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Ed Driscoll

Insane Clown Posse

September 9th, 2013 - 3:07 pm

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For those of us who didn’t drink the Kool-Aid (or ate the Kaboom), there’s always been an enormous sense of camp surrounding President Obama. The sophomoric teleprompter rhetoric described by his media enablers as being the second coming of FDR, JFK, and MLK. The quasi-religious eschaton-immanentizing riffs such as, “I am going to try to be so persuasive in the 20 minutes or so that I speak that by the time this is over, a light will shine down from somewhere. It will light upon you. You will experience an epiphany. And you will say to yourself, I have to vote for Barack. I have to do it.” The Styrofoam columns. The mom jeans. The “Peace in our time” uber-gaffe. Ad nauseam.

In the New York Sun, Conrad Black writes that Mr. Obama setting in motion the “Collapse of American Influence Recalls Disintegration of Soviet Union, Fall of France:”

Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, and prior to that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States.

The Soviet Union crumbled jurisdictionally: In 1990-1991, one country became the 16 formerly constituent republics of that country, and except perhaps for Belarus, none of them show much disposition to return to the Russian fold into which they had been gathered, almost always by brute force, over the previous 300 years.

The cataclysmic decline of France, of course, was the result of being overrun by Nazi Germany in 1940. And while it took until the return of de Gaulle in 1958 and the establishment of the Fifth Republic with durable governments and a serious currency, and the end of the Algerian War in 1962, and the addition of some other cubits to France’s stature, the largest step in its resurrection was accomplished by the Allied armies sweeping the Germans out of France in 1944.

What we are witnessing now in the United States, by contrast, is just the backwash of inept policy-making in Washington, and nothing that could not eventually be put right. But for this administration to redeem its credibility now would require a change of direction and method so radical it would be the national equivalent of the comeback of Lazarus: a miraculous revolution in the condition of an individual (President Obama), and a comparable metamorphosis (or a comprehensive replacement) of the astonishingly implausible claque around him.

Linking to Black’s article in his USA Today column, Glenn Reynolds adds that comparing the collapse of American influence under Obama to the end of the Soviet Union “may be an exaggeration — but Obama promised a ‘fundamental transformation,’ after all.” But there’s no doubt that as Glenn writes, Obama’s fumbling and bumbling and own goals on Syria have transformed the administration into a global laughingstock:

At least Hollywood is still behind the president — or, anyway, is mostly keeping quiet about its opposition because, as old-line Hollywood liberal Ed Asner reports, they “don’t want to feel anti-black.” So it’s come to this — while George W. Bush was savaged for “bombing brown people,” now if you’re against bombing brown people you’re “anti-black.”

As I said, if I were George W. Bush or Romney, I’d be sorely tempted to laugh, because Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost. Obama was elected after he and his party sowed distrust of U.S. military endeavors, mocked “intelligence estimates” about “weapons of mass destruction,” and suggested that anything the United States did in the region was probably somehow a scheme to benefit oil companies. Now Obama and his administration are shocked to find that when they go on about intelligence estimates and weapons of mass destruction, people don’t take them seriously.

Likewise, Obama has repeatedly shown his disdain for Congress and his willingness to act without congressional approval in all sorts of areas, from ObamaCare implementation to gun control. So it’s not surprising that members of Congress seem to be a bit . . . distant now that Obama suddenly wants them to bail him out of his unfortunate “red line” remark.

But I’d bet that Bush and Romney aren’t actually laughing. That’s because they’re both serious men who understand international politics and who care for the future of the country. They no doubt understand that, as fun as it is to watch a political opponent twist in the wind due to his own ineptitude, the price will ultimately be paid not by Obama, but by the people of America.

“Our diplomacy is a joke, our president is a laughing stock, our enemies are emboldened, and we’ve still got over three years of this to go. Nothing funny there at all, alas.” But isn’t that the escape valve that makes it all worthwhile for Messrs Obama and Kerry, and YouTube maven Susan Rice? If their wacky foreign policy schemes work, great — if not, and they blow up in their faces and the end result weakens America on the foreign stage, well, from their perspective, that’s not the end of the world, either, right?

