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America in the Age of Myth

April 1st, 2013 - 10:44 pm

I don’t think that the Google headliners remember that Charles Dederich (of rattlesnake in the mailbox and “Don’t mess with us. You can get killed, dead” fame) was a sort of model for Chavez, who tried to introduce the wacko-bird Synanon Game to his own UFW hierarchy.  No matter, deification of Chavez is now de rigeur; the young generation who idolizes him has almost no knowledge of the man, his life, or his beliefs. It is enough that Bobby Kennedy used to fly into these parts, walk for a few well-filmed hours, and fly out.

When I went to UC Santa Cruz in September of 1971, I remember as a fool picking a box of Thompson seedless grapes from our farm to take along, and soon being met by a dorm delegation of rich kids from Pacific Palisades and Palos Verdes (a favorite magnet area for Santa Cruz in those days) who ordered me not to eat my own grapes on my own campus in my own room. Soon I had about four good friends who not only enjoyed them, but enjoyed eating them in front of those who did not (to the extent I remember these student moralists, and can collate old faces with names in the annual alumni news, most are now high-ups and executives in the entertainment industry).

Obamism

Our greatest legend is Barack Obama. Liberals believe that he is still the fierce anti-Cheney civil libertarian of 2008, as he institutionalized the idea that drones could target U.S. citizens (as they did in Yemen) and expanded or embraced renditions, preventative detention, tribunals, wiretaps, and intercepts. In our secular bible, Obama still shuns money from Wall Street sorts like Goldman Sachs, follows campaign-financing reform laws, vacations as a man of the people, and has squeezed out of the exploiting classes millions of new jobs for minorities.

There were not 50 consecutive months of 7.8% unemployment (until last month, no one month of the Obama administration saw unemployment lower than in any one month of the Bush administration). What about sluggish GDP, record debt, chronic deficits, unheard of zero interest, vast numbers on food stamps and unemployment and disability insurance? Bush did it.

We all know how this Paul Bunyan legend will end up. The next president, be it Hillary or Marco Rubio or Joe Biden or Rand Paul, will not embrace Obamism. They cannot and have the nation still survive. The federal saddlebags are empty. We will not follow the Obama trajectory to 70 million on food stamps or $30 trillion in debt. Even a President Hillary Clinton would not lecture us that we didn’t build that. We cannot keep printing a trillion dollars through quantitative easing. Interest rates will climb. I don’t think Rand Paul will tell the Tea Party “to punish our enemies” or Hillary Clinton “to get in their faces.”

You see, Obamism is an emotional flight from reality, completely unsustainable to the degree it is a paradigm for anything. It is mythical, this notion of borrowing vast amounts of money to grow government and subsidize a new cadre on government support, or demonizing millions as suspect for their success, or assuming that foreign nations react best to apologies, contextualization, and sermons, or wish to join in the cultural adulation of an American president. Putin could care less. Ditto the North Koreans.

In short, in this mythical age, we all know that Barack Obama won the Nobel Prize, but none of us quite know what for.

Such is what passes for reality in our age of myth.

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He won it because he wasn't Bush. The global Left can't admit the real threats facing the world, such as radical Islam, because to do so would reveal what a load of rubbish their entire philosophy is. So, they heaped blame for all that was wrong in the world on the US in general and GW in particular. So, Here was Obama who 1) wasn't Bush and 2) also believed everything was America's fault and would set about fixing that by wrecking the country.

Of course, Leftist can't see anything beyond their own reflection in the mirror. As such they are totally blind to what will happen if the US once again is unable to enforce a degree of peace on the world. That will simply be regional and likely global wars. In short, the world will turn a much nastier place again. Thing is, this time humanity might not rise up again.
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It's been my experience that these Leftist aristocrats are perhaps some of the most helpless people on earth. Most of them are not the self-made men.

If life were equitable from birth and endowment, nepotism and connection not the rule; and riches couldn't buy the influence of the intelligent but corrupted servitude to mask the stench and mislead the masses in the hopes they too can join rank; these Leftists of the coasts would be the first to pass, virtually extinct in one generation.

Money may not buy happiness but it surely can help to sustain influence and buy power. Throw in most of these elite play by a different set of rules and are personally immune for their many failures, a protected class that never has to answer with any real consequence, I'm not sure why millions of Americans would be confused as to why we find ourselves on the brink of collapse. Sadly, millions more don't even realize how fragile America really is, believing America too big to fail. They are like sheep being led willingly to the slaughter.

Don't think these elitists haven't already planned their escape...once again to leave the rest of us to clean up their mess.

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Rich, white 1-percenter liberals really are feudal-lord wannabees, and they actually manage to get the serfs to vote for them.

