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Ed Driscoll

Outside the Matrix, Looking In

December 3rd, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Quoting Obama’s cringe-inducing mea culpas that occur on a regular basis in his administration, producing such classic face-palm lines such as “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects,” and we’re “also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy,” not to mention horrible gaffes such as “profit and earnings ratios,” Berkowitz writes:

It’s a cliché that democracy is messy and difficult; it’s a truism that politics demands the cutting of deals and the hammering out of trade-offs; it’s common knowledge that implementing public policy and conducting diplomacy involve unforeseen obstacles and intricate maneuvering that are hard to grasp from the outside.

Yet all this keeps catching Obama and his aides by surprise. Team Obama’s surprise, however, is really not all that surprising.

The president and the officials around him are the product of the same progressive version of higher education that simultaneously excises politics from the study of government and public policy while politicizing education. This higher education denigrates experience; exalts rational administration; reveres abstract moral reasoning; confidently counts on the mainstream press to play for the progressive political team; accords to words fabulous abilities to remake reality; and believes itself to speak for the people while haughtily despising their way of life.

The education President Obama received at Columbia University and Harvard Law School — and delivered to others as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School — encourages the fantasy of a political world subject to almost limitless manipulation by clever and well-orchestrated images. This explains why the harsh exigencies and intractable forces of politics keep stunning the president, each new time as if it were the very first.

How might higher education be reformed to produce political leaders more familiar with how the world really works, more alive to the realities of social and political life and better able to discuss them honestly with the American people?

In 1909, Woodrow Wilson, the academician turned president who was the prototype for the current occupier of the White House in all sorts of ways, wrote, “The purpose of a university should be to make a son as unlike his father as possible.” (Sadly, that advice didn’t seem to apply when it came to separating Barry’s worldview from his old man’s.) Given the cossetted nature of the Boomers and succeeding generations, and their increasing disconnect from history, for those of us outside the Matrix and looking in, it seems obvious that there’s only so much than be done to transform a man, before he becomes the Last Man.

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The steady march into the abyss has been going on for a long time. At a trot following the French Revolution and into full gallop by the 1960s. The 20th Century was the most horrific period of human history, yet hope in the Big Idea, the Big Man, and the Party still dominate the public square, even in the so called Western democracies. Yep, we is the smartest people what ever lived alright.

No system of government, no new political party or shiny new politician is going to fix this. Any society that says that killing 1,000,000 unborn children every year is "women's health" probably deserves to disappear.
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You speak of low-information leaders--how about "low-information political commentators", like Peggy Noonan? She sang the praises of Barak Obama in 2008, considered Sarah Palin essentially stupid (and by extension all us Flyover Voters who supported her and McCain), and helped to create the disaster we have now.
She was one of the Smart Kids who supported Obama, and who looked down her nose at the Dumb Kids who warned that Obama was a Marxist catastrophe in progress. It took her years to change her tune, but now we're supposed to see her as a fount of wisdom? I don't think so...
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If by democracy you mean "majority rules" and that means anything goes, then, yes, democracies always lead to civilizational collapse. But, our Founders were trying to create a republic with checks and balances that would allow the nation to right itself. Unfortunately, they didn't put enough checks on government power. They didn't foresee the extent of technology. And so, they didn't build enough power to say "No" to things in the Constitution. Anything centralized (like education for instance) inevitably gets captured by those with the Will to Power, then the brainwashing and collapse can begin. America is one of the youngest countries in the world, but in reality has one of the oldest continuing governments. Age and atrophy taking over the U.S. government was inevitable, but it's still a testimony to their political wisdom of the day.
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The Last Man aka The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
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You can turn it this way and that and add long word trains trying to make sense of what is under your nose, but it doesn't change reality.
It is a heist.
This is part and parcel of the largest theft in the world. Adding word pictures might sooth Peggy Noonan for having endorsed the thief in chief, but he is still a thief.
38 weeks ago
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What I can't grasp is how and why PJMedia authors seem to think there is a civil/political fix against a foe that, by their own words have abandoned all pretense of civility and political engagement. If they believe their own words PJMedia must come out for war. Not a war of words. They're telling us this implacable foe is immune to the weight of words and ideas, the rule of law and the traditions of politics. Why would they respect the political process? In fact they do not, with examples filling a tome, should one ever assemble the examples.
I am beginning to think PJMedia and others of their ilk are only in it for reasons at odds with their feigned disgust with the Left.
We should start with jury duty. When the Left closes that avenue it is time for the 2nd.
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Murray Rothbard - The Government Is Not Us

