In the following days we will provide a comprehensive review of the health care debate and proposals (hint: Obama will not be happy with our review), more on corruption (Walpin especially), and the latest events in, and mysteries of, Iran (Why would anyone seek, let alone listen, to Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski? Or Jimmy Carter?)
Two days into the celestial choirs we reviewed the “post-racial, change-tilted, nirvana” we mocked as “Barack’s World”. Two writers have lately weighed in with their version of “Barack’s World” in an attempt to “decode” Obama. We welcome them to the discussion, but really, we decoded Obama rather well and comprehensively starting in 2007 and with our Obama First Principles Catechism so perfectly captured in 5 sentences:
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
As succinct and wonderfully on target as our analysis of Obama has been, a certain person has been even better at understanding and describing Obama – and much more brief: Michelle Obama. Michelle summed Obama as a ‘selfish careerist’. Who can disagree? Certainly not us. Kudos to Michelle Obama.
Of course, Obama summed up Michelle rather well too when he labeled her as “cold and ungrateful“. Kudos to Barack Obama.
Aside from us and Michelle (aren’t we a lovely couple?) others are finally coming forward to describe the Bizzarro which is Obama’s World.
Are you confused by all that has changed since President Barack Obama took office in January? If so, you’re not alone. Perhaps, though, this handy guide to Age of Obama “logic” might be of some assistance.
1. The Budget. Wanting to cut $17 billion from the budget, as President Obama has promised, is proof of financial responsibility. Borrowing $1.84 trillion this year for new programs is “stimulus.” The old phrase “out-of-control spending” is inoperative.
2. Unemployment. The number of jobs theoretically saved, or created, by new government policies – not the actual percentage of Americans out of work, or the total number of jobs lost – is now the far better indicator of unemployment.
3. The Private Sector. Nationalizing much of the auto and financial industries, while regulating executive compensation, is an indication of our new government’s repeatedly stated reluctance to interfere in the private sector.
Obama’s business experience is working for Rezko front organizations and getting Rezko money while providing the freezing poor a shovel-full of flowery words. On the budget, Obama loves his trillion dollar slush fund, thinks a job is something to pretend to do while getting money from rich friends, and the private sector he has experienced is well connected political people who get money from the government.
4. Race and Gender. Not what is said but who says it and about whom reveals racism and sexism. For example, an Hispanic female judge isn’t being offensive if she states that Latinas are inherently better judges than white males.
5. Random violence. Some assassinations represent larger American pathologies, but others do not. When a crazed lone gunman murders someone outside the Holocaust Museum or shoots an abortion doctor, we should worry about growing right-wing and Christian extremism. But when an African-American Muslim convert brags about his murder of a military recruitment officer or an Islamic group plots to kill Jews and blow up a military jet, these are largely isolated incidents without larger relevance.
6. Terrorism. Acts of terror disappeared about six months ago. Thankfully, we live now in an age where there will be – in the new vocabulary of the Obama administration – only occasional “overseas contingency operations” in which we may be forced to hold a few “detainees.” At the same time, ongoing military tribunals, renditions, wiretaps, phone intercepts and predator-drone assassinations are no longer threats to the Constitution. And just saying you’re going to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay is proof that it is almost closed.
Obama is the best example of what Dr. King wanted to abolish. Skin color has become more important than content of character. There is no surprise then to see the skin color of criminals become more important than the crime committed. Terror in Obama’s Bizzaro World is just another crime so skin color is most important there too.
7. Iraq. The once-despised Iraq war thankfully ended around Jan. 20, 2009, and has now transformed into a noble experiment that is fanning winds of change throughout the Middle East. There will be no need for any more Hollywood cinema exposés of American wartime crimes in Iraq with titles like “Rendition,” “Redacted,” “Lions for Lambs” and “Stop-Loss.”
8. The West. Western values and history aren’t apparently that special or unique. As President Obama told the world during his recent speech in Cairo, the Renaissance and Enlightenment were, in fact, fueled by a brilliant Islamic culture, responsible for landmark discoveries in mathematics, science and medicine. Slavery in America ended without violence. Mistreatment of women and religious intolerance in the Middle East have comparable parallels in America.
We have been wondering what happened to protest demonstrations against the Iraq war and against wiretaps, renditions, and all the other evils of the Bush W. years? Where are the demonstrations against these horrors now that it is a Dimocrat in control? Were the protests a cynical attack on George W. not actual concern about the issues? Where are the demonstrations?
9. Media. The media are disinterested and professional observers of the present administration. When television anchormen and senior magazine editors bow to the president, proclaim him a god or feel tingling in the legs when he speaks, it is quite normal.
