Get PJ Media on your Apple

Klavan On The Culture

The Unbearable Smallness of Obama’s Vision

June 8th, 2014 - 12:24 pm

When Bill Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1992, he took enough time out from breaking Biblical commandments to quote Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The line was a deft jab at his incumbent opponent, the first President George Bush who, when urged to think through the overall direction of his presidency, was said to have responded in annoyance, “Oh, the vision thing!”

Vision was supposed to be Barack Obama’s strong suit, wasn’t it? Hope? Change? “Fundamentally transforming the United States of America”? Certainly, our idiot and narrative-drunk media saw him that way. “We thought he was going to be the next messiah,” said no less a narrative-drunk idiot than Barbara Walters. He was “an enlightened being,” a “lightworker,” said another of these media knuckleheads. And one of the president’s most ardent admirers described him as a man with “a gift.” Oh wait, that was Obama talking about himself.

I haven’t commented much about the Bergdahl swap. Five guys named Moe(hammed) in exchange for the character from Showtime’s Homeland. I’ll leave parsing the good and bad of that trade-off to more expert observers. Surely it’s not a terrific omen for the administration that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called the deal “nasty,” and “disreputable,” but luckily for Obama, Matthews said that in the privacy of his own show where no one was likely to hear.

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
I think the only real vision this depraved, effete, superficial President ever had was delusions of grandeur with millions of lemmings across this world bowing before Styrofoam columns to his altar for eight years - the grand man eventually to be nominated King of the Universe.

Think about how empty this entire sham's message is. Profundity like Yes We Can! Yes we can what?

I can't get past the fact how tone deaf and vacuous this man really is. Five years ago, I half mistakenly thought Obama corrupt but shrewd. But I've decided all Obama knows how to do is manipulate a mob of dumb clucks. President Commodus. President Grievance Hustler.

Then I consider the level of inadequacy across this nation that put this sham into office.

Consider this. The economy and job creation is still supposedly the #1 concern of American voters in every poll. I defy anybody to tell me what Obama's economic recovery master plan was during the 2012 election. More failed stimulus? Middle class wages falling? Work force participation rates dropping like dead flies? Fed manipulation of interest rates? This charlatan never even broached the subject.

About the only thing I heard concrete two years ago was some platitude that Mitt Romney would return us to the same failed economic policies that got us into this mess. Mitt Romney was going to institute another round of $2 trillion bogus credit default swaps for Dem campaign donors?

Listen. When you're dealing with the level of idiocy now prevalent in this country, there isn't a recovery in site. There isn't any hope either lest it be the hope we hang on to semblance of civilization before Putin and China put us over a barrel.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
Oh, he has a vision, alright.

It's to punish and destroy the United States from within.

He knows that he'll be able to leave office and live a protected life, free from physical harm.

What he won't be prepared for is that once the speech dates fall off and he doesn't draw the people or crowds he used to (which, interestingly, has already been happening as of over two years ago) he will then have to face his own decline and will be left wondering about why those stupid people don't want to listen to him anymore.

Plus, he'll tire of his fawning fans and fainting audiences, because he'll no longer be involved with fundamentally changing the nation. He will actually (I think) get locked out from anything that is DC.

Politicians are generally slow-witted animals that exercise incredibly poor judgement based on their desires to sit at the cool kids' table but they are usually quick to identify political poison and they will distance themselves from the lightworker faster than an an Arkansas president from a white house intern.

At least, the fallout from that will be fun to watch. Brian Williams will be "stunned" and "mystified" about the "resurgence of racism" by the American public having less than zero interest in hearing what captain teleprompter has to say. "When, just a year ago, he was drawing huge crowds" (another lie, of course, to show how non-racist they are).

I will be laughing out loud. That is, of course, unless Hitlery is president whereupon the national descent into hell will not only continue, but will accelerate. However, such a presidency would hasten former president Effeminate's erasure from the screen. All part of the gang that loves to hate each other, the socialists.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama has his sense of who we are and a sense who he is...and is abysmally, galactically, infinitesmally wrong on both counts.

Obama says we are exceptional if we adhere unwaveringly to International laws and apparently not at all to any of our own.

As he frog marches us into One World Government as obedient and beaten dogs "transformed" into meek and mild Pajama Boys, who sip our cocoa and count the last days of freedom with breathless anticipation of the day when we turn over the keys to the entire country to the UN.

Hillary will be custodian and liaison to our UN masters.

One World Socialism (OWS) is also known as small c communism. It fights capitalism tooth and toenail. It fights off the militarism of large c communism, but embraces it in the Muslim Brotherhood because it needed an alliance in a part of the world that the UN courts heavily. Hating America and Israel is a litmus test.

Obama celebrates Bergdahl because Bowe knows betrayal.

