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Close Encounters Of The Merde Kind

18 June 2010 @ 09:11

I can well remember many pundits, both left and right, saying during the 2008 Campaign that this unknown entity, Barack Hussein Obama, was tall and cool and had, in the memorable words of David ‘Pant Crease’ Brooks, ‘a first class temperament’.  Some very few of us tried to warn people that, in fact, this was a sign of a rampaging narcissism and the result of his full embrace of radical Leftist thinking — that his temperament was anything but American in its nature.    We were dismissed by the Left and some of those on the Right as either kooks or hysterical extremists engaged in hysterics, hyperbole, and melodrama.

What a difference two years doth make.

Two people who did not dismiss we Elijah’s were Quin Hillyer and Dorothy Rabinowitz.  Quin was onto the man-child’s act pretty quickly and has been penning a series of columns and blog posts over at The American Spectator that have been shining a bright and penetrating light on who BHO is.  But, being more mannered than we ragged prophets, the lady decided to wait and see.  She has seen more than enough and is ready to announce her verdict.

From Dorothy Rabinowitz [do read the whole thing here] in The Wall Street Journal:

The deepening notes of disenchantment with Barack Obama now issuing from commentators across the political spectrum were predictable. So, too, were the charges from some of the president’s earliest enthusiasts about his failure to reflect a powerful sense of urgency about the oil spill.

There should have been nothing puzzling about his response to anyone who has paid even modest critical attention to Mr. Obama’s pronouncements. For it was clear from the first that this president—single-minded, ever-visible, confident in his program for a reformed America saved from darkness by his arrival—was wanting in certain qualities citizens have until now taken for granted in their presidents. Namely, a tone and presence that said: This is the Americans’ leader, a man of them, for them, the nation’s voice and champion. Mr. Obama wasn’t lacking in concern about the oil spill. What he lacked was that voice—and for good reason.

Those qualities to be expected in a president were never about rhetoric; Mr. Obama had proved himself a dab hand at that on the campaign trail. They were a matter of identification with the nation and to all that binds its people together in pride and allegiance. These are feelings held deep in American hearts, unvoiced mostly, but unmistakably there and not only on the Fourth of July.

A great part of America now understands that this president’s sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.


It is a White House that has focused consistently on the sensitivities of the world community—as it is euphemistically known—a body of which the president of the United States frequently appears to view himself as a representative at large.

…The beliefs and attitudes that this president has internalized are to be found everywhere—in the salons of the left the world over—and, above all, in the academic establishment, stuffed with tenured radicals and their political progeny. The places where it is held as revealed truth that the United States is now, and has been throughout its history, the chief engine of injustice and oppression in the world.

They are attitudes to be found everywhere, but never before in a president of the United States. Mr. Obama may not hold all, or the more extreme, of these views. But there can be no doubt by now of the influences that have shaped him. They account for his grand apology tour through the capitals of Europe and to the Muslim world, during which he decried America’s moral failures—her arrogance, insensitivity. They were the words of a man to whom reasons for American guilt came naturally. Americans were shocked by this behavior in their newly elected president. But he was telling them something from those lecterns in foreign lands—something about his distant relation to the country he was about to lead.

From Quin Hillyer’s most recent article at TAS, a highlight of his spot-on commentary:

All ethics, all morality, is to be sacrificed for one’s own, self-determined greater end: “You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.” After all, explains Alinsky, “The organizer is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach — to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God.”

This is Obama’s conceit, and it is the conceit of the milieu from which he comes. As Rabinowitz writes, “he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class.” Not the voice of the nation, but the voice of the class that sees the nation as a great transgressor in need of somebody to “transform” it, to be a great re-“creator” of the nation.

Please do take the time to click here and read the whole thing.

Back on 24 May 2010, I published Reflections On The Revolution In America which looked at the efforts by the Left since 20 January 2009 to tear down and destroy everything American stands for.  I would urge you to read the whole essay, but I would like to quote you this part which is, I think, relevant to the subject of this posting:

One aspect of who Barack Hussein Obama is that has stood out is his seeming alienation from the American way of life — his ‘otherness’, as some have called it. One senses a disconnect between how he views The United States and how the average American does. While he was most certainly born in the U.S.A., one gets the distinct feeling that he is an outsider.

This is not so unusual a trait in American Leftists. The more radical ones have alienated themselves from the country of their origin. But, with Obama, it seems as those he has never been American in his outlook. Certainly he spent a decent amount of his formative years living outside of this country, but he also has spent most of his life living here. Perhaps it stems from the fact that his radical and neurotic mother surrounded herself and her son with nothing but radical Leftist outsiders. Perhaps it is because his committed Progressive grandparents did the same. Perhaps a small part of his alienation from the American mind arises from his mixed racial heritage and conscious decision to embrace his blackness and reject his white side, which, considering who surrounded him and coddled him, meant that he would adopt the alienation felt by many blacks from American society. Whatever the cause, Barack Hussein Obama is a stranger in his country of birth. He does not think like an American….

He is not of us.  He is not a part of us.  Barack Hussein Obama is, truly, as Dorothy Rabinowitz phrased it: The Alien In The White House.

The disturbing thing is: to tens of millions of people in this country, he is not an alien.  I am talking here about the self-hating Americans in the academy, the MSM, the culture, and the political arena; I am talking here about those blacks who have had conspiracy theories drummed into their brains by the Jeremiah Wrights and Louis Farrakhans of this world; I am talking here about the people whose origin is in Central and South America who have been told that it is time for the brown man to exact revenge on the white man; I am talking here about our young people who have been brought-up by Boomer parents with no idea of the uniqueness and greatness of The American Experiment and who have been deprived of religion.  To all of these people, Barack Hussein Obama is in sync with their hearts and minds.  They are fellow travellers, useful idiots, and dupes.  God help us.

  1. 18 June 2010 @ 16:25 16:25

    That’s good stuff, Bob.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      18 June 2010 @ 19:48 19:48

      Thank you.


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