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Is Obama Just a Hapless Putz?

July 9th, 2014 - 1:24 pm

In an interview the other day, I was asked what the president might’ve been thinking when he instigated the chaos on our borders with his talk of pen-and-phone amnesty. Half a dozen things went through my mind. Maybe he’s trying some sort of Cloward-Piven maneuver: an attempt to overwhelm our welfare state to the point where we replace it with “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.” Or maybe he’s just trying to flood the population with Democrat voters. Or maybe he feels America stole its southland from Hispanic people anyway and it’s up to him to give it back.

The president’s not an idiot so obviously he intended to accomplish something by bringing this humanitarian disaster down upon the heads of ourselves and the children of Central America. What exactly was it?

Then, after the interview, it suddenly occurred to me:  What difference, at this point, does it make what the president is thinking? What difference does it make what he intends? Intentions, as every conservative knows, don’t dictate results. While, in the moment, he has put the lives of thousands of children, the health of Americans and the nation’s security at risk, the end game is out of his control and may — almost assuredly will — be entirely different from what he expects.

Cloward-Piven, for instance, has always struck me as an idiot strategy. The idea that you can cause chaos and then predict what will come out of that chaos makes absolutely no sense. If our welfare state were overwhelmed, who knows what would come out of it? Hell, maybe it would be the end of the welfare state. I can dream, can’t I?

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The best way to determine if the problem is deliberate subversion or lack of education/IQ points is actually simple. And based on confirmable data.

If Obama was merely incompetent, by blind chance, sheer law of averages; at least one of his initiatives would NOT have harmed this country. Can anyone name such an initiative?

He is a deliberate enemy of this country, the Constitution, and the American people. Every act of harm he does is orgasmic for him.

Subotai Bahadur
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The only putz in the room is you Klavan...and I am sorry to get so harsh but I am sick to death of the voices on the right with megaphones playing along with the charade that Obama is ignorant. This putz as you call him Andrew stated that he would fundamentally transform the country and that is EXACTLY what he has accomplished.

You are simply unable to understand that his goals and yours are on opposite ends of the spectrum. You assume that his endstate and your endstate have anything in common. He is completely alien to your culture Klavan. Destruction is the aim. Your assumption that he wants to build anything after destroying it is completely wishful thinking. Maybe he just wants to break it

There are a LOT of leftists whose hatred of this country puts them in that state of mind.
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Sorry, Andrew. Wrong on both extremes.

Baracula is a fairly intelligent, dedicated Collectivist. What fools you is forgetting that his values are completely antithetical to America as we understand it.

He has fully embraced Cloward-Piven, and has moved it forward with some very effective improvements. Once you wrap your head around those truths, what he does is totally consistent.
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Dear Mr. Klavan,

First of all, chaos and the wisdom of its ends is not something that sane minds can appreciate. Some things cannot be discussed intelligently without a Christian world view. In opposition to the creative work of God, Satan wishes to walk some day on the face of a rubble-strewn world devoid of human life and crow. Destruction and chaos and to him is something far different and more rewarding than we can imagine. Yet we see it in ourselves. When two [fill in adjective] boys loaded down with guns and bombs walk through a high school of their neighbors shooting and killing and then kill themselves, to us this is mindless incomprehensible chaos. But to them there was a reason. And somewhere some fallen angel crowed. Cloward and Piven may not be so far from Columbine.

Second, the end of the welfare state is inevitable, even if we don’t know what it will look like. The dollar will fail or otherwise the GDP will not support lavish (and by world standards, welfare living is rather lavish) subsidies for people whom the government does not respect or care for anyway. DHS, NSA, DoJ, -- hell, even the CDC care nothing for the people they are supposed to protect. But if we look far enough we can see that one day the inevitable chaos on earth within and upon humanity will be defeated and, not apart from but responding to it, God will return and set up His order and His Kingdom of Christ.

And as for O being a hapless putz, you yourself noted that he “was promoted” (in more than one sense of the word) beyond his competence. But he does not rule by himself. Social agendas are operating at break-neck speed for which O (with his social moral evolutions) is only a spokesmodel. The real power is elsewhere (see the Nightstalker for starters) and O is following orders. Who among the world leaders may ultimately find themselves rewarded with a temporal and temporary victory is uncertain. But in the end none among them will win, not even the lord of the flies himself.

You don’t seem to realize that there is more going on in the universe and on earth than just human machinations, bumbling or otherwise.
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Lost me at: "the (sail eared simpleton is) not an idiot ....

Should read to the effect: The idiot is not (even an adequate PRETENDER to the office of) "president."
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Not sure what the Three Stooges clip had to do with it but it was certainly appreciated.
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No way. Obama is an Alinsky disciple. As David Horowitz points out: "Alinsky... proposed ... that radicals should be 'political relativists,' that they should take an agnostic view of means and ends. For Alinsky, the revolutionary's purpose is to undermine the system and then see what happens. The Alinsky radical has a single principle - to take power from the Haves and give it to the Have-nots. What this amounts to in practice is a political nihilism - a destructive assault on the established order in the name of the people." In the same book, Horowitz points out that Alinsky even hated liberals, because they still had ethics, which he evidently thought would get in the way of what he wanted to accomplish, which was to knock everything over with the theory that something better might arise from all of the rubble.

If Horowitz is accurate in his analysis, then this article is the kind of wishful thinking and attribution of good motives that is causing people to let Obama and his minions (yes, I said minions :-) ) run roughshod over the opposition. People keep saying "he means well" and "obviously nobody would do this on purpose" and leave these dangerous people laughing all the way to the bank, as it were. I appreciate the positive human spirit of this article, but at this hour I believe that it is misplaced. (This is not to say that I think Obama is *competent*. If he wasn't such a novice at real life and total narcissist we would be in even worse trouble).
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The only fat chance we have is if somebody can convince Obongo that he is stupid. However, this cannot happen because he is a very special stupid. He cannot see, and is therefore not concerned, if we have a totally different philosophy. It's like trying to convince the cockroaches that they are destroying our house.
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He's a dangerous hapless putz.
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A HAPLESS "WORLD CITIZEN" PUTZ

with a laughable vision of a United State of Humanity with no nation states or borders-with America leading by example to such a world by being the first to erase its borders and letting anyione in who wants to live here. It's hard to be putzier than that.

www.apollospeaks.com

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Great points, Andrew. Obama is our Woodrow Wilson. Wilson institutionalized segregation. We don't have that anymore. Wilson helped pass prohibition. We don't have that anymore.

Hell most of the commentators here probably know very little about Wilson, but are convinced of Obama's enduring legacy and America's imminent demise. Very patriotic of them.

Hitler knew what he was doing, and ultimately his incompetence was also his undoing. Both are world-class putzes.
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"...most of the commentators here probably know very little about Wilson..."

JaycenR, you know this how? I almost reported your comment as an abuse of the comment thread and our intelligence. Not knowing much about Wilson? Oh, my...what a silly remark.
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I've always felt exactly the same about the enduring power of the US and how it is nowhere near getting eclipsed. By whom? The Chinese? Please. Last best hope of man on earth. Shining city on a hill. I believe all that stuff. And I think you're right about BO, too. We'll get over him a lot quicker than people think we will. Don't forget who assumed the presidency after a rather similarly hapless man, from Georgia, found himself unable to manage the job very well. I'm watching all this drama unspool from the vantage of a country that really is broken, Greece. As I've heard you mention elsewhere, to get a proper perspective of what an astounding achievement America is, it's helpful to live overseas for a time.
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