Actor Forrest Whitaker spoke at Grand Rapids Community College today, urging people to vote for Barak Obama. One main argument he used, a common one from liberals in this race, is that we will make history by voting in Obama. Whitaker really pulled on the egocentric strings of contemporary American youth when he claimed that, in fact, it would be they who made history, while Obama was relegated to merely making history "along side them."
Not only is this argument a non-starter as a reason to vote Obama/Biden over and against McCain/Palin, since voting in a woman veep "makes history" too, it really demonstrates the surface-level thinking many voters operate at. Since thinking is a chore in our fast-food nation, let's by-pass the thinking and go with slogans that sound good. Rather than engage in thought-out conversations with others to convey our views, now we can tell others what we believe by placing a bumper sticker on our car.
There's no concern with the details. Forty years ago the kids at the colleges were told to make love not war. Yet if you sleep with someone else's wife, you just made love and war. Yeah, "make history." Who cares what history you make, though. I mean, Hitler "made history" too.