During his State of the Union address, with eight of the Supreme Court justices sitting right in front of him like clay pigeons, Barack Obama told the world that he would have to correct their mistake by bringing back McCain-Feingold. Well, why wouldn’t he say such a stupid thing? After all, he’s been wrong about everything else.
It’s perfectly reasonable that Obama would oppose corporations donating money to political campaigns. Where do oil, coal and pharmaceutical companies, get off thinking they should have the same right as the UAW, the SEIU, ACORN and George Soros, to finance elections? For that matter, while whining about some corporations playing a role in the election process, I haven’t heard Obama say boo about the role that such corporations as NBC, CBS, ABC, the Washington Post or the New York Times, have played in creating and burnishing his image.
But, then, who are regular, run-of-the-mill, tax-paying Americans to question Obama? He’s brilliant, after all. It’s not just liberals who say so, either. I keep hearing people like Bill O’Reilly saying so day after day. The problem is that I keep looking for signs of his brilliance, and looking and looking. It doesn’t help that the O’Reillys of the world never point out any examples.
Still, if Obama is so brilliant, why does he parrot the words and thoughts of a bunch of schmucks like Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, Al Gore and Michael Moore? Why does he insist that the trouble with the Constitution and the Civil Rights movement is that they didn’t focus on the redistribution of wealth? Why would he hand over the federal budget to a couple of morons like Pelosi and Reid? And why on earth would he put Henry Waxman in charge of his energy program? A brilliant person wouldn’t trust Waxman to bring baked beans to a picnic.
When someone decides to model a health care plan after such dismal failures as England, Canada and Cuba, while exhuming the failed economic policies of FDR, why would anyone suggest he is anything but a left-wing ignoramus?
This is an American president, for heaven’s sake, who has more in common with Noam Chomsky, Hugo Chavez and some Berkeley hippie than he has with Washington, Jefferson and Adams. Except that he is now 30 years older, Obama seems to think exactly the same way he was thinking back in college, when he was a pot-smoking idiot who sought out students who were self-professed revolutionaries and professors who were communists.
If we have come to a point where the ability to read scripted lines off a Teleprompter is considered a sign of brilliance, no matter how fatuous the actual words may be, we are in even worse shape than I imagined.
In a movie I loved, “The Princess Bride,” the villain, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), keeps saying “Inconceivable!” each time something happens that he failed to anticipate, mainly because, in his arrogance, he underestimated his adversary. Finally, after he has said “Inconceivable!” once too often, one of his cohorts turns to him and says, “I don’t think that word means what you think it does.”
But I wouldn’t want to leave liberals and some goofy conservatives entirely speechless when it comes to describing the president. So to fill the void, I’m happy to supply them with some options, such as stubborn, pompous, inflexible, dishonest, officious, partisan, unpatriotic, duplicitous, socialist, untrustworthy and dictatorial.
Any of those words is far more fitting than brilliant, as are self-enamored, egotistical, narcissistic, long-winded and boring.
You want to know who I think is truly brilliant? Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, that’s who. His demeanor is pleasant and his decisions are invariably sensible and well-considered. And that includes his most recent decision, which was to skip Obama’s State of the Union harangue.
© 2010 Burt Prelutsky
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