The iron illogic of Barack Obama
Understanding the iron illogic of Barack Obama—whether on the economy, personal freedom, national security, or foreign policy—is simple enough. He’s been steeped in disinformation, denial, and propaganda.
Although actions speak louder than words, the President’s language is clear enough: he believes in government. What is the likely cause of such belief? A massive personal investment made in seeking power and control, which can only happen via government.
Because government is the best tool to achieve the Obama agenda, he views it as good. Similarly, because Obama is the face of the federal government, more government (and more power and control) is therefore better. While Obama may, in his heart, have some concerns about the limits of unending government, these have never emerged in the manner in which he practices politics.
However, the President ignores the fact that government, like Soylent Green, is people.
People, even government-preferred people, must operate with certain restrictions which sometimes thwart the President’s politics. Of course, there are people who disagree with the President and with his practices. Because this second group has been unmoved by the President’s words, he works to ignore, demonize, and threaten them, normally in that order.
But by his words, the President shows that people—all people, even those that are government-preferred—can’t be really trusted and as such, they need to be protected from others and from themselves. Therefore, additional legislation and regulation, that is, more governmental power and control, is required. However, such legislation and regulation is written and practiced by people who, going full circle, still need to be protected from themselves.
Because of this conundrum, “elites” such as the President and his fellow travelers—apparently exempt from the weaknesses of the hoi polloi—are needed to watch the more ordinary watchers in a sort of grand bureaucratic pyramid. Watching the watchers is arduous work and warrants special privileges of all sorts, including a quasi-permanent ruling class. Keeping the correct elites in power becomes a critical task and those that support the elites will be rewarded.
Nowhere are the ideas of justice or truth to be found in Mr. Obama’s politics. Instead, we have ideals of “fairness” (imposed, of course) while truth becomes malleable; living and breathing and changing with the opinions of the elites.
For our President, “justice” needs to be actively steered and the idea of eternal truths, except that government is good (when directed by the correct elite), is simply absurd. Instead, his actions show that he believes when the American people are operating under the benevolent guidance of the government and as controlled by his elites, great things will naturally follow.
Of course, the President’s iron illogic falls apart in the face of facts on the ground. Ergo, facts must be suppressed, cherry-picked, spun, or otherwise mutilated into a storyline which is harmonious with the direction established by our (his) ruling class. The lack of a feedback process is causing the President’s entire paternalistic agenda—like that of Paul Krugman—to fall apart, a systemic failure which can then be rationalized as the work of evil and nefarious beings.
When the government—the elites—picks winners and losers, as they so often now do, these decisions result in the suboptimization of choice, or worse, misinvestment. History shows that when the market—the people—picks, things end better. But Barack Obama is the personification of the elites…and of their many cognitive flaws and the power and control agenda.
The iron illogic of the President is that these many biases, clearly seen by others but not by him, have made it impossible for him to serve as the transitional president many hoped he could be. (That and his self-held superiority illusion.) Instead, America serves him.
How will the quest for an elite-led utopia end for Mr. Obama? Just as it always has and as it’s now trending; poorly.