“It was the possibility that financial institutions’ computer systems would fail on 1 January 2000 and spark a loss of public confidence in individual institutions or at worst, in the financial system as a whole.”
Fear mongering, crazy sounding pundits, fake science, escalating gun sales, survival kits. Panic, run for the hills. And in the end, nothing. Except that it does turn out that the loss of confidence in the financial system was entirely justified.
In his op-ed column today, Frank Rich of The New York Times notes:
A sizable minority of Americans is irrationally fearful of the fast-moving generational, cultural and racial turnover Obama embodies — indeed, of the 21st century itself. That minority is now getting angrier in inverse relationship to his popularity with the vast majority of the country. Change can be frightening and traumatic, especially if it’s not change you can believe in.
I disagree. They do have something to fear.
Obama is not perfect but he presents some very new challenges for many Americans. He also represents a change that is much larger than himself.
1. They can’t “read” him. As an African American who’s worked in a lot of majority white environments, I can’t help but see the irony here.
Self control is essential for blacks to move up. The same behavior that would be rewarded and even silently celebrated as Type-A/hitting the ground running/rain making would be perceived as angry, uppity, aggressive and hostile.
Bush used to say that he could take the measure of a man (no comment) by looking into his eyes. People who buy into this get fooled and tricked ALL THE TIME.
We want to believe people we know and like. We may be genetically engineered to distrust those of different tribes.
You can’t tell anything about anyone from looking at them. Ted Bundy. Bernie Madoff. et al.
2. He’s a real grown up. Translation. He avoids the petty, the blowhard. He doesn’t buy into truthiness but is into facts.
Many people read this as weak, soft, or duplicitious.
No one is celebrating the successful military rescue of the captain and crew of the ship captured by Somalian pirates.
Compare this to:
Obama must be hiding something. At the same time, he’s forced to and is forcing us to face facts.
We’ve been a creditor nation for a long time.
We’re not the best of everything.
We have made mistakes. Those mistakes have consequences that will take time and resources to resolve.
3. He’s too popular.
Check out Jon Voight on Obama as a false prophet @:
Why is it okay when they are popular?
4. He’s a tool of the illuminati, etc.
Conspiracy isn’t usually the problem. Plenty of people KNEW that there were probably no weapons of mass destruction. People ATTEMPTED to blow the whistle on Madoff and Enron for a long, long, long time before things blew up. The problem isn’t conspiracy. It’s complicity. Going along for profit. Going along to get along. Turning on the whistleblowers, the cage rattlers for disturbing the peace.
It bothers me that Obama needed a secret service detail so early in the campaign. We should all be worried about the large, continuing increase in gun sales since President Obama’s election. We should be deeply concerned about the ratcheting up of extreme rhetoric of every kind.
God is a spirit and those who worship God must worship in spirit and in truth, not innuendos and lies.
Pray early and pray often.