, and now is being retired to dry dock where it can live out it’s years in peace.

For those of you thirsty for Husker blood…who are looking for me and others to bash on every digression made by Mad Bo and his merry band of walk ons…I apologize. The battle is won. The enemy is beaten. Nobody really cares anymore. Although it is liberating to celebrate their demise, the strength to care is simply too great. Perhaps after vacation I’ll feel differently.

**

Speaking of the election, I may as well throw my two cents in as well…basically because well…breaking down the Husker pass rush against KU seems daunting and far too much work at this particular point. I will break my election opinion down in two parts, because I believe the stirring victory by Barak Obama last night deserves to be broken down much more than just celebrating the smashing of a once unbreakable color barrier.

First off, last night was an amazing moment for the country, and an amazing moment for our society. It was only 40 years ago when the Civil Rights movement attempted to mend an ugly fundamental flaw woven within the fabric of our entire nation. Last night served as one of the great milestones of that movement, and will endure as a lasting tribute to what we have become as a society. Whether or not you agree with the politics behind the election of a president…and trust me, we are further apart than we’ve been at any time since the Civil War….you must admit that last night was one of those moments where you knew you’d be thinking 20, 30, 40+ years from now, “I remember when Obama was elected.”

On top of that, I am of firm belief that no matter who the president is..and no matter what your stance on his/her positions, the office demands respect and support. I’ll never know it myself, but I cannot possibly imagine what it would be like to have that much power…that much authority…that much responsibility that I literally held lives in my pen.

I for one will give Barak Obama a chance to lead this country to whatever destiny lies ahead of us. By winning the election, he has been chosen by the greatest democracy on earth to lead the greatest country on earth. That job requires support and at the very least…requires your support and empathy.

“Requires support and empathy”……Hmmmmm

Here’s the second part of my thoughts..the part that is absolutely disgusted by the hypocrisy and double-standard of a large portion of President Elect Obama’s base of supporters. As a voter from the middle of war of ideology, two things turn me against a cause more than anything: People (celebrities) telling me how to think and hypocrites who act one way, and then expect you to act another.

I understand that Matt Damon, George Clooney and Oprah all have the right to use their fame to express their political ideas. However, the great thing about elections is the fact that my vote equals Oprah’s vote. Despite the fact that I don’t have a TV show, a fleet of cars and a private jet…my 1 vote equals to just 1 of Oprah’s votes.

But worse yet, is the raging hypocrisy that lives within those who have whined and cried and bitched and moaned for the past 8 years. I’m all for gloating after a win, and expressing my views wildly without caring who’s eyes they find. But when an a close friend and Obama supporter tells me that it’s my patriotic duty to get behind the new president….it instantly takes me back to the endless months and YEARS of complaining, crying and bitching about things they know next to nothing about.

Even worse are those who preach to me that “America did the right thing to make such history”. That statement very much may be true…and it 100% is true. But if you think the same people would be dancing in the streets to celebrate the first female vice president…another barrier that has never been broken…you’re crazy. Impromptu celebrations would not have broken out in Times Square and Chicago and Pennsylvania Avenue…but cars would burn, rocks would be thrown, and people…both guilty and not guilty would be hurt.

So in the end, this great moment…this wonderful notch in the course of our country’s history brings out not only the best in us..but some of the worst. The election of Barak Obama will not bring people together, but in fact may pull them further apart. It's possible that through no fault really of his own, Obama’s tenure as commander in chief will be compromised by those who wish to wage a class war on others. Madonna, Susan Sarandon and Chevy Chase will continue to express their disdain in a public forum toward anything they don’t agree with…whether their choice of party is in power or not. And that very hypocrisy and double standard is what is going to continue to drive a wedge between Americans of all ages..all sexes and all parties.

I really hope that I am wrong, and like I said...I am 100% behind the new president. I will give him every opportunity to deliver the change he has promised, and see for myself whether or not it is best for the country and my family. But the divide that was once separated by color is now separated by ideology. Unless Barak Obama becomes one of the greatest unified leaders the world has ever seen, that gap will only become wider, in an age of instant information, instant blame and instant denial.

Time to move on.

Change has come…let’s see what it can do for all of us.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to "You have to get behind this president" talk, I would have to respond, "Do you think moveon.org is having a clearance sale of 'He's not MY president' bumper stickers? Maybe they have some 'Jan 20, 2009 -- start of a new error'?"

