Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Golden Dawn

A very interesting article on the Golden Dawn in Greece. I don’t know enough to say whether the organization is as awful as the Guardian portrays it, but even if it is I find its rise food for thought. I’ve always thought that the elite’s hate-speech laws and stifling of legitimate opposition to their “progressive” agenda would inevitably produce more and more reaction, ultimately ending in the generation of genuinely extremist groups, as more and more people become disheartened at their inability to be heard: human societies are like any living organism, and produce anti-bodies to invaders. In Greece this seems to have indeed happened. It is not surprising that their ire is directed mostly at immigrants: most of these are Muslim, and are unassimilable. Muslim groups do not join other societies; instead thet either take them over, or are destroyed.

Would Obama do this just to be re-elected?

If true, this will be a new low point for the Obama administration.  He knows full well how worthless this agreement would be.  The Iranians would get invaluable relief from sanctions, and we would get nothing of enduring value:  just a worthless promise to cut back a little on enriching uranium.  The Iranian government is unlikely to keep their word, and if they did, the pause is only temporary.  I wonder if Obama is naive enough to believe this, or if he doesn’t care?

After all,  it might get Obama re-elected.. He hopes.

Where has Frank Davis gone?

A very strange thing has happened: all reference to Frank Marshall Davis, Obama’s childhood mentor, has gone from the audio version of his book. This makes no sense, unless there is something here Obama does not want to emphasize. I suppose it might be this. I wonder if we’ll ever be allowed to know?

We cannot make Muslims Democrats

While I am certainly going to vote for Mitt Romney — I would probably vote for Donald Duck over Obama — I am depressed to see Romney repeating again the same exhausted memes about foreign policy. There are a number of simple truths, and I wish Romney knew these:

(1) We cannot make Muslim countries democratic, for Islam does not sanction democracy, and what Islam does not sanction has no hope in these countries

(2) We should stop wasting our time in Afghanistan and withdraw to let the Afghanis kill one another in peace.

(3) There is no hope of a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel, and we should give up on the useless peace “process” on which we have wasted so much time, and give our full efforts to supporting our one friend in the Middle East, Israel.

(4) We should give up hope in moderate Muslims. They exist in small numbers but have no power or influence.

(5) We should stop trying to make nice with Muslim organizations, which as a group are dishonest with us and have only one goal, a Muslim state. All else is subordinated to that.

(6) We should ban Muslim immigration to the US, lest we end up with the fifth columns we are starting to see in Europe.

Now, I am well aware that anyone who advocated these things would be ripped apart in the press as a racist and extremist. But preserving a free democratic culture is not extremism to my mind: I’d call it common sense.

As always, Diana West says it so much better than I can.

The Lucky Man Called Obama

I was mulling over why Obama did so badly last night in his debate with Romney. Then I saw this quote from James Taranto:

“What we saw last night was the real Obama–a bright but incurious and inexperienced man who four years ago was promoted well beyond his level of competency. The Obama that guys like Matthews and Sullivan expected instead was a character in a fairy tale–a fairy tale written by guys like Matthews and Sullivan.

When I think of what we’ve been allowed to know about Obama, this seems only too true. Raking together the scraps of Obama’s life we’ve been given, it seems obvious that he was an indifferent student in junior and high school. He went to Punahou, one of the most exclusive schools in Hawai’i, but on a scholarship for needy, not meritorious, students. While there he was a C or C- student. It is a mystery how he then got into Columbia, but one would guess it must have been through affirmative action, for his grades could never have done it. Judging by the one essay we have seen from Columbia, his writing was terrible and sophomoric, so a similar mystery surrounds his admission to Harvard. His time at Harvard law school is oddly bare of any sterling academic writing, which is surprising, since he became president of the Harvard Law Review. But the single article he seems to have written (a review of fetal rights) was workmanlike and nothing more. But then, that post was a popularity contest, not a sign of intellectual ability. He seems to have done well in the end here: he graduated magna cum laude. In his time as an adjunct at Chicago, he published not a single law review article, but managed to get heavily involved in community organizing and politics, and rose rapidly in this area.

What do we have from all this? Three things first of all. One is that Obama was articulate. Another is that he had style enough to become politically effective. The third is that he had a great deal of ambition. If he had lacked any of these qualities, he could hardly have been a good politician.

But the most important thing he had was luck. He was lucky in the place he was born and the expensive schools he went to, for clearly he did not get there because of his brilliance.

It seems he was lucky in another way as well, then: he was black.

He was incredibly lucky in that the media so took to him, surrounding him with a bubble of protection, built by their worship of what seems to be a liberal ideal. He seemed perfect to show all the racists that an African American could do anything, as if he marched to a black version of “I am woman”. They built a fantasy of someone who only partially existed: a brilliant, articulate, multitalented, super-competent black man who would become the greatest president the USA had ever had. And to achieve that, they ignored every single thing that could harm him, every detail that intruded on their dream, every thing that detracted from him. They ignored all that he hid of his life. And, worst of all, they ignored the utter lack of experience he had in running anything, let alone the government of the USA.

But the truth is that Obama is not brilliant. He’s black. And he’s lucky.

But luck always runs out some time. It ran out last night. We saw the real Obama as the fantasy was smashed by Romney’s rhetoric: an articulate, once-lucky, not very competent person who really isn’t that good at what he’s tried to do.