Recently I had a conversation with a friend of mine that I was thinking about over the weekend.
This friend is a HUGE liberal which in and of itself does not bother me that much.
The problem with this person is that he drank the Kool Aid.
For example, I remember during the primaries last year I told him that Obama did not vote for the Iraq war because Obama was not in the senate at the time.
Well, my friend called me a liar.
He said that he as an informed Obama fan would have known that.
Well, we went online and looked up the Iraq war vote and then we looked up when Obama was elected and sure enough I was right.
Then we spoke about how Obama got into the senate, (long story involving Jeri Ryan, a sex club and Mike Ditka) and once again he did not believe me that the only reason Obama won the senate race was because Mike Ditka said no to running.
Regardless, as we spoke about the state of this country this person was telling me how George Bush had messed it up.
While I tried to tell him that it isn’t all Bush’s fault he did not want to listen.
There was no argument too strong for him.
It didn’t matter that Democrats had controlled congress or that some things Bush was blamed for were truly not his fault, this person stuck with the party line that Bush was responsible since he was the one in charge at the time.
Now, I do not necessarily buy this argument, but I can maybe see his point.
However, when one drinks the Kool Aid they almost always don’t apply their same logic to other aspects of their life.
Here is what I mean.
This person works for a company.
He has been there for quite a few years and has the very impressive title of Director of Marketing.
That sounds pretty good.
If you are director of marketing then one would think that you are in charge of marketing and that if you are doing your job then sales should be good.
However, in the past year or so, this company has closed a few locations and sales have gone down.
I asked my friend if he thought that he was not doing his job.
He looked at me like I was crazy.
“Well, it’s the economy, we opened too many stores too fast, people are cutting back”
He was full of excuses.
Not once did he say that it was his fault.
He claims he works hard.
Sometimes 10 hours a day and 7 days a week, yet his numbers are down.
Well, let me ask this.
Let’s say that he is right and it is the economy.
How can one apply two different standards to two different industries.
I only ask this not to say that this person is not doing their job.
It’s possible that he is.
What I am saying is that the same standards that applied to Bush do not apply to Obama.
If Obama can’t pass health care then it’s the Republican’s fault.
If Obama can’t bring the Olympics to Chicago then it’s got to be a European conspiracy.
If someone yells “You Lie” at the president then he is racist.
Guess what, things are not always black and white.
Now, I do not say this because I supported everything Bush did.
Nor do I say this because I don’t support everything Obama does.
The reason I write this is due to the fact that there is too much Kool Aid being drunk.
I drink it also.
Kool Aid is good as long as you don’t spill it.