Facebook Friends: The Obama Derangement Syndrome In This One Is Strong

If you are on Facebook, and you have “friended” a few people, chances are there’s “that guy” who regularly shows up on your news feed. You know who I’m talking about, the staunchly conservative fellow who isn’t so much conservative as reactionary when a Democrat is in the White House. And you’ve probably been sucked into their conservative reactionary vortex once or twice while thinking, “The Obama Derangement Syndrome in this one is strong.” But even with this realization, you probably still couldn’t help yourself. We’ve all been there.

It is at this moment when we should remember the various astute teachings of The Princess Bride (1987), in this case from Vizzini: “You fell victim to one of the classic blunders — the most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ — but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line’! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!” Okay, maybe not so astute, and well, maybe that has nothing at all to do with your conservative “friend,” but even so, it still kind of works, doesn’t it? 🙂

So you have a conservative “friend” on Facebook who offers up endless “critiques” about President Obama and what it takes to be a leader and to be president? “Inconceivable!” But take note, because you will soon see a pattern. The only thing “that guy” ever utters are empty platitudes, because he has nothing substantive or constructive to offer. And once you realize that, it makes it easier to move on, to step away, and to not feed the troll.

Vizzini the princess bride

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  • Christian Hanneman

    While it’s tempting to argue, some people love to argue, arguing never changes anything. It only makes people more committed to their views.

    • I’ve found that debating/arguing is good for two things. (1) Exactly what you said, further entrenching people in their preexisting viewpoints. (2) Blog fodder. 🙂