And betrayal is the whole point of "transforming" America. In my neighborhood we call it by its real name. Overthrow.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (41)
All Comments   (41)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Lord deliver us from Barack Obama.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
I have finally figured out Obama. With compliments to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, he's just a child in a man's disguise.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
The workout video from Poland ...
Speaking as someone who has been in iron dens since 1961, and has sought all of what really works in all its myths and fads over the years.
................
hIs,, (snark on tHe oNe ...) form and weights used are those seen in the conditioning rooms of other finer hotels now. [The I have free time here and it is free , and it is time I got in better shape, brief thought of middle aged men.]It was not a regular, informed or knowledgeable routine as to weight-training current criteria even for whatever "exexcutive" routines might be out there. That is, clumsy, inefficient to ineffective at best.
Could it be that he has never bothered to previously work effectively on conditioning? Or, could it be that he has neither actively sought information on what works best, nor bothered to listen TO and then DO what informed people, affordable, available, and qualified, TOLD him to do better? Perish the thought ... The rest of his known life, we have so much confidence in his dedication and discipline to include that of "sweat equity". His seated hammer-curls were a waste and dangerous for the obvious weakness and no groove.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
Barack Obama 2009: "I represent Change You Can Believe In."
Barack Obama 2014: "I will Change my story until I find one You Can Believe In."
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
"It's a gift, Harry"
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
"We are the ones we have been waiting for." B. Hussein Obama, Feb 2008
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
Actually, using the translation "vision" the way Clinton used it is common but inaccurate. The meaning in this verse is not inspired vision, but rather prophetic vision. Hence the Jewish prayer: "Bless me Lord. Yea, even curse me. But do not remain silent." We do need inspired vision from our elected leaders. Andrew, your column is spot on,considering you quoted Clinton and not the Bible directly. It annoys me, though, when people, especially politicians, who don't care about the Bible use errant interpretations to achieve their own ends.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
"the man who was going to teach all us neo-con cavemen the meaning of smart power?"

Obama is largely your fellow neo-con. That's one of the realities you need to stop denying. Obama in Libya - neo-con. Obama in Syria - supporting the anti-Assad side, just not enough to satisfy his fellow neo-cons. Afcrapistan - 2 1/2 neo-con "surges" (raising Bush troops levels from 40,000+ to 100,000 at the peak, just not 3 or 4 neo-con "surges" and 125,000 American troops for forever.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
The great political economist Mancur Olson noted (I think in the book Power and Prosperity) that free societies tend to gradually become rigid, ossified, and less free as various interest groups codify rules that benefit them and reduce competition from the rest. There was a time when you could see that gradient from east to west in this country, and the dictum "go West, young man" made sense because the West, where the unions, city bosses, ethnic groups, guilds etc. didn't have it all sewed up yet, was the place of opportunity. The push to tie the country up in regulatory knots has not only been top-down, it has also come from the interest groups below.

That said, this administration clearly knows nothing and cares nothing about freedom. A fundamental American value is that each individual is to be equal before the law. We have long reached the point where the proper role of the federal government would be to clear out the regulatory kudzu, level the special interests and crony capitalists, and allow ordinary people to once again find their niche in a free market.

The really exciting vision that I think our rulers entirely miss is the magic and power of the invisible hand, of crowd sourcing if you will. Crowd sourcing our future to our free citizens would mean that we're heading to unknown destinations, kind of like the Enterprise. Yes, there could be trouble along the way, but we can deal with that. Freedom means that the future is undefined and free.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think the only real vision this depraved, effete, superficial President ever had was delusions of grandeur with millions of lemmings across this world bowing before Styrofoam columns to his altar for eight years - the grand man eventually to be nominated King of the Universe.

Think about how empty this entire sham's message is. Profundity like Yes We Can! Yes we can what?

I can't get past the fact how tone deaf and vacuous this man really is. Five years ago, I half mistakenly thought Obama corrupt but shrewd. But I've decided all Obama knows how to do is manipulate a mob of dumb clucks. President Commodus. President Grievance Hustler.

Then I consider the level of inadequacy across this nation that put this sham into office.

Consider this. The economy and job creation is still supposedly the #1 concern of American voters in every poll. I defy anybody to tell me what Obama's economic recovery master plan was during the 2012 election. More failed stimulus? Middle class wages falling? Work force participation rates dropping like dead flies? Fed manipulation of interest rates? This charlatan never even broached the subject.

About the only thing I heard concrete two years ago was some platitude that Mitt Romney would return us to the same failed economic policies that got us into this mess. Mitt Romney was going to institute another round of $2 trillion bogus credit default swaps for Dem campaign donors?

Listen. When you're dealing with the level of idiocy now prevalent in this country, there isn't a recovery in site. There isn't any hope either lest it be the hope we hang on to semblance of civilization before Putin and China put us over a barrel.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
It really is all over but the shouting, IMO. The entirety of this country's future lies in a steady decline over the course of some years to a destiny as a third world toilet. Chalk it up to the power of stupidity (of the American voter).
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
But Obama IS a lightworker -- too light for heavy work and too heavy for light work.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't think that POTUS has a vision problem; it is just not a classical liberal or conservative vision. His "internationalism" is closer to Wilson's than Lenin's. Or maybe not. On the skill with which progressives have co-opted the communist agenda see http://clarespark.com/2014/06/07/marx-vs-lenin/. This selective co-opotation is confusing to everybody. At least Klavan didn't call Obama a narcissist.
24 weeks ago
24 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 3 Next View All