I'm a pretty open minded guy, but it'll be hard to get behind the democratic administration after all the things democrats have said and done in the past 8 years.

I wonder if putting a picture of the newly elected president next to a picture of a chimp to entice comparison and contrast would still be seen as all in good fun?

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stick to football dipshit

3:20 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

You'd just bitch about that too.

Go fuck yourself.

PS - First comment re: Moveon.org is kinda funny. Hopefully it won't come to that, but everybody can see it coming.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say, is that third photo in the column a pic of a Husker linebacker recruit? Wearing red and everything...looks like a pretty badass dude. The Hicks may have an improved defense next season.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ, very inspiring post, but I am sad that our once great Republic of now 300,000,000 people only had the choice between "tax and spend" and "borrow and spend". I do agree that the position of President does deserve respect and President Obama will be in my thoughts and prayers. However, I believe that our days as a true consititional republic with individual liberty has been slipping away and this election is perhaps another nail in the coffin.

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury"
Alexander Tytler...

Dom-Kalamazoo

5:24 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Dom, good points. The post before that was kinda wrong. Funny as hell...but wrong.

(She is not attractive)

6:22 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

aj, the idealogical divide was created by the the neo-con assholes who ran this country into the ground for the last eight years and during the constant snipping and bullshit during Clinton's eight years.

If you don't like it and dont believe it's possible to heal it, please don't have the temerity to blame the Democrats.

7:53 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

Oh, and to the moron who made that first post …
Bush had a nine month honeymoon, during which he sat around a twiddled his thumbs waiting for the "event" which would allow him to become a war time president and justify the fulfillment of the neo-con manifesto which advocated the overthrow of Iraq back in 1998.

We then proceeded to give him another couple of honeymoon years because he was trying to "protect" us all.

But it wasn't until we all realized that it was all in the cause of a colossal money-grab from the American taxpayer, or do you really think this bail-out is serving anyone but the Corporate CEO's and money-grubbers in the financial industry?

We hated him because he lied and lied and lied and then laughed in our faces when we finally turned on him, because he knew there wasn't a goddamn thing we could do about it.

He's the worst president we've ever had and any chimpanzee could have done a better job. Oh, right, one did - Dick Cheney.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Nowledge said...

I know this convo's going south after this, but check out why some people voted for Lee Terry in Nebraska's 2nd District:

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/33869724.html

I mean, seriously, some of these people didn't vote because Jim Esch had a DUI back in college. That's the ONLY reason they didn't vote for him. Nothing about politics, track record, etc. or why they would support Lee Terry, but purely didn't vote for someone because they needed "morals".

I hate politics because of the game and spin; hats off to Lee Terry for mindfucking Douglas and Sarpy citizens to vote for him solely on that fact.

8:35 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Heh, Daddycat doesn't even know who I'm insulting. You're all over the map dude...pick a fucking side.

Oh, and I didn't mention Baylor, because I really don't care at this point either. The National Title is out the window but the North is at hand. As long as they win the North...who cares? The whole thing is a moot point now. (And that goes for your shitty team, where apparently you are now keeping score by adding up selective quarters and comparing them to other teams)

As much as you bitch about my blog, you sure fucking come here quuite a bit.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"but it'll be hard to get behind the democratic administration after all the things democrats have said and done in the past 8 years"

uh, I won't have much trouble at all getting behind a democratic administration after all the things that moron crinimal douche George W. Bush has said and done in the part 8 years.

and aj, I don't care how irrelevant NU or George W. Bush become, I will always hate them with every fiber of my being.

12:14 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

And that's a perfectly valid point. In terms of politics, I'm complete aware that like religion...you should view and think what is best for you. I'm speaking from an independent's point of view with a conservative view of foreign policy.

We could sit and talk about Bush all day too...(whom I think had TONS of bad points, but in the end, kept the country safe from further attacks)...but yes, I can certainly see the dislike.

I personally don't think he's a horrible person..he was just surrounded by horrible people who were corrupted by power and special interests.

**NOTE** The South Park episode last night may have been one of the most brilliant ever. The people partying yelling, "CHANGE!" nearly made me piss myself.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Husker_Engineer said...

