Thursday, April 18, 2013

The worst thing about Obama's rant

"The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Mr. Obama said in the White House rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote. “It came down to politics.” …

"This pattern of spreading untruths … served a purpose. A minority in the U.S. Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery. It’s not going to happen because 90 percent of Republicans just voted against that idea. …
Actually, it's not going to happen because five Democrats broke away and voted against it and that cancelled out the four Republicans who voted for it ... but that doesn't really matter that much. The bad logic and dishonesty of this has been well analyzed elsewhere. And "so what?" because Obama's bad logic and lying aren't any worse than lots of things that politicians of all persuasions say. The real problem is not the sloppy thinking, the dishonest portrayal of opponents or even the self deception at work here.

No, the real problem is that Obama himself doesn't believe a word of it. When necessary he gets up and spouts these words and he is very good at it. But it's all a lie and he knows it.

The real point of his speech is revealed in the following:
“You’ve got to send the right people to Washington,” he told voters. “That requires strength and it requires persistence. I see this as just Round One. Sooner or later, we are going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it.”
Yup, it's a campaign speech.  That's what he does. Obama campaigns all the time. Nothing else actually means anything to him. Whether he is talking about jobs, the economy generally, race, peace, the environment or gun control it's always really about the pursuit of power. That's the only thing he really cares about.

He doesn't believe a word he is saying. That's what our modern political elite has come to, people standing up and making speeches that they don't believe a word of in order to stir up crowds to keep voting and writing cheques. And this emotion has to be kept hurtling around this  network all the time because if anyone stepped back they'd notice that it doesn't really have anything to do with anything.

1 comment:

  1. That's right, its a distraction. And don't forget media's role in pepetuating this, they're the vehicle the political elite uses, along with the self-promoting talking heads who debate this garbage but never ask the hard questions. Ugh!