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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Why Barack Hussein Obama

I've got to confess, I'm getting a lot of guilty pleasure watching Obama surge.

"What on earth for?" you ask.

First let me recommend David Brin's blog here: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/

This is well worth reading - even though there is actually not much I agree with in regard to specific conclusions. Nonetheles, the guy is thinking.

I've made clear that (with some small/nagging reservations) I support Mr. Obama for the Democratic nomination and (with much greater reservations) Mr. Paul for the Republican. Might I add another reason to the long list that I've offered before?

I've just returned from Europe where, I must tell you, the prevailing attitude is not only disappointment with America, but also a certain amount of shadenfreude, or secret pleasure, over how far into silliness we seem to have fallen. The spectacle of two "royal families" reigning over the American political parties for almost thirty years is viewed as proof that we have become absurd, lacking any confidence in our ability to draw new leaders from the general population. An age-old trap that we used to accuse the Europeans of!

It is, frankly, part of the same sickness that prompts the directors of major corporations to hire CEOs only from the same, tedious list of unimaginative, uninspired and terminally greedy golf-buddies. An utter repudiation of the ideal that markets and democracy will find talent from a great and vast pool, amid a brash and brilliant populace.

I won't pretend that there aren't aspects of Mr. Obama I'd have preferred to see tested and proved for a while, first. I pray that he is what he seems. But still, what he seems is worth a gamble. Because, what he seems to be is the best of what America stands for. He seems confident, honest, eventempered, and willing to pragmatically negotiate, free of fixed dogmas, helping us to work out, among ourselves, answers to a myriad problems.

And a cute comment on Ron Paul:

And for those who are registered Republicans? Well, he may be crazy, but at least a vote for Ron Paul would help him get a speech at the convention -- a speech where he'd fire up the libertarian wing and propel them toward confronting the dark cabal that's tried to turn America into a Banana Republic. (If someone were to whisper in his ear, "damp down the psycho-ward stuff and stick to the things folks like about you!" That'd be cool, too.)

I've mentioned before, I have the highest respect for Dr. Brin, and his writings about the "Dogma of Otherness" have significantly shaped my thinking. http://rantsand.blogspot.com/2007/03/david-brins-otherness.html
But in a lot of ways I think he's just flat naive. And contrary to his scientific training he seems to reach conclusions on surprisingly little data.

A trip to Europe? Has he lived there or associated with people other than an author and scientist is likely to associate with? And which part of Europe is he talking about? Europe's a big place and more diverse than the US. And he seems to have learned their "secrets" awfully quickly.

Nonetheless I recommend reading him. Regardless of whether you agree or not, he'll make you think about things from a different perspective.

Now about Obama, the reason for my glee at Obama's success is less high-minded than Dr. Brin's. I REALLY want to see Hillary's absolute and utter humiliation.

I originally wanted to see her run for president and lose badly. But then she'd just blame it on the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. If she loses her own party's nomination, in spite of the well-oiled machine they've built over the years, to someone she has to consider a rank amateur - now THAT would be humiliating.

Hey, maybe she'd really lose it and use the N-word and get caught at it! (We have so far, pretty much only Dick Morris' word about the "F-ing Jew bastard" expletives.) Now wouldn't that would make her PC base absolutely squirm with discomfort.

And for a more high-minded reason, if Obama won - or maybe even doing as well as he's done so far is enough, it will make it plain to African-Americans and the rest of the world, that we are so over that racist B.S. Obama is kicking butt in areas where there is no significant black population.

Make no mistake, I think Obama is probably a nice, sincere guy whose world-view amounts to a collection of 60's-era cliches. He's managed to hang on to an idealism of unworkable ideals, likely because he hasn't had a lot of experience in the machinery of government so far.

Would experience in office mature him? Maybe - but even Dr. Brin refers to it as "a gamble."

And, what are the chances he'll live long enough to get experienced?

So far, I've only heard observed once what is going to become an important consideration, and awful temptation, in the event Obama becomes president.

His middle name, as Senator Kerry kept pointing out, is Hussein. His father was a muslim from Kenya. He spent at least some time in a madrassa in Indonesia.

To us that adds up to a colorful past. To muslims it adds up to apostate muslim. And the penalty for apostasy is death.

