SOLO-International Press Release: A Less Obaminable Obama?

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2009-01-20 20:52

SOLO-International Press Release: A Less Obaminable Obama?

January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama's inaugural address offered some grounds for cautious reassurance, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

"The scary semi-Marxist and terrorist-appeaser of the campaign trail was barely to be glimpsed. A more mature Obama, clearly sobered by his daily reality-briefings and his reported reading of Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson, extolled 'the ideals of our forebears.' The candidate who had once said the Constitution should be overturned to allow for un-American 'positive rights' became the President who spoke of 'remaining true to our founding documents.'

"The candidate who said that 'spreading the wealth around' (meaning stealing from some to give to others) was good became the President who acknowledged that affluence must be earned and paid tribute to entrepreneurs: ' ... it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.' He allowed that the market is 'unmatched' in its capacity to generate prosperity and expand freedom, even as he mistakenly claimed the need for a 'watchful eye' to correct distortions and disasters caused, as it happens, by government intervention.

"The candidate who said he'd sit down with totalitarians and terrorists without preconditions became the President who vowed: 'We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.' He paid tribute to those who had defeated fascism and communism, and those currently fighting Islamofascism in far-off deserts and distant mountains.

"He became perhaps the first President to acknowledge that freedom of religion also means freedom from religion for those who so choose, as he listed 'non-believers' among those who make up the diversity of belief systems in America.

"Of course, liberty-lovers can't sit back, relax and wait for President Obama, in his closing words, to deliver safely the gift of freedom to future generations, or preserve it for this one. Mr Obama remains in thrall to the myth of man-made Global Warming, and spoke of it again today - in sub-zero temperatures. Who knows what legislative horrors he may yet promote in the hysterical, scientifically illiterate campaign against CO2 - he who also said he wants to restore science to its rightful place?

"We must remember that he remains surrounded by hard-left kooks of his own appointment, who will be pushing him to raise taxes and regulate everything in sight. We must remember that he is already committed to boosting the Bailout Bolshevism begun by President Bush to staggering levels, with all that implies for government control of the economy. And though he disavowed Big Government for its own sake, his agenda for government still includes items such as health care that are none of government's business. Dick Morris frets that America under Obama will become France. A worse possibility is that it will become the USSA.

"Above all we must remember that he remains in thrall to the sacrifice of the individual to the collective, the very antithesis of the founding ideals of which he spoke so glowingly. Until America has a President who understands and upholds a person's right to live for his own sake, liberty-lovers can never sit back and relax.

"It is to be hoped that President Obama will continue his study of Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith ... and even more crucially, that he will add Ayn Rand to his reading list," Perigo concludes.

Lindsay Perigo editor@freeradical.co.nz

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Ruth...

Olivia's picture

No govt in this world takes notice of Mises; and at the end of the day we have to deal with what IS...

Choosing the "ought" instead of the "is" does happen from time to time in governments. I cite Mart Laar, former Prime Minister of Estonia, as an excellent example.

http://www.cato.org/special/fr...

"Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Good for you Jameson et

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Good for you Jameson et al. 

Obama has NEVER said he is the messiah. Already we see hope in capping govt salaries, lifting the ban on stem cell research, and other measures which honor science and the constitution. We see strikes in Pakistan so he is no pacifist.

Obama is not a messiah but he is a good man - something like John Key here in NZ. 

 His economic views are wrong, but money is not the most important thing you know. No govt in this world takes notice of Mises; and at the end of the day we have to deal with what IS, no matter how much you may  support an Indy position.

And so far he is doing just fine. 

 

 

Hope

Jameson's picture

Your excellent take on Obama's speech, Lindsay, gives me the ounce of hope his campaign failed to deliver.

Linz, I meant it tongue-in-cheek...

Marcus's picture

...but the fact is, you said that Kennedy's comments on freedom of religion would not be repeated in today's cultural environment - as if we were going in a downward spiral in that respect since the 60's.

Yes, you should applaud Obama when he says it.

Trusting your judgement, I do agree with you on Obama's speech - even though I haven't listened to the speech myself.

Well...

Ross Elliot's picture

...no doubt that's true. Credit where it's due.

But the lipservice liberals pay to certain ideals doesn't absolve them of their overwhelming complicity in the destruction of our civilisation.

They'll believe in free speech right up until the moment they nationalise the last printing press.

In that sense, anything they espouse is hollow.

