Ablow: Obama Waging Psycholigical Warfare

Keith Ablow, Fox News’ resident psychologist, has an absolutely incoherent and idiotic column claiming that Obama is “waging psychological warfare” on conservative Americans, indeed on the entire country. How? By admitting that America has made mistakes in foreign policy. Apparently that is intended to demoralize the country.

I believe that the Obama administration is conducting psychological warfare on conservative Americans. Not only that but it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country, their Constitution and their overwhelming belief in God as a force for good in the world.

The psychological warfare began with an apology tour in which President Obama publicly “confessed,” presuming to speak for all of us, for the shortcomings of America and our supposed contributions to tyranny and all manner of evils around the world.

This confession planted in the American mind the notion that our values and beliefs might not be in line with freedom and truth.

Or the more rational way to frame the issue: Maybe it planted in the American mind the idea that the actions of the government often do not match the values we claim to favor, values like freedom and truth. No sane person with any knowledge of history could possibly dispute that fact, but its status as a fact is precisely what bothers Ablow and the right wing. Facts that conflict with their narrative — in this case, that America is the greatest country in the history of the world, endowed by God and perfectly holy — are not only dismissed, but the mere mention of them makes one a traitor.

And isn’t it amusing how this perspective is always offered up by people who spend nearly all their time complaining about how horrible government is? Conservatives believe the government can’t do anything right at all, with two exceptions — the criminal justice system works perfectly and never wrongfully convicts anyone and the military has never been used in a manner that is anything but holy and righteous and justified.

Of course, none of this should be the least bit surprising by Ablow. This is the guy, after all, who said that Newt Gingrich’s history of hypocritical infidelity would make him a better president because of his irresistible appeal to women, three of whom have “been so moved by his emotional energy and intellect that they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with him.” I don’t know how his intestinal tract continues to function with so many inane ideas being stored there, awaiting his retrieval.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “Psycholigical”?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, Ed Brayton, every time someone apologizes for America, Al Qaeda wins. You don’t want Al Qaeda to win, do you?

     

    Conservatives believe the government can’t do anything right at all, with two exceptions — the criminal justice system works perfectly and never wrongfully convicts anyone and the military has never been used in a manner that is anything but holy and righteous and justified.”

    To be fair, it is pretty good at punishing people. Sometimes it even gets the right ones.

     

    …Newt Gingrich’s history of hypocritical infidelity would make him a better president because of his irresistible appeal to women…”

    Bill Clinton must be spinning in his grave.

  • Larry

    Well, I agree with the premise. Obama does drive wingers absolutely insane. However, I doubt that the primary purpose of any of his actions are purposely intended for that effect. But it is a fringe benefit.

  • slc1

    Reading the Wiki article on Ablow, it would appear that he is at least a borderline quack, particularly based on his psychological evaluations of persons he has never met. In particular, his bloviations on Scott Peterson and Vice President Biden. Most reputable psychologists consider it to be a breach of ethics to pontificate on persons they have never met, based on newspaper stories. In addition, his co-authoring a book with whackjob Glenn Beck does not inspire confidence in his intellectual judgment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Ablow

  • raven

    …Newt Gingrich’s history of hypocritical infidelity would make him a better president because of his irresistible appeal to women…”

    How would Keith Ablow know anyway. Is he a closet female or gay?

    Speak for yourself Keith. Gingrich is a hate filled, pseudointellectual vaguely humanoid toad with money. Out of 170 million women, there just happens to be a few that go for that type.

    Even the voters in Georgia and the GOP, not known for amphibio-phobia don’t much care for Newt.

  • Nick Gotts

    Bill Clinton must be spinning in his grave. – Modusoperandi

    That surely depends on what your definitions of “Bill”, “Clinton”, “must”, “be”, “spinning”, “in”, “his” and “grave” are.

  • kantalope

    I think the word is psycho-illogical.

    And how could anyone think that torturing prisoners would be outside the lines of the law and Constitution of the United States? The United States only does bad things for good reasons – that’s in the Constitution and comes verbatim from the bible – look it up. While bad countries and bad people do bad things for reasons we don’t approve of. It’s complicated but not that complicated, any non-coastal American can understand it.

  • John Hinkle

    Keith Ablow, Fox News’ resident psychologist…

    Ah, I see the typo there. It should read:

    Keith Ablow, Fox News’ cartoon psychologist…

  • dan4

    Interesting that he accuses someone of “psychological warfare”, considering that Ablow is a psychiatrist, NOT a psychologist.

  • http://aceofsevens.wordpress.com Ace of Sevens

    He’s also the guy who said Gangam Style was a sign of nihilism n today’s youth and that the Hunger Games would make young girls think murder is cool and only boys are allowed to think that.

  • caseloweraz

    Irresistible appeal to women? Wasn’t that what they were claiming Obama underhandedly used to get elected to his first term as president? But now it’s a good thing, eh?

  • caseloweraz

    How many ways can a man misspeak

    Then claim we just don’t understand?

    Yes, and how many ways can one man goof up

    Before his goof-ups are banned?

    Yes and how many outrageous claims can he make

    Before he is finally canned?

    The answer, my friend, is Ablow at Fox News;

    The answer is Ablow at Fox News.

  • karmacat

    I really hope Ablow doesn’t treat patients. I am thinking he is doing less damage as a fox news commentator than as an actual doctor treating patients. Unfortunately, he is an embarrassment to psychiatrists.

  • Pen

    it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country, their Constitution and their overwhelming belief in God as a force for good in the world

    There was a time and place when reasonable humility and moral criticism of one’s own life and institution’s activities were considered foundational to Christian societies. Not in America of course*.

    * And not that it convincingly reached above the level of rhetoric. But still.

  • naturalcynic

    Even a shamateur psychiatrist should know that keeping all those questionable actions in the past bottled up is not healthy.

  • matty1

    So it is a bad thing that Obama, the elected head of state gave speeches “presuming to speak for all of us” yet he has no hesitation talking about “the American mind” singular or the views of “all Americans”. Apparently being a commentator on a tv channel gives you more right to speak on behalf of people than having those people actually elect you to speak on their behalf.

  • John Pieret

    planted in the American mind the notion that our values and beliefs might not be in line with freedom and truth

    The “American mind” has long known that “our” values and beliefs might not be be in line with freedom and truth. We fought a bloody civil war over just that. It takes a spectacularly uncritical “mind” to think America is perfect, in the past or present.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Keith Ablow, Fox News’ resident psychologist…

    Ah, I see the typo there. It should read:

    Keith Ablow, Fox News’ cartoon psychologist…

    Keith Ablow, psychiatrist, not psychologist. Completely different education.

    His,work as a practitioner, is… um… interesting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Ablow

  • dan4

    @1: I enjoy Ed’s blog, but he does not seem to be one for proofreading (same goes RightWingWatch’s transcription of comments made on radio interviews. Lots of spelling errors show up there.).