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Our ‘Face in the Crowd’

August 17th, 2014 - 7:36 pm

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Elia Kazan’s classic A Face in the Crowd is a good primer on Barack Obama’s rise and fall. Lonesome Rhodes arises out of nowhere in the 1957 film, romancing the nation as a phony populist who serially spins yarns in the most folksy ways — confident that he should never be held to account. Kazan’s point (in the film Rhodes is a patsy for conservative business interests) is that the “folks” are fickle and prefer to be charmed rather than informed and told the truth. Rhodes’s new first name, Lonesome, resonates in the film in a way that Barack does now. Finally, an open mic captures Rhodes’s true disdain for the people he champions, and his career crashes.

So what is collapsing the presidency of the once mellifluous Obama? It is not the IRS, AP, VA, or NSA scandals. Nor did the nation especially fault him for Benghazi or the complete collapse of U.S. foreign policy, from failed reset to a Middle East afire. In each case, he either blamed Bush or denied there was a smidgeon of wrongdoing on his part.

Certainly, the stampede at the border, as disastrous as it was, did not ipso facto sink Obama’s ratings. Ditto the embarrassing Bergdahl deal, in which we traded a likely deserter for five Islamist kingpins. Was it the ISIS ascendance that is leading to genocide and a nascent caliphate? Not in and of itself.

We could go on, but you get the picture that it was all of the above that finally became too much, as Americans turned Obama off because they were all lied out. In all of these scandals a charismatic Barack wheeled out the teleprompter, smiled, dropped his g’s, soared with “make no mistake about it” and “let me perfectly clear,” and then, like Lonesome Rhodes, told the “folks” things that could not be true or at least were the exact opposite of what he himself had earlier asserted.

The result is that should Obama claim again that he is going to lower the seas, cool the planet, or that he is the man whom we are waiting for, Americans would laugh. They would chuckle about more promised recoveries, millions of new green jobs, an expanding economy, or a safer world abroad. Again, we are just too lied out to believe anything our slick version of Lonesome Rhodes says anymore. And that fact may best explain his 39-41% approval rating.

Barack Obama is once again lamenting the charge that he is responsible for pulling all U.S. peacekeepers out of Iraq, claiming that the prior administration is culpable. But Obama negotiated the withdrawal himself. We know that not because of right-wing talking points, but because of the proud serial claims of reelection candidate Obama in 2011 and 2012 that he deserved credit for leaving Iraq. That complete pullout prompted Joe Biden to claim the Iraq policy was the administration’s likely “greatest achievement” and buoyed Obama to brag that he was leaving a stable and secure Iraq. Think of the logic: pulling all soldiers out of Iraq was such a great thing that I now can brag that I am not responsible for it.

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I agree that NOTHING Obama stands for is in the least bit liberal or progressive.

He is far to the fringe left of both of those terms, if they are to maintain any serious meaning.

Obama is a totalitarian, lawless, dictatorial leftist. He is NOT for racial, ethnic, or gender harmony. He and his cabal thrive on suspect class discord.

He is NOT for middle class...or ANY class upward mobility. He is anti-success of the individual brand.

Obama is NOT compassionate. Quite the contrary. He is cold, distant, aloof and narcissistic.

Obama is NOT tolerant or open minded. He is reactionary, peevish and a rigid ideologue.

In essence, Obama is attached to small c communist narratives that are the inverse of EVERYTHING that has ever been portrayed as liberal or progressive.

The liberal/progressive/mainstream/populist act is a mask.

And Obama and this cabal hide behind it.

The sooner we identify the scam, the better.
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We all know Obama's open mic could do no damage. He could recommend gas chambers be built for white people, and nothing would come of it. He could recommend sterilization of the Jews. There is practically no bridge too far for the celebration of hate going on in the Democratic party right now. Public or private. A black man cannot be racist, so there is nothing he could say -- ever. Even if he said he was buggering the Koch brothers and feeding them NSA recordings, nothing would happen.
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If Obama believed his own story, when he finds the truth exposing a fraud...he would attack the weakness and try to overcome it. Instead, he and his cabal destroy evidence, threaten whistleblowers, scapegoat innocents, weaponize agencies to brutalize dissent, stonewall investigations and have their media propagandists distort, falsify and conspire to bastardize the news.

Those are not the acts of someone who believes his own stories. Those are the actions of a guilty cabal and their Slacker King.

Take VDH's litany of failures and respond as an innocent man would, then as a guilty man would. You will find the truth in the NEVER lining up on the side of an innocent man trying to do good. The guilty man has to hide, destroy, manipulate, threaten, propagandize.

