|The Folly of Obama's Politics||Obama's 1.5 Percent Problem|
by Christopher Chantrill
July 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm
BACK IN THE day, our liberal friends were eagerly telling each other what a great orator President Obama was. Today, not so much.
But I think that all the talk about oratory was missing the point. President Obama is not that great an orator. His skills lie elsewhere, and I have finally realized where his true talent lies.
President Obama is the great educator of our age. Whoever you are, whatever your politics, you have to admit that the last three and a half years has really turned out to be an education.
Take the education we all got on Friday 13th when the president told us that government was the source of all our blessings. I thought Id heard it all until John Kass told the story of his dads struggling grocery store in South Chicago and all the help it got from the government.
And for their troubles they were muscled by the politicos, by the city inspectors and the chiselers and the weasels, all those smiling extortionists who held the government hammer over all of our heads...
We didnt eat red steaks at home or yellow bananas. We took home the brown bananas and the brown steaks because we couldnt sell them. But the government men liked the big, red steaks, the fat rib-eyes two to a shrink-wrapped package. You could put 20 or so in a shopping bag.
Thanks, Greek, theyd say.
That was government.
Wow, I thought. Did I get an education from that! But there was more to come, from American Thinkers Robert Oscar Lopez.
When Obama says you didnt build that, he is employing the rhetorical strategies of two subcultures that he remains closely involved with:
(1) the urban Democratic political machines that often shake down both businesses and minorities using City Halls power over permits, union jobs, fines, and bonds; and
(2) the higher education system that has monopolized credentialing and apprenticeships, forcing racial minorities into submissive gratitude by inserting affirmative action into their careers at early stages.
Lopez experienced this shakedown culture personally when he went to Yale as an Affirmative Action student. When you are a minority, he discovered, youd better truckle to the liberal professors or you soon find out that youll never get a job in that town again.
Thugs in such a climate get you indebted to them pre-emptively. They make sure you cant get ahead without their collusion, and once you do get ahead, they claim with chutzpah that you owe them. Two sayings I hated: dont bite the hand that feeds you and dont burn your bridges. Basically, the liberal pro-civil rights whites in my memory inserted themselves into ones life and then retroactively claimed credit for anything one did.
All very educational. Id never thought about Affirmative Action that way. And it dovetails with all that we know about Obama the left-wing community organizer and student of Alinsky. You rile up the multitude, turn them into Democratic clients, and then make sure they continue to be grateful. Or else.
And for all this education we have our teacher, President Obama, to be thankful for.
I remember the first real lesson I learned from the president. It was the Reverend-Wright-and-the-90-percent-Democratic-black-vote lesson. I already knew in 2008 that the only way you could get 90 percent of people to vote one way on anything was to scare the pants off them. And I knew about race-baiters like Reverends Jackson and Sharpton. But the video excerpts of Reverend Wrights sermons opened my eyes. There are black preachers in every big city in America preaching that kind of hate every Sunday, I realized. Thats how the Democrats get 90 percent of the black vote. And the white liberal ruling class, the ones passing those hate speech laws all the time, they know it. They condone it; they encourage it.
(I am not, absolutely not, going to mention the way that the Democrats rack up the Jewish vote by scaring American Jews into believing that Republicans are anti-Semitic. That would not be educational.)
Of course, all these political shenanigans are mere by-play. For a real education Ive been reading the Brit James Delingpole recently and he has picked up the line from someone that the property-owning classes will not get out of the present debt overhang without a 30 percent haircut on their assets.
Any ideas on how I can dodge that haircut, Mr. President? I sure could use an education on how to avoid the coming government debt default or confiscation or whatever. I wouldnt want anyone to think that I could do that on my own.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
[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
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization
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
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
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
The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America