Marcus

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I'm not playing the silly game of "gotcha" here. I don't care what Kennedy's and Obama's motives were in saying what they said. Why in fact *shouldn't* they have self-interest? In case you hadn't noticed, that's not a sin in our moral lexicon. Fact is, separation of church and state is good, and I will applaud anyone who stands up for it for doing so, no matter how much I may disagree with them on other matters. I don't know why it's more important to say "I caught Linz out" than "I agree."

Hi there Mr Ahmadinejad, I just dropped in for a little talky...

Marcus's picture

Students burn picture of incoming U.S. President-elect Obama during anti-Israel and anti-U.S. rally in Tehran

"On Iran's main state television news, not a frame of the inauguration was shown. It was mentioned once, but only in the context of America's economic crisis. There were no pictures of Obama on the front pages of newspapers. One magazine was closed by the authorities for doing just that after Obama's election victory. Out on the streets, thousands chanted his name. But only to yell "Death to Obama". They didn't wait for the inauguration to deliver their verdict on Obama, dragging his portrait through the streets of Tehran and then, three hours before he took the oath of office, setting fire to it alongside a picture of George Bush..."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

I caught out Linz...

Marcus's picture

"He became perhaps the first President to acknowledge that freedom of religion also means freedom from religion for those who so choose, as he listed 'non-believers' among those who make up the diversity of belief systems in America."

Linz posted a clip last year from the 1960's of Kennedy declaring that freedom of religion was essential, and Linz said that this wouldn't happen nowadays.

I replied that I bet Obama would likely say the same thing because of the religion question in his background (like Kennedy).

So you see, I was right. It was not a sign of the times as Linz suggested - just the context of the President's religious background that mattered.

Michelle Obama...

Ross Elliot's picture

...is a troublemaker.

And not the good kind.

Lipservice...

Ross Elliot's picture

...is what it's called, and Barry Obama is paying it. He's a political operator extraordinaire, and that's it. You'll find more depth in the Capitol reflecting pool. He's not exactly the anti-Christ. More's the pity. At least Satan is good for a laugh.

[That said, the gluteal clefts he had to grease to get into office will have to be serviced at some time, and the current economic debacle provides plenty of scope for that.]

It's appropriate that the Jefferson Memorial stands apart from the great promenade of the National Mall down which the dignitaries gazed during the inauguration ceremony. On his hubristic train trip south to the capital, Obama made a speech in which he called for "a new Declaration of Independence" and a suppression of our baser urges, including that of selfishness. The new president's oath was hollow: he can't defend America, because he doesn't believe in America. Where's the ghost of Thomas Jefferson when you need him?

Drawl

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Obama has a bit of a drawl-sounding thing. Black people in America in public life are often worried about sounding too white. I think that when he is amongst whites, he "talks white" without the drawl and without the preacher unnatural breaks in speaking. When he is at a black church, and the recorders are not rolling, he will use black speech patterns and colloquialisms to fit in.

His public speaking voice sounds to me like a person who speaks properly trying to imitate the cadence and accent he has heard from the black church pulpit, but cleaned up and toned down. I think very strongly that it is affectation.

I also think that he is very conciously trying to develop his own speech patterns and style so that it is identified as an Obama Style. This guy is already writing a history book about his Presidency in his own mind, is very aware that what he says during his Presidency is going to be replayed, and replayed, and replayed along with the words of other African Americans (who are actually heroic like MLK, Jr.) and he wants to fit in with his own style, even if it is utterly fabricated.

And what's with the Michelle Obama love affair? She lost me the minute she gave a speech where she said that she dreamed of a world where her daughters, her little sisters, could acheive their dreams. ("Sisters" being a euphemism for black women.) I think she is a knucklehead, and she is a racist. She will get off the tight leash she is on right now during Obama Presidency and embarass him yet, mark my words.

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Linz,

Marcus's picture

"I'm starting to wonder if he's genuinely conceptually dysfunctional, notwithstanding how bright he obviously is."

How do you know Obama is bright? That's just the media's spin on it. If Bush had said that there are 57 states in the US it would be used as proof that he was as dumb as dirt.

Getting into Harvard is also no indication of intelligence, he may have been on some sort of quota program.

What I find incredible is no-one has yet picked up on how incredibly boring Obama is when he speaks unprompted. He sounds like someone who is talking in their sleep, just struggling to get all the words out.

In terms of vocal delivery and tone, he is absolute crap. My theory on why that is, is that he lacks passion, he is an anal-retentive.

