"deeply, fiercely hostile to American proposition"

That would be Spengler’s assessment of our president, which I invite you to read in its entirety.

Barack Obama is a clever fellow who imbibed hatred of America with his mother’s milk, but worked his way up the elite ladder of education and career. He shares the resentment of Muslims against the encroachment of American culture, although not their religion. He has the empathetic skill set of an anthropologist who lives with his subjects, learns their language, and elicits their hopes and fears while remaining at emotional distance. That is, he is the political equivalent of a sociopath. The difference is that he is practicing not on a primitive tribe but on the population of the United States.

There is nothing mysterious about Obama’s methods. “A demagogue tries to sound as stupid as his audience so that they will think they are as clever as he is,” wrote Karl Krauss. Americans are the world’s biggest suckers, and laugh at this weakness in their popular culture.


I do not have a first-class mind
, but David P. Goldman does, so you may find it very thought provoking.

Also, and this is not to unduly push First Things pieces, but it’s another provocative read, Joseph Bottum’s Bad Medicine:

I’m taking most of the weekend off. My MIL broke her wrist and I have promised to learn how to bake her famous Easter cookies, which she tells me are a lot of work; this weekend is the only chance I’ll have to practice on them.

To be honest, I am grateful for the distraction. I really want to turn away from politics as we enter the holiest week of the year, and I am going to spend what time I can this weekend with scripture and before my oratory in prayer.

But check back from time to time. If I glean anything halfway-interesting from my silence (what’s more contemplative than housework and baking?) I’ll post it.

Breathe.

And do not be afraid. Never, never be afraid.

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  • Myssi

    There is NOTHING more contemplative for me than housework and baking, which is why I also intend to do both this weekend, between soccer games, of course.

  • Rand Careaga

    Obama an “embittered outsider?”

    I think that you and David Goldman are both mistaken. Speaking here as one who wishes the chief executive well, I’m pleased that so many of his foes have signally failed to take his measure. Rhetorical shots lobbed at sundry chimeras (Obama the America hater, Obama the Muslim mole, Obama the teleprompter-tethered simpleton) are likely not to fall near their intended target. As to the lead shots intimated by more reckless bloggers, we may all trust God and the Secret Service to avert these rounds.

  • Iris Celeste

    He is just a fool with no moral compass except to correct the wrongs he sees as having been perpetrated against him (the man has issues that I believe are due to the way his father and mother “raised” him, or better said, did not “raise” him; amazing what lacking a good home life can do, I feel more sorry for him than anything) but a lot of damage can be done by a fool given power! Every time the man opens his mouth about anything having to do with science, technology or math (my undergraduate degree is in chemistry and my graduate degree in electrical engineering) my jaw drops… Doesn’t the man have advisors to stop him from saying such stupidity? Between the mathematical impossibilities and the unscientific assertions that the man makes I don’t know how anyone can take him seriously (obviously South Korea doesn’t…) Which leads me to wonder what the technical “literacy” of the average american is not to catch these glaring errors and what a sorry comment on our public education system it is considering how technology permeates our lives and a basic knowledge is required to make rational decisions about tradeoffs…

  • http://citizendiana.blogspot.com citizendiana

    Although the work still continues to repeal this monstrosity, I think I’m finally ready to calm down about it, so this was a much needed Friday night post. Any chance your MIL will let you post the recipe for those Easter cookies? If not, then Anchoress readers demand pictures, at the very least!

  • tnxplant

    So what is his measure? Who is he? What is his worldview? What does he believe? What is the thing he cannot live without?

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Yes, Rand, do tell us? What does he actually believe? I what does his brilliance consist of?

    (He’s done such a bang up job on foreign diplomacy, oh, yeah! Sarc.)

    Please also tell us what bloggers you know have actually been firing bullets at him? That’s a pretty reckless accusation to make.

  • Just Ed

    Your hatred for the President is making you mentally ill. Back during the GWB years they called it Bush Derangement Syndrome. Then, as now, it marks a mind in a deeply unhealthy state. And it marks a mind and heart that have thrown off the Holy Spirit in favor of an idol comprised of ones own sick obsessions.

    [You're quite mistaken. I don't hate the president. -admin]

  • http://nonivorytower.blogspot.com/ paul

    Two old sayings come to mind:

    “If he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck.”

