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The Un-Midas Touch

August 10th, 2014 - 7:06 pm

The presidential style? We assume that every Obama speech is an exercise in the use of the first-person pronoun. Every tired emphatic (“let me be perfectly clear,” “make no mistake about it,” “in point of fact,” “I’m not kidding”…) is proof of just the opposite. Equivocation, not clarity, is the goal of an Obama speech. In lieu of candor, there is always a macho brag that proves empty; always a straw-man, Emmanuel Goldstein-style enemy whom we are supposed to hate collectively; always some clueless clinger, devious capitalist, old Tea Party guy, or carbon polluter who is the source of all our problems. We assume that when the president gets off the teleprompter his speech will be incoherent and laced with “uh uh uh” — as the press gushes that it is Lincolnesque.

Obama is a community organizer in endless search of a war to distract from the reality that he is Icarus falling with melting waxen wings. Without drumming up an old white guy war against women, against Latinos, against children at the border, against the environment, against gays, against blacks, against mom and apple pie, our Obama is what he always was — a smooth version of Rev. Wright, a community organizer whose bullhorn could not deliver a crowd.

The press? But there is no press. Long ago it became a ministry of information and decided that Obama was the rare gift to enact a so-called progressive agenda. If or when there is a non-liberal president, we will be told golf is aristocratic time-wasting, that mention of race is hatred, that tampering with the IRS, NSA,  or any other agency is an impeachable offense, that ignoring enforcement of the law is treasonous, that $300 billion deficits are ruinous, that junketing to resorts is frivolous, that bombing without the approval of Congress is amoral, and that the teleprompter is proof of vapidity.

Our culture? Cool is all that matters. Outsource, offshore, speculate, crony capitalism — just do it with Birkenstocks and shades. If you are hip, rules melt. Nerds like Al Gore are cool and so seek to dodge new capital gains taxes, profit from oil-rich dictatorships, and offer snake-oil nostrums to the crises they hype as they lecture us about our selfish carbon-spewing sins. The key to understanding a John Kerry, Al Gore, Warren Buffett, or Bill Gates is that they are cool, and thus seek to avoid the property, capital gains, or inheritance taxes that they urge be hiked on everyone else. The Obama cultural legacy is that it does not matter what you do, only how coolly you do or describe it. Appear hip, and greed is forgiven. Buy a ticket to a $35,000 Obama fundraiser, wear something hip, and sound cool, and you are a progressive egalitarian. Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Wall Street learned that con long ago.

The president enjoys a 40% popularity rate and thus has institutionalized a new facet of American political life: redistributionist policies such as Obama’s guarantee that 4 out of 10 Americans will always stay supportive and that abroad most will like what the U.S. is becoming. That is the real Obama legacy: there are no politics any more, just an endless class war between patriotic progressives and counter-revolutionary clingers.

Everything our un-Midas touched turned to stone.

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When millions of dupes bowed to the altar of Styrofoam columns and the "profundity" of meaningless platitudes like YES WE CAN!, the writing was on the wall.

America's days were numbered.

As I stood aghast in 2008, it was not Obama that sent a shiver down my spine. It was the thought that millions of Americans could be so easily manipulated, hoodwinked, and frankly had become....stupid.

And after four miserable years of failure, America chose to double down on stupid.
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I patrolled the East German and Chechozlovak borders during the Cold War. Apparently, I was wasting my time, looking in the wrong direction, as the real enemy was worming its way into our institutions behind my back - into the schools, into the media, into the judiciary and taking over the Democratic Party. We've been taken over by the very people we were guarding against and they never even had to build a landing craft or create the invasion forces necessary to assault our beaches and take over our country. Jeez Looeez. All they had to do was elect a black guy that knew how to read a teleprompter. Unbelievable.
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The Protest Culture took the reins and kept right on protesting against their out of power foils.

They ONLY know how to protest. The critic who never takes the field...is now called on to pitch. And he throws like a little girl.

The "faux warrior hero turned Winter Protestor", is called upon to show us how to lead men...from pink Barbie bike.

When the hippie girl is given the reins over essentially a "hit" on the Libyan leader, she turns into a hiding, tantrum throwing,lying, shrew.

If all you know how to do is protest and slander...your worst nightmare is to be called in from the faculty lounge bullpen. All your theories about how the way things "should have been done", get exposed for what they really are

And why calling it a bullpen is the perfect description.
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"Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross."
Well, it's turning into something... Darned netiquette!
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I had the Midas touch. I now have a garage full of mufflers.
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What are the las Vegas odds of this nation surviving this blithering idiot?
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Somehow I don't think anyone thought that "dross" was the word to use here. At least I thought of a more appropriate one.
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When I saw your picture caption at the top of the article, I could not help but think of the wise observations of the famous social commenter, "Wierd" Al Yankovic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szAJ3J44Zug
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Agree with other first and apt word choice discussion and posts

"Mommy, Mommy, Grandpa is saying army words in the work shop again" - ratted out by a linear thinking 4 year old ...

An intermediate alternative would be something like taint, contaminate, or the stinky additives they add to natural gas.

What really frightens me now is that there are literally no events detrimental or destructive to our country that he would NOT do or enable.
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Or that the American people could accept / ignore.
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Nope it was that other five letter word, shyte.
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Dear VDH
I'm a great admirer of your works, and appreciate the restraint required for ciilvized discourse. However a more apt word comes to mind to describe what occurs when Obama touchs any thing, Obama is the Midas of shite!
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He favors the Shiites.
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So in other words, we have a king.
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The Entitlement Mentality of the Right

Some are thinking, “What is that you say? Entitlement is only for the left, the lazy, the hippy, the professional student, and OWS. They refuse to work. They ignore reality. They expect things to be given to them. They demand things be given to them. They don’t lift a finger, and they will yell, scream, deflect and finally accuse, anything other than get up off the couch and work, all in order to get what they want without working for it. Especially they accuse. That way they figure someone else will eventually give them what they want.” All true.

So we lament, and we cry out in frustration, angst and agony: “They break the rules, break the law, break the constitution, break the ethical fabric of our Republic, and break the laws of God.”

But what do we lament? We lament the loss of liberty. We lament the loss of freedom.

But how did we get those things in the first place? Did we work for them, or did we inherit them from our parents, grand-parents, and great-grandparents? We are entitled to our liberty. We are entitled to our freedom, right? It is our birthright, isn’t it? No it is not.

Like a lefty hippy in the park holding his hand out for choom change, we are ANGRY that no one is giving us our liberty! But we refuse to fight for it. We ignore reality. We expect liberty and freedom to be given to us. We demand that liberty be given to us. We don’t lift a finger to get it for ourselves, and instead we yell, scream, deflect and finally accuse (those damn RINOs!), anything other than get up off the couch and fight, all in order to get what we want without working for it. Especially we accuse. “Someone else SAVE ME d@mn it! We are owed this. We are Americans. We are entitled to our liberty and our freedom.” Tell that to our fore-fathers . Just like a boomer parent waiting for reality to hit their hippy son, they are watching and wondering “Will the man ever wake up and rise from the boy?”

When the inheritance runs out, reality comes crashing in. Some rise above the crash, but not everyone. All agree however, that the task of creating our own inheritance is far easier achieved if we begin before the old inheritance runs out.
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