Obama may be tired of the mountain of lies, because you have to scale it every time another collapse requires more lies coverup, lies, deceit, propaganda and fraud.

It's tiring to keep juggling the chainsaw massacre of Constitutional free market, self-governance and a Judeo-Christian capitalist alliance.

The people are fed propaganda and indoctrination. They don't know what they don't know. But as everything collapses it is harder to keep it all covered up. Too hard for Slacker King.

His cabal and their conspiratorial media have to shoulder the rest of the load.

They are ALL Lonesomes.
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Many talk and write about the 'failed' Presidency, but D'Souza is right. This isn't about programs and policies leading to success. It's about disabling America. Doesn't matter what BHO says or his personal pathology. What matters is what he does, and he's not stopping. The usual approach is to change the subject with a new controversy.
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One wonders if the fact that he likes to use a version of Nixon's trademark line, "Let me make one thing perfectly clear"is a kind of gloating over the fact that he is immune to criticism. I'm pretty sure he is the first Democratic president to fully understand this immunity.
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I don't know if this really explains Obama - it sounds like he was raised by Mom and Grandparents more than easterners (four important years, but still just 4, and he was still with his Mom), and while they were communists, I don't think they would have an eastern cultural viewpoint - they were American Communists. Interesting article, though.
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What you all can't come to grips with is that the government and the demorat party are the same thing. Once you realize that, it all makes sense. The republicans are the hecklers on the sidelines. Even when "in power" they don't run the government. USA RIP cause it was DOA years ago.
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I was talking with a PhD over the weekend. This is a highly educated guy, but is a huge Obama supporter. At my wife's pleading, I refuse to talk politics with this guy. But I honestly believe folks on the left have absolutely no idea of all the controversies surrounding Obama and his administration. They have their heads buried in their NY Times and NPR shows. This guy was saying how impressed he was that Obama had invited George W. Bush and Laura to an recent event. He commented that he was so impressed that Obama dealt so well with people with opposing opinions. I just looked at him and wondered how someone so "smart" could be so blind.
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There is a lot of truth to this. It also explains why Clinton is so highly regarded. All people know about him in a negative sense is "Monica" and nothing else.

Really - ask an intelligent, well-informed person on the "other side" about some horrific act of the current administration. Chances are he will never have heard of it.
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When Hitler's Germany was crumbling, his army continued to fight because of Hitler's promise of "secret weapons" that would bring about the ultimate victory. Like the Germans in 1945, a vast number of "americans" will continue to support Obama and the Democrats regardless of what their lying eyes are telling them. We currently have one political party that goes by two names and the gutless Repubs will take us down Barack's road but just a bit slower.

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans is: Democrats have accepted some ideas of Socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly”. ~ Norman Thomas, American Socialist
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This idea of being labeled "racist" is utter crap. Say it loud and say it proud: if the shoe fits&.........
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From the get-go, this Cretan has been merely the Voice&Face (and ever so willingly) of the progressivist movement to bring American into a very dark place. I consider that he is simply told what to say and do and deliver it all te time it suits the progressivist gangsters.

Beck laid it out in the greatest detail not many years ago and most all of it has come to pass. And the course got set by progressivist control of the three houses of power. Now it is on autopilot with BO perfectly happy to take the hits, slings, arrows, and know that his gangsters' previous and oncoming disasters have just to be observed happening.

When one turns the observing scope 180 degrees and looks at all the carnage, one concludes that all is deliberate, intentional, brilliantly designed, and running on time. Roaring successes as opposed to indifferences, incompetences, screw-ups, and bumblings. Hardly. And the Voice&Face is delighted to take all the hits for the cause. Then it all makes perfect sense.

This is what the Founders were so deeply concerned about: that in the fullness of time, this would come to be visited upon our nation.
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A human sheild, a well paid one at that.
He's made his score- the biggest one ever- and will rest easy ever after.
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the race mongering and Jew hating, the suppression of criticism, the onslaught of crime against anyone white and the hate speech that condones and accompanies it, the constant ginning up of low IQ and t he uneducated and the unteachable. that's the sign over the obama "library".
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I really don't care what happens to Barack Obama or his presidency. I care about what happens to the United States. If I could separate the Obama voters from the rest of us and have the consequences fall exclusively on them I'd do it in a heartbeat. But most of them have cleverly insulated themselves. They won't perform military service, they work for the govt and won't have to deal with Obamacare or they get "benefits" in return for their votes. Doesn't seem fair does it?
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