Considering the way that Obama shows his contempt for patriotism time and again — as when he misquotes the Declaration of Independence, neglects to place his hand over his heart at flag ceremonies and denies American exceptionalism at every opportunity — you’d think he’d learn to leave symbolic gestures to the professionals. Instead, whether the issue is closing Gitmo, providing civilian trials for Islamic terrorists or racial profiling at airports, his sole consideration seems to be whether something will annoy Muslims. Understand, I’m not claiming he is a Muslim. I have no proof of that. I’m claiming he’s an arrogant idiot.
As I see it, America has been setting the world a damn good example for over 230 years. Most people have gotten the message long before now. The exceptions have mainly been Islamics and communists, and they’re not looking for good examples; they’re looking for world conquest. If the president wants to set a good example, he should stop insulting our allies and mollifying our sworn enemies.
Frankly, whenever I hear those knuckleheads in academia and the media praising the likes of Castro and Chavez or lamenting the loss of Mao or Che, I want to rap on their heads just to hear the echo. I mean, is it possible that they are totally unaware that, starting with Stalin, every communist regime has started out by employing intellectuals (aka “useful idiots”) to propagandize on their behalf, and, inevitably, ended up by executing the ultimately unnecessary pests.
The reasons that intellectuals are so dangerous is because, one, they reside in a bubble, be it at a university, a paper or a TV newsroom, where they are surrounded by their clones; and, two, they are so certain that they’re smarter than everyone else that any two-bit despot who pays them the least bit of attention will have them acting like lapdogs, eager to lick his hand and kiss his patootie.
Intellectuals remind me of Randy and Evi Quaid. They’re the couple that escaped to Canada. Psychiatrists have suggested that the Quaids suffer from folie a deux, the madness of two. It’s a delusional state shared by two people who bolster each other’s twisted take on reality. When more than two people share the same delusions, we refer to it as the Democratic party.
In the case of the Quaids, they believe there’s a secret cabal in America that has been responsible for murdering Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger. The Quaids believe those mysterious assassins they refer to as the Star Whackers are now after them. Of course, any sane person would realize how ridiculous that is. We’re talking about Randy Quaid, for crying out loud. He really shouldn’t start worrying until he gets word that he’s been targeted by the Has-been Whackers.
Finally, getting back to Obama and foreign policy, the man is convinced that we can actually undermine and destroy Iran through economic pressure. That might be described as folie a un. Still, I can see where he might have gotten the idea. After all, it’s worked like a charm for him here in America.
©2010 Burt Prelutsky