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Think “pet rock“. Instead of “Barack” Obama, think “pet rock” Obama.
This morning there will be a Hillary campaign phone call soliciting advice on how to deal with Barack Obama. Some of our prestigious readers will be on that 11:30 call. Let’s recycle old advice on why logic and policy does not defeat flim flam artists. The only way to stop a flim flam con man is to expose him brutally and fearlessly.
Flim flam artists target the young with excitement and hoopla, and hope. That is the way it always is. Hillary campaign strategists viewed Obama as a political adversary to be counteracted within normal political discourse involving policy. But Obama is a flim flam artist. You defeat flim flammery and flim flam artists by exposing them for what they are.
Again, you do not defeat a circus parade. You cannot persuade a bystander, using logic, not to be excited about the circus parade. You cannot cite statistics about how the parade is financed, how ugly the clowns are beneath the makeup, the amount of cheap glitter and paint employed to create the excitement.
Reading and viewing assignments for the Hillary media team this week: Elmer Gantry (book and movie), The Music Man (movie). Understand the opposition.
Flim flam artist Elmer Gantry (“a young, narcissistic, womanizing college athlete who, upon realizing the power, prestige, and easy money that being an evangelical preacher can bring, pursues his “religious” ambitions with relish, contributing to the downfall, even death, of key people around him as the years pass.):
There is nothing wrong with Obama’s manipulation, sweet talking charm and phony interest in the opinions of those he is out to charm and seduce. There is nothing “new” about any of this. Obama’s problem is that he is claiming to be “new” while he is as old school as any con artist or Music Man.
As early as May 2 of last year, we wrote that Obama is a flim-flam man. That is what Obama is – a flim flam man. There are many flim flam artists in our society and they are sometimes very successful. Gary Dahl became a millionaire in the 1970s by selling – rocks. Millions of people gave Gary Dahl money – for a rock.
Flim flam artist, the Music Man (‘”Professor” Harold Hill is a con man whose scam is to convince parents he can teach their musically disinclined children to play musical instruments. Taking pre-paid orders for instruments and uniforms with the promise he will form a band, he skips town and moves on to the next one before he’s exposed.”):
Pet rocks were not a particularly dangerous mania. One man got rich while a lot of fools and their money were parted. Dutch tulips and the speculative bubble of the tulip craze however caused an economic depression.
Secularists and even believers in mainline religions are always shocked by the gullibility of theose scammed in televangelist scandals. From Aimee Semple McPhereson in the 1920s, Billy Sunday, Robert Tilton, John Paulk and Ted Haggard there are always those willing to fleece the willing. There is no difference between these religious flim flam artists and “pet rock” Obama.
Even when caught, flim flam artists continue to try to deceive.
So, what does this all mean? It means that the only way to fight a flim flam con artist is to expose him – brutally and fearlessly.
Leave it to a union man to show how it is done. Tom Buffenbarger president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers knows how to expose a flim flam artist.
Buffenbarger said to a working class Youngstown, Ohio rally: “Barack Obama is no Muhammad Ali. He took a walk every time there was a tough vote in the Illinois State Senate. He took a walk more than a 130 times. That’s what a shadow boxer does. All the right moves. All the right combinations. All the right footwork. But he never steps into the ring.”
Buffenbarger understands what we understand – the way to go after a flim flam man is to go after him. You can’t argue scripture with a religious style flim flam man. You can’t argue policy with a politics style film flam man. You have to expose the flim flam con man as a flim flam con man.
Obama abandoned his consitutents in his small Chicago Senate District. Obama abandons 15 million Americans and thereby any real universal health care with his “plan”. Obama abandoned those Maytag workers Buffenbarger talked about. Obama warmed his toes in front of the mahogony fireplaces in his mansion while his constitutents froze. But few people know about any of this.
Until the voters are provided information about flim flam con man Obama, policy discussions will have little impact in helping voters decide whom to vote for.
There’s no better path to success than getting people to buy a free commodity. Like the genius who figured out how to get people to pay for water: bottle it (Aquafina was revealed to be nothing more than reprocessed tap water) and charge more than they pay for gasoline. Or consider how Google found a way to sell dictionary nouns — boat, shoe, clock — by charging advertisers zillions to be listed whenever the word is searched.
And now, in the most amazing trick of all, a silver-tongued freshman senator has found a way to sell hope. To get it, you need only give him your vote. Barack Obama is getting millions.
This kind of sale is hardly new. Organized religion has been offering a similar commodity — salvation — for millennia. Which is why the Obama campaign has the feel of a religious revival with, as writer James Wolcott observed, a “salvational fervor” and “idealistic zeal divorced from any particular policy or cause and chariot-driven by pure euphoria.”
“We are the hope of the future,” sayeth Obama. We can “remake this world as it should be.” Believe in me and I shall redeem not just you but your country — nay, we can become “a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, and make this time different than all the rest.” [snip]
Obama has an astonishingly empty paper trail. He’s going around issuing promissory notes on the future that he can’t possibly redeem. Promises to heal the world with negotiations with the likes of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Promises to transcend the conundrums of entitlement reform that require real and painful trade-offs. Promises to fund his other promises by a rapid withdrawal from an unpopular war — with the hope, I suppose, that the (presumed) resulting increase in American prestige would compensate for the chaos to follow.
Democrats are worried that the Obama spell will break between the time of his nomination and the time of the election, and deny them the White House. My guess is that he can maintain the spell just past Inauguration Day. After which will come the awakening. It will be rude.
It will be a rude awakening. Cults have great power to deceive.
The Heaven’s Gate cult, led by Marshall Applewhite a.k.a. “BO”, years ago had a rude awakening of sorts too. 39 men (some undergoing voluntary castrations) and women committed suicide in shifts.
Funny thing about cults, members never know they are in one even as they are repeatedly warned that they are in one.
If the Hillary campaign does not expose Obama as a flim flam con man with advertisments and tough talk the gates of political hell will open.
It’s time to help the voters know who the real Barack Obama is.