j-macBut what I find most intriguing is his rhetoric of destiny and “choseness.” He often makes it sound like he has been selected by forces of providence or God or simply history for this moment. He is, in Oprah’s words, “The One.” But even more interesting, he tells voters they are the ones. “This is it,” Obama proclaimed on Super Tuesday. “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for, we are the change that we seek.” That’s pretty oracular stuff.
Tellingly, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” is some Native American spiritualism warmed up for New Age audiences.
It’s also telling that this divinization of the masses and/or the movement has a long pedigree, going back at least to the French Revolution. The Jacobins claimed that the French Nation represented the new “chosen people.” The Italian Fascists said the same thing about the Italians. The Nazis believed likewise about the Germans. The Bolsheviks, too, believed in their own predestination of sorts in that they believed the cold impersonal forces of history had conspired to produce the vanguard of the proletariat, or something like that, which had been vested by History with mission to create a new utopia. “On earth,” John Reed wrote of the Bolsheviks, “they were building a kingdom more bright than any heaven had to offer, and for which it was a glory to die.”
Notes on Obama & Liberal Fascism - By Jonah Goldberg - Liberal Fascism - National Review Online
And a source with the words "Liberal Facism" in the title is not exacly unbiased. Just saying that here's one guy's view. A guy who gets paid good money to think of bad things to say about Democrats. So he took a phrase that is classic political speak -- you hear what you want to hear. If you like Obama you hear "Be the change," and if you hate him you hear "I am the Messiah."
In other words, what I heard was him saying "Stop waiting. You're waiting for yourselves."
so when do we get to hear about the good stuff about Palin?
Well, it's a decent point, and Jonah Goldberg is an opinion from the right, so I wouldn't expect him to be giving a positive, or even a benefit of the doubt opinion in the case of Obama.
However, Obama's hubris isn't an isolated incident. Remember what Harry Reid wrote about Obama's response when Reid remarked on Obama's speaking skills...
Now, you can say that Obama as with other Presidents has an 'A Type' personality, but this guy IMHO, is full of himself. Examples of this are never ending. From Oprah calling him "The One" to Women fainting at his campaign speeches, he displays a messiah complex. And the protruding chin, along with the arrogant professorial type information dropping when he speaks to the country as President, leaves him in my eyes as not a man that sees himself as a President of all the people. That much he has displayed in his actions as well.In the epilogue, titled "The Obama Era," Reid writes that then-Sen. Obama "was in an entirely different class from the start," recalling "specific moments when Barack Obama came into focus as a national leader for the first time."
The Majority Leader recalls Obama as a freshman senator giving "an unusually fine speech" about President Bush's war policy.
“That speech was phenomenal, Barack,” Reid said.
"And I will never forget his response," Reid writes. "Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: 'I have a gift, Harry.' In the Bible, we are told that all men are given different gifts. And we see it in every field, from art to science, academia to athletics. Some are great; others are gifted. We were all about to learn just what a gift Barack Obama had."
Reid on Obama: 'An Entirely Different Class from the Start' - The World Newser
Being full of yourself is pretty much par for the course for anyone who runs for President. Any candidate who seems like he isn't should get an Oscar, because that's one hell of an acting job.
Obama does sometimes seem like he's talking down to us, but the positive of that is that it's nice to think that maybe the President is smarter than I am. God knows his job is a lot tougher. I don't know where anybody got the idea that "I would have a beer with him" is a quality you want in the President. I'd love to have a beer with Bush. He seems like a guy who knows how to have a good time, and seems like a person I would like if I met him personally. However, I sure as hell wouldn't vote for any of my drinking buddies to be President. Great guys, love them to death, awesome to hang with and toss back a few...but not President.
You see a "protruding chin" as arrogant. Facial features are evidence of arrogance, now? Or maybe it's just the random photos of his chin stuck out. When you are video taped and photographed continuously on every public appearance, you can cherry pick photos to fit whatever talking point you want. Confirmation bias. Remember how Bush had all those doofy-faced photos? You're doing the same thing. Fox News is doing the same thing.
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One of you will end up here next!
It's become pretty clear that Palin's friends redacted or withheld anything that made her look bad, and I'm betting they altered the emails that she wrote. There's no way a person who is that crazy in real life comes off sounding normal in emails.