Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Obama Years: Popular Sentiment trumps ALL

It's probably safe, at this point, to just come right out and say,
in plain language, what we have all known to be true ever since
it really began to look like Obama was going to take the election:

The reigning Modus Operandi guiding Obama's decisions, and the
current Democratic party, and apparently many American voters, is
that what we might call "popular sentiment" will TRUMP common sense,
wisdom, and reason whenever any important subject comes up.

Anyone who did any SERIOUS reading of Obama's positions, views,
orientations, and circles-of-friends in the 15 or so years prior to
his presidency learned what an out-right, extremist, left-wing
Liberal he is; but whether or not those Facts were considered, we
are all now seeing just what a Radical Leftist would do if he/she
became president...

... but all this was apparently ignored by enough people to get
him elected (though surely not even Obama-circle-sticker-toting Democrats
are HAPPY about the fiscal train wreck he and his Democratic disciples
are creating as fast as they can???)... What carried him into the
presidency -- let's be honest -- was a combination of
several things that appealed to POPULAR SENTIMENT more than anything else:

    He's black
    He's the polar opposite of absolutely anything Bush-like
    He -- like any good snake oil saleman -- is a smooth talker
    He looks good on TV (some say)
    He's young
    He's into computers and techie stuff (and he uses them well)
    Let's face it, McCain was just too "old school"... and Old...
    He's black

Americans are free to do whatever they choose with their one single vote;
that's part of the beauty of this type of electoral system; but it's the
WHY that I'm interested in here... I have yet to have ONE SINGLE
PERSON who voted for Obama give me a SINGLE reason for their choice
that does NOT fit into one of the above SENTIMENTAL categories...

And now we have a major milestone in the news, for this presidency:
Obama has named Sonia Sotomayor as his pick for a Supreme Court spot.
Right off the bat, a SIGNIFICANT comment made by Ms. Sotomayor comes
to light:
    "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness
    of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion
    than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

As I pondered this radically biased comment this morning, it dawned
on me that THIS IS, indeed, WHERE THIS PRESIDENCY IS; THIS is the kind
of statement that not only does not bother them but one that they
actually agree with!

Newt Gingrich's response was succinct and right on target:
    "Imagine a judicial nominee who said 'my experience as a white man
    makes me better than a Latina woman.' Wouldn't they have to withdraw?
    New racism is no better than old racism."

But that kind of common sense, practical WISDOM, that basic sense of
FAIRNESS, is lost on this administration. Obama is riding the wave of
Whatever-We-Feel-Like-Doing, and he is finding out -- like a spoiled and
bratty teenager -- that he can break all the old rules right in front of
our eyes and nobody's going to do anything about it. He's going to put
a Racist on the Supreme Court, and he knows that nobody is going to
stop him, because he has Popular Sentiment on his side.

It's truly "Alice in Wonderland" in D.C. these days, and Obama does seem
like the Cheshire Cat, grinning into the TV cameras...

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