This is so the worst thing you're going to read all day.

[Trigger warning for ageism and disablism.]

I know it's early, but I'm reasonably confident that nothing will be more deserving of the title than this piece of shit: Letter to a whiny young Democrat.

You know, just last week I was talking to a young friend of mine, a 21-year-old straight, white, cis man who knew going into the 2008 election that much of Obama's Hope and Change rhetoric was just that, but was still excited to cast a vote for him and was optimistic about his presidency. Two years later, he's profoundly disillusioned, not because he hasn't been paying attention or doesn't understand how politics work, but because he has and he does.

He's paid attention to the way Obama has governed, and to the hippie-punching. And—surprise!—after the Obama administration's strategy of alienating progressive voters (of any age) with not-progressive policies and contempt for the Democratic base, my young friend feels alienated. Huh.

And given that Obama was elected on the back of a promise to "change the way Washington works," and now he and his staff openly admit they were arrogant to believe they could do that, and have failed, why the fuck is anyone getting blamed for being disillusioned? His most significant campaign promise was made with foolish bombast. Blaming the people who believed him, particularly young liberals whose entire experience with politics had been the grim horror of the Bush administration and were longing desperately for something better, seems entirely misplaced.

And, frankly, as an experienced political observer who had no illusions about the nature of this president, but was eminently willing to give him a chance, I'm still disappointed with what he's done.

So scolding political n00bs for (alleged) apathy when they've been demonstrably let down is just seven layers of bullshit.

When someone engages in divisive behavior, any resulting division is their responsibility. Blaming progressives whose support, enthusiasm, idealism, loyalty, and trust were sold out in favor of pointless bipartisanism is not just a shitty thing to do; it's illogical as well.

[H/T to Shaker Neintales.]

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