Two days ago, Matt Drudge linked to a new book by Jerome Corsi, unflinchingly titled Where’s the Birth Certificate? The book immediately leapt to number one on Amazon.com, where it has remained ever since. The media has shown its usual incredulity at the indisputable stupidity of the American people. How could so many people question President Obama’s birthplace? How could they wonder about his origins? Are they all simply racist?
The answer, of course, is that Americans are desperately seeking an answer to a simple question: why does President Obama appear to be so un-American? The term un-American here is not synonymous with anti-American (though Obama has been that on occasion); instead, it merely signifies that President Obama is unconcerned with typical American principles and traditions. He sees capitalism as selfish and evil, religion as dangerous and oppressive; he sees the Constitution as antiquated and entrepreneurialism as exploitative. [Read more by Ben Shaprio/NewsRealBlog]
Sometimes you read something and have an epiphany-like moment. Or more like a “he knows exactly what I’m thinking but couldn’t say it as well” experience. Shaprio put a tack right in the middle of the map for me with the question “why does Obama seem so un-American?”
I’ve never been marching in the birth certificate parade because some little voice tells me it could all be a head fake. Now, I have to admit that another little voice tells me there could very well be something to it, too. And if he does have a valid BC, then why spend millions of dollars to keep it hidden? I just have too many questions about him and why he’s guarded his life like no one I’ve ever seen in public life before. If I’m not mistaken, his annual physical has never been released nor were his medical records during the campaign. (Someone correct me with evidence, if I’m wrong, please.) I’ve never seen a politician with so many aspects of his life “off limits” like this guy.
But I digress.
The point is that this man we (well, not me) put in the Oval Office seems like he’s not one of us. He feels different from all the other Americans we know, we work with or work for, we love, we marry, we fight with and for. Obama is not like any of my neighbors or my state Senator. His values are not our values. For me, he IS the Anti-American. His principles are nothing like mine.
When you think about it, he didn’t grow up like a typical American. His youth was spent in foreign lands with foreign traditions and cultures. Is that a bad thing? Maybe, because it means that he can’t really relate to the typical American. He faked it pretty well during the campaign but now that he’s sitting in the White House, the difference between him and pretty much most of America, is very clear and he’s doing very little to hide it.
I guess what makes me the most uncomfortable about Obama is that he’s made me the enemy. I can’t remember a president who made those in the opposing party into the enemy, like this man has. (I find myself wistfully wishing for the days of Bill Clinton…. kinda.) To Obama, it’s them against us and by framing it this way, he’s made me feel like I’m in a civil war with my own government.
Remember when he said that we were no longer red states or blue states but now we were united states? He only said it once because he never really meant it.
There is no way any Conservative would have any of these beliefs, provided any one of us could even figure out what this guy really believes.
What is understandable is that he announces to his British audience that he is an American who “does not like my country.” And he’s extremely anti-capitalist and anti-Christian.
The Venus Project is part of the Zeitgeist movement which Jarod Loughner’s high school friend says had a some influence on the mindset of the murderer. It’s an incredible cult with some really bizarre ideas – when you can sort any of them out.
Does anyone remember Marshall Applewhite, the founder of Heaven’s Gate cult? It was located in California and all his members committed suicide in the hope of being taken to the mother ship that was hiding behind the Hale Bopp comet.
Heaven's Gate Founder Marshall Applewhite, aka Do
Am I alone in seeing a resemblance, sans the goatee?
I know there was a time in my life when I could never recite the candidates for Senate in Delaware or for congress in Alaska. I never understood how important a political race in Florida was to me, living out in Nevada or Arizona. In fact, I never thought it was all that important. I believed that the “red scare” was over with McCarthy and that I’d never see a battle to save the Constitution from a small elitist and leftist minority. Like a majority of Americans, I’ve always believed in God but I never thought I would see a day, in America, where a mortal man would be revered and worshiped as the second coming.
I’ve always been busy raising kids and working to notice that my country was slipping away. Now we are on the cliff and about to lose it all. I know I’m no different than millions of other Americans. Most of us were not paying attention. We took for granted that the Constitution was always going to be there to protect us and that most politicians – I said MOST – believed that their service to America and to their constituents was almost a sacred calling.
But how things have changed.
I believe that, in the words of Mark Levin, this is the most important election of my life. I believed that the ’08 election was and we lost. In losing that election, we stepped to the edge of the cliff. I’m afraid that we will lose this time around and I’m not sure that we won’t finally go off that cliff. I’m disheartened that 20% of Americans consider themselves liberal: that nearly 2/3 believe America “is on the wrong track.” A majority don’t believe that their children will have an America as good as they’ve had, let alone a better America.
We are now racially and economically polarized. We can thank the president for that. From “cops acted stupidly” to the dismissal of the New Black Panther case, he has shown America on which side of the race issue he sits. Funny that he’s half white, and no one seems to want to acknowledge that, including Obama himself. He demonizes business and insurance companies. Bankers and Wall Street are the havens of “fat cats.” If you make $251,000, you are rich and you are vilified.
Too many races are “too close to call.” Too close to call means that there are legions of lawyers waiting for contested races and when those go to court, liberals win. One need only look to Al Franken . . . If a race is separated by a couple of percentage points, it will be contested by the left. There will be no justice because the courts are packed against the Constitution and against the majority of Americans. Voter fraud seems to be taking place all over this nation. If you can’t trust the ballot and the ballot takers, who can you trust? I was going to vote early, but now I’m afraid that my vote may not be counted, at all.