    And,

    “Know him by what he does, not by what he says.”

    Words of wisdom.

    A lot of ‘change’ has indeed come to our national leadership.

    Another old saying, “Beware of what you pray for. You might get it.”

    We have gotten it.

  • Elaine S.

    I often think “But how can we NOT be afraid? If these things are all as terrible as we make them out to be, what other response can we possibly have but fear if not panic and depression?”

    Then I recall something one of my favorite columnists, Mary Beth Bonacci, said years ago in an essay on the first anniversary of the Columbine tragedy:

    “As I listened to these teens share their stories on Palm Sunday night, I looked up at the crucifix. It suddenly struck me. There was a tragedy. In a sense, it was the ultimate tragedy. God Himself became man, coming down to our level to bring us closer to Himself, and what did we do? We hung Him from a tree to die a horrible, bloody, excruciating, traumatic death. The creature turned against the Creator in the most horrible way possible. Man killed God. We turned against the source of all beauty, all love and all life in our world. It was, in a very real sense, the worst thing that could ever happen.

    “And yet, we don’t try to forget it. To the contrary, we erect mementos to it everywhere. We put its image in the front of all of our churches. Imagine that. Instead of some nice pretty picture accentuating the positive, we erect life-size statues of God Himself dying a horrible, painful death at the hands of His own creatures. We cast jewelry so that we can wear solid gold figurines of the dying God around our necks.

    “Isn’t this a little twisted?

    “As a matter of fact, it isn’t. That’s the contradiction of God’s love.

    “The crucifixion looked like the ultimate triumph of evil. Satan thwarted God’s plan. There was the world’s last great Hope, hanging from a tree. All appeared lost.

    “And yet, that was the very moment of God’s triumph. God always has a trump card, and He always plays it in the midst of our darkest moments. Just when it looked as if Jesus was gone and all was lost, He rose from the dead. He overcame death itself, revealing Himself as Lord over all, even of the powers of the most hideous evil ever perpetuated in human history. He instituted His Church, not on the shaky foundation of a mere man subject to death, but on the eternal foundation of The One who cannot be overcome by evil, or death, or Satan himself. He rocked the world with a tremor which shakes us to this very day.”

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  • Craig Payne

    The only way to continue striving for the benefit of the City of Man is to remember that the City of God is unassailable and unchanging and eternally victorious.

    What you all said is right: Never fear, never despair, never give up.

  • Jennifer

    Spengler’s assessment is RIGHT ON THE MONEY.

    I wish you well with the cookies. And I’m with you on wanting to step away from the craziness during this Holy Week. More time gazing upon Jesus and His Passion for us; less time with the craziness of our country right now. It would do the whole country immeasurable good to stare at Jesus, bloodied and broken for them and let their hearts be moved with sorrow.

    And thank you again for the reminder to never be afraid.

    God bless you, Anchoress.

  • Joe

    President Obama was probably raised with the idea that America is bad and needs to be fixed, rather than America is good and exceptional (although granted with flaws). I do not think President Obama hates America, he wants to implement good policy changes (while there are a few leftist around Obama who really want harm to come to America, I do not think he is in that camp). Unfortunately the policy changes he and his supporters want will do far more harm than good for this country.

  • tim maguire

    Rand is right in that many of his opponents have been as careless of who he is as his supporters have been. That blank slate gizmo seems to work both ways.

    All I know is Obama is a mediocre man with a surprising talent for making influential people enthusiastic about him.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    and, of course, Just Ed, back in the time BDS, you criticized Democrats for the sort of anti-Bush hysteria, illustrated in the Anchoress’ links, yes?

  • vw

    Dear Anchoress,
    I’m embarrassed and ashamed for you on this last post. This goes beyond the legitimate “I fear the choices of this president and we must be vigilante” to libel and slander. To both the President and the First Lady. Yikes. Funny story: A very conservative protestant pastor, a dear friend of mine, was invited to a televised interview of the candidates, back before the elections. He asked Mrs Clinton a bold question regarding abortion. At the break my friend was invited to meet Mr. Obama who admired my friend’s question and wanted to talk further. It was Mr. O’s turn next. He asked my friend to pray over him before he went out. My friend is the pastor of a big church, but he’s not “famous.” Since that day Obama has called on him for counsel and prayer, regularly. Quietly. Not for press reasons. For actual, deep prayer. I don’t think my friend the dedicated pro life pastor even voted for him! Whatever you think of Barack Obama, he is not an evil, lying snake out to destroy. You may disagree with his choices but he is a man who turns to authentic prayer. He flew my friend to DC to pray over him the day he was inaugurated. Again, no reason to do this but he wanted the prayer. My friend, the pastor, says Obama is truly humble before the Lord. Look, gentle readers, you believe the bad things you read about this man, believe this also. We can join our President in those prayers. God loves America. He’s present in the White House. Anchoress, rage against policies you find abominable, but please stop libeling the man.
    I leave you with the USCCB:

