Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Two great psychological analyses of Barack Obama make my job easier. First Hugh Hewitt, who writes that Obama is shockingly out of touch with the majority of Americans:
But it is the sheer length of time that Obama has spent as an organizer, lawyer and elected official from Chicago's south side that is coming through in his projection of bitterness on to vast swaths of America.

It is clear that Obama has spent much of the last 30 years in and around some very dysfunctional neighborhoods full of some broken and almost certainly bitter people.

He has been hearing and speaking complaints against the powerful for just as long.

He has not been building a small family business and coaching in the AYSO league, making budget in a medium-sized corporation or manning the snack booth at the football game, teaching the AP English course or organizing the Knights of Columbus or Society of St. Vincent de Paul food drive.

It would be nice to imagine that Obama really stands for such people, but the evidence is accumulating that he is nothing more than a cynical manipulator of the poor, in the grandest Marxist tradition (Karl Marx said, "The working class is revolutionary or it is nothing." In other words, they mattered only in so far as they were willing to carry out the Marxist agenda.)

A major brouhaha erupted in the blogsphere when Bill Kristol dared to suggest that Obama was a classic Marxist yesterday; but it becomes more obvious everyday that the candidate "of the little people" really has enormous contempt for the little guy and condescendingly believes that He knows what is best for them.

Obama can let this persona show in the backroom mansions of leftist millionaires; but he understands it would not play well with the vast majority of hard-working, patriotic Americans, pursuing their own happiness, who have not been steeped in the neo-marxist fascism that bubbles over in the elitist halls of academia.

Hewitt is on to something important when he suggests that Obama is projecting his own bitterness and frustration onto middle America because the Marxist agenda has not yet been accepted (and hopefully never will) in this country. His message resonates with the extreme left because they suffer from the same bitterness and frustration that they are not recognized and appreciated as the incredbly wonderful people whose superior intellect and understanding should dominate because they know what's best for us all.

Which brings us to Thomas Sowell:
An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years.

Senator Obama's election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together, overcoming differences of party or race, as well as solving our international problems by talking with Iran and other countries with which we are at odds, and performing other miscellaneous miracles as needed.

There is, of course, not a speck of evidence that Obama has ever transcended party differences in the United States Senate. Voting records analyzed by the National Journal show him to be the farthest left of anyone in the Senate. Nor has he sponsored any significant bipartisan legislation -- nor any other significant legislation, for that matter.

Senator Obama is all talk -- glib talk, exciting talk, confident talk, but still just talk.

Sowell goes on to note that:
It is understandable that young people are so strongly attracted to Obama. Youth is another name for inexperience -- and experience is what is most needed when dealing with skillful and charismatic demagogues.

Those of us old enough to have seen the type again and again over the years can no longer find them exciting. Instead, they are as tedious as they are dangerous.

I'm really beginning to be grateful that this Presidential campaign began so early--if it hadn't, we might never have come to know the real Obama.

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