It is impossible not to be gloaty today.
I heard it commented somewhere in the news that it’s somewhat unnatural to celebrate a death. Unfortunately, I think that’s wrong. I think that humanity has yet to shed the whole of its lizard brain, and that actually it is quite natural to want to vanquish a fellow human being who has wronged you. Unfortunately, I think the unnatural thing to do is to eschew that primal urge. Fortunately, most people manage to exercise that facility rather adroitly each and every day. We should all be thankful that this is true because were it not most of us would have been murdered in our sleep by now.
I think in the case of Osama bin Laden, though, it is not a sin to give in a little to that base instinct. We are not a bad person if we did a little victory bootie shake upon hearing that this evil bastard had been forcefully discorporated. We are not a bad person if we, say, cracked open that bottle of Prosecco and toasted this bloody event (as we did here at the Serious Poo-Poo Institute of Technology).
And, dare I say, I think we are not a bad person if one of our first immediate reactions was to fluff up at the chest that, by gravity, that was MY preznit what got this job done.
It went to politics right away. Of course it went to politics right away. I’m not even sorry that it did. I mean, how long did we have to suffer through “George Dubya Boosh kept us safe?” How long did we have to suffer through the Iraq war? Through the swaggering moron who didn’t deserve to swagger and didn’t even do it very well? Through a million excuses for letting this maniac slip through our fingers at Tora Bora?
We haven’t heard much from him. And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don’t know where he is. I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run.
No. After living through all of that, it is wonderful to finally experience what it is to see a Commander In Chief assess the correct target, to pursue the target, and to actually accomplish the mission. This, friends, is what a Presidency looks like and smells like. That’s how it’s done.
More recently, we’ve had to suffer through one of the most brutally assailed presidencies in recent history. This black man was made to produce papers for crissake, forced to an indignity that just does not seem to go away for people of color in America. And this was only the most recent indignity he’s faced based on his melanin levels. Most pronounced have been the efforts to undercut this President as some other, some sinister, some anti-righteous force regarding these Untied States of America. But now? Now? Call him a Kenyan socialist now, motherfuckers. Question his provenance now! C’mon, Trump! What do you have to say now? Bitch?
By the way, why are we so surprised that Obama carried this out? We already knew that this President knew how to take a person out and how to do it right.
So there’s no surprise here. This is a Presidency that has chronically exhibited measured competence and one that has shown an uncanny ability to deliver on the promises its candidate made in 2008. I do not disagree with PB’s assessment that powerful, popular Democratic presidents tend to turn their backs on the base. The answer for that is for the base to turn around back, and that’s happening:
The nation’s largest firefighters union — one of the Democrats’ most reliable sources of campaign money — announced Tuesday that it would quit donating to federal candidates this year because members of Congress aren’t sufficiently backing them in their fight against anti-union measures around the country.
As it should be. Democrats take labor for granted and really should not because labor does not have “nowhere else to go.” Labor is movement, not party, politics and could really give a shit about Democrats or Republigoats.
Nonetheless. Damn. This guy sure did get it right. Damn. I mean, damn.