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David Limbaugh attacks with a strength and gusto lacking in much current conservative writing.
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In a chapter called “The Narcissist,” for instance, Limbaugh lays out the particulars for an indictment of Obama’s enthusiastic aiders and abettors in the national media, who simply swallowed the idea of an idealized Obama whole, and burnished it. The resulting media-enhanced image may have had little to do with reality. But in this case reality wasn’t important. In fact, perhaps better to ignore it.
As the world knows, members of the national media are overwhelmingly liberal/left, and in Obama they saw—finally, after decades of waiting, and in an anticipation fueled by intense Bush hatred—the fulfillment and personification of those old liberal/left sociological dreams and ideals that today carry little contemporary currency west of the Ivy League and a few other selected college campuses where old tenured professors doze in the libraries and dream fading dreams of dialectical materialism, Ho Chi Minh, Che, and Bernardine Dohrn.
And in fact, Obama could well have been created in a test tube in an Ivy League social sciences lab. He proved that affirmative action (aka racial preferences), long an apparently unfilled liberal/left ideal, actually worked—at least once. He was a man of color, but not too much. To be sure, he affected a passion for basketball, but he walked, talked, and dressed like any Caucasian writer of thought pieces or any of the regular Newsweek guests on the Charlie Rose show. To quote Vice President Biden, who summed it up succinctly, he was “clean.”
(Unfortunately, excessive Obama worship combined with a lack of serious journalistic effort torpedoed Newsweek as a news magazine, and as it sinks beneath the waves its editors, who have deserted the ship en masse, could well find their reservations at the Charlie Rose table canceled. Rumor has it that to maintain his TV presence, Jon Meacham, the unctuous former Newsweek editor and chief cheerleader of the Obama media fan club, may have to negotiate for a spot on Dancing with the Stars.)
But best of all, from the national media’s point of view, Obama was a writer—one of us, they believed; and those claims that he may have had a great deal of help in writing his best-selling memoir were thus invariably met with a fierce and emotional response. He had to have written it himself. If not, he isn’t one of us. The press has drunk the Kool-Aid that they themselves helped to mix, and they’re determined to keep it down.
INTERESTINGLY, THE RESPONSE is equally fierce and emotional whenever the discussion turns to matters involving the source and nature of the beliefs and ideologies that have shaped Obama’s thinking, and particularly, as happened most recently, when questions are raised about his father’s influence. Without judging the father, anyone who has actually read Obama’s memoir, Dreams from my Father, in which, among other things, Obama searches for his Kenyan identity, would be hard-pressed to deny the influence of his father’s attitudes.
But that aside, it requires no great analytic ability or expertise to understand that in 2008 a large number of Americans, who rely on the media to keep them informed, bought into his act. And the media certainly provided the stage, and continue to provide it to date.
According to the Washington Post’s media critic Howard Kurtz, writes Limbaugh, “during Obama’s first few months as president, the networks gave him more coverage than George W. Bush and Bill Clinton combined in their first months—and more positive assessments as well.” As Limbaugh notes, “His name or face appeared in half of Time magazine’s covers in 2008. As of the August 2009 edition, he had appeared on seven Time covers since his election….One of those covers celebrated him as ‘Person of the Year,’ and another as the reincarnation of FDR. Newsweek featured Obama on twelve of its 2008 issues.”
In addition to the stage, the media has also provided the applause, and at times even the adoration. Limbaugh quotes the erstwhile Newsweek editor, pontificator, and Charlie Rose regular Evan Thomas, appearing with fellow worshipper Chris Matthews on MSNBC: “Reagan was all about America….Obama is—we’re above that now. We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something. I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above the world, he’s sort of God.”
At any rate, questions of divinity and possible exorcism aside, Limbaugh’s primary purpose in this book is to chronicle “the words and policies of President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party and their devastating effect on America and its founding principles. Unless stopped—and reversed—the casualties of Obama’s systematic assault on this nation will be our prosperity, our security, and ultimately, our liberty.”
To this end, Crimes Against Liberty should serve as a thorough and hard-hitting indictment of Barack Obama and his administration. And for readers in general, it will not only provide a good read, but will also help explain why The One may really be The Other.
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?