    link

    We’ve seen columnists write with vitriol as they demonize those with whom they disagree. There’s a viciousness which goes beyond what can be called acerbic writing.

    We need to address this climate.

    (this) includes whether or not we’re willing to give another the benefit of the doubt, accepting that their intentions are good, even if their goals differ from ours.

    It involves accepting the fact that each of us is a child of God and precious to Him and our brother or sister.

    It involves how we speak and terms for one another.

    [Really? You're "embarrassed and ashamed" of me for posting a provocative excerpt from a provocative column and then going off to make cookies? By all means, then, Ma'am, if I "embarrass and shame" you, please stop reading me. I suspected you were playing a passive-aggressive game, but gave you the benefit of a doubt, because I tend to take people at their word, until they give me reason not to.

    What "climate" exactly are you saying we "need to address?" The climate of free-thought, free-opinion and free-expression? Because in America -right now, at least- Spengler is entitled to think what he wants, and to express it, and I'm entitled to pass it on.

    If you're talking about the climate of people venting their anger -and anger is allowed, you know (at least it's allowed when it originates on the left) - well, perhaps we needed to address "this climate" at least ten years ago; some of us tried to. Some of us worked on "civility, civility, civility" with both hands. Where were you then? I must have missed your visits here talking about how the "climate" of hate toward Bush and "sub-human, neanderthal" conservatives needed to be addressed. -admin]

  • YogusBearus

    It is difficult to not be discouraged with the radical direction we seem to be taking. Maybe it takes having radicals in power to get us off our duffs and take our country back.

  • Bertha

    I literally gasped and caught my breath when I read the quote from Karl Krauss. To purposely sound stupid in order to manipulate the public into thinking they are clever? I am bouncing back and forth between being naive about politics and becoming a complete cynic.

    Yes, breathe. This morning, during quiet time in the wonderful sunshine, I breathed in trust (for God’s plan) and blew out fear. The Holy Spirit is life and breath, God’s breath, and it always renews me.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    vw, while it’s nice that Obama prays, and that your friend the pastor believes him to be a good man, that doesn’t exempt the president from any, and all, criticism, or excuse his lapses in judgment, such as snubbing Israel, Great Britian, and the Dalai Lama.

    The American people made it clear that they didn’t want this health care bill, but it was ramrodded through anyway. They have some right to be angry. Violence is always wrong, but I’m beginning to think that, for the Left, “violence’ is now any criticism of the president, or the Democrats.

    As the Anchoress points out, anger is still allowed. The American isn’t like the Pharoh of ancient Egypt; a god king, whose word is law, and must not be questioned; dissent, and, yes, sometimes anger, are all part of his job.

    (Anyway, isn’t dissent supposed to be the highest form of patriotism?)

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Heh, should have said “American president” above; sorry about that!

  • P Buchta

    God Bless our President, Barack Obama.

  • vw

    Never grow weary of doing good. Ten years of civility is not a reason to take a break now. I don’t even understand your point there (because they are, we can?) Anyway I just found your blog this year, but I’ll leave you alone after this. Although it’s a public blog, you seem to only want folks who agree with you to comment. I thought maybe you really did hate the rhetoric but were passionate about the issues. I love that, and I like your perspective on so many other things. Perhaps that’s passive aggressive and I should just aggressively dislike everything about you because I disagree with some of your posts. I’m deeply disappointed. It sounds like you want me to stop bothering you with my outrageous comments that Obama may not be all out demonic. Okay. Signing off. You may have the last word, it’s your blog. Hope the cookies turn out and the Lord has mercy on us all.