AJ

A couple of things:

1. I still mark scores and wear red.

2. I completely agree with your other major topic....and because of that feel a shower is necessary.

You could (and do) say outrageous things about my school and its football program....and I can laugh, joke, and poke a stick back....I know where that comes from.

However, when Ron O'Donnell, Sarandon and her boyfriend, Oprah, etc tell me what I should support...what I should think...that America will only become enlightened if they follow a certain doctrine....it makes me want to drown kittens.

I have a feeling we are cut from the same cloth politically. Since you brought up South Park, I will say that I saw this election as a race between a giant douche and a turd sandwich. I want my true conservatives back....the budget cutting ones that haven't been corrupted by corporations and the moral majority....guess that is why I like the libertarians so much these days. I wanted to see a guy like Ron Paul in this election.

9:03 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Heh, good point.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous bigredfred said...

Was this a historic election because we elected a black man? Or, was it a historic election because we elected the RIGHT man who happened to be black?

I don't look at Mr. Obama as a black man, I look at him as an intelligent and smooth talker who supports higher taxes, socialism, surrender in IRAQ and elsewhere in the world, etc... etc..

To me he will always be the man who attended a church that taught hatred for America, nothing to do with him being black or white.

It disgusts me that the masses of this country hate Bush because the media told them too. In spite of your hate for him daddyact, he kept you safe. The roar from the media a year ago was our losing the war in IRAQ. Well, we've won and will reap the rewards for DECADES to come in safety and stability , and not one word is said on George W's behalf.

True definition of a man in my book is one who will do what he knows to be right, even if it means standing alone against all others. That is the definition of courage my friend.

11:11 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Whether he is the "best" man for the job remains to be seen. I hope others are willing to at least give him a chance, as he is obviously the people's choice.

That's how it works. That's how it should always work.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OJ:

99% of the time you make me want to stick forks in the eyes of Mizzou fans. I'm really not a fan of yours, but I do have to be honest and admit that I respect your insight regarding the election. I'm a registered Republican, but I think your position, especially the point about respecting the office of the president is spot on!


Peace brother.

12:04 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

I just find it remarkable that all the neo-con assholes that supported monkey-boy in two previous elections now talk about how they voted for Ron Paul.

It's a little late jerk-offs! They've stolen all the money and they've plunged us into another depression and an foreign occupation we had no busy starting.

Stop blaming anybody other than yourselves. You listened to Rush and Hannity and bought their line of bullshit hook, line and sinker. I hope you all lose every fucking penny you ever made "investing" in the stock market.

It's what you deserve. And so is Sarah Palin.

6:17 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I've had a LOT of whack-ass posters come through here over the past 4+ years I've done this. Lots of people saying some wild ass shit..some of it dumb...some of it shocking..but most of it just blah blah blah.

But you sir...have probably surpassed them all, both with the quality of your whining, the senility of your rants, and the complete and total inability to stick to one point in one post.

None of these are bad things...just qualities I thought I would pass along.

And yes, I think KSU could should beat you. Colorado? Maybe not. All I know is, I may or may not be going to the Big 12 title game, and your team will not be there.

7:13 PM  
Anonymous SDHusker said...

"AJ said...
You'd just bitch about that too.

Go fuck yourself."

Now that is funny!

I am anxious to see what the Dems plan to do now that they control both houses and have the presidency to boot. No more finger pointing boys, I want to see action!

Have a good vacation! The sea life under water is really something to see, enjoy it.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous MNHusker said...

"So in the end, this great moment…this wonderful notch in the course of our country’s history brings out not only the best in us..but some of the worst. The election of Barak Obama will not bring people together, but in fact may pull them further apart. It's possible that through no fault really of his own, Obama’s tenure as commander in chief will be compromised by those who wish to wage a class war on others. Madonna, Susan Sarandon and Chevy Chase will continue to express their disdain in a public forum toward anything they don’t agree with…whether their choice of party is in power or not. And that very hypocrisy and double standard is what is going to continue to drive a wedge between Americans of all ages..all sexes and all parties."

This is exactly what happens from the right. The excesses of extremism evinced by both sides is helping to send this country into the same cesspit Missouri recently crawled out of. (Hey, I have to.)

Here's to hoping Obama's tenure as president follows his demeanor; calm, thoughtful and reasoned. It will be a great step for this country if Obama 'succeeds' in his presidency. (I voted for McCain.)

5:04 PM  

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