For Farah, It's All About the Hate

For Farah, It's All About the Hate September 25, 2013

Joseph Farah’s Monday column is quite revealing, I think, though not in the way he intended. “Whom does Obama hate most,” the headline asks. What it reveals is how much the idea of hate and the degree to which it should influence incredibly important political decisions is central to Farah’s view of the world.

Whom does Barack Obama hate most?

How much does he detest a nuclear-armed Iran that constantly threatens its neighbors with annihilation?

Not enough to prevent him from continuing negotiations.

Make a note of that.

Okay. Note made.

How much does he detest the regime in Syria, which only a week or two ago he was prepared to attack for what he claims was the use of chemical weapons?

Not enough to prevent him from continuing negotiations.

Make a note of that, too.

Duly noted, again.

How much does he detest Republicans in Congress who recognize the U.S. government is going off the fiscal cliff with out-of-control borrowing and spending and want to place implantation of a mammoth new, broadly unpopular entitlement program, Obamacare, on hold before raising the debt limit once again?

Enough to refuse to negotiate.

I think it’s clear whom Obama hates the most. Don’t you?

No. I think it’s clear that you think hatred should be the key factor in deciding these complex questions, which is, to put it bluntly, incredibly stupid. And it demonstrates perfectly why people with your mindset should be kept as far away from power as possible. Farah thinks Obama should “negotiate” with the Republicans — meaning he should agree to scuttle the signature achievement of his presidency — because he hates the health care reform bill. But why on earth should or would Obama agree to that? The Republicans simply don’t have the votes to pull this off. They have no leverage, but they’re too busy playing to their base to care about things like reality.

Now, why would or should Obama negotiate with Syria and Iran? Do I really need to spell that out? Because negotiated agreements that resolve the disputes would be far better than launching more wars that kill untold numbers of people and bankrupt the country even more, and that could very well spark a broader regional war with devastating consequences for all involved (except the weapons makers, of course; they win every war). Farah is simply blinded by his hatred of Obama, and his bizarre belief that hatred should guide our policy.

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