Their Idealism Was Squandered on a Charlatan

Russ Vaughn
The conventional wisdom is that no one, having made a demonstrably colossal misjudgment, likes to be told, "I told you so." Considering that millions of usually thoughtful voters cast caution to the winds in 2008 and voted for a presidential candidate about whom they knew nothing, there is now a plenitude of penitents upon whom those of us who had urged caution could righteously invoke that censure. Yes, the normal conventional wisdom should caution against its use, however, my own inability to resist that wisdom in dealing with a member of my own family who had willfully suspended belief and followed the Obama rainbow, left me rather pleasantly surprised.

Not only did I not get a response of righteous indignation and defense of the indefensible, I got a grudging agreement that their moment of political exhilaration was perhaps misguided and the results had proved to be disastrous. Once moved to idealism by Obama's oratory, they had now been returned to earth cruelly by the very factor of which I had cautioned: the man's total lack of executive, business or governing experience. Where once that concern had been brushed aside with a glib, "That's not really a problem if he surrounds himself with experienced people," my back-then admonition that an inexperienced executive has no skill in selecting qualified subordinates, the stark recognition of that truth has apparently come home to roost, as the Reverend Wright might rail. The ineptitude demonstrated widely and deeply throughout this administration has to be an embarrassment to its most ardent supporters much less those who were the hopeful, impressionable crossover voters in 2008.

So what's my point here? Simply this: don't be afraid to say "I told you so," to those you know who drank the Kool Aid in 2008. Sure, some will respond angrily and defensively, but it's not you they're angry at, it's themselves for being so easily and transparently duped. Worse they're angry because their temporary foolishness has been so blatantly demonstrated by the absolutely horrible performance of this false Messiah president. After all, their idealism was squandered on a charlatan and the humiliation that harsh truth entails must necessarily inspire emotions that can be used to correct the terrible mistake to which they contributed.

But proceed with caution; don't be smug or condescending which likely will be met with a blast of defensive Democrat talking points created specifically by the Obama campaign to enable the disillusioned to reinforce and defend their own doubts. Take it slow and allow these doubters to express their own misgivings, which, once voiced, become much more easily accepted as topics for critical discussion. There are enough millions of American voters who fall into this voting demographic to undo the damage they inflicted on America in the last presidential election. Let us go about returning them to a position of rational voting for candidates who can truly lead our country out of the morass into which this false Messiah has so deviously Pied-Pipered us.

Once burned, the easily winnable may be much harder to win. But they were burned by their emotions and idealism. Appeal to the stark realities of where this country and their children and grandchildren are headed if this grossly failed social experiment isn't removed from office.



The conventional wisdom is that no one, having made a demonstrably colossal misjudgment, likes to be told, "I told you so." Considering that millions of usually thoughtful voters cast caution to the winds in 2008 and voted for a presidential candidate about whom they knew nothing, there is now a plenitude of penitents upon whom those of us who had urged caution could righteously invoke that censure. Yes, the normal conventional wisdom should caution against its use, however, my own inability to resist that wisdom in dealing with a member of my own family who had willfully suspended belief and followed the Obama rainbow, left me rather pleasantly surprised.

Not only did I not get a response of righteous indignation and defense of the indefensible, I got a grudging agreement that their moment of political exhilaration was perhaps misguided and the results had proved to be disastrous. Once moved to idealism by Obama's oratory, they had now been returned to earth cruelly by the very factor of which I had cautioned: the man's total lack of executive, business or governing experience. Where once that concern had been brushed aside with a glib, "That's not really a problem if he surrounds himself with experienced people," my back-then admonition that an inexperienced executive has no skill in selecting qualified subordinates, the stark recognition of that truth has apparently come home to roost, as the Reverend Wright might rail. The ineptitude demonstrated widely and deeply throughout this administration has to be an embarrassment to its most ardent supporters much less those who were the hopeful, impressionable crossover voters in 2008.

So what's my point here? Simply this: don't be afraid to say "I told you so," to those you know who drank the Kool Aid in 2008. Sure, some will respond angrily and defensively, but it's not you they're angry at, it's themselves for being so easily and transparently duped. Worse they're angry because their temporary foolishness has been so blatantly demonstrated by the absolutely horrible performance of this false Messiah president. After all, their idealism was squandered on a charlatan and the humiliation that harsh truth entails must necessarily inspire emotions that can be used to correct the terrible mistake to which they contributed.

But proceed with caution; don't be smug or condescending which likely will be met with a blast of defensive Democrat talking points created specifically by the Obama campaign to enable the disillusioned to reinforce and defend their own doubts. Take it slow and allow these doubters to express their own misgivings, which, once voiced, become much more easily accepted as topics for critical discussion. There are enough millions of American voters who fall into this voting demographic to undo the damage they inflicted on America in the last presidential election. Let us go about returning them to a position of rational voting for candidates who can truly lead our country out of the morass into which this false Messiah has so deviously Pied-Pipered us.

Once burned, the easily winnable may be much harder to win. But they were burned by their emotions and idealism. Appeal to the stark realities of where this country and their children and grandchildren are headed if this grossly failed social experiment isn't removed from office.