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.
And this quote from Obama, at American Thinker, also creeps me out with its implication that the State's job is to provide my life with meaning:
"They want a sense of purpose, a narrative arc to their lives, something that will relieve a chronic loneliness or lift them above the exhausting, relentless toll of daily life. They need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them -- that they are not just destined to travel down a long highway toward nothingness."
The last person in the world I'd want to discuss the meaning of life with is a politician. There is an immature grandiosity operating here, and I find it disturbing.
What is fascinating about the tingly-leg press is that they are exhibiting the very symptoms of arrested development and star-struck immaturity that they always accuse America in toto of suffering. The usual critique of the elite media is that we are a nation of mindless followers, who go from one fad to another, and value looks, youth, and pizzazz over substance.
But the current spectacle suggests something worse — that the press who claims they know better and are more sophisticated are, in fact, far more infantile than most Americans, and essentially Access Hollywood, People Magazine, and the National Enquirer dressed up with network logos and NY-DC bylines.
Obviously, he is talking about himself. The inner emptiness of the narcissistic bounder. Not true of most of the hardworking Americans he presumes to describe. Most of them are believers, even if he isn't. If he said that anywhere near my church, the smallest Sunday School child would hold out their arms, say "Poor Obama, you feel bad. Trust in Jesus, confess your sins, and He will save you and give you work to do."
Mr. Hardin is close to being spot-on here in regards to where the ridicule should be placed. Attacking Obama himself (or as Mr. Hardin argues, the media) only causes his true believers to either tune out or come to his defense. Calling the emperor a fool or a pompous ass is a childish waste of energy. Calling his subjects fools is at least getting closer to the problem. However if you present a serious effort to point out that the emperor has no clothes and let his subjects come to logical conclusions themselves about the emperor, you will at least make progress when the emperor eventually changes. Then at least if you lose round 1 you're not starting all over again every time the emperor changes...I think I beat that metaphor to death…