    [Oh, what nonsense. This blog has always had leftists who disagree posting here. I don't mind disagreement. I mind game playing. My point is not "because they did we can." My point is I'm tired of others telling me that I am not entitled to express anger, because I am a Christian. That's a cute way to say "shut up." You can disagree with me all you like. Just lecture me about how I "embarrass and shame" the name Christian when I a)publicly struggle with the whole issue of anger and Christianity with some regularity (again, you'd know this if you read me as much as you aver) and b)tell me that because I've dared to repost something written two years ago that I thought was provocative (as it certainly is) that I have somehow crossed a line of decency. And yes, Lord have mercy on us all. -admin]

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    The Anchoress’ point, if you’d bothered to read it, was that, ten years back, when the Left was vilifying President Bush (some were even calling for his assassination), there was no outcry about “civility” or “Charity!” Instead, those who criticized Bush derangement syndrome were told to chill out, lighten up, and remember that dissent was the highest form of patriotism.

    Now that there is anger over the health care bill, we’re being told that it’s all just an evil backlash, that being against the bill is, somehow, promoting violence, and we should all just be quiet, drop the dissent and go along to get along.

    Some never get tired of hypocrisy.

  • Just Ed

    So basically what I hear y’all saying is that, at heart, you’re no different from the BDSers. Somehow I thought you would hold yourselves to higher standards than those awful atheistic liberals did.

    Comparisons aside, you (plural) are still sacrificing the Christian virtues of sobriety, temperance, and charity on the altar of political obsession. You are projecting all of your anger, fear, anxiety, and hatred onto one man, the President of the United States. That isn’t healthy, no matter who happens to occupy that office, or who’s doing the projecting.

    [I don't hate the president. But I'm tired of being told -especially by the secularists- that Christians are not allowed to be angry; that's just another way of saying "shut up." The nation just told the president and congress that they didn't want something, and the president and congress said, "shut up. We know what's best for you." Then they compounded the insult by announcing, "we just did something great for America, who wanted us to do this great thing. And if you're angry about it, there is something wrong with you." When did anger suddenly become something people did not have a right to? As Hillary said, "this is America, and we have a right to question and disagree with any Administration." And we have a right to be angry, too. That right does not only belong to the left. -admin]

  • Just Ed

    Aside to Ms. Anchoress: I just dropped by here to check out a blog that I’d heard about but not read before. I was disappointed to find that it seems to be yet another “Christian” blog that is in fact little more than a cog in the right wing noise ‘n hate machine. You’ll be happy to know that I’m taking your advice to vw and will not be reading you further. You can go on stewing in your vitriol.

  • vw

    (this is to Rhinestone, not Anchoress)
    Yes! I agree with you!! Dissent IS a fantastic form of patriotism!!! And of course yes I was in the face of those villifying Bush. Horrifying. Odd that it’s assumed I don’t challenge “the left” because I”m here challenging “the right.” Mm, assumptions! Yummy fuel. But listen, at the end of the day I don’t really care if non-believers are hypocritical, wildly wrong idiots. I care if we are. I don’t fear them getting their way for a while. This too shall pass because this nation prays. I’m not afraid. I love us. I only fear our scandalous behavior during this time because no law that’s passed (no matter how heinous) can kill a man’s soul, but His Ambassadors here on earth can certainly do some damage. And that’s my area of concern. More is expected of us. Which does not mean we can’t get angry and fight the issues. But come on, you know that slandering the President, talking about his wife bitch slapping him etc as in that post… is not fighting the issues. Yikes. Seriously. PS the climate remark was part of the Bishop’s post. I figure we can all agree with the Bishops.

    ["our scandalous behavior." That would be what? Being angry? Please. That's a game. That's a tool: "don't be angry or you shame and embarrass the name of Christ." That's another way of saying "shut up." I'm tired of that game. -admin]

  • vw

    Oh my gosh I can’t stop responding!! hahaa!! This is addictive, I kinda’ get that…
    My dear Anchoress, beloved of Christ:
    Angry: “I hate this health care bill, I don’t want it. I hate what POTUS said in his speech. I feel ignored and oppressed. I hate what he stands for. He makes me angry. I hate what this portends.”
    Scandalous: “Barack Obama is a clever fellow who imbibed hatred of America with his mother’s milk,” etc, that whole vile paragraph.
    Maybe we disagree on the definition of righteous anger. As I was chastised for being passive aggressive and for falling into moral relativism let me just say you’re dead wrong in this. And so far as I’ve read you — only this.