Update: Welcome Insta-readers; when I wrote that last paragraph, I hadn’t yet read “Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure,” Norman Podhoretz’s new article in the Wall Street Journal, which reaches a similar conclusion:

For this fulfillment of his dearest political wishes, Mr. Obama is evidently willing to pay the price of a sullied reputation. In that sense, he is by his own lights sacrificing himself for what he imagines is the good of the nation of which he is the president, and also to the benefit of the world, of which he loves proclaiming himself a citizen.

The problem for Mr. Obama is that at least since the end of World War II, Americans have taken pride in being No. 1. Unless the American people have been as fundamentally transformed as their country is quickly becoming, America’s decline will not sit well. With more than three years in office to go, will Mr. Obama be willing and able to endure the continuing erosion of his popularity that will almost certainly come with the erosion of the country’s power and influence?

No doubt he will either deny that anything has gone wrong, or failing that, he will resort to his favorite tactic of blaming others—Congress or the Republicans or Rush Limbaugh. But what is also almost certain is that he will refuse to change course and do the things that will be necessary to restore U.S. power and influence.

And so we can only pray that the hole he will go on digging will not be too deep for his successor to pull us out, as Ronald Reagan managed to do when he followed a president into the White House whom Mr. Obama so uncannily resembles.

Read the whole thing, to coin an Insta-phrase.

And also, check out Tom Blumer’s article from last week at PJM, “Obama’s Extra-Constitutional Abdication,” for which I originally created the illustration that’s atop this post.

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Shouldn't that be Insane Rodeo Clown Posse?
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Look -- it would take EFFORT to be worse than Obama's insane clown posse. Things McCain would not have done: left Americans to die in Benghazi. Lied about it and blamed a video. Made a video apologizing for a free citizen making a video. Taken a tour of countries apologizing for the US existing. You have NO idea unless you've lived abroad, how HORRIBLE what he's done is, nor how it will be visited upon us and our children. In other words, if you're still afraid of McCain, it's time you grew up and learned history.
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Or because of truly epic fraud, such as we saw in my state last year and are seeing now in the recall election.
You think it's funny -- till it happens to you. Not all revolutions come with guns and goosestepping. Some just corrupt your processes. This will not end well.
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The Soviet Union collapsed because it was an empire in an age where empires were no longer feasible. France didn't collapse, it was simply beaten by a better army, a thing that had gone back and forth among the Europeans for a long time. Europe got tired of war because they had become too good at total war, and the resultant casualties and cost of losing became too high. That is not a collapse, but being too good at a thing that had traditionally been rather self-limiting in terms of damage, although even far back in history the costs could sometimes be very high, but not Dresden high.

America is not collapsing so much as reorienting its priorities along politically correct lines so that our treasure now goes to institutionally formed groups which want payback for all the 1955 Saturday Evening Post illustrations they were either not depicted in correctly, or at all. Left unchecked, that eventually that will cause a collapse, but even so, not within our life times.

It's definitely the "silly season" in American politics today and we'd better wake up and stop this hate speech targeting history's successful identities disguised as politics. In fact it's nothing more than profiling and jealousy.

This is why Obama is a failure, because he is the lead guy in what is essentially a dismantling of America's most successful factions.
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The problem Americans and postmoderns in general haven't quite figured out yet is that Socialism is like VD.

STD's have a long history of madness and boils behind them that should have been sufficient to warn off most folks, but many people still roll the dice anyways because the process of getting an STD is all delicious and sexy feeling...That is until the itching starts getting unbearable; followed forthwith by those long sleepless nights --before you screw up the courage to visit a doctor-- hoping and praying you've only got Syphilis or Gonorrhea rather than full blown AIDs.

Then, if it ain't already too late...The bills start coming in.

The moral of the story?

Don't remix human nature and don't just drink any old kool-aid willy-nilly because it tastes all saccharine sweet and comes in fun shades of red. That Kool-aid will screw you good and hard.

