Gagdad Bob (One Cosmos), paraphrasing Rush on Obama, Guitar Hero* and liberalism. This just made a lot of sense and seemed to explain Obama’s constantly shifting politics really well:
The other day, I heard a brilliant analysis of Obama by Rush Limbaugh. He was pointing out that the reason he is reduced to such a stuttering [jerk] (to quote Tommy DeVito) when off the teleprompter, is that he is a deeply divided person, either consciously or unconsciously (and undoubtedly both, in my opinion). He is the polar opposite of, say, Ronald Reagan, who always knew what he thought and could answer any question, for it was simply a matter of returning to first principles and applying them to the problem. Very scientific, if you will.
But one of the intrinsic problems in being a liberal is that you can never reveal your first principles, because if you explicitly articulate them, people will be repelled at what a contemptuous and supercilious [idiot] you are. Therefore, you must always couch them in terms of “compassion,” or “helping the little guy,” or “healing the planet,” or “unity,” or some other such blather. So in that regard, Obama is dealing with a more general problem that is intrinsic to liberalism, which is How to Fool the Idiots. One must be very cautious, because even the idiots are only so stupid. Thus Obama’s constant verbal ticks: “uh, uh, uh, let me, uh, say this, uh, uh, I’ve been completely, uh, consistent about this, blah blah blah.”
Being that liberalism is the political embodiment of multiplicity (or of an oppressive “bad unity” to try to heal it), it should not be surprising that its adherents are so intrinsically inconsistent. It’s not so much that they are dishonest, but that the whole ideology is dishonest — it is a lie from the ground up. Which is also why, the worse your character (or the less your intelligence), the better you will fare as a liberal politician, because you will be able to lie with great ease and even fool yourself.
Anyway, in Rush’s analysis, he was pointing out that Obama is running several campaigns simultaneously, and that it is obviously a struggle for him to keep them all straight in his head, thus the great difficulty in being consistent and giving straight answers. Because of this, he is always one gaffe away from a major meltdown. For example, he’s running one campaign for blacks, but an entirely different one for whites. (I won’t even review the whole list, because it would take too much time, and I’ve already made my point.)
Really long-time readers of the blog know that we love One Cosmos. Most of what he writes goes over our heads, but every once in awhile he types out some political stuff and it’s usually gold just like this selection. We recommend you give him a read.
*Over-the-top-performance, no real skill or experience.
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