July 25, 2012 - July 18, 2012
The biggest mistake Romney, Republican politicians, and conservative
pundits are making is taking Obama seriously. The guy is a joke.
Sure, they can't double over in laughter at the thought of this
clown seeking a second term, but that's what SuperPacs are for. The
right one could ask and answer a few simple questions in an
entertaining way the electorate would grasp at once. Then Romney
could huff and puff and shrug and say his hands are tied, but the
message would be rolling out anyway, Examples of the questions:
Obama is smart?
Obama is cool?
Obama is honest?
Obama keeps his political promises?
He's the ultimate know-nothing, do-nothing president, and a total phony besides, perhaps the
greatest mediocrity elected to the White House since Warren Harding.
Independent SuperPac money can drive that point home. The material
is abundant, almost endless. And then there's this, which should
paper the airwaves with huge amounts of canned laughter:
Let's get Dennis Miller to be our emcee and start winning this
election with laughs. I'm serious. Though chortling like a hyena.
P.S. In the interim, you can get closer to POTUS than you ever thought possible, via Office Jerk.
Who he is. The world's most invulnerable nerd.
Unless he's the world's most incoherent idiot...
Which he is. Jesus. How did we get saddled with this creep? Sad
thing? I know. White guilt. I have a Dartmouth grad friend older
than I am who thinks I'm unfair and who I KNOW thought he was doing
good by voting for this monstrosity against the Constitution. He
thinks I'm getting personal about things that shouldn't be. But it
IS personal. Your nonsensical so-called idealism, at an age when you
should be well past delusion, is slaying my country. I hate you.
. A lot of nonsense being talked about entrepreneurs right
now. Yeah, Obama revealed himself when he said small business owners
didn't create their own success. But conservative hagiography on the
subject is also getting a bit thick. The guy or gal with a business
idea is not doing it to create jobs. He's doing it to make money.
The good he does in the way of jobs and improvement in general
living standards is, uh, collateral damage. Capitalism is not a
religion, not even a philosophy. It's a mechanism. As better men
than I have put it, it's war by other means. Which is its chief
Who are the entrepreneurs? They're the aggressors. They want more, need more, and they will pay any price to get it. There is no unifying vision that describes them. Some of them are creative and charismatic, if not manipulative, in pursuit of an imaginative vision. Some of them are stolid hard workers who never ever ever quit when there's another dollar to be made. Some of them are dutiful inheritors of a family tradition. Others are maniacs who keep throwing crap against the wall until some of it finally sticks. They fail and fail and fail until sheer perseverance brings home the bacon. Mostly, they do put in the hours. Because they really really hate losing, however they conceive of it. And more often than the conservatives would like, the winners are beneficiaries of dumb luck -- being in the right place at the right time to make a killing. Start a restaurant? Really? THE worst business prospect there is. Nine out of ten close their doors within a year. But some still make it. It's called the American Dream. Some people know so little about the odds against them they succeed in spite of themselves. In certain cases, ignorance really can be bliss.
The same traits are involved in the pursuit of power. People who want to be the reigning figure on the totem pole of the social structure they occupy. Why incredibly rich tycoons are still trying to throw their weight around into their seventies and eighties. They suffer from the same disease that Obama does. They just took the long detour through market competition that born politicians short-circuit by grabbing for power before they've actually accomplished anything else. Why elders in every walk of life begin groping toward the ultimate aphrodisiac of civilization: power. They're all deranged, of course. Sane men in old age want to reconnect with families they've ignored in their egotistical march to wealth. The insane want to extend their phantom empires, as if great monuments on their graves will make them great men. Not a chance.
Just a few points I need to make. The question at issue isn't about virtue. Obama betrays his naivete by wanting to make it about that. It's about human nature. There are those who are legitimately inspired and want to leave a mark, those who are trying to provide for their families, those who are driven by irrational ego, those who would do absolutely anything to be admired in purely materialist terms, and those whose whole idea of fulfillment consists of conquest. Why capitalism is simultaneously a safety valve for villains and a source of prosperity and comfort to those who just want to get along.
Not guns but butter, to recast the Econ 101 analogy. What a hell of a lot of butter the American Way has produced. The real danger of the Obama Way is that when you eliminate free enterprise as the way to accomplish debatable personal objectives, what you will get is naked aggression. Government joining hands with business is a formula for nightmarish oppression. Eliminating the risk by making business predators immune to failure is the most direct route to fascism anyone could conceive.
Something conservatives should concede. Business does not care about social objectives and social welfare. The Constitution protected us from depredation by preventing business from joining hands with government. When the federal government bails out business and deems some too big to fail, the road to perdition is assured. All the lies they tell in defense of a fascist policy are propaganda.
Which brings me to the YouTube above. The American Dream is NOT about government support for individual paths to prosperity. America has always been a chaotic and unfair petrie dish. Limited government has, however, made it possible for individuals to find cracks in the system. It's those cracks entrepreneurs of every stripe have worked, wriggled, and muscled their way through to success. Often enough, government has nothing to do with those individual travails. Their habitual practice is to keep making the cracks smaller. Regulate them away, because cracks are unfair. Except that cracks have always been the way OUT.
If there's only one opportunity, a few will find it. Most will fail. (Sick of hearing Hannity-like comments that hard work always succeeds. It doesn't.) Found this movie and thought most of the way through it would be a fine parable of how little a person needs from family, school, etc, to plot a new course. The script is pitiless. All that matters is one indomitable will, and, yeah, there's a teacher, but one who only becomes engaged after the student proves she is worthy of the dollar and time investment. Oh, and, yeah, talent and will. Admittedly, the third act is absurd, but the movie itself is sufficient proof of what I'm talking about. The leading lady trained for three months in a boxing gym to win the role, and her determination has bought her a career in show business.
She found a crack and hit it hard. She won. Compare this with our president. Who has never had to worm through a crack in the system. He's looked at nothing but doors that swing wide open when he relates his exotic personal narrative.
Pshaw. Or should I acknowledge our sophisticated commenters by saying instead, meh?