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Obama and the Suspension of Disbelief

December 1st, 2013 - 10:43 pm

The One Percent, the 99 Percent, and the 47 Percent

Race was another fissure. In 2008 and 2012 the word “old” flooded the airwaves and the web in association with “white.” In this new trumped-up war, blacks, Latinos, Asians, and good whites were opposed to the virtual neo-confederates who clung to the vestiges of unwarranted privilege. Old was supposed to be tantamount to “in the way.”

The one percenters were to be cut off from the 99%. It did not matter again that America’s most affluent counties voted typically for blue candidates, or that Obama raised more one-percenter money than any previous candidate. In this old war between rich and poor, there was also a new Obama wrinkle: the good rich who lived in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, who were generous like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and the old bad rich who trafficked in carbon fuels and ran casinos like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson. In other words, only with Obama could you be rich and good at the same time, like a grandee of the Middle Ages who might safely maintain his keep and bailey by purchasing his exemptions from the local Church potentate.

Obama captivated the media in a way that trumped even the old JFK/Camelot fixation. Even their present and temporary partial disenchantment will soon pass, given that it arises not from true anger at or a sense of betrayal by Obama, but only from passing embarrassment that it is not wise to continue to act as state megaphones when the president’s approval polls temporarily hover at 40%.

With Obama for the first time since the era of FDR, the liberal media envisioned a presidential candidate who was an ideological warrior and yet at last had a chance to win, due to his youth, charisma, and race. For the media, they saw an opportunity that would not be seen again in their lifetimes. To pursue Benghazi or the IRS scandal or to investigate the text of Obamacare in 2010 was somehow to set back race relations, the environment, the 99% and all those who had claims against the traditional conservative hierarchy.

Finally, Mitt Romney was naïve but not wrong in invoking the 47% barrier. Republicans keep whining about the unsustainable debt, the out-of-control expansions of food stamps and disability insurance, the need for tax reform, and the disaster of Obamacare.

But disaster for whom?

Do those who pay no federal income tax want the present exemption “reformed”? Does the half on federal support worry about the cost? Will those who receive redistributed health care object? For the half who are not paying income taxes and are likely to received federal redistribution, “they” — the rich, the polluters, the racists, the homophobes, the sexists, the nativists, the old guys — will have to worry about paying the debt. Obama is a sort of payback for our sins. And if the only way to force the privileged to pony up what they owe is to borrow huge sums of money, then so be it and let those who deserve to pay it back one day pay it back.

In short, judging Obama on what he achieves is about as helpful as evaluating Miley Cyrus on her dancing ability, or Kanye West on his poetic talent, or Kim Kardashian on her acting prowess. A totem need not be real. It only requires a “suspension of disbelief.”

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The 47%, as it inches closer to the magical 50%, is Cloward-Piven at it's worst, taken to a national scale. Overwhelm the system, in this case the entire nation, and then seize power when the inevitable crash they themselves created occurs.

It is the only reason I'm glad that I'm as old as I am, that I will not live to see this once-great country that I love brought to its knees by home grown totalitarians. It is what the Framers feared and designed our Constitution to avoid, what de Tocqueville predicted as inevitable, and what Marxism has sought for almost two centuries.

When we took our eyes off the left, in 1972 when the radicals took over the Democrat Party, and considered them just another faction, instead of what they really are, barbarian invaders from within, is when we lost. We have so many quislings supposedly on our side like McCain, McConnell currently, but many others paved the way for them, who were apologists and appeasers of the left, that helped kill this great idea.

I hope we go down fighting and not with a whimper.

The only thing Orwell got wrong was the year.

37 weeks ago
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Preaching to the choir, Mr. Hanson....and reality is harsher than perception. For too long, 'republicans' have viewed democrats (the neo-communists) as "loyal, patriotic Americans who also love their country" and as persons with whom we "have the same objective, but we disagree on policy as how to get there". 100% pure, organic, msg free horsesh!t - the neo-communists are tyrannical, oppressive, antisemitic marxist mooslims intent on destroying America as we know it! We already know this to be true - WHEN IS SOMEONE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? We need a leader to step forward and unite us....and quickly, before its too late.

Remember BENGHAZI!
37 weeks ago
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Those who were charged with bringing truth to the masses, instead conspired to lie, distort, and propagandize so that Obama the candidate would win...twice.

They conspired to cover up...not merely "scandals", but the rape of the Constitution, seizure of freedoms and liberty and open acts of tyranny.

A fraction of such evil even contemplated by a Republican would see a flood of nightly "news" accounts painting the harshest picture possible and the approval ratings of ALL Republicans would crater.

