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January 18th, 2014 - 8:54 am

The best line of the day comes from “Obama’s Belated Defense of the NSA,” Andrew McCarthy’s reflection on Obama’s speech about spooks, spying, and national security yesterday.  No, it’s not his characterization, toward the end of his essay, of Obama’s behavior  as a “toxic mix of passive unseriousness and active harm.”  That’s the second-best line of the day, a grimly accurate summary of what this Potemkin President is all about. But the best line comes at the top, at the very beginning of McCarthy’s column: “It is very hard to take President Obama seriously.”

Bingo.  The architect of “the most transparent administration in history”; a man who repeatedly promised the public that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it, period”; the fellow who put it about that the slaughter of four Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, was caused by an internet video; the guy who has twice raised his right hand and sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” to the best of his ability while also (just last week, for example) announcing out of the other side of the orifice his intention to proceed with his agenda “with or without Congress” — how can you take this man seriously, where by “seriously” I mean, how can you trust him?

The brief answer is, “You can’t.” You can’t trust him.  He has willfully and repeatedly lied to the American people about all manner of things touching their vital interests. It’s almost comical, or at least it would be if Obama’s behavior didn’t intrude so blatantly upon issues of individual liberty, economic dynamism, and national security. Think about it.  One the one hand, Obama has spent the last five years governing as if he were a dictator. Any time he doesn’t like a law, he flouts it, “waiving” it without authority for groups he likes (Obamacare, for example, is the law of the land, except if you are a member of Congress or belong to a favored union). His Justice Department is dedicated to an agenda of racialist activism.

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No. 1. He's black. To a Lefty that's like being awarded the frickin' Medal of Honor.

No.2. He hides everything he does in anti-oppression narratives. How can he ever be wrong if he's anti-slavery, anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-Islamophobia, anti-homophobia, anti-Jim Crow, anti-poverty, anti-pulling-the-heads-off-of-cute-little-kitty-cats?

He plays that stuff like a fiddle and then the hankies come out. What's over 2,000 extra-judicial, extra-national drone murders compared to kitty cats?
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Years ago Congressman, and convicted felon, Dan Rostenkowski from Chicago was in the news. A street interviewer asked a resident why voters in his area continued to support the criminal Rostenkowski. The resident replied, “we know that he is a crook, but he is OUR crook”.

For a majority of the electorate Obama is THEIR crook.

It’s really just that simple.
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The "why" is a cocktail of Propaganda so tightly wrapped that truth barely penetrates, a mendacity so deep that it is hard to accept...because what it reveals induces shock and disbelief rather than rage.

In fact, it is the disbelief that comes from all corners that acts as a governor on rage.

"Weekend warriors" who pose as defenders of truth and justice, melt into schoolmarmish scolds, tsk-tsking and tut-tutting about " hyperbole" and "exaggeration" and being "an hysteric".

The Zzzzpublican Party adds the dash of bitters to the cocktail. They can't articulate a message.

Ace of Spades has an essay today about Scott Walker saying pretty much that.

If a Republican had shredded the Constitution against leftists...the message would be blaring on every street corner in the world. It doesn't stick because the fact is... the truth...is unbearable.
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Those who supported this otherwise incompetent but skilled charlatan (including the vast majority of the social and news media) would find levels of anger and disgust appropriate to the perfidy and purblind incompetence of the man give rise to discomfiting questions on how they came to support so transparent an incompetent and corrupt liar in the first place. (Hint: Grossly irresponsible naivete coupled with willful ignorance of the man's background is the best place this inquiry ends up, and it's probably worse.)

Denial ain't a river in Egypt. Many prefer it to discomfiting self-examination.

Don't expect widespread recognition of the reality of Barack Obama from these people. They don't even want to think about it, let alone talk about it. They just want to move on.
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I don't think it's because the criticisms don't have traction in the general public, I think it's instead because the media (at least outside of talk radio and FOX News) does not pay any heed to the criticisms and doesn't report those criticisms.

For those only watching MSM sources for news, you end up with a disconnect between the glowingly positive news reports on Obama and his policies (with the occasional "unexpected" adverse news on things like jobs, the economy, foreign policy, number of dead in Afghanistan, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc.)) versus how people are viewing their lives personally under his policies.

It's not a matter that said criticisms are not sinking in with the general public - as evidenced by his low polling numbers and his so far bad year (and it's only January) - it's a matter of perception on the part of individuals who are not tuning into FOX or talk radio and think they are isolated cases and their neighbors are doing so much better than they are personally.

At some point however, those negative viewpoints will manifest and I predict that the democrat candidates in this year's election cycle are going to be the recipients of that manifestation on the part of the general public.

