22 October 2010

On the madness of voting against The One

The One had discovered why his approval ratings have nose-dived, reports Charles Krauthammer in a droll NRO article. It seems the president has been unwise enough to speak his highly-educated mind. "Facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day", he said, "because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country is scared."
Dr. Obama diagnoses a heretofore undiscovered psychological derangement: anxiety-induced Obama Underappreciation Syndrome, wherein an entire population is so addled by its economic anxieties as to be neurologically incapable of appreciating the “facts and science” undergirding Obamacare and the other blessings their president has bestowed upon them from on high.
Krauthammer suggests there is a simpler explanation: Gallup findings that 42 percent of Americans describe themselves as conservative, 35 percent as moderate and only 20 percent as "liberal". He also suggests - and here I believe he overestimates how much people know or care what is happening in other countries - that the example of Europe is the strongest possible argument against The One's political agenda.
Even as we speak, the social-democratic model Obama is openly and boldly trying to move America toward is unraveling in Europe. It’s not just the real prospect of financial collapse in Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland, with even the relatively more stable major countries in severe distress. It is the visible moral collapse of a system that, after two generations of increasing cradle-to-grave infantilisation, turns millions of citizens into the streets of France in furious and often violent protest - over what? Over raising the retirement age from 60 to 62!

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