Considering how hard Rolling Stone worked to make Barack Obama look good in their recent interview, it’s a pity they couldn’t bring themselves to cut the embarrassing “final thoughts” he insisted on appending:
One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.
The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.
Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.
Even by the standards of overheated political rhetoric, this is remarkably silly. Beyond the questionable tactic of motivating his base by insulting them as irresponsible crybabies, take another look at the stakes Obama lays out in that last paragraph. He wants to “move forward” on the ridiculous climate-change fraud? Note to the President: It’s over. The con artists got busted. The country you left swimming in debt will not suffer another dime of its money to be confiscated for the benefit of global-warming carnival hustlers. The great bid to frighten Americans into handing over control of their lives to a junk-science religious cult has failed.
How do we “restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families?” I know! Let’s blow their jobs away and bankrupt their children with a poorly thought out socialized medicine scheme!
The President saves the best for last. Democrats have to “fight in this election” if they “want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties.” That’s the real agenda of the Tea Party movement, all right: reinstating slavery.
Of course, if you translate the President’s remarks from Leftspeak, you’ll see that by “civil rights” he means vast government spending programs and politicized “justice” of the Eric Holder variety. Besides encrypting their real agenda to lure in “moderates,” the Left loves this kind of language because it lets them pretend to be heroic crusaders against absolute evil. Every progressive voter sees himself lunging from the shadows and throwing Batarangs into the faces of surprised Klansmen.
The same fantasies fuel the ravings of NAACP chairman Ben Jealous, who has squandered the last of his organization’s credibility to hang a bucket of racist paint over a door the Tea Party will never walk through. The NAACP purchases influence by performing certain services for the Democrat Party. They’ve been unable to carry out their mission this year. The impending defeat of his patrons has driven Jealous to muttering about Kristallnacht.
Hopefully the Tea Party women will remember to wear burqas over their jackboots, lest they provoke the righteous fury of Taliban Dan. Alan Grayson’s slanderous ad campaign is merely the terminal point on a line of hysteria, stretching from Obama’s dire warnings about the end of civil rights, through Jealous and his delirious tiptoe through nights of broken glass. It’s the same strategy, executed less gracefully. Grayson is the eager but dimwitted kid who lights his jack-o-lantern with a stick of dynamite so it will glow extra bright. The guy who runs his favorite Web site helped him carve the pumpkin.
Everywhere you look this election season, the sales pitch is the same: it’s Democrats or the Devil. The Party and its President claim the moral and intellectual strength to run every aspect of our lives, and confiscate limitless amounts our income… but they won’t explain or defend their actions, because we can’t handle the truth. Instead, they campaign by assuring us their opponents are monsters. If I were one of their voters, I would tire of being treated like an idiot, and wonder why a Party full of geniuses can’t make a single rational appeal.
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