No More of Obama's Talk, Tone, or Temperament
It was suggested during the campaign and following (at least subliminally if not explicitly), that these are complicated times which need the smooth touch of a tempered personality. Given that much of the anti-Bush crowd endlessly acted as enraged infants, Obama represented to them the confidently composed adult that could finally pacify their own emotions (much less those on whom this crowd projected their anger). Nothing more powerfully counteracts the messy dangers we face than the unruffled appearance of a "savior" arriving upon the scene. And unruffled is perhaps the most fostered impression he creates, in dress, talk, and manner.
Consequently, Obama has made "temperament" an end in itself. When liberal media voices sound off Obama's qualifications for the job, the notion that "he has the temperament to ..." is one of the most frequently voiced. And these liberal media "personalities" (as if they are reality show judges) continue to judge politicians favorably when their "tone" is well controlled while condemning those on the right who, with a harsher "tone," seem to act out of anger or frustration. As a result, Obama, his front men David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, and the Democrats are deemed to be acting in a "new" and "21st century" manner when they act coolly. And they have practiced this performance repeatedly to accomplish precisely this objective. They are constantly selling the messages "we are in control" and "anyone who is against us and shows as much through anger and frustration is using the politics of yesteryear is really not suited for this wonderful new world we are ushering in." And this works well to keep entranced those under their spell.
It is obvious Obama et al need not act any other way as they control all of the substance and votes. Hence, Obama has facilitated the media to repeatedly reward him for what flows simply from the fact that his party controls the government. The Republicans who are infuriated at the gross abuses taken by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have taken the bait and attempted to temper their own responses as if this will give them the opportunity to participate in all the rewards the liberal media is handing out.
Opposing candidate John McCain followed this same hopeless tactic. McCain has a history of bad-temperedness, which was magnified and turned into almost a disqualifying characteristic. As a result, McCain never showed his fury, never fought in alignment with his real nature, and agreed to avoid certain subjects that would certainly lead to strong emotions. He adopted a false over-reserved "tone." And Obama won.
In addition, the new breed of Republican candidates sought to follow the Obama model as well. Attempting to "appear" as calm, thoughtful, controlled, and composed, fully capable of participating in this supposed new world of post-partisan politics, most of this batch simply wind up appearing weak and out of ideas. They mistake Obama's carefully tuned art form comprised of tone, word choice, behavior anchors, persuasive maneuvering, and a host of other techniques for a simple adjustment in style. And, again, Obama wins.
But it was not only McCain that was swept away by the suggestion that a cool temperament is to be valued above and beyond all. Obama made this a suggestion to the population in general. Consequently, many on the left who had previously been Keith Olbermann-esque in ridiculous rage at the Bush administration, suddenly changed their act to appear calm, sophisticatedly thoughtful, and composed. One can see this in action with Olbermann himself and other MSNBC "news" personalities. They must constantly manufacture no longer relevant stories about Bush and Cheney in order to have some content to justify their ludicrous and incredulous caricatures. When they switch to discuss Obama, Biden, or Rahm Emanuel (yes, the king of bad temper and foul language who is kept locked up as the wizard while pulling most of the strings), they adopt full Obama repose -- as strained and false for them as it was for McCain and other Republicans.
The recent Rush Limbaugh speech at the CPAC conference, however, highlighted this issue of tone and temperament. Limbaugh, among many other valuable contributors, finally gave license to many conservatives and others to speak out intensely against Obama and his minions. Covered by national television news outlets, Limbaugh made it safe to angrily confront Obama responsibly and on point, in a visual medium aired to the populace. (He and others have done so on talk radio and the Internet, but those audiences mainly consist of supporters to begin with). And, just as Alinsky's 5th , 8th, and 13th rules described in Rules for Radicals state respectively: "ridicule is man's most potent weapon," "keep the pressure on," and "pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it," it is time for much of the abuse that was thrown for years by liberals at Bush to be redirected toward Obama. No longer is temperament or tone required in this "post-Limbaugh" century. To be clear, Limbaugh was extremely well reasoned, responsible, and unruffled in his presentation. It was his intensity that has opened the door for others to explore, expand, and extend.
Nominalizations are extremely powerful and persuasive. Selling the value of "talk" and "temperament" as goals in and of themselves has aided Obama in this early stage when he and Emanuel are attempting to quickly push through their preposterous programs before the majority of his spellbound voters awaken to their abuse; take while the getting is good. Keeping the opposition off balance and feeling a necessity to demonstrate excessive restraint to appear Obama-like has been a valuable tool for them. So when you hear Obama or his front men use the words such as "talk," "tone," "bipartisan," "temperament," know that you are being carefully maneuvered.
George Bush was ridiculed for his inability to express himself clearly. It seemed that Bush and his administration realized this shortcoming but believed they could work around it. That was a gross miscalculation. Obama not only expresses himself well, words are his primary tools and weapons for mass manipulation. After all, there is nothing "executive" in Obama's history; only a history of selling himself and his rhetoric for votes. Thankfully, Rush Limbaugh has greatly paved the way for such an awakening. NOW IS THE TIME! So much for talk and temperament.