    [We will have to agree to disagree. This makes me Very Angry and Spengler, whether one agrees or not, is still entitled to his opinion. -admin]

  • Sally June

    “what’s more contemplative than housework and baking?” Thank you, Anchoress: that one comment will sustain me.

    My girlfriend Martha used to say she loved doing the dishes — it was the one time everyone left her alone. For me, it’s folding clothes. I get to watch whatever I want on TV and thing about matching corners and making neat little piles. Life makes sense.

  • Liberty60

    Well. As one who campaigned joyfully for Reagan, both times, voting straight GOP line up until the mid-90′s, it is a very odd experience, to be described as a “leftist”.

    Yet here we are. Have I changed? In some ways, yes. Has the GOP and conservative movement changed? Definitely, in my view,and not into territory I wanted to follow.
    I say all this as a way of introduction, that as a fellow Catholic and former conservative, I don’t view people such as the Anchoress with venom or malice.

    I am a member of a group called the Coffee Party, which is intended to establish a framework of reasoned and civil dialogue among American citizens, based on mutual respect.

    So in that vein, I am happy to take part in discussions here. Yes, I am a fervent supporter of (most) of what Obama is doing, with reservations and disagreements on some issues.

    So to the topic at hand- I would disagree that Obama is hostile to American values- rather, I think he embodies much of what is good and right in America.

    I would ask this- instead of arguing over abstract theology such as “Marxism” and “Capitalism”, maybe we could just talk about your solutions, versus our solutions.

    regarding HCR, for instance- could we agree at least in principle, that making sure everyone can access health care, regardless of ability to pay, is a social good- maybe not a right, maybe not necessarily delivered by government, but a good, that we should strive to acheive?

    Maybe lets start there, and see where we go.

    [The GOP has already said that and more. Why is it still considered "nothing" by the left? -admin]

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    Hey — Congratulations Anchoress!

    You made it on the list for “seminar commenters.”

    But no, we cannot agree in principle so long as some people insist on dishonesty in the discussion. And one of the NUMBER ONE dishonest assertions in this entire debate is this lie that ObamaCare is about “making sure everyone can access health care.”

    Everyone now can already access health care.

    So, let’s end this charade now, let’s stop this dishonest conflating of the actual provision of medical treatment with (a) the various schemes for payment thereof, including Obama’s method of coercion, regulation, taxation, and redistribution of wealth, which already has had the effect of making actual provision of treatment harder, and (b) control over healthcare decisions, including Obama’s method of government panels of “experts” decide, rather than the individual.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    As one who campaigned joyfully for Reagan, both times

    OK, let’s start here then –

    “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

    “From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? . . .

    “So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government–not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

    “It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. . . .

    “Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work-work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.

    “If we look to the answer as to why, for so many years, we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here, in this land, we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”

    –Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    Uh-oh, did I not end my italicization? This should do it then.

  • SKAY

    I am beginning to see a pattern on blogs that have a difference of opinion with the Obama agenda.

    An Obama supporter says I like you or I used to like you but……..and then question someone’s Christianity/civility/whatever–because you don’t agree with —-Obama.

    Sounds like talking points.

    Concerning the pastor that Obama prays with–Obama belonged to Rev. Wright’s Church(it is also a large church) for 20 years–before the idiology of the Rev. and his church became public.

    link

    Very interesting article written about this church and the Ideology(black liberation theology) behind it.
    It would be nice to know what Church this pastor is from that is such an influence on Obama. In fact–I think that the citizens of the United States have the RIGHT to KNOW that about their elected nontransparent President.

    Thank you, Anchoress, for your wonderful blog.

  • Liberty60

    Bender-
    OK, so lets start with the assumption that making sure everyone has access to health care is a social good.
    Your point is that everyone now can access it.

    Well here is where I disagree- for instance, everyone can access emergency room care; but for people with chronic illness that needs long term care, like cancer treatments, there just isn’t any comprehensive provision that covers everyone.

    I am willing to consider non-government methods of ensuring that people can get chemotherapy even if they have no money, but so far I haven’t seen anything put forward that makes that a reality.

    And as for the comment by Reagan, I have come to see that that point of view has limits- I would say now that government is not the answer for ALL things, but it is a very good answer for SOME things.

    I like having government run streets and fire departments, for example.

