As Victor Davis Hanson writes, it’s going to be “A Very Interesting Next Three Years:”
Up is Now Down, Down Up
If one were to collate the public statements and actions of many in the Obama administration, one would conclude that the most conciliatory past language masks the most divisive, polarizing administration in recent history. Surely this is one of the most radical turnabouts in memory: in a mere ten months the mellifluous voice has been exposed as a siren that charms and hypnotizes the voters as they are lured onto the shoals.
There is a strange fascination with strongmen of history, particularly mass murderers and mass enslavers like Mao and Julius Caesar. That may explain the effort to deify Obama in such Olympian terms—the “speech” at the Prussian triumphalist Victory Column in Berlin, the faux classical temple backdrops at the convention, the Latin motto vero possumus, this is our moment when the seas recede and the planet shall cool, or the appellation by journalists and rock stars (Sting is the latest) that Obama is some sort of “god.”
Good or bad and nothing in between
The Obama world is divided in Manichean terms, between good and evil, the anointed and the reactionary Neanderthals. The evil doers include doctors who cut out tonsils only for profit, greedy insurance companies that jack up health care costs, the heartless Chamber of Commerce, the Mob/astro-turf/nazi-like town-hallers and tea-partiers, the “stupidly” stereotyping police, the “do what they’re told” and “asshole” Republicans, and the fake news outlets like Fox News, and the demonic Rush Limbaugh. Let us put their pictures on the screen and scream out two-minutes of hate at them for their harming millions without health care.
On the other side is the saintly White House advisor Valerie Jarrett who “speaks truth to power”, the now martyred real truther Van Jones, the framed ACORN, the legions of purple-T-shirted SEIU unionizers (as I said, they even wear these to work in California, as I can attest from a recent visit to the DMV where there was a sea of purple on the other side of the windows.), and the sober and judicious like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who suffer so much for the oppressed
There is an Animal Farm taste to this administration: on the barn wall there are plenty of “thou shall not” commandants—Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, wiretaps, intercepts, Predators, Patriot Act—that are crossed through and now rewritten as “thou shall sometimes”… Taxes are good for us, but bad for the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee or the Secretary of the Treasury. Campaign financing laws, C-Span-aired health-care debates, and no-lobbyist rules are essential for the republic—sorta, kinda, maybe .
FDR did it!
The more the talk of togetherness, hope and change, and healing, the more the daggers come out: it has been ten months and still Bush is blamed daily by the President for all his assorted ills. Imagine had a Harry Truman every day lamented, “Damn that FDR—he left me with WWII, the bomb decision, a traitorous Stalin, a Europe to be rebuilt, a Korean powder keg, a worldwide communist ascendency, Greece and Turkey about lost, and colossal debts—and I’ve got to hit the reset button on him.”
What is there about dissent that drives the Obamians crazy? He goes after Fox. He whines about Rush Limbaugh. The town hallers are the mob. His team ponders handing out NEA grants on the basis of being a toady. School girls sing his praises.
And, as VDH adds, “Remember all these are just the preliminaries” — it could very well get worse from here.
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