We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This cartoon nails it. Short of perhaps Richard Nixon, I have never heard a POTUS dismiss with scorn those who disagree with him the way that Obama does.
The journalist Spengler at Asian Times [now also at First Things] saw Obama as an anthropologist -his mother's profession- diagnosing the natives. Obama's "bitter clingers" remark about rural Pennsylvanians was consistent with that diagnosis. He was caught on tape speculating among his wealthy urban liberal friends on what made them country hicks tick.
Obama knows Hawaii, liberal enclave Hyde Park, the South Side of Chicago, and elite college campuses. He doesn't know the vast part of the country that lies outside those narrow parameters. He looks at the rest of the country that he doesn't know with the detachment of an academic- or a psychoanalyst. Why is it that those yahoos don't agree with me?
Obama's recent remark that "facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time," is rather comical, given that Obama's exposure to math and science past high school is unlikely to equal that of Al Gore, who took all of two math or science courses in college. And those courses were of the rigor of "Science for Poets." Perhaps there is an underlying truth to Obama's "science" remark, when one recalls the mantra in past years about scientific socialism coming from Marxists on both sides of the Iron Curtain. From both Obama in his autobiography, where he wrote about "seeking out" Marxists, and from John Drew, we have evidence of Obama's Marxist orientation as a student. His "science" remark was an unwitting reminder of that.