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When Failure is Success
National Review Online ^ | 2-25-14 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 02/25/2014 5:34:00 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

For Obama’s supporters, what matters is not what he does, but what he says and represents.

Losing a job is freedom from job lock. A budget deficit larger than in any previous administration is austerity. A mean right-wing video caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Al-Qaeda was long ago washed up. The Muslim Brotherhood is secular. Jihad is a personal journey. Shooting people while screaming Allahu akbar! is workplace violence. Unaffordable higher premiums and deductibles are the result of an Affordable Care Act. Losing your doctor and your health-insurance plan prove you will never lose your doctor and your health-insurance plan — period! Being a constitutional lawyer means you know how to turn the IRS and the FCC on your enemies. Failure is success; lies are truth.

President Obama’s polls are creeping back up again. They do that every time the latest in the series of scandals — the IRS, AP, NSA, Benghazi, and Obamacare messes — recedes into the media memory hole. The once-outrageous IRS scandal was rebranded as psychodramatic journalists being outraged. The monitoring of AP reporters and of James Rosen is mostly “Stuff happens.” The NSA octopus was Bush’s creation. You can keep your doctor and your health plan — period — begat liberation from “job lock” and the ability to write poetry because you don’t have to work.

There will be more momentary outrages on the horizon, as a president who would fundamentally transform America continues to circumvent the Constitution to do it. The latest are the failed efforts of acting FCC director Mignon Clyburn — daughter of a Democratic stalwart, Representative James Clyburn. She dreamed about monitoring news outlets to ensure that they prove themselves correct in matters of race/class/gender thinking.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: benghazi; epa; irs; obama; obamalies; scandal

1 posted on 02/25/2014 5:34:00 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Unfortunately the general populace is to stupid to follow this news to its logical conclusion. Affluence and technology will be our destruction.And our leaders will tell us everything is well.

2 posted on 02/25/2014 5:43:20 PM PST by refermech
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To: Deb; Sir Napsalot; Kaslin; neverdem; EXCH54FE; 2ndDivisionVet; Rummyfan; smoothsailing; Hojczyk; ...
VDH ping ...

Up is down.
Black is white.
Right is wrong.

3 posted on 02/25/2014 5:48:59 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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4 posted on 02/25/2014 5:50:56 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
VDH makes a very sound point - 0bama's appeal to his core is not what he is, but what he represents, symbology over substance. It is as if a picture of a cheeseburger has the same nutritional value as a real one. It might as well; most of them have no need of the real thing.

For elite rich liberals, whose money and privilege exempt them from the consequences of Obama’s policies, and their own ideology, he