Dear Mr. Walsh,
Congratulations on gaining a large audience for your blog!
Not to muddy the festivities by harping on your contribution to the destruction of public discourse, but I thought I'd pass along some observations, in case you planning on writing anymore blog posts or anything:
There are a couple ways I could go with this. I could point out your enormous hypocrisy, and describe all the ways in which you, yourself, distort information (even the articles you link to), incorrectly use statistics, rely on dubious sources of information (your posts are an exercise in how many links to the NY Post and Daily Mail you can fit in one essay), present speculation as fact, and generally mislead your audience, emotionally provoking them in unproductive ways.... all for the sake of your personal profit and popularity.
But that's kind of what I point out every time I post on this blog, so I'll focus on something else this time.
From the (well-funded, well-organized) agenda upon which you have staked your career, as a blogger, you have absorbed and implemented the strategy of stoking personal hatred in conjunction with utter neglect of systems, structure, and history. To the extent that anything broader than a particular person or type of people (Secular Progressives or whatever it is) factors into your analysis, it assumes the form of a fantastic narrative of Us Good People vs. The Tyrants which still, really, ignores history, social structure, and social processes.
Let me explain. Your post is saturated with emotion, to the point of being unbearable. Every word is uttered with hate. Your post focuses entirely on Obama, the person, and how he lies and how terrible he is. This is not helpful. Do you really think Obama is different than any other politician? Surely, politicians are known for being straight and honest with facts!
I can understand being disillusioned with politics in general, but why does Obama frost your muffin SO MUCH?
When I hear the criticisms of the ACA from the various brands of conservatism to which you are most closely aligned (I hear reasonable criticisms from other, more reasonable conservatives) it mostly revolves around "socialism" and increasing dependence on government. This is complete insanity, totally divorced from reality.
If one really investigates socially, historically, it emerges that almost the exact opposite scenario is true. The primary foundations for the ACA were conservative ideas propagated by conservatives, and yes, contrary to their claims, a couple decades ago totally intended to be applied on a national level. The ACA maintains, if not increases, privatization of our health care system and works to the benefit of insurance companies. Insurance companies, in combination with a variety of other interest groups, were instrumental in creation and design of the ACA. In the grand scheme of things, Obama is merely a figurehead. It is not his law. He claimed it as his, because every president needs a "signature achievement" - and maybe, possibly, he really does believe in it.
Do not for a second believe that Obama could do ANYTHING that a powerful block of interest groups was seriously opposed to. Do not believe he could STOP anything that a powerful block of interest groups was set on doing. Do not even believe he has ultimate control over his own messaging. There is a whole power structure, including that of the party and its strategists, to which Obama is subservient.
So, you don't like things that Obama does? Fine. Totally fine. But going on silly, childish rants about what a poopy-pants liar he is will not help anything. You are not just "calling a spade a spade." You are wasting your emotional energy and missing out on what is really going on. You are misshaping complex social issues into an Us vs Them cage match and creating divisions where they need not exist.
Isolating and analyzing power structures, constellations of interests, and historical processes is much more valuable. It allows for more productive conversation. But it's also, like, totally boring to the nitwit audience you're targeting, and hey, a man's gotta earn his cheese, right?
Matt Walsh writes: