Mr Man wrote:Well there are many rational reasons to be critical of the Obama presidencies. Malala Yousafzai is critical of the drone strikes because she thinks they fuel terrorism and because innocent people are killed. I don't think that she is a hater or his moral inferior.
Now if this topic was meant to be about the shutdown and US internal political manoeuvring then yes my posts may have missed the mark but this thread had already rambled and wobbled and possibly the intention of the OP was not that clear. Some may enjoy to read about Malala and listen to her speak.
That is all very nice, but it does seem that the article referenced in the OP and the framing question are point to the oposition players in the rather dramatic struggle over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling business, and that is pretty much what has been discussed here. Malala is one very exceptional human being, exemplifying the best of Gandhi, but her example does not, sadly, negate the, to use your words, undemocratic behavior exemplified in recent events in this country.
Mr Man wrote:An idea that those who are critical of Obama are haters and that they are motivated by resentment because he is a "shining example of what they refuse to become—a civil, considerate, rational, and powerful (in his own self) human being." is an undemocratic idea.
Malala is a "civil, considerate, rational, and powerful (in her own self) human being." But, alas, I don't think the article (though she is mentioned) or the OP is talking about her as being a hater; rather, the OP is talking about those who would actually do harm their own country than see Obama succeed. And that is what has been, for the most part, discussed here.