    [Streets and fire departments are quite different from surgeries and emergency rooms -admin]

  • Manny L.

    vw – I too don’t care if he prays. Frankly I don’t believe he prays. I don’t believe he has a religious bone in his body, either Christian or Muslim. Anyone that can be as pro-abortion as Obama cannot be religious in any sense. There is not one qualification to abortion that he has supported or currently supports. Frankly he’s put one over on your paster. Obama is thee most pro-abortion president ever. Period.

  • Rand Careaga

    @Liberty60: Like poor Frum, you’ve been read out of the congregation. I’m personally looking forward to the GOP and the teabaggers enforcing relentlessly stricter definitions of “conservatism,” rather like Lenin reading dissenters out of the early Russian communist cabals even when the dissenters had a voting majority. Eventually, when the Republican “mainstream” has moved to the right of Randall Terry, we may perhaps look forward to Bender blinking in bewilderment at his expulsion “frum” orthodoxy. Should that happen, please remember the parable of the prodigal son, and extend him a hand back to sanity.

    [Aw, Rand...when the crash comes, or when you and I are standing on line for shoes, you'll still be welcome here. And I won't even say "I told you so," or be smug or anything. I and the rest of the rough company will offer you virtual cocoa. :-) -admin]

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    Rand, I really couldn’t give a rat’s ass about whether I’m accepted by the Republican Party or not. I stopped calling myself Republican about 14 years ago, so there is nothing to “expel” me “frum.”

    And as for all you folks calling for civility, somehow I doubt that you will call out Rand for his purposeful juvenile use of that obscene epithet.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Bender, yeah, that was a pretty juvenile epithet; kinda homophobic, too, in my opinion; the sort of the thing a snarky twelve year old would find knee slappingly funny. Civility indeed!

    SKAY, yes, it looks like talking points to me, too. And, in the end all the verbiage basically means, “Shut up, and stop criticizing Obama!”

    Thank you for your blog, Anchoress, and don’t let the talking points and name callers get you down!

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    As for getting angry—well, Christ got angry; He drove the money changers out of the temple, He denounced the scribes and pharisees, he rebuked Satan after fasting in the desert 40 days.

    Anger isn’t always a bad thing.

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    John the Baptist used harsh words. Stephen used strong words, which led to his stoning. Peter spoke out forcefully. Paul was famous for his temper. John wrote a lot of biting words in the Book of Revelation. Moses and Aaron and the Prophets all got angry and spoke harshly.

  • Bender’s Cheerleader

    Rand – you don’t know Bender very well.

    Bender doesn’t blink. He focuses like a laser beam.

    And he’s never bewildered.

    Never.

  • Rand Careaga

    “Obscene epithet?” Oh, please. If it hasn’t fallen too far down the memory hole for you to dig out, you might recall that the term was most recently popularized by “the movement” until the earlier slang meaning was gleefully brought to the attention of the clueless by apostate Sullivan and others.

    And no, I don’t know Bender or his lasers very well. I imagine that suits both of us. Still, I’m grateful to the Anchoress for her offer of a cocoa, and want her to know that should shoes and feet be transposed come the end of civilization she can count on a killer martini (gin, not vodka) waiting for her on this end in that event.

    [Danka, Comrade. -admin]

  • newton

    To vw and other “seminar commenters”:

    So, Obama prays… That’s nice. Very nice. So nice, indeed.

    The Apostle James had something to say about that. Here it is:

    “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

    There.

    ***

    Woman, enjoy your baking!

  • newton

    Let me tell you a little “closer to home” anecdote about someone being deceived by Obama.

    When my husband transferred to his current position in Houston, he noticed this one woman in one of the cubicles. I won’t mention race or ethnicity here, but being October 2008 when he was transferred here, he noticed this woman’s cubicle was wall-papered, almost literally, with pictures and speeches of Barack Obama.

    The cubicle looked like an Obama shrine. All that was missing were candles and a prayer book. (That picture of him with the aura around him was there, all right. Every pixel of it.) I know: I saw it the day I visited that office for the first time, with a little toddler on daddy’s arms and heavily pregnant with my younger one.

    I asked if anyone had mentioned that to any of the bosses. He couldn’t tell me. Actually, I suspect that many knew about this – everyone could see it every time they passed by her cube – but no one would dare to say a thing. Fear of a lawsuit, perhaps?