10. George W. Bush. Former President Bush did all sorts of bad things to the United States that only now we are learning will take at least eight years to sort out. “Bush did it” for the next decade will continue to explain the growing unemployment rate, the most recent deficit, the new round of tensions with Iran and North Korea, and the growing global unrest from the Middle East to South America.
Big Media is fortunately dying. Tim Russert’s death might be the symbol of the great Big Media corruption picking its last pocket. The continued worship of Obama speeds up the death of Big Media and if bowing to Obama and having to suffer through Chris Matthews’ tingly legs is the price we must pay to watch the great dinosaur thrash in the tar pit – it is a price worth paying.
Doubtless George W. Bush is sufficiently patriotic to take a beating by Big Media if it contributes to the death of Big Media. George W. will be blamed by Obama for everything and Big Media will protect Obama but in the end Americans will see the protection for what it is and the death of Big Media (warning: in its current form) will be hastened.
Peter Wehner of Commentary Magazine also weighed in on the Obama decoding:
I recently devoted a piece to trying to decode President Obama. In reading more of his comments, I’ve noticed a tendency that now almost qualifies as a reflex: the more strongly the president denies something — and especially, the more he mocks his critics and feigns amusement at what they say — the greater the odds are that he will do what he denies.
In an interview yesterday, the president said, “I think the irony … is that I actually would like to see a relatively light touch when it comes to the government.”
Of course; examples of his “light touch” abound during the first five months of his presidency.
During his press conference discussing his first 100 days in office, Obama said, “And that’s why I’m always amused when I hear these, you know, criticisms of, ‘Oh, you know, Obama wants to grow government.’ No. I would love a nice, lean portfolio to deal with, but that’s not the hand that’s been dealt us.”
Why would anyone think Obama wants to “grow government”? Isn’t it clear by now he wants to limit it?
It was Shakespeare who coined “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” “By “protest,” Gertrude doesn’t mean “object” or “deny”—these meanings postdate Hamlet. The principal meaning of “protest” in Shakespeare’s day was “vow” or “declare solemnly,” a meaning preserved in our use of “protestation.” When we smugly declare that “the lady doth protest too much,” we almost always mean that the lady objects so much as to lose credibility. Gertrude says that Player Queen affirms so much as to lose credibility. Her vows are too elaborate, too artful, too insistent.”
The lady in question is Barack Obama.
While speaking at a town hall forum in New Mexico last month, Obama insisted that the “long-term deficit and debt that we have accumulated is unsustainable.”
They are, and they certainly seem to be a primary concern of the president, who is clearly doing everything humanly possible to reduce the deficit and the debt.
At a June 1 White House Press event, Obama asserted, “What I have no interest in doing is running GM.”
Why would he even need to say that? Why would anyone think he wants to run GM?
During a health care event in Green Bay, Obama said: “And the reason [he supports his so-called “public insurance option”] is not because we want a government takeover of health care — I’ve already said if you’ve got a private plan that works for you, that’s great.” And speaking to the AMA, Obama said, “Health-care reform is the single most important thing we can do for America’s long-term fiscal health.”
It is; and we all know Obama is doing everything he can to oppose a government takeover of health care.
What Obama says and what Obama does are usually in conflict.
During his presidential campaign, Obama ridiculed those who said he was interested in reading Miranda rights to terrorists. During a “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Kroft, Obama was emphatic: “Now, do these folks deserve Miranda rights? Do they deserve to be treated like a shoplifter down the block? Of course not.”
No-sir-ee; such a thing would never happen on his watch.
Here’s the thing, though: in every one of these instances Obama is not only doing something different than what he said, he’s doing very nearly the opposite of what he says. Obama’s “light touch” is turning out to be as intrusive a set of actions by the federal government as we have seen. He is “growing government” in record-shattering ways. Facing a staggering deficit and debt, Obama has decided to hit the accelerator rather than pump the brakes when it comes to federal spending. Facing a deficit and debt he calls unsustainable, Obama is adding trillions to them. He actually is running GM. He really is trying to engineer a government takeover of health care. His health-care plan may be the single worst thing he could do for America’s long-term fiscal health. And his Justice Department has acknowledged that FBI agents have read terrorist suspects their Miranda rights.
Wehner is a Clinton hater who thinks Obama speaks exceedingly well. We disagree with him on both counts. Wehner was one of the fools who thought “Obama, whatever his political ideology, would bring intellectual integrity to his words and his tenure“.
Now, fools like Wehner realize what fools they have been about Obama and someday they will realize how wrong they have been about Hillary and Bill Clinton.
Wehner concludes about Obama and Americans: “But I imagine that it will catch up with him sooner or later — and when it does, the man who promised to be the antidote to cynicism will only deepen it.”
We don’t think being realistic equates with cynicism.
Americans will wake up and even some of the Hopium addled will one day shake off their stupors.
The world of reality is healthier than Obama’s Bizzaro World.