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Barack, I Too Have Become Disillusioned
by Matt Patterson,
Newsweek, annotated by FM Duck
(Written Aug 22, 2012,
that's right, 2012, not today: July 17, 2013)
Finally, Matt Patterson and Newsweek unload on Obama. As many
of you know, Newsweek has a reputation for being extremely liberal. The fact
that their editor saw fit to print the following article about Obama and the
one that appears in the latest Newsweek, makes this a truly amazing event,
and a news story in and of itself. At last, the truth about our President
and his agenda are starting to trickle through the “protective wall” built
around him by the liberal media.
"Not one original idea has ever issued
from his mouth - it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed
over and over again for 100 years," says left Liberal Matt Patterson of
Newsweek. Wow, even the Liberals have now figured it out.
-- FM Duck
Unfortunately, it is now 2013 and President Barack Obama has
been re-elected for another 4 years. If Obama is not the Pied Piper of
America, leading America's youth down the path to serfdom, I don't know who
So much for even the left Liberal news rag Newsweek's influence on the
typical American voter. --
Washington, DC -- Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of
Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a
baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the
Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional
accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's
largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the
world's most consequential job?
Note: From a Libertarian point of view, it is not the President's
function to try to "manage" the economy. That's socialism. It
is, however, the President's job to work with Congress to dump all the state
collectivist legislation that has piled up over the last umpteen hundred
years and get back to a limited government, free market economy. Obama
has, in fact, worsened this problem as he has intervened more into the
market -- thus into individuals' rights and freedoms -- than any other
American President except perhaps FDR and Woodrow Wilson.]
Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered
into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores
along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer;" a brief career as
a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly
devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an
unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of
which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.
He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as
a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations:
the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as
Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as
Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future
historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected
Note: Easy peezy, lemon squeazy: as Ayn Ran would have said, he
obtained the sanction of his altruistic state collectivist victims.]
Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed
the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: 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 liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various
American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass.
Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard -
because of the color of his skin.
Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter
when he was also so 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?
Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama
phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But
certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and
regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and
especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.
Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on
the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are
not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor
performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if
these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the
emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist
policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a
separate standard merely because of the color of his skin - that's
affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is.
And that is what America did to Obama.
Note: Because that is exactly what American "intellectuals" have
taught Americans to do to themselves.]
True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why
would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for
[if he really
attended Columbia since nobody there, from students to professors, remember
despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough
for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was
good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his
life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next
step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.
What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every
time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive
qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect,
and cool character. Those people – conservatives included - ought now to be
Note: More than embarrassed, more like ashamed, because all the
philosophical road signs were clearly there for all to see.]
The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that's when he has
his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely
think or speak at all.
original idea has ever issued from his mouth - it's all warmed-over Marxism
of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.
(An example is his 2012 campaign speeches which are almost word for word his
And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and
everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited
this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is
embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own
powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. (The other day he
actually came out and said no one could have done anything to get our
economy and country back on track.) But really, what were we to expect? The
man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act
In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament
nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when
you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make
sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.
[FM Duck Note: And now, we get 4 more years of
Marxist Obama because the average American thinks in terms of "disconnected
thought globs," instead of rational, step by step, logic. Thanks to
the US education system, the Pied Piper continues.]
– FM Duck
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