Socialism will make your gonads shrivel and your brain turn to mush.

That.is.all.
46 weeks ago
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I have an image in my mind that I can't get rid of. The Chinese arrive on our West Coast as the Russians cruise in on the East Coast. Canada and Mexico close their borders. The left wins.
46 weeks ago
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America's 'loss of face' is the least of my worries with Obama. That nutball is going to get us all killed.
46 weeks ago
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The decline started before Obama. Iraq was a marginal victory, but the Taliban are still around and going to win as soon as we leave. All those years and money spent for nothing.

The problem is with our culture. The West is simply weak and largely self-hating. Islam is the complete opposite. They know they are winning and smell blood.

Heck, we can't even decide who the enemy is. So much of our effort is fighting a word "terrorism", which means we done people willy-nilly all over the world, then ally with the same people (Al-Qaeda) just because the Russians like the other guy.

Meanwhile, we constantly are wetting ourselves whenever something bad happens at home, calling for a bigger and bigger surveillance state. And when that state oversteps its bounds like the NSA did, it's not the NSA's fault, no, it's all the fault of that whistleblower, Snowden.
46 weeks ago
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You're so right. We are all self-loathing narcissists now.
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We're not in decline. We've had a few bad elections. It happens nearly every generation.

Republicans get things going pretty good, then manage to screw the pooch somehow and tick off the electorate, which then elects Democratic Congresses and Presidents who in turn enact their idiotic progressive fantasies which have never worked anywhere. The Republicans' worst mistake is always being afraid to roll back the last level of socialist crap.
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The USofA has been in decline since it was founded; Human nature guarantees
that our Constitution will be under perpetual attack from various directions.
Our current troubles are all a result of too much prosperity, and will be cured,
suddenly and painfully, when the world economy crashes. Syria is a sideshow,
a distraction, a junk shot by a Progressive politician who knows his glory days
are almost over, and has not the least idea how to survive he coming political
upheaval.
46 weeks ago
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It's deja vu 1978 all over again. Same percentage of people not in the workforce, same muddling economy, and I do remember thinking that this was how a great nation goes into decline. Four years later though, and we made one heck of a comeback. Americans are inherently optimistic (the Europeans assess this as being naive) but we don't let our fears and insecurities drag us down with the right leadership.

We Shall Return!
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"It's deja vu 1978 all over again. ... Four years later though, and we made one heck of a comeback."
--Fencer24

What hasn't happened "all over again" are voters wise enough to repent their earlier error and limit a clumsy, Blame America First oaf to only one term.
46 weeks ago
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A lot of people voting now weren't old enough to do so 30 years ago, or weren't even born, and history is barely taught by gym teachers as an afterthought.
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If the United States is on the decline, remember it is not the result of bad luck or cosmic reckoning, it's because a majority of the voters chose it - TWICE. The first time could be excused as ignorance, but the second? Despite the numerous lies, the abject failures and the lack of any reason to think things would improve if he was given another chance, the voters chose 4 more years of the same crap.

America - declining because you wanted it. Enjoy.
46 weeks ago
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You think McCain would be any better than Obama? Most of Obama's terrible policies were inherited from Bush.

Bush grew the size of government, he added more bureaucracy. Obama made these things worse, but he just kept the snowball rolling.

McCain and Romney were just like Bush - big government conservatives. The only difference is that they would have driven us off a cliff at 50 mph, not 90 like Obama.
46 weeks ago
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I'm with PL.. and Mark Steyn.

