Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Quote of the day

From the always insightful ShrinkWrapped, on the President's grasp of reality:
President Obama and his democratic supporters regularly say things of such manifest foolishness as to raise questions about their relationship to reality. For example, they press for a new energy policy to combat Anthropogenic Global Warming in the middle of a cooling trend (going on 10 years), with no practical/scalable alternatives yet in sight, and insist that it will create jobs, when even the most economically illiterate among us know that raising the price of energy during a recession will damage the economy and cost jobs. On their other great initiative, Universal Health Insurance, with the government option as the insurer of last resort, the proposal is to increase the number of insured (which will lead to greater utilization) while not increasing the expense (or the number of Physicians.) Somehow, magically, this will not lead to rationing and will end up saving money. The president expresses these ideas with the most solemn of visage and deep certainty. ...
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I suspect there is a different, more post-modern explanation for the kinds of fantastical misstatements, denials, and overt fabrications that have become regular emanations from the President and his supporters, that is the force of their ideology in concert with their intellectual predilections leads to a kind of perverse relationship to reality, in which their wishes become indistinguishable from their perceptions. This is, unfortunately, extremely common and is an integral part of the "pathology of everyday life." It is the quintessential malady of the modern welfare state model of the world. ...

Read SW's take here. Personally, I think more and more thoughtful folks are concluding that President Obama's much vaunted (by the mainstream media, anyway) intelligence is nothing more than a Potemkin Village, a teleprompter-driven fa├žade masking a mere mediocre thinker at best. Combine that apparently limited intellectual horsepower with the pathological lying that seems endemic to those of the political class, and you can easily get the type of reality-challenged statements that ShrinkWrapped refers to.

One wonders, for example, why President Obama, the much-ballyhooed intellectual, never released his college or law school transcripts (perhaps he was a lackluster "C" student, like pseudo-intellectual poser John Kerry). Or why he produced so little, or rather, no legal scholarship during his tenure as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. Indeed, as the New York Times reported, Obama "never completed a single work of legal scholarship" during his twelve year tenure there. This is hardly the portrait of an intellectual.

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