Obama's ratings remain artificially inflated as do Democrats as a whole, as they gang rape the legislative protections and checks and balances that are vital to a free nation to self-govern.

The imbalance in "news and information" is the final act of treason.

For it, people should hang. I fear not only that they will not, but one day those who dissent will not merely find themselves spied on and attacked by the Financial Gestapo, but that they finally came to the end of their rope with this dictator...with their necks inside it. Maybe then they will also realize...they have been making the nooses for him all along.
37 weeks ago
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Whatever disaster comes, the influential majority of Americans willed it.
36 weeks ago
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"Yet Obama has not faced any of the fallout of the sort that greeted his predecessors, even as the wreckage of the Affordable Care Act will affect the health of Americans in ways that transcend taxes or Oval Office sex."

But......... Dr. Hansen, you just don't understand.........

Obama is just as black as he was when he first ran for prez in 2008. He has not turned white over these years. How else could he ever be held accountable for his actions???
36 weeks ago
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yeah
36 weeks ago
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So what do you want, Victor and PJMers, pitchforks? VDH makes the point that his popularity has fallen, following the pattern of all recent second term presidents, whose four years become pretty much of a holding action as their administration crumbles around them. Oh, but this is Obama, and he is exponentially worse than the rest of them. Yeah, right.

More than ever I am convinced that because the issues in front of us are more complicated than ever, said phenomenon kicks off an intense round of populism, which its adherents would prefer to think is the American Revolution and not Shay's Rebellion; that they are wise folk, rather than "know nothings." Was there EVER a time since the signing of the Declaration and the Ratification of the Constitution, that the government has not gotten bigger? A big military and a big government costs a lot of real or pretend money. You get cycles which may slow down the growth at times, but it is what it is.

I would respect the loyal opposition more if they talked about the need to rein in entitlements, balance this, cut some of that. But they are also like Obama in that their rhetoric is as false as his, exaggerated for the sake of drama, or maybe just that that is how human beings express themselves, as they watch the condition of life, which is GENERALLY similar from one year to the next, one generation to the next.

Yes, there are always certain kinds of changes, but which will affect us more, iPhones or Obama? Just because one needs drama to get people's attention, does not mean that the drama is accurate, in fact, it usually is not on either side. So it goes.
37 weeks ago
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So, what D, do you have a closet full of pitchforks on hand for sale? Break 'um out, sell 'um, make a profit, and become a.... Capitalist. In gov chains of course.

A major point you're missing/ignoring here is the new level of outright deception by Mr. President. One wonders if it is because of lack of knowledge (racist) or the more colloquial lying (racist). Or both (racist).

Using the old saw that "everybody does it" just doesn't cut it. You do in no uncertain terms label Mr. President as defective. So why roll over because of perceived past moral equivalence?

Something has happened, "change", with "hope" becoming just another four letter word. We now live in a culture with the key element being fake. Fake everything, talk the talk, and let the bullsh1+ fall on those who walk the walk. Mr. President is front and center, that's absolutely the gig, and he exemplifies this version of life. Most people will tolerate politics shifting one way or another, but the blatant disregard for them as being sentient beings is beyond irresponsible. The lower on the totem pole pay the most, and are "allowed" less resources to pull themselves up, therefore are consigned by whatever "thinking" to remain only pawns in their game. A result at odds with the rap. And hey, think of the Fed as printing Soylent Green, with the source being your own middle class ass-ets.

It's all so "modern".

On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
Only a pawn in their game.
37 weeks ago
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But I DO remember how angry folks got about Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and GWB. There is a default position of outrage toward certain people in the other party. Three of those four were seen as liars, and I can only imagine what was said about FDR. I see people all around me of both left and right get the fever and proclaim a certain pol-scoundrel the worst ever. Sorry, I just don't get that fever. I will note, however, just how much many seem to enjoy the accompanying delirium. I'm almost jealous. ;-)
37 weeks ago
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D - You're attempting to manufacture equivalence between prior presidents and the current one, but there is none to be found. The outrage we feel is mild compared to the incredible outrages committed by Obama, beginning with the open contempt he has consistently shown toward conservatives and Republicans. Only someone profoundly stupid would view the world in such a way, some wild-eyed lefty on a drug bender or a minor hack politician - but this is supposedly the "leader of the free world" spitting on half the country he's supposed to be president of. And this is just the most obvious of his egregious behaviors. The list is long and growing more so every day, a law broken or another lie told just flush into the national cesspool of Obama's America.
37 weeks ago
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Ah, Obama exceptionalism. ;-) Try to recall past outrage you have felt. I recall the outrage as expressed by my fellow Americans at various times. Do you?
37 weeks ago
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SERIOUSLY? "...which will affect us more, iPhones or Obama?"

