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Helping Women Get What They Want 2012: The Art of Intimidation

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Mr. President: It's All of The Above

by Christopher Chantrill
April 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

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EVEN MSNBC reckons that the president had a bad week. The bad-hair week, according to Chuck Todd, included the “tax-fairness issue” over the weekend, the stock market loss on Monday, the rallying round Romney after the Santorum exit, the Rosen flap, and then a local reporter asking the president about jet-set vacations while the America people suffer. The president blamed the “Secret Service and Air Force One” for that. Secret Service? I don’t think we should mention those guys right now, Mr. President.

And now it looks like the establishment commentariat is turning on the Buffett Rule. It’s a gimmick, they say.

The Obama campaign problems go beyond the tone-deaf community-organizer politics on the stupid Buffett Rule and the Rosen flap, and the naughty boys at the Secret Service. It’s all of the above. It’s the stupid stimulus, that is turning into a real bust now that all those women schoolteachers are losing their jobs. It’s the corrupt green energy swamp where the latest scandal has green corporate officers loaning themselves the company green. It’s the war on Big Oil, just as we are entering a new era of fossil-fuel exploration. It’s the death sentence on Big Coal just as coal is getting priced out of the market by fracking natural gas. It’s the utter stupidity of ObamaCare when everyone knows it’s going to raise their health care costs.

How many issues can you get wrong in four years, Mr. President? Are you going for the Guinness Book of Records?

Chuck Todd didn’t mention the Trayvon Martin case and the unjust overcharging of accused murderer George Zimmerman. I don’t know whose brilliant idea this was, whether the Justice Brothers or the Obama campaign, but it contains nothing but land-mines for the president. What does it say to the white working class if they can’t defend their neighborhoods against teenage hoodies without permission from Reverend Al Sharpton? What does it say to Latinos when it seems that the Democrats will always side with blacks against “white Hispanics?” The president and his people are sending a message to independent voters that they’d better not put a foot wrong on race or their lives will be ruined like George Zimmerman.

Here’s where I think the Obamis make their blunder. They don’t understand that left-wing community-organizer politics is as fake as a $3 bill. The left-wing rent-a-mob tactics, courtesy of Saul Alinsky, works well as a media melodrama, a shabby little shocker starring activists, the media, the helpless victim, and a hapless local politician. But the president is president of all the people. Did Henry V complain before Harfleur about the stingy London bankers that wouldn’t pony up their fair share? Not a bit of it. He rallied his troops for the supreme sacrifice, because that’s what leaders do.

Instead of inspiration all we get is confusion. Read how Fred Barnes parses the president’s plan for economic growth:

Obama didn’t suggest, much less propose, a single incentive or spur to private investment, yet he insisted “we continue to make investments in growth today.” These consist solely of government-funded jobs, such as “putting some of our construction workers back to work” and “helping states to rehire teachers.”... Restoring “huge cuts in state and local government” is “part of the challenge we have in terms of growth.”

Mr. President: a word to the wise. That Clinton era wheeze of cut-and-pasting “investment” in for “programs” is way past its sell-by date.

We know why the Obamis seem confused. It’s because they are confused. They confidently implemented all the programs that liberals have been advocating for decades and sat back waiting for the applause. Instead they got raspberries. Their liberal ideas are all played out.

The big social programs are failing. They are failing because they violate the Hayek Rule, that government just doesn’t have the bandwidth to do complex tasks, and the Thatcher Rule, that eventually socialists “run out of other peoples’ money.” This is not rocket science. It’s not even North Korean rocket science.

Then there are the cunning wedge issues by which liberals inject naked fear into their base, to keep blacks or Hispanics or women or gays on the liberal plantation. The trouble is that the Romney campaign seems ready to neutralize them, if the exemplary execution on the Rosen flap is any indication.

As usual, Dick Cheney had the last word: President Obama “has been an unmitigated disaster for the country,” he mildly suggested.

Hey, it’s not the president’s fault. When he first sat down in the Oval Office on January 20, 2009, he checked “all of the above” on the Democratic Party platform, just as his advisers advised. How was he to know that every single idea was a complete dud?

Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.

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Action

The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


Chappies

“But I saw a man yesterday who knows a fellow who had it from a chappie that said that Urquhart had been dipping himself a bit recklessly off the deep end.”  —Freddy Arbuthnot
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison


China and Christianity

At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


Churches

[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust


Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”


Conservatism

Conservatism is the philosophy of society. Its ethic is fraternity and its characteristic is authority — the non-coercive social persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It says ‘we should...’.
Danny Kruger, On Fraternity


Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph


Conversion

“When we received Christ,” Phil added, “all of a sudden we now had a rule book to go by, and when we had problems the preacher was right there to give us the answers.”
James M. Ault, Jr., Spirit and Flesh


Democratic Capitalism

I mean three systems in one: a predominantly market economy; a polity respectful of the rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and a system of cultural institutions moved by ideals of liberty and justice for all. In short, three dynamic and converging systems functioning as one: a democratic polity, an economy based on markets and incentives, and a moral-cultural system which is plural and, in the largest sense, liberal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Drang nach Osten

There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion


Education

“We have met with families in which for weeks together, not an article of sustenance but potatoes had been used; yet for every child the hard-earned sum was provided to send them to school.”
E. G. West, Education and the State


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