Obama’s Ideology of Decline
Make no doubt about it, Barack Obama, the man elected to be the 44th President of the United States, is an ideologue.
Many argue that with his statements on Hope and Change centered on the redistribution of America's wealth, along with his documented understanding and teachings of radical political operatives like Saul Alinsky, Cloward/Piven, and Rahm Emanuel's ominous statement, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste", that Barack Obama is a Communist ideologue. The truth is actually more troubling than even this assumption.
Political commentator Charles Krauthammer joined Frank Gaffney on Secure Freedom Radio for an interview and what Charles is able to articulate about the policies that the Obama Administration have pursued during its first full year in office points out that Barack Obama is an ideologue, alright ... he has embraced an ideology of decline.
This excerpted and edited from David Horowitz's Newsreal -
Charles Krauthammer Nails Down Ideologue Obama Perfectly
by Michael van der Galien, NewsReal Blog - 2010 February 2
Appearing on Frank Gaffney’s show on Secure Freedom Radio earlier today, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer delivered the ultimate smackdown of President Barack Obama.
The conservative columnist proved he understands Obama completely. As I argued yesterday, conservatives are making a tragic mistake by mistaking the man for a pragmatist. He is not, he’s a leftist ideologue.
Krauthammer understands that perfectly. He reminded Gaffney that Obama truly reveled in the praise of the world’s most feared dictators and the standing ovation they gave him when he spoke to them at the United Nations, where he apologized for every single thing America had ever done.
Another good point Krauthammer made about Obama’s political views, is that he’s an adherent of “declinism,” as all progressives are. This ideology of decline says that the U.S. has peaked and that things can only go down hill from here. China will – somehow logically – become the world’s next superpower, while the U.S. will lose most of the power and influence it has today.
Lastly, this president has an unquestionable faith in the United Nations. The UN, Obama believes, can solve every major crisis in the world. Again facts don’t matter. History has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that while the UN may be a nice debating club, you’re mistaken to believe that it can get anything done. Whenever a serious crisis occurs, “the international community” bails out at the last moment and America – together with some loyal allies – is forced to clean up the mess. This is how it has been ever since the UN was founded. Obama’s refusal to accept this rather obvious truth, is yet more proof that he’s nothing more or less than a leftist ideologue.
I’m happy to see that Krauthammer understands what kind of politician Obama is and what this means for his domestic and for his foreign policy. The more people nail this ideologue down, the better. After all, you can’t fight an opponent you don’t understand.
And this excerpted and edited from Jonah Goldberg -
Obama Appears Blinded by His Own Ideological Biases
The president isn’t a pragmatist, no matter how often he claims to be one
Jonah Goldberg, NationalReviewOnline - February 3, 2010 12:00 A.M.
‘I am not an ideologue,” President Obama insisted at his truly refreshing confab with the Republican caucus in Baltimore last Friday. When he heard some incredulous murmurs and chuckles from the audience in response to the idea that the most sincerely ideological president in a generation is no ideologue, he added a somewhat plaintive, “I’m not.”
It’s clear from interviews that he is fond of the notion that he is above ideological squabbles and is a clear-eyed appraiser of facts and adjudicator of political disagreements. He’s described himself as a “pragmatist,” even a “ruthless pragmatist,” countless times.
Obama routinely insinuates that all of the facts are on his side. He invokes a confabulated consensus of experts to suggest that there is no legitimate reason for anyone to disagree with his agenda. After all, with the eggheads and “facts” in his corner, only the other side’s ideological blinders — or stupidity — could account for any dissent.
Ideologies don’t require blinding yourself to the facts; rather, they help you prioritize what you are going to do with the facts. Indeed, the very question of deciding what to be pragmatic about — this but not that — requires applying an ideological test.
A truly “ruthless” pragmatist might opt for summarily executing enemy combatants after torturing them with hot pokers. He might abandon anyone who can’t afford health insurance. He might ban abortion on the grounds that Social Security needs more young people or eliminate college football entirely as a needless distraction and a drain on resources.
The philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote in 1909 that if everyone becomes a pragmatist, then “ironclads and Maxim guns must be the ultimate arbiters of metaphysical truth.” Russell’s point was that there’s nothing within pragmatism to delineate the proper and just limits of pragmatism. We must look outside pragmatism for that.
Our values, customs, traditions, and principles provide insulation against the corrosive acid of undiluted pragmatism. When you bundle these things together, it’s often called an ideology, and there’s no reason to apologize for having one.