Murray Rothbard, "For A New Liberty, The Libertarian Manifesto." Read by Jeff Riggenbaum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqoBZLSm1WA
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He will not learn because he cannot learn; no one he trusts will explain it to him.

The Dunning-Kruger President: http://two-masters.blogspot.com/2012/04/dunning-kruger-effect-on-barack-obama.html
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"There is a tendency to speak of how a problem will look and how its appearance should be handled, as opposed to what the problem is and should be done about it."

Identity over principle?

What a revolting kick in the pants surprise that is from a culture of Marxist class/race/gender identity freaks. That yanked me out of my comfort zone and now I think there may be something wrong in Washington.
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Given the cossetted nature of the Boomers and succeeding generations, and their increasing disconnect from history...

A key behind this disconnection is the collapse of education over the last forty years. No, not just in post-secondary, but from the first grade on up. This is a cultural phenomenon, not just a natural outcome of the corrupt arrangement between our anti-freedom anti-American socialist rulers - aka the Democrats - and the union brothers and sisters in the AFT and NEA, who receive high pay for nine months work, can't be fired, and retire early to gold plated benefits in exchange for richly funding the Democrat's campaign coffers and casting their faithful votes. The same goes for bureaucrats in general, whether municipal, state or federal.

Running the deep con that Obama has on the go requires an ignorant and hopefully stupid public. The teachers and bureaucrats have delivered that.
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The first thing the next Republican president should do - if the vote fraudsters take some time off, that is - is abolish the Dept. of Education. He/she wouldn't be able to campaign on the issue, though, because there would be a howl from Democrats and their media puppets that "Republicans want to end public schools!" A code should be developed for the next campaign so our candidate could speak to us about real issues under a disguise of treacle for the benefit of the opposition.
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Ed, how much did they pay you to help work on the Peggy Noonan Memorial Reputational Rehabilitation Project?
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Pretend the article was written by Emily Litella; it will make it go down easier. It's a pretty good assessment of Obama et al, no?
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"separating Barry's worldview from his old man's"

Just who is Barry's father? Is it Obama, Sr., Muslim anti-colonialist, or Frank Marshall Davis, a communist and supporter of Stalin? (Quite frankly, he looks much more like Davis then Obama, Sr.) If Davis was his father then Barry lied about not knowing his father when he was growing up.

Barry is all about smoke and mirrors. Just look at Benghazi. He blamed it on a poorly done video. His administration makes an agreement with Iran that permits it to continue enriching uranium and then lies about what was agreed to. He writes two books about himself before he is even elected President to create a narrative for himself. Yet, these books may contain more fiction then reality.

What the right needs to do is expose the lies. They certainly have plenty of them to deal with and then create a more compelling and honest narrative. Barry and the left must be shown to be emperors who wear no clothes.
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It seems to me that the health insurance redistributes wealth and well being primarily from the middle class to the poor. The middle class gernerally earns its money and either pays for health insurance or gets it through an employeryer.The rich aren't concerned about the cost and can get good care by paying for it. The poor have always benefitted through medicare although many of them did not use it. I guess, under Obama rules, those paying no income tax will never have to pay any whereas I think everyone should have to pay something to develop an understanding of where government largesse comes from.
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