Skip to comments.The Curse of Charisma (We're not choosing a Homecoming Queen)
Posted on 07/25/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Even squirrels know enough to store nuts so that they will have something to eat when food gets scarce. But the welfare state has spawned a whole class of people who spend everything they get when times are good, and look to others to provide for their food and other basic needs when times turn bad.
The 14th amendment to the Constitution prescribes equal protection of the laws to all Americans. But what does that mean if the president of the United States can arbitrarily grant waivers, so that A, B, and C have to obey the laws but X, Y, and Z do not as with both Obamacare and the immigration laws?
Two reports came out in the same week. One was from the Pentagon, saying that, in just a few years, Iran will be able to produce not only a nuclear bomb but a missile capable of carrying it to the United States. The other report said that the American Olympic team has uniforms made in China. This latter report received far more attention, both in Congress and in the media.
People who lament gridlock in Washington, and express the pious hope that Democrats and Republicans will put aside their partisan conflicts and cooperate to help the economy recover, implicitly assume that what the economy needs is more meddling by politicians, which is what brought on economic disaster in the first place. (Skeptics can read The Housing Boom and Bust.)
Racism is not dead, but it is on life support kept alive by politicians, race hustlers, and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as racists.
One of the arguments for Medicare is that the elderly dont want to be a burden to their children. Apparently it is all right to be a burden to other peoples children, who are paying taxes.
Those who talk as if more people going to college is automatically a Good Thing seldom show much interest in what actually goes on at college: students spending far less time studying than in the past, and a proliferation of courses promoting a sense of grievance, entitlement, or advanced navel-gazing and breast-beating.
One of the most dangerous trends of our times is making the truth socially unacceptable, or even illegal, with hate speech laws. It is supposed to be terrible, for example, to call an illegal alien an illegal alien or to call an Islamic terrorist an Islamic terrorist. When the media refer to undocumented workers or to violence committed by militants, who is kidding whom and why?
After the charismatic and disastrous Woodrow Wilson presidency, the voters did not elect another president in the next decade who could be considered the least bit charismatic. Let us hope that history repeats itself.
For more than two centuries, the U.S. military never had a public celebration of anybodys sex life until the recent gay pride event under the Obama administration. Here, as elsewhere, the gay political agenda is not equality but privilege.
Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Then he proceeded to generate fear among businesses for years on end, with both his anti-business rhetoric and his anti-business policies. Barack Obama is repeating the same approach and getting the same results namely, an agonizingly slow economic recovery, as investors hang on to their money instead of risking it in a hostile political environment.
If we wake up some morning and find some American cities in radioactive ruins, courtesy of a nuclear Iran, nobody is going to care whether the president who lets this happen is the first black president or the last WASP president. But, in the meantime, many people will keep on voting for symbolism, as if an election is a popularity contest, like choosing a colleges homecoming queen or parade marshal.
There seems to be something liberating about ignorance especially when you dont even know enough to realize how little you know. Thus an administration loaded with people who have never run any business is gung-ho to tell businesses what to do, as well as gung-ho to tell the medical profession what to do, lenders whom to lend to, and the military how to fight wars.
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution
“We’re not choosing a Homecoming Queen”
Right. The country already did that in 2008.
Most American voters do not have the education or emotional depth to see past their noses.
They are conditioned to support and elect leaders based upon how much and how many ‘government freebies’ are promised to the underserved masses (underserved masses being an ever increasing crowd of lazy losers).
It doesn't help when we have an MSM which is shamelessly and openly giddy over their corrupt, incompetent, perennial debutante in the WH!!!
I speak fluent Democrat (having been raised as one) and I can translate their gibberish. Whenever a Democrat Thrall tries explaining why he or she always votes Democrat, what they always mean is “I vote Democrat because they’ll give me the money someone else earned.”
Charisma is usually the first symptom of the classic psychopath.
Most American voters appear to give more consideration to picking out their shoes than they do picking out their leaders.
I think this would be no contest (in favor of the GOP) if we had anybody but Romney. He’s a lousy, unattractive candidate, does not instill confidence, was not even a good governor of MA (didn’t run for a second term because he knew he’d lose), and is perceived to have bought the nomination.
As it is, even people who don’t like Obama are going to stay with the devil they know.
Hitler had charisma up the wazoo.
“I wish Buffy Summers had never come to Sunnydale.”
At this point I think it's gone beyond personalities.
The basic anti-Americanism of Liberals and their leader is something that has to be blocked and as soon as possible.
It that means Conservatives have to go with a candidate who is not totally to their liking, then that's what we'll have to do and carry on the fight with the weapon immediately to hand.
Sure, it just looked the other way (organized or paid for) hookers for two hundred years.
Using prostitutes has only been against the UCMJ since 2006.
The problem is the electorate. They're also the ones that gave us Romney.
After 4 years of "super star" Obama, I'm more than ready for boring.