By the way, can any of our US friends tell me what accent he has? Bush had a Texan drawl that I liked to make fun of, but what does Obama have? It's not Hawaiian. It's surely not from Chicago. Is it from some part of Louisiana?

What the fuck is it?

Yes, Mark...

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...the preachyness of our new President is making Jesse Jackson bite his tounge with envy (sorry that 1984 was the wrong place, wrong time 'Rev' Jackson) - very 'black' preacher. Being a bit of a blues, jazz (and I'll admit - GOSPEL) nut I guess I'm a little immune to it but I pick up what you're putting down, Mark (so to speak). President Obama's black-preachery elements to his speeches are about to get old. Quickly. Even to African Americans, who have already started lampooning it on forums like Saturday Night Live, etc. Well, we may be going to hell in a statist handbasket but at least its an entertaining demise! Enjoy the show!

He's Used up all the race cards

Sandi's picture

They've been played all at once. How can this card possibly be played by anyone from now on?

Obama - The 44th Half White President

Sandi's picture

Do you think that he is referred to as the 44th Black president because of the colour of his skin?

That sounds awfully racist don’t you think?

Quite apart from the

Mark Hubbard's picture

Quite apart from the substance, or lack of it, in his speeches, it's that lilting, sing-song speech pattern that is going to drive me over the edge during his rhetoric, sorry! Reign.

 

 

Yes, well....

mvardoulis's picture

...I need a job anyway, so I'll be posting on SOLO here my open letter to now-President Obama asking if he would appoint me his "No-Man" - his official contrarian who will oppose each and every statist suggestion made by his lefty cabinet and push him against his own statist tendencies. We'll see what becomes of it... Eye

I've listened ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... to some of his impromptu speeches since his inauguration at the various parties he attended. Full of ghastly bromides. I'm starting to wonder if he's genuinely conceptually dysfunctional, notwithstanding how bright he obviously is. He wouldn't be the first in this anti-conceptual age.

I couldn't watch it, either...

mvardoulis's picture

But finally did right before I popped on to SOLO here to read your excellent release, Linz. I think you summed it up nicely, and indeed it was much 'better' than I expected. But I have to share Robert's cynicism. I swear, USPS politicians are as slimy and slippery (and Obama is no different) as they come. At least in New Zealand, when a politician doesn't 'mean what they say and say what they mean' their career is in jeapordy at least somewhat. Not so in the USPS.

Excellent PR Linz

Sandi's picture

The candidate who had once said the Constitution should be overturned to allow for un-American 'positive rights' became the President who spoke of 'remaining true to our founding documents. Spoken like a man to be trusted.

I fear the constitution will face some of its biggest challenges during Obama's term in office.

I couldn't bear to watch it either and Marcus sums it up perfectly for me.

"The reason I could not force myself to watch it is all that crap about him being black - as if that is all that matters. These same media mugs (and most of the public) cannot see the racism of it is just as tasteless as if they were to proclaim - "hooray, hooray, Obama is half white!!!"

A $40 million inauguration

atlascott's picture

A $40 million inauguration is no way to start a Presidency mired in an economic crisis.

Instructive, though, as the the economic approach he seems to favor, though.

Scott DeSalvo

www.desalvolaw.com
FREE Injury Report and CD Reveal the Secrets You Need to Know to Protect Your RIGHTS!

Fair enough

gregster's picture

I couldn't bear to watch it either.

Watch out, soon you'll be on the Cheerleaders for Obama list too. Smiling

Good piece Linz.

Mark Hubbard's picture

Good piece Linz.

Talk...

Robert's picture

... is cheap. Let's see what he does. I fear the worst given the super majority in the House, a compliant fawning media, and a populous too easily swayed by empty (though brilliantly delivered) rhetoric.

Thanks for that Linz...

Marcus's picture

...I couldn't bring myself to watch the inauguration today. I was hoping you or someone else here would sum it up.

It sounds like Obama is making some positive noises.
Let's 'hope'.

However the analysis I heard on the radio here gave it quite a different spin.

Firstly, a number of listeners were apparently disapointed that the speech was not 'tear-jerking', but dry. Secondly, one pro-Obama talking head said that it was a good speech because it displayed that he was non-partisan. On top of that he said, I kid you not, that Obama had explained how the US just needs to do what works - that the "ideal does not have to be about ideology"...?????!!!!!

The reason I could not force myself to watch it is all that crap about him being black - as if that is all that matters. These same media mugs (and most of the public) cannot see the racism of it is just as tasteless as if they were to proclaim - "hooray, hooray, Obama is half white!!!"

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