We DID choose decline. We chose it. We chose it when we repeatedly chose the unserious over the serious. When TIME Magazine seriously proposes Sandra Fluk as 'Person of the Year', when Bill Clinton plausibly states that Romney would have won if not for Sandy, and Obama's kewl bomber jacket response, when we look at today's world and know that dogs on car roofs, media manufactured "gaffes", free birth control, and gay rights were all primary campaign issues one year ago (Gosh, who could have seen a crisis like Syria coming, other than.... ANYBODY who has bothered to watch?).... then, yes, we have chosen this clown show, we have chosen unseriousness, we have chosen the kewlest student body president EVER, we have chosen decline. And we will get what we chose.... good and hard.
46 weeks ago
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Or because of truly epic fraud, such as we saw in my state last year and are seeing now in the recall election.
You think it's funny -- till it happens to you. Not all revolutions come with guns and goosestepping. Some just corrupt your processes. This will not end well.
46 weeks ago
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Nobody went into the voting booth and decided, hey I'll vote for Obama because I want things to get worse. If McCain had won in 2008 American ground troops would have probably been in Syria a year ago. Or headed to Iran. Or he'd be threatening to do it. And wouldn't that be special.

Obama's no prize but it's not like the alternative would have done all that much better.
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You don't think that Romney the governor, Romney the businessman, Romney the financier, and the people he would have brought with him, would be doing better than THIS guy? You don't think the rest of the world would be at the very least taking him seriously in general, something that I doubt Obama will ever be able to say from here on? You think there is no real difference between the two?

Please.

(I would very much like to see a national poll of "Who would you vote for of Obama/Romney today if you had a do-over". I am guessing that very few media organizations would have the balls to commission such a poll, but I am guessing its results would be quite interesting.)
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I think that you misunderstand the situation. If either McCain or Romney had won, other nations would take us more seriously. McCain would not have had to threaten because our enemies would understand that he meant business. Same with Romney.

Obama is an intellectual lightweight and Putin, Assad, and everyone except the people who voted for him understand that. He's surrounded himself with yes men and second rankers across the board.

The alternatives would have done much better because they would have thought the situation through and not just issued meaningless statements.
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You're right, I don't see it that way. I don't think that the decisions made by actors in other places is solely or even primarily calibrated to how the US is going to react. And our official policy now, support the overthrow in Egypt and in Libya and giving lip service to the attempt to oust Assad, McCain has backed all that, and Romney said during the debates that he was in agreement with Obama policy in the Middle East. So what spectacular things would they say or do that would be so different from where Obama is now?
46 weeks ago
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Look -- it would take EFFORT to be worse than Obama's insane clown posse. Things McCain would not have done: left Americans to die in Benghazi. Lied about it and blamed a video. Made a video apologizing for a free citizen making a video. Taken a tour of countries apologizing for the US existing. You have NO idea unless you've lived abroad, how HORRIBLE what he's done is, nor how it will be visited upon us and our children. In other words, if you're still afraid of McCain, it's time you grew up and learned history.
46 weeks ago
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You're giving McCain way too much credit.

Sure, he wouldn't go around apologizing, but he would be working with the Democrats to make government bigger and bigger, and turning the US into even more of a police state.

Yeah, he would have been slightly more hawkish/competent in foreign policy, but I'm not sure that's a good thing. Why do we meddle? Why not fix the problems at home, especially since we seem to make more problems overseas than anything constructive...
46 weeks ago
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Shouldn't that be Insane Rodeo Clown Posse?
46 weeks ago
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You underestimate Obama's incompetence. No one can be as bad at President as he has been.
46 weeks ago
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Nehemiah Scudder is the worst possible President, but thankfully
we do not live in the worst case universe he inhabits.
Obama is merely the final pratfall in our tragical farce.
46 weeks ago
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Nehemia Scudder isn't some one. It's a character in a piece of fiction.
46 weeks ago
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The worst IMAGINABLE President, then. Except possibly Damien from The Omen series of movies, but I don't recall if he ever actually became President.

So it can always get worse, but we knew that.
46 weeks ago
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I don't agree that Obama is incompetent. I think he's quite adept at accomplishing his goals. Either way, I can't really imagine that we'd be praising McCain as Mr. Capable if he'd won instead of Obama. Or that Romney as a new President thrown into world affairs would be doing all that well either. It's not like these are simple problems. Meanwhile football's back, the new TV season is upon us and the kids are back in school. Life goes on.
46 weeks ago
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How does this sound?

I don't agree that the voting public is incompetent. I think they're quite adept at accomplishing their goals.
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