For many of us, forty may be the new thirty and fifty the new forty, but for Barack Obama “scared” is the new “angry.”
As if channeling Dr. Phil or some other shoot-from-the-hip television shrink, our president is now barnstorming the country, telling us the voters are “scared” and not thinking clearly.
“People are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser Sunday in Boston. “And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be.”
Talk about misdiagnosis! The voters aren’t scared. They are angry. Mad as Hell, in fact. They are angry at his policies and the way those policies have been rammed down their throats –and they have a right to be. That’s why citizens — who have never done anything like that before — have organized all over the country and are on the brink of destroying his party at the ballot box.
Now the question remains, why is “scared” the new “angry” for Obama? Is he just throwing (obfuscating) mud at the wall in a moment of electoral panic or is there some sort of plan or attitude behind it?
I lean toward the latter and here’s why: The accusation that their opponents are “scared” has become the default position of the left. A prime example, as many realize, is the word Islamophobia. It is a deliberate misnomer, imputing “fear” to people who dislike or even despise the ideology of Islam for whatever reason. (Institutionalized misogyny might be a good one.)
Of course, the deeper intent in accusing your opposition of being “scared” is to defuse it. An ancillary benefit is to avoid discussing the issues, which in the current situation Obama and his allies are doing their level bests to avoid.
Finally, we have to ask whether Obama actually believes what he is saying — that we are all trembling neurotics afraid of the future. All I can say to that is, if he does, he is a fool.