I was perusing Fox News (aren't you?) this morning and hesitated to follow the link titled "A Psychiatrist's Advice for President Obama". A former psychology student of several years, I've come to have a falling out with the soft science as a whole, actually viewing it in large part as more squishy than soft. Regrettably, where psychiatry and psychology seem to overlap, I tend to extend this disrepute to the former as well, although I consider it more legitimate on the whole than the latter.
Anyway, this is all to say that I followed the link suspiciously. I am glad I did, for in this small article Dr. Ablow consolidated and succinctly expressed many of my own impressions with reference to the President's State of the Union Address. I recommend indulging yourself in the brief article, but if not, here are a couple highlights I found of particular interest:
"How did a man who used every iota of power at his disposal to champion bailouts, stimulus packages, 99 weeks of unemployment benefits, unions and health care reform, without accepting any real input from conservative voices, suddenly morph into a deficit hawk who believes we can’t get anywhere as a nation unless we get there together? How did a man who apologized for our nation’s shortcomings on trips abroad and who attended a church run by a man who said, “God damn America!” come to believe that we are a people that should embrace the core ideas of our Founding Fathers?"
Can I get an "amen" on this, my little droogies? But the good Doctor goes on...
"How did this happen? Why did it happen? When did it happen? If these questions cannot be answered clearly, then the only question that really matters is this: Did any of it really happen?"
And this is the crux of the issue, particularly for the more gullible amongst us. For two years this guy governed like a radical, completely without regard for the majority of Americans and their own best interests, particularly those pesky backwards conservatives. Have we so soon forgotten that in the midst of the health care debacle (takeover), opponents and critics were completely shut out of the debate? You know, all of those clandestine closed room meetings that shut out conservatives and effectively sixty-something percent of the country. And now all of a sudden he is almost center-right? This is certainly a too-late conversion to centrism (actually more like slightly less left than moderate), and it warrants the utmost scrutiny. In fact, we're suckers if we buy it at all. But then, that's what Barry counts on, for enough of us to be gullible sheep.
But the Doctor continues...
"Might it be, instead, that the president is the same man he was two years ago? Might he be a politician who doesn’t feel compelled to share his genuine thoughts and beliefs with the electorate? Might he have assessed the mid-term elections and decided that the best chance he would have at maintaining power would be to repackage himself—for now?"
Ya think? The Bamster was more than willing to see many of his comrades in the house go up in flames during the last election, all as martyr's for the cause in an ideological crusade. But now the superficial messiah of the left is himself coming into the crosshairs as we approach the 2002 elections, and its quite amusing to see the change of tune.
Borrowing largely from a far superior politician, Mr. Obama is revisiting a page or two from Clinton triangulation strategy, courtesy of Dick Morris. Well, with the exception that Clinton actually believed in enough of it to act on it. But for Obama, concepts inherent to this approach, such as deregulation and balanced budgets, appear to be completely alien to this whimsical acolyte. In short, we bought it with Clinton because he actually acted on it believably with conservative and moderate pleasing things like welfare reform. Obama on the other hand is simply not believable. His hubris will not allow him to compromise substantially with those he views as political and ideological enemies, and his vision is so limited that he cannot see beyond his own quasi-socialist ideology. In other words, Obama is no Clinton. Clinton could honestly sell himself out for the maintenance of power and position. Obama will sell his comrades out for the same, all the better if it builds his own legacy, but lacks the flexibility to change himself sufficiently to come across as believable. Nonetheless, in the end it is still all about power.
As Doctor Ablow continues he articulates the calculated strategy of the left.
"Isn’t the whole progressive agenda defined, in part, by taking steps toward government control of individuals, solidifying gains, taking cover when necessary, then taking more steps toward government control? Couldn’t that explain this add-water-and-stir conversion?"
Indeed. I have long thought of this as absolute evil by way of incremental implementation. You know, the whole frog in the pot thing. And where Obama might be more blatantly obvious in his incompetence than any of his liberal forbears (with the exception of Carter, natch), despite his abundant charisma, this is not the same thing as being a complete dummy. He knows the rules of the game his side plays by...make the strides when you can, hunker down and play possum when you can't, and distract the people from your real goals. Rinse, repeat. After all, they are the dumb masses...they won't understand that it is for their own good.
And now, with this in mind comes Obama's latest by-the-book tactics. Us frogs are feeling the heat, so Obama has got to convince us not only that we are not hot, but that we are in fact slightly cool...and better yet, that he is in the same pot as us. Above all, he has got to pretend to be something other than liberal. You know, like he is above all of that right-left stuff. Hence, his pseudo-centrism.
The problem is, Obama is right in at least one thing...the are a lot of people out there who comprise what can be accurately termed as "the dumb masses". He counts on them. Are we really going to buy his latest slick car salesmanship?
I'm no psychiatrist, but if we do, I think it is fair to say that we are crazy.