    Fast-forward to today. My husband was talking to me about work today, while driving around Houston. I remembered that lady and dared to ask, “How’s the shrine?”

    He answered, “To be honest with you, it has been toned down quite a lot. Even she doesn’t want to push him down our throats anymore.”

    Spengler was right: he called it earlier than just about everyone else. The American People were, in fact, deceived by a con man. (Con men are not stupid. That’s the big problem with them: they are smart enough to charm themselves out of a rat hole; they would even charm a snake away from them if they could.) Those who saw him as the Red-diaper baby that he was were the ones who warned people the loudest. Yet, those voices had to be drowned because of the con-man’s game of calling “racist” anyone who dared call a spade a spade.

    Time has proven Spengler and the others not only correct, but seriously prophetic. More people are waking up in “hangover” mode and asking themselves how the heck did they ever think about voting for Obama. Even those who we never expect to change their minds are either in doubt about him or quietly changing their allegiances – betraying themselves in the process.

    All of that in fourteen months. Wow!

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  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Rand, for one thing, the Tea party movement never used the term “Teabagger”—-certainly not the way that you, and Andrew Sullivan, and the other anti-teapartiers use it.

    And, secondly, using the obscene meaning to mock at the allegedly “clueless” is still being obscene—and it’s still snark at about the level of a 12 year old, and aren’t the progressives supposedly above that? “Rough company” and all, donchaknow.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    As Bender points out, if you guys really want civility and sweet charity in discourse, you’re going to have to drop the double-entendres, and sniggering epithets.

  • Jennifer

    vw,

    I know not whether your story about Obama and your pastor friend is true, but I know I am allowed to size up Obama based on his public actions and words, and he has been found wanting.

    His words and actions have proven him to be an enemy of life and an enemy of freedom. He wants American dollars to be used freely to kill our own children and the children of foreign nations. He allies himself with the abortion industry. He appoints men who are sex-obsessed (perverted sex, for that matter) to be in positions of influence over our school children. He seeks to undermine true marriage between one man and one woman. None of this strengthens the family or society, but weakens it to the point of destruction.

    He has now succeeded in shoving this health-care takeover down our throats through bribes, bullying and lies. We will find out soon enough whether his new law will be found constitutional, but in the meantime, freedom is eroded because the people’s voice has been ignored.

    This man has no interest in leading or governing; he is interested in dictating. He is a narcissistic, power-hungry wolf in a snazzy suit.

  • Sue from Buffalo

    vw, I’m stepping into this. Spengler wrote:

    ” Barack Obama is a clever fellow who imbibed hatred of America with his mother’s milk, but worked his way up the elite ladder of education and career. He shares the resentment of Muslims against the encroachment of American culture, although not their religion. He has the empathetic skill set of an anthropologist who lives with his subjects, learns their language, and elicits their hopes and fears while remaining at emotional distance. That is, he is the political equivalent of a sociopath. The difference is that he is practicing not on a primitive tribe but on the population of the United States.

    There is nothing mysterious about Obama’s methods. “A demagogue tries to sound as stupid as his audience so that they will think they are as clever as he is,” wrote Karl Krauss. Americans are the world’s biggest suckers, and laugh at this weakness in their popular culture.”

    I have to say this. He was right. I understand that you don’t like how this was said. Ok but it is such an accurate description of the President. I really don’t see how this is scandalous. Obama is full of resentment of the America we grew up with. I am 47 years old. (Not much younger that the POTUS). I truly miss the America I grew up in and am scandalized by the America I live in today. And why? Because it’s not enough that we have abortion in our land…Not enough that we have pornography on our tv, in our music, in our movies, our books and even going through the check-out line at the grocery store.

    The whole world is turned upside down. What was good is bad and what was bad is now considered good. Our friends are now dissed and our President bows down to those who would wish us harm. From what he has said (offering painkillers to the elderly instead of needed surgery) and from what we have seen in this so-called health bill (cancer hospitals have to ration care due to the patient’s age, mandatory end-of-life counseling for anyone on Social Security, etc), I can’t see how he has any respect for human life. We’ve been fighting so hard to get rid of abortion and now we have to fight just to stay alive.

    If we all get past the emotion here we can see that what Spengler said is really true. It really is an accurate description. Those words are only damning in that they are true. And that’s what hurts.


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