The sun god can’t get his mask back on
In the pre-Rev. Wright days I thought Obama had unique political gifts. Lately, it seems as if he’s been planting mines and then stepping on them. Here he is explaining Pennsylvania electoral dynamics to some San Francisco Democrats at a fund-raiser:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them … And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
In one grand rhetorical sweep, Obama puts a pejorative spin on religious faith, gun ownership, opposition to illegal immigration, and opposition to NAFTA. Does the concept of swing voters mean anything to him, or is he above all that?
As much as I dislike John McCain he looks like a political genius compared with this snob. I think the worshipful MSM reaction to his race speech may have convinced Obama that America is at last ready for his faculty-lounge analyses and racial ruminations.
Or could it be that, on some level, Obama sees benefit in losing this election? Winning the popular vote might not seem “black enough,” while going down to defeat while spouting leftist cant would validate all his true feelings about America and ensure him immortality in the black pantheon.
Again and again, the Obama who was thought even by some right-wingers (including me) to be an exceptionally talented politician with a potentially broad appeal to the American people turns out to be an unthinking and exceptionally nasty left-liberal. In this quote, Obama sounds exactly like that ridiculous liberal snob, Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, in which, claiming to understand heartland conservatives and not condescend to them as other liberals do, he declared that heartland conservatives are idiots who have been brainwashed by Karl Rove not to care about their true interests—you know, socialism—and instead care about phony unimportant issues—like, you know, a toxic culture, homosexual marriage, and uncontrolled immigration. Yeah, Frank respects heartland conservatives the way a devout Muslim respects non-Muslims.
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Liberals never think that conservatives believe what they believe because they think it’s true. As liberals see it, all conservative beliefs are merely a neurotic or vicious response to some other issue—economic stress, for example. But Obama has taken this argument further than I’ve seen anyone take it before. Not only does he adopt the hoary liberal view (see my article about it) that people oppose excessive immigration solely as an irrational reaction to economic hard times, but (saying something no candidate for president has ever said before) he argues that people believe in God as a neurotic reaction to economic hard times!
Obama frequently refers to his belief in Jesus Christ, to which he was brought by the Rev. Wright. Yet, showing the same large human sympathies that he showed in his description of his grandmother as a “typical white person” who reacts negatively to every black she sees on the street, here’s the way this great Christian talks about “small-town” American Christians: “[T]hey get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” In other words, Christianity is the same type of sick behavior as prejudice against people who are different. In other words, Christianity (or rather the Christianity of white people) is the moral equivalent of racism.
This supposedly preternaturally talented politician lacks the minimal human understanding and presence of mind even to attempt to conceal his vicious leftism and his alienation from America. With the Rev. Wright revelations, Obama’s mask came off, and he lacks the desire or ability to get it back on again.
Tim W. writes:
Good idea for a bumper sticker:
BARACK OBAMA: “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”
As someone said recently, John McCain is the luckiest man since Ringo Starr. Unfortunately, we’re about as lucky as Pete Best to have the three presidential choices we currently have.
Ben W. writes:
Last year, my wife told me she liked the singer Alicia Keyes. My wife loves traditional music, so for her to appreciate a newer singer is something. Then I came across this item today:
Keyes, 27, said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing “em dead,” according to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.
Looking at photographs of her, one sees a cute girl, not an angry, rigid Michelle Obama type. And yet it doesn’t make any difference—the hatred is so ingrained. When someone such as Alicia Keyes holds such hatred inside, a line has been crossed over which I fear there is no going back. The hatred has become institutionalized and personalized such that even an innocent face like hers can carry such hatred. We now have a permanent enemy psyche embedded in our country. What a tragedy when the human persona (of whatever race) can have as its foundation pure anger and hatred.
Ben has just described a very disturbing epiphany (an overused word, especially in reference for something negative, but I can’t think of a better one) about the character of blacks. Is it true of all blacks? No, of course not, but it’s a major part of the black “thing” and it’s not about to go away. There have been other epiphanies. The biggest one so far was set off by the behavior of blacks after the O.J. Simpson acquittal. Obama may be now be exposed as too leftist and ridiculous to be elected, but I still say that if he is elected, which will truly “liberate” the Jeremiah Wrights and the Alicia Keyes and the Michelle Obamas and raise their liberated voices to the highest level of national prominence, American life for the next four years will be one long epiphany.