The Left pretty much ignored an attempt by Saddam Hussein on former president Bush's life. But if that wasn't a legal cassus belli I don't know what is. Could they ignore an attempt, successful or un-, on a president who was one of their own?

And here we get to that "awful temptation" I alluded to. Once conservatives realize this, that little voice inside is going to say, "Now THAT would wake them up..."


  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger Saint in Exile said…

    Agree with everything - to include the guilty pleasures of seeing Hildebeast crushed in the primaries. I have been rooting for Obama since day one for that very reason and because I do not believe that he can win the general election.

    Regarding the other guy's observations about how Europe views us, I am so sick of people whining about our "standing" and our "soft power" and how the rest of the world views us. There is a reason that we're the superpower and Europe isn't. It has a lot to do with them sleep walking towards a 20-hour work week, their socialist policies and support for unions, their lazy youths, their inability to assimilate immigrants, and on, and on. We should not begin from the assumption that Europe is smarter than we are.

  • At 5:01 PM, Blogger trollsmyth said…

    Heh... And what might be even more telling is when certain world leaders refuse to meet with him, or have their picture taken with him, because he's an apostate. "Fix America's image in the world," indeed.

    But it's all wishful thinking. Hillary's machine will get her through. She's got the press obedient to her whims, and they will spin Michigan/Florida as the victims of an unstable Howard Dean, whom St. Hillary will rescue from disenfranchisement. And voila! Hillary pulls into the lead. Of course, this will anger a good number of Dems and independents, but she'll count on the usual fear-mongering to keep them in line. And she's already arranged her ammunition to tear McCain to pieces. So she thinks she can weather the storm.

  • At 5:41 AM, Blogger Jim Sullivan said…

    "Hey, maybe she'd really lose it and use the N-word and get caught at it! (We have so far, pretty much only Dick Morris' word about the "F-ing Jew bastard" expletives.) Now wouldn't that would make her PC base absolutely squirm with discomfort."

    I'd like to believe they would squirm a little bit. But having had discussions and arguments with plenty of progressives and so called liberals, Anti-Semitism seems to be the only pardonable bigotry, in their book, anyway. They use Hitler, Nazi and Facsist frequently as perjoratives but studiously ignore the the Jewish victims.

    I was reading an article link over at the Daily Kos a few months ago and I've never seen the words Jew and Zionist used so much, with so many 'sneer' quotes in the comments.

  • At 7:35 PM, Blogger Zimowski said…

    Hey Steve, it's Daniel W, formerly of Warsaw & former occupant of a flat owned by Pani Gorecka on ul. Gornoslaska. Think the last time we saw each other you were interviewing my wife & I for an article on international marriages for the Warsaw Insider. Glad to see you & your family enjoy life in the USA. As for me, I can't stand it here (here is New Jersey, but NJ is not the issue). The plan is to move to Sofia, Bulgaria this summer.

    I'm on myspace, search for zimowski & check out the pictures from a trip I took to the Balkans last spring.

    How can I email you directly?

  • At 7:42 PM, Blogger Ted said…

    If she slips up, it'll be swept under the rug. Might be a sound-byte/blurb on FauxNews, and Rush Limbilge will spend a day exploiting it, before going back to all-Britney-all-the-time mode.
    Giuliani is gone. Mark-Of-McCain is unelectable by even the compromised standards of the GOP. At the last minute, there'll be nothing of which the MSM will make something, & Obama will sit down next to "Howlin' mad" Howie Dean on the "Not-selected" bench.
    All hail the Lizard Queen!!! A Congress full of neo-conmen will make no difference at all.

  • At 6:23 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

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  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    I too, want to see Hillary fail... and Bill by extension. If only to prove that all the dirty dealing machinations of people who equate "whats best for me" with "whats best for the entire country" just didn't work!

    I don't even care who wins at this point as long as it isn't her.

    People made a lot of hay out of her "tears on demand" incident, but what was chilling about that was her narcissistic explanation for why she was so sad. Ignore the tears, listen to the words. SHE has "so many opportunities for this country?" As though the entire nation were destined to become her suckling babe and she would guide it to adulthood, with the careful presentation of her opportunities. Ugh!!!

  • At 8:38 PM, Blogger Paardestaart said…

    Obama? Are you sure? See this?



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