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Obama, Alinsky, BP, and a$$-kicking.
In Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Rabinowitz says it all: Barack Obama is “The Alien in the White House.”
I’ve been agonizing over what to write this week, feeling a need to say almost exactly what Rabinowitz wrote but finding that the reality dejected me too much to put it into words. And lo and behold, Rabinowitz did it for me. So please stop, read her piece linked above, and then return here….…. ….
OKAY, WE’RE BACK. Now this alien in the White House boasts about his efforts to figure out “whose a$$ to kick.” The alien is becoming increasingly tone deaf. This is not the sort of crudity Americans want from the Oval Office, and it is ludicrous coming from Mr. Academic/Appoint-a-Commission/Let-the-Bureaucrats-Analyze-the-Data-Before-Issuing-the-Permits. How about setting up double mirrors so he can see his own rear end, and then swinging his leg? I mean, yeah, yeah, we know he’s always been such a tough guy that he broke a schoolmate’s arm in a fight in Indonesia. And we know he can make a jump shot (although he looks like a sissy when he throws a baseball). But if Obama himself is such an a$$-kicker, why did he need to hire somebody to do the a$$-kicking for him, especially somebody as unintentionally self-parodying as Rahm-bo, the self-deluded Chicago would-be tough guy known for ludicrous fits of sticking knives into tables?
The problem with focusing on whose a$$ to kick rather than on how to move heaven and earth (the latter quite literally) to give Gulf-state governors whatever they ask is that Obama ends up kicking the a$$es of the American people he is supposed to serve, but whose interests, as Rabinowitz points out, are secondary in his mind to the dictates of world communitarians. As was pointed out by somebody I read Wednesday morning, at a link I cannot now find, the Obama response to BP’s disaster is to punish all of BP’s competitors by banning their own offshore drilling — which eliminates the jobs for about 46,000 jobs. CNN several days ago reported the same jobs number, and said the lost wages will equal about $330 million per month.
As noted many other places, the president’s most vigorous “a$$-kicking” response so far has been to send in the clowns — or, rather, to send in the lawyers, which in the case of Eric Holder’s Justice Department amounts to the same thing.
But Obama can’t bring himself to return the phone calls from one of the Louisiana congressmen most affected, the excellent Steve Scalise. And he still hasn’t spoken directly to BP’s CEO Tony Hayward. Maybe he figures Hayward can’t talk anyway, because Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s boots might be still on BP’s neck.
All the while, The One points fingers. “Change means movement [and] movement means friction,” wrote Obama’s idol Saul Alinsky in Obama’s bible, Rules for Radicals. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it…. All issues must be polarized if action is to follow.” And: “In a fight, almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt.”
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.
And yes, in a nation founded on the notion that the people collectively are wiser than their (would-be) rulers, this idea of president as a new creator “play[ing God]” is disturbingly, yes, alien.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?