Update: I have re-written this essay almost in its entirety in light of events since I published here yesterday. It’s full-on mockery now.
There has been a lot written lately a bout the acceptability of criticizing President Obama. What way is best, what kind of criticism is effective, whether it should be done at all. These are important questions, and I am proud of how this community has tackled this with such maturity.
What I’ve found is, some think criticism is fine, as long as it doesn’t attack the president personally. I wasn’t sure how to do that without using his name or without referring to his behavior. So I was starting to get a bit puzzled and headachy. And some people were angry with me.
Some think, as I did until today, that the best way to hold a politician accountable, is to, like, call, write letters, and post diaries asserting what the actual beef is, in the hopes that the politician will respond to mass pressure. What I found out is, if that politician is THIS president, this is a no-no. Of course, criticism of the LAST president for the same behavior is A-OK. That got me even more headachy. I HATE headaches.
Then I came to an epiphany.