So yesterday afternoon I got a text message from my D. Omoro (You have no idea how hard it was not to refer to your given name on here.) asking for my e-mail address. So I send two of about six e-mail addresses I have to him and in turn he e-mails a link to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog at the Atlantic. Coates blog contained a post written by Kai Wright from the website Colorlines titled “The Ability to Kill Osama bin Laden Does Not Make America Great”. In the blog Wright makes some good points about many things like poverty, health issues, and that little deficit problem that we have that I agree with whole heartedly.
After reading the article I series of texts back to D. Omoro saying:
“I agree with the bulk of the article but what happened yesterday isn’t about what we’re good at. It was about killing OBL.”
“Valid Points all around but dude could let folks just enjoy the moment. We liberals run out sometimes. Whoever wrote that piece needs to lighten-up. Some folks don’t want to be happy. He’s probably the dude at Thanksgiving dinner saying. “You know they killed the Indians right…”
Yeah they did but right now I’m killing this macaroni, turkey, so pass the gravy boat, and stuffing so shut the f**k up.
My point is that we liberals just don’t know how to not be Buzz Killington sometimes. What happened in Pakistan Sunday afternoon wasn’t about any of the many ills that I will gladly acknowledge that plague our nation. It was about finding a cowardly, murdering, back shooting son-of-a-b***h who was a scourge to the lives of many around the planet. Hell, I smirked when I found out he was no longer among the living. The thought of a 5.56 X45mm round piercing his eye socket just sat well with me.[i]
Anyhow, sometimes talking to us liberals can be taxing. I’ve been that guy.[ii] You’ve been that guy. You’ve dated that girl. Your sister is that girl. You are that girl. We all know each other, have drinks, talk to each other on Twitter, and eat sushi together.
Sometimes you just have to live in the moment and think about what’s happening. Let’s call it “situational hubris”.[iii] Yes, we’re overlooking what’s next just for the moment. Sure, in the grand scheme of things whatever it is that everyone around you may be happy about may not matter but sometimes you just have to go with it.
And that’s what happened on Sunday and Monday- People went with it. They were well aware of what could come next but it didn’t dominate their thoughts. They knew the next “bad thing” was around the corner but it didn’t matter at the moment because we all just wanted to “go with it.”
So the next time everyone is happy please use all of your strength to put your wet blanket away for awhile because I’ll be using my strength to do the same.
Vaya con Dios.
[i] I’ve heard many say that they cannot take joy in the death of OBL no matter what he did. Well, I don’t have that problem. Judge me!
[ii] I am well aware of my dark sense of humor, my fondness for uber-realistic subject matter, not ignoring many ills that persist in society, and looking at things though cold objective eyes. Blame the history department at the College of Charleston for that last thing.
[iii] I need to copy right “Situational Hubris”. I know over fifty attorneys but not a single one does patent or copy right law. I need more people.