I’m discouraged and disheartened. I’m afraid that on November 3rd, our nation, as we’ve known it, will be dying.
I can’t blog and I think I finally know what writers block means.
Traditional peasant societies believe in only a limited good. The more your neighbor earns, the less someone else gets. Profits are seen as a sort of theft. They must be either hidden or redistributed. Envy rather than admiration of success reigns.
In contrast, Western civilization began with a very different ancient Greek idea of an autonomous citizen, not an indentured serf or subsistence peasant. The small, independent landowner — if left to his own talents and if his success was protected by, and from, government — would create new sources of wealth for everyone. The resulting greater bounty for the poor soon trumped their old jealousy of the better off.
The reason it won’t work is because we aren’t Europe, as much as Obama would like to make us like that.
Europe has a history of serdom and aristocracy.
Americans threw that off with the Revolutionary War. We are a nation where hard work, ambition and determination can and does result in dreams being accomplished. An individual does not have to be born with a trust fund to secure a successful and happy life. In America, all opportunities are available to us, if we are prepared to expend the energy and the personal responsibility to see it through.
We have never been a nation that resents success or punishes those who attain it. Americans have always celebrated and honored those who followed their dreams and accomplished them.
Europeans have risen from farming a lords land, with no personal property and no personal freedoms. Americans have never been peasants or serfs to any man or government. And we aren’t about to start now.
Europeans have no contract with their governments, nothing that guarantees freedom. We do and it’s called the Constitution.
On this day celebrating the Constitution, let’s all remember we are and always have been a FREE people and we owe all those who came before us for that. It’s our charge today and every day, to make sure that freedom remains secure for our children and theirs.
Failure is not the product of [the Statists] beliefs but merely want of power and resources. Thus are born endless rationalizations for seizing ever more governmental authority. Mark Levin/Liberty and Tyranny
And “thus are born more rationalizations” for enslaving the citizens by over taxation. If the school systems aren’t working – Let’s throw more money at it. If the war on drugs isn’t working – Let’s throw more money at it.
Statists will never admit that a system or a program just isn’t working. That would be admission of failure and they DO NOT FAIL.
. . . Marxism retains all the major structural and emotional factors of biblical religion in a secularized form. Marx, like Moses, is the prophet who leads the new Chosen People, the proletariat, out of the slavery of capitalism into the Promised Land of communism across the Red Sea of bloody worldwide revolution and through the wilderness of temporary, dedicated suffering for the party, the new priesthood.
The revolution is the new “Day of Yahweh,” the Day of Judgment; party spokesmen are the new prophets; and political purges within the party to maintain ideological purity are the new divine judgments on the waywardness of the Chosen and their leaders. The messianic tone of communism makes it structurally and emotionally more like a religion than any other political system except fascism.
“I keep thinking of what they told us in school about the sun losing energy, growing colder each year. I remember wondering, then, what it would be like in the last days of the earth. I think it would be … like this. Growing colder and things stopping.”
“I never believed that story. I thought by the time the sun was exhausted men would find a substitute.”
“You did? Funny. I thought that, too.”
This exchange between Dagny Taggert and Hank Reardon in Atlas Shrugged crystallizes Rand’s whole image of Man as an individual. Ayn Rand had the highest regard for Man and for his inventiveness, his ingenuity, his ability to overcome and invent his way out of anything and everything, even to the snuffing out of the sun.
Atlas Shrugged sweeps the reader into its own world of larger-than-life characters—including the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy and the great industrialist who doesn’t know that he is working for his own destruction. The story is a mystery about a man [John Galt] who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Society disintegrates, food shortages spark riots, factories shutdown by the hundreds. Is this man a vicious destroyer—or the greatest of liberators? What is the motor of the world? What is required to restart it? AynRand.org
Its uplifting message of Mans ability to strive for and secure his own freedom is a universal message of all mankind, no matter his country or his station in life. His natural tendency to be a producer and keep the fruits of his production is the core desire of all men. Atlas Shrugged speaks simply to all.
It’s no wonder that Atlas Shrugged (original title was The Strike) is #1 in readers choice best novels of all time (Random House) and makes many other top 100 best novel lists.
Reason (the faculty which identifies and integrates the material provided by man’s senses) is man’s only means of perceiving reality, his only source of knowledge, his only guide to action, and his basic means of survival.
Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moralpurpose of his life.
The ideal political-economic system is laissez-fairecapitalism. It is a system where men deal with one another, not as victims and executioners, nor as masters and slaves, but as traders, by free, voluntary exchange to mutual benefit. It is a system where no man may obtain any values from others by resorting to physical force, and no man may initiate the use of physical force against others. The government acts only as a policeman that protects man’s rights; it uses physical force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use, such as criminals or foreign invaders. In a system of full capitalism, there should be (but, historically, has not yet been) a complete separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.
It’s impossible for any thinking person to find argument with the bulk of her philosophy. And it fits perfectly and logically with the Founders vision of a civil society and a government of laws.
It’s no wonder that she chose to leave collectivist Russia (post bolshevik revolution) and make her home in capitalist America.