The rise of Obama represents the end result of 50 years of the ascendancy of the anti-white, anti-West, anti-Christian liberalism. We have rejected the essence of what we are and a vacuum was created. Liberalism has come in to fill the void. Starting with the WASP, who was castigated and denigrated, while every non-white, non Western minority was elevated and glorified—and when they do bad things it was only because of what the evil white Christians had done to them. [LA replies: And note that even the mainstream conservatives’ intellectual god, Bernard Lewis, says that the source of Islamic extremism is really the West.] This is picking up where the Rousseau philosophy of the Noble Savage and anti-Christianity left off. The circle of evil has been widened to include anyone who doesn’t accept the orthodoxy. The collapse of the West is demonstrated by the recent survey that shows the average high school student knows nothing of our history beyond the ’60s Civil Rights movement and anti-West revisionism.
So, we finally have our messiah in Obama who will heal, make restitution, and deal with those evil WASPs and their culture once and for all. He will run unopposed by McCain. He will have the support of the liberal establishment who will see their dreams come true. He will get massive, legal and fraudulent Hispanic and black votes. The white dolts will sit home and do nothing as they have done before.
We have done this to ourselves and Obama sees an opportunity. If not him, it would have been someone else.
Emerson G. writes:
Obama’s deep psychoanalysis of Amerikkka’s G-D hillbillies reminds me of Howard Dean’s condescension towards whites during his failed 2004 presidential campaign. Enjoy:
So Barry is just repeating the DNC platform.
- Dean said people should stop voting “in the South based on race, guns, God and gays.”
- He said he wanted to be the candidate of “white folks in the South who drive pick-up trucks with Confederate flag decals.”
- “The truth is, they (Republicans) are a white Christian party,” Dean said.
- “I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.”
- “‘I don’t like extremism,’ he says, and unless Bush is defeated, ‘Next thing, girls won’t be able to go to school in America. You watch.’”
- Republicans “like book burning better than reading books.”
- “I believe in God. Hey, goddamit, look at me when I talk to you.” (I made this one up)
This platform is a proven strategy for failure, but everyone knows you can’t reason with a typical black man.
A great collection. Thanks for putting this together. I love the one about Republicans being the white Christian party being followed by “I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.”
I don’t know how an Alicia Keys, who has such a pleasant singing style, can harbor this hatred. Is it possible that younger blacks such as her have never encountered any resistence to (if not prohibiton against) black racial hatred against whites and and as a result find it easy and almost “natural” to carry within them this disease (no matter how pleasant a personality they may have)?
It appears it’s time for the white race to say to the black race in this country, “No, we will not tolerate any racial hatred against us period—no excuses from the past, present or future.” A barrier (just like the proposed wall stopping illegal immigration) against this hatred has to be placed such that blacks will only butt their heads against it and go no further in their resentment. No more “We understand your hatred.” It now has to be “No more hatred against this country and its culture period.”
David B. writes:
I recall in 1976, watching a PBS program on that year’s Presidential contest from the black perspective. The host was interviewing a black woman who was a California delegate supporting Ronald Reagan. Reagan lost the 1976 GOP nomination narrowly to then- President Ford. The host declared, “Black people consider Ronald Reagan’s conservatism to be pure racism. What does he have to say to the fact that blacks see him as a racist?”
This was a staple of the late Carl Rowan’s newspaper columns. Conservatism was nothing but racism.
M. Mason writes:
I’ll say this for him—at least he’s finally breaking down under pressure and giving us a truer picture of who the real Barack Obama is.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 12, 2008 01:59 AM | Send
Until fairly recently, the vacuous banner of his “Hope, Action, Change” candidacy has served to hide what he really stands for to those outside his adoring liberal base. But he couldn’t keep reality at bay forever, and like buried toxic waste his latent, black racist-soaked, Marxist-socialism inevitably began oozing out through the walls, ceilings and floorboards of his campaign for all to see.
Then there’s also the psychological aspect of the mysterious Mr. Obama himself, smoothly trying to explain away his radical political past while still ferociously clinging to it—a man whose life is a case study in the varieties of pathological leftist self-deception and delusion. When “Brother Barack’s Traveling Salvation Show” preaches that people have to embrace his notion of “Change” for their political and moral redemption, you’d better believe that the Left’s secular messiah means that everyone except him and his wife have to do the changing.
So in one sense voters should be grateful for these most recent ill-considered remarks of his, for he’s finally beginning to tell them precisely what he really believes. Interesting, isn’t it, how the subject of God and the transcendent always comes pouring back into politics one way or another, despite the attempts of pseudo-Christian secularists like Obama to replace it with a rancid, hideous counterfeit.