Obama’s vision

Norman Podhoretz explains how we “got” Obama, a president who, according to Richard Cohen lacks even “the rhetorical quoalities of the old-time black politician.” Ouch.

[T]he new leftists only knew what they were against: America, or Amerika as they spelled it to suggest its kinship to Nazi Germany. Thanks, however, to the unmasking of the Soviet Union as a totalitarian nightmare, they did not know what they were for. Yet once they had pulled off the incredible feat of taking over the Democratic Party behind the presidential candidacy of George McGovern in 1972, they dropped the vain hope of a revolution, and in the social-democratic system most fully developed in Sweden they found an alternative to American capitalism that had a realistic possibility of being achieved through gradual political reform.

After McGovern’s loss, the malaise.

Thus, not one of the six Democratic presidential candidates who followed Mr. McGovern came out of the party’s left wing, and when Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (the only two of the six who won) tried each in his own way to govern in its spirit, their policies were rejected by the American immune system. It was only with the advent of Barack Obama that the leftists at long last succeeded in nominating one of their own.

And here is the tricksy part:

To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Obama is, and always was, “an Anti-American Leftist.” He doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, he wife was never proud of her country until her husband won his party’s nomination, he wants to “spread the wealth around”, he believes “white man’s greed runs a world in need”, etc.

Obama’s running a 39% approval rating, an some think it’s because he’s failed to properly explain “his vision”. Oh, good lord. The guy never shuts up, so the issue isn’t that he hasn’t “properly” explained it. It’s that he CANNOT explain it, because people would completely abandon him.

Americans aren’t quite sure what the grand vision of Barack Obama really is. … His chess pieces are really scattered around the board,” says presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, who spent several hours in the White House in 2009 and 2010 discussing the presidency with Obama.

“At this point in time I don’t think he can afford not to have a clearer vision of what he plans to do with the country,” Brinkley says. “FDR had the New Deal, JFK had The New Frontier, Reagan had Morning in America, George W. Bush had compassionate conservatism and the War on Terror. What does Obama have? People don’t need to agree with you, but they need to understand what you stand for so they can decide to be for or against you.”

Yes, right. See, of Obama fully explained his true vision for Amerikkka, they would abandon him in droves.

He had hoped the economy would have turned the corner by now and planned to push through new green jobs and infrastructure spending in 2010. But the sagging economy and staggering losses in the midterms upended those plans, and he began to evangelize on the need for deep deficit cuts, even if it meant potential cuts to entitlement or job-creating programs.

Spending spending. He’d hoped the economy would have somehow repaired itself so he could march us closer to his redistributive dreams.

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5 Comments on “Obama’s vision”

  1. I thought his vision entailed making sure he runs over freinds who are politically inconvenient?

    The more you know…

  2. Svenster Says:

    “He had hoped the economy would have turned the corner by now…”

    That’s like me hoping to see pigs fly out of his butt. Probably not going to happen.

  3. You put that picture of the vandal in chief in the sidebar just to get a rise out of me, didn’t you?


  4. agiledog Says:

    Cmon, BIC – he is, after all, “clean and articulate”. 🙂

  5. Car in Says:

    Ha ha ha … yes I did Biw.

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