You had me listening until you flew off the left wing...
37 weeks ago
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So what is your answer to the question? Smart phones can change how we actually live; Obama, not so much.
37 weeks ago
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So nothing matters to you unless it affects your having toys to play with and something warm to put in your belly. Got it.
Those of us with an outlook beyond that of a chicken in the barnyard see things in a bit more of a....sophisticated light.
37 weeks ago
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Stallion...sophisticated? Hmmm. Enlighten me.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Being a migger-pigger means you never have to say you're sorry. It also means stupid Americans will vote you in not only for dog catcher but Destroyer-in-Chief as well.
So enjoy your migger-pigger and femi-kunt affirmative action America!
37 weeks ago
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And the Republicans are, mostly, silent. Michael Walsh has it right, Kimball has it right. Roger Simon is too optimistic. The slide is accelerating. It may not be an accelerating death spiral, but if the economy were to collapse or go into outright depression, the social fabric will be sorely tested..
37 weeks ago
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Obama's very existence is evidence of the extreme degradation of the American electorate. He exists only because we have failed ourselves and can't bring ourselves to recognize it. He is the personification of "Affirmative Action" gone wild. When he starts defending the death panels as "budget balancers", you'll know he and his ilk (media) have irrevocably jumped the shark.
I have a person in my own workplace who is like this...she openly violates all norms and rules in violation of Federal law, knowing that her reprobation would bring an immediate countersuit citing some phony law that was intended, by many otherwise well intending "progressives", to "protect" her. She is obviously suffering from a personality disorder known as Victim Mentality, and despite destroying the morale and effectiveness of our office, she knows that she'll just get off.

I'm tired of dealing with various forms of metal illness. Hers, our Liar in Chief's, you name it. Enough. Seriously.
37 weeks ago
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Obama has NEVER, nor will EVER "demean" himself by working "for" the American people, nor the human race--regardless of who we are or what faction we may represent. He believes himself superior to all who may cast their eyes upon him, whether such gaze is cast in hatred or adoration. He believes not in "legacy," but "destiny." And this belief, much like that of others sent before him, will be his eventual downfall. As brilliant as he thinks himself to be, he is nothing more than another pawn in a long list of pawns. Our current conflict may be with the narcissistic puppet named Obama, but our final battle will be with the magician pulling his strings.
37 weeks ago
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OBAMA IS NO 'HONEST ABE'
Remember how our liar-in-chief started out in Springfield and the press compared him to Lincoln? Well, as Aaron Klein has pointed out, the Herndon Alliance and Celinda Lake poll the American people constantly to find out what they like. Then the White House puts these keys words into Obama's speeches -- like changing 'Global Warming' into 'Climate Change'. It's pure bullsh!t, but it's very effective bullsh!t. As I've said many times before: Obama doesn't have a gag reflex. He'll say anything. Lincoln's "You can't fool all the people all the time" may not be true -- not when you have almost the entire press corps carrying Obama's water and feeding Obama's lies.
37 weeks ago
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He's not even Abe.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
If Frank Marshall Davis is his father, he's not even Obama.
37 weeks ago
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Even if Frank wasn't his father this Bi sexual communist pornographer (who took nude photos of Obozos mother) was certainly his MENTOR.
37 weeks ago
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37 weeks ago
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His only talent seems to be herd control. Obama's herd control is a masterpiece. He already can lie and have millions believe him. The US propaganda machine has the upper hand since few Americans are willing to get the truth.
It is often said there only two kinds of people in this world: those who know, and those who don’t. I would expand on this by pointing out that there are actually three kinds of people: those who know, those who don’t know and those who don’t care to know. Members of the last group are the kind of people I would characterize as “sheeple.”
They're the ones who will follow him over the cliff like the Pied Piper.
37 weeks ago
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God calls government a beast. George Washington called it a machine. This beast or machine is the most beneficial or the most deadly institution in the human community. Its great good or its great evil depends on those who has control of it. That is why the colonial and American founders of America put on their state and colonial charters and constitutions a religious oath requirement as a gate, a check on access to important offices of public trust. This oath gave the morally sensible access while keeping out the immorally insensible. The Founder's wisdom is our guiding light and our hope in protecting the use of public authority. It is the moral duty for every patriotic American to restore the religious oath that mandates conviction in the justice of God and faith that Jesus is 'our Lord."
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