I watched Obama’s speech. For its brief duration, I kept thinking that George W. Bush could have given exactly the same speech. (Ah, I just remembered that John Caruso demonstrated this truth two years ago, in an exceptionally astute and clever manner.) In fact, and this is the point of significance, no man or woman is going to ascend to the office of president unless he or she will utter precisely the same empty phrases and offer the identical meaningless assurances.
The underlying problem is identified in this post’s title. When an individual lies to you repeatedly and systematically, about matters large and small, and especially when he does so over an extended period of time, there is only one method by which an adult will proceed in the future. Very simply, that is to treat everything he says as a lie — or, if you prefer an alternative, “softer” version of the same idea, to believe nothing he says absent independent corroboration. Sadly for all of us, there are very few adults in America, and only four or five of them have blogs.
In the case of Obama, I could offer the words of one prescient observer. In response to Obama’s wildly applauded speech on race, this person wrote:
Almost every politician lies, and most politicians lie repeatedly. Yet in one sense, Obama’s speech is exceptional, rare and unique — but not for any of the reasons offered by Obama’s uncritical, mindless adulators. It is exceptional for this reason: it is rare that a candidate will announce in such stark, comprehensive terms that he will lie about every fact of moment, about every aspect of our history that affects the crises of today and that has led to them, about everything that might challenge the mythological view of America. But that is what Obama achieved with this speech. It may be a remarkable achievement — a remarkable and detestable one, and one that promises endless destruction in the future, both here and abroad.
Oh, yeah. I wrote that — in March 2008. I think perhaps 12 or 15 people agreed with me. Most of you schmucks didn’t. I would say the laugh’s on you, but given the devastation and death Obama has caused — and he’s very, very far from done — I don’t think anyone feels much like laughing about any of this.
But having said that, I must note that in the speech this evening, Obama offered a brief passage containing nothing but fall-on-the-floor whoppers. Here you go:
We are a nation that brings our enemies to justice while adhering to the rule of law, and respecting the rights of all our citizens. We protect our own freedom and prosperity by extending it to others. We stand not for empire, but for self-determination.
I love “while adhering to the rule of law.” And, “We stand not for empire…” Those three sentences in their entirety are gold-plated comedy material.
Couldn’t you just die? You might.
I’m working on an article which will discuss further (among other things) this issue of not crediting a single word uttered by Obama, or by any member of the national ruling class. These are just a few preliminary notes, occasioned by this distinctly forgettable address.
To be continued in the next day or two.
P.S. You’ll find more about the specifics of the Afghanistan part of the speech here. The overriding conclusion is one I’ve stated repeatedly: WE ARE NOT LEAVING.
Yes, I wrote that post yesterday. I’m a thoughtful guy that way.