Obama and all his friends are 1-percenters.
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In 2012 the U.S. Navy commissioned an underway supply ship named the USS Cesar Chavez. Apparently the Navy no longer does any research into the history of the person they're "honoring." Political correctness run a muck.
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Will you run for governor of California? You are much needed!
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I think it would be a grevious error for VDH to do so. The Governor has relatively little power, per the state constitution. Thus, with a democrat-dominated legislature, VDH's term as governor would be a guaranteed failure. For California's government to become capable, it needs to be completely restructured. If VDH ran on such a platform, that might do the trick.
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The "Ignobles" want to rain down on us.
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Liberal aristocrats are like the three monkeys who hear no reality, think no reality, and say no reality. They engage in constant self-censorship of thought, word, and deed because any admission that there's a reality outside their closed world threatens their membership in the liberal tribe, and therefore their status, wealth, and prospects. There is zero chance of getting a tenure track faculty position if a young Ph.D. is an out and proud conservative, for example. So it pays to conform.
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and the lip-serviced wards of the 1% are regularly bribed with trinkets, to turn a blind eye to the hypocrisy.

Brilliant article. Thank you.
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Look kids, a strawman.
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How dare you call our Dear Leader Obama such a thing! You must be a racist!
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Look kids, Argumentum ad Ridiculum
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Look kids argumentum ad ridiculum.
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Obama, he won the Nobel Prize, parlez-vous.
Obama, he won the Nobel Prize, parlez-vous.
Obama, he won the Nobel Prize,
And we all know when, but we don't know whys.
Hinkey-dinkey, parlez-vous.

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Your faith in the ability, and willingness of the citizens to swallow the pill to heal them of their malaise has yet to be proved. Do they even know they ail?

The path to Obama was built brick by brick over decades, at least two generations of Americans - long before 1971 - by people you describe as aristocrats of the East Coast. Their models in the Massachusetts /Harvard Kennedys and the is it Arkansas/Yale or New York Clintons.

Those same people in charge of the civic institutions that contrived the myths of nobility beginning with their Camelot, their "revolution of the 1960s". Presumptive heir Edward hors de combat for POTUS/monarch? but okay as lifelong Father of the Senate with all inherent powers to CHANGE the nation.

Their dislike of the American Dream for "commoners" with their compulsion to signal their "superiority". Wannabee nobles, aristocrats of the old style in their regressive Progressivism, their ILLIBERAL liberalism, their do as I say not as I do. De haut en bas?

Only thing missiing is the powdered wig.

Their ambitions a regressive Progressivism for control from a central court, monarch, oligarchy of which they are courtiers angling for favoured position. Their New Age Court of Washington, East Coast aristocracy and social power. New Age Replacement of the 18th century Court in Westminster. To replace the model since its creation for the rights and dignity of the common man that Novus Ordo Seclorum of that olde USA.

Their enablers in public information - propaganda, entertainment/education with their 24/7/365 bread and circuses lulled into torpor enough of the citizens to approve their depredations and their models.

Too few citizens understand and care about the real meaning of "we're from the government and we're here to help". Which is only development of universal wisdom that there is no free lunch. Everrything has a price. Nothing is for nothing. But your small farmers, Armenian, Punjabi, Japanese and Americans who tote that bail, haul that barge do.
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This is part of it. But to really understand what we are witnessing, you have to take an even wider perspective: Crazy as it seems, this is nothing less than the first known attempted takeover of the world economic and political system by a secretive group of powerful international conspirators. Furthermore, for decades they have made a careful study of historical processes and trends, of the ebb and tide of human events, and drawn the appropriate lessons that have allowed them to incrementally install controlling mechanisms not only on the world economy, but on how we think, communicate, interact, raise our children, who we love and what we value. In other words they have, by and large, and to greater or lesser degrees, taken control of who we are, and are directing our actions as if we were puppets on a string. This is true totalitarianism because it takes place through mass seduction, rather than terror, transforming many of us into willing slaves. Many of us are awakening to this fact, which is why they are accelerating their efforts. There are ways to combat them, the resistance is underway, but it begins with awareness. Spread the word...
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Prof. Hanson, I am surprised a first class mind such as yours has failed to grasp the obvious. Truth, with a capital T , has been replaced with, " Narrative ", with a capital N. That is why we are in the shape we are in. That also explains Obama's Nobel Prize. It was not the accomplishments of Obama that secured the prize, it was the story of Barak Obama that secured the prize. True or not you must admit it was a delightful story indeed!
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Prof. Hanson, I am surprised a first class mind such as yours has failed to grasp the obvious. Truth, with a capital T , has been replaced with, " Narrative ", with a capital N. That is why we are in the shape we are in. That also explains Obama's Nobel Prize. It was not the accomplishments of Obama that secured the prize, it was the story of Barak Obama that secured the prize. True or not you must admit it was a delightful story indeed!
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