When the lid finally comes off, it's gonna be ugly.

About the only thing that can save them now is the Republican leadership - and they are doing their level best to accommodate.
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"Why does criticism of Obama never seem to get any traction?" In part, I believe it is because Obama is such an adept con artist. I recall (in a social psychology course) a pair of researchers who developed a "Mach scale". Mach stands for Machiavelli. Those who score high on the scale (the high Machs) are master manipulators and liars. Low Machs are at an extreme disadvantage if pitted against High Machs. In fact, in one study (depressing to consider) when telling a lie, High Machs are deemed far more truthful than Low Machs. Even when telling the truth, Low Machs are apt to be perceived as less than truthful, while High Machs are judged "more truthful." The High Mach scorers have three advantages 1) they remain emotionally aloof, detached 2) they are highly resistant to social pressure; they will not be swayed by opponents 3) they are much better at deception.
A Wiki article on Machiavellinism and Machiavellian intelligence notes the following behaviors:
"Blaming and forgiveness;
Lying and truth-telling;
Making and breaking alliances;
Making and breaking promises;
Making and breaking rules;
Misleading and misdirection."
I believe each one of these behaviors, as demonstrated by Obama, should be duly noted and recorded (put it into a campaign ad and maybe some in America will wake up).
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[At 105+ comments, is this just frustrated venting, or could any starts on halting it all or partially improving anything still be possible?]
Informed and thinking people have to accept that the _____-in-WH cannot be trusted in anything that has to do with American or Western Civilization's better interest.
He and his sycophants/enablers can be depended upon to always do both the wrong and usually the worst thing. Fractionating the origins and proofs of it all have been at the point of diminishing returns for months or years ... The Mall Memorial vindictive school yard brat spasm, "X", "Y", "Z" ad nauseum.
Support a truly conservative, win capable U.S. Senate candidate, anyone? l
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America will get what it deserves. In spades. Being dumb lazy high and uninvolved is not what a superpower does.
It wasn't always like this. The future of America is Mexico.
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"I am really at something of a loss."

Oh Shirley you jest.
1. He's black
2. He's black
3. He's black
Repeat, printer, until the page is full.
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Barry is untouchable because of the in-the-tank media repeating the mantras of his infallibility and the oldest trick in the psychobabbilist notebook--concoct a lie and repeat it copious time to the basically uneducated and low information voters and they'll believe it's true.
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Reading the comments here it seems to get down to to the tactics of the Democratic Party being superior to the tactics of the Republican party. There's another factor which may be more apparent to an outsider, this is a view from Australia. It's luck or maybe providence. Someone up there likes him. Obama seemed about to lose his 2nd election then along came the hurricane. The first election he won had the luck of the financial crash and no matter what way reality intrudes into his dream, Benghazi, IRS, NASA etc he slides out smiling. Uncanny luck like this would also make him and his devotees feel that they have divine power on their side and I'm pretty sure they do. Hopefully VDH is right and divine power is about to shift it's finger to the smite button. Please, let it be soon.
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Not quite mate, Obama has not got his hands on the evil Bushitler's magic weather machine used to destroy all those unfortunate black people in the 9th ward of New Orleans.

Nay, if the hurricane had happened on a Republican president's watch it would have been used to beat him about the head-and-shoulders. The liberal press simply spun it the other way. Obama was a hurricane hero on the basis of his brief grip-and-grin visits, his getting jiggy on camera with Governor Christie and a few of those "soaring" speeches.
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Democrats haven't won. Ignorance has won.

Democrats have been influencing and controlling "public education" in America to that end for something like 4 decades.

You might have some of the same problem in Australia, only I think your most recently elected PM has offered a reality check.
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Dear Mr. Kimball:

To understand Obama you have to have known someone like him: a person who genuinely does not know when he's lying. They're great at selling, poor at doing - and have a long record of eventually throwing anyone who works with them under a bus.

To understand Obama's media supporters you have to read a book: "When Prophecy fails" by Leon Festinger. Read the book, not the reviews/commentaries - festinger didn't exactly endear himself to the social "sciences" people and most of what's been said about his work is wrong. The Obamacons are in the double down phase right now - put that together with the fact that the democratic party is run by facists (meaning that the only real democrats in Washington have been forced into the GOP) and you have a full explanation of what's going on.

No solutions/answers, of course, but at least you'll understand where we are.



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There is a very sound reason that the law does not matter to Obama: he knows there is no one who is both able and willing to do anything about it.

http://senseofevents.blogspot.com/2013/08/why-law-does-not-matter-to-obama.html
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