Of Straw Men and Mere Men...
1) Obama on the BP Oil Leak: “the one approach I will not accept is inaction.”
Whoa, that must have been a devastating blow to the inaction lobby.
Obama's characteristic straw manning is exactly the type of bovine scatology with which college professors bemuse 18-year olds in the lecture hall; but can it really work long-term on the adult populace? I think not.
Why does someone employ a straw man argument? I’d say there are two possible reasons, and in Obama’s case both probably apply. A) straw man is used because you can’t answer the real arguments of the other side, and/or B) straw man is used because you don’t know the arguments of the other side.
We hear a lot about how intelligent Obama is, and that may be true, but his intelligence has been applied to mastering a breathtakingly narrow-minded set of ideas, not to critical thinking. And having lived a life essentially devoid of intellectual diversity, Obama is unacquainted with the ideas of his ideological and political opponents. Arrogantly secure in the knowledge that everyone he knows knows everything he believes to be true, Obama is able to dismiss his opponents’ ideas out of hand, without the bother of thinking about them. After all, why waste time thinking about ideas that are not only wrong, but evil? Imagine the hyperventilating there would be at NPR or the NY Times Editorial Board over the proposition that Barrack Obama is the most narrow-minded President in the history of the Republic. “Obama narrow minded? Why, how could that be? He believes everything we believe!” Hmmm, thou sayest.
2) Have you ever seen the Sean Connery, Michael Cain movie based on Kipling’s short story, “The Man Who Would Be King”? It’s the old ignorant-aborigonies-mistake-a-stranger-for-a-god-and-he-milks-it-for-all-it-is-worth-until-a-wound-exposes-his-mortality-and-the-natives-rise-up-and-murder-him story.
Well, I think that’s a good picture of Obama at this juncture. Some very ignorant Americans, armed with voter registration cards (in most cases), mistook this neophyte, Lefty college lecturer for an actual leader -- in some cases they actually mistook him for Jesus (who they also mistook for a Community Organizer) – so Obama’s incompetence and CYA lack of leadership in dealing with the oil leak has exposed not only his mortality, but the sad fact that he isn’t even a particularly exceptional mortal; and now many of the people who were fooled during the campaign have realized their mistake, and nothing Obama can say or do can make them love and worship him again. In fact, the more he tries the more it reminds them how gullible they were to believe in this phony, and being so reminded, the more irritated they become at the image of his face and the sound of his voice.
There's another old Lon Chaney silent movie in the genre, "West of Zanzibar," in which the final subtitiled line could serve as the epitaph on the headstone of the Obama Presidency: “No believe.”
Posted by larry_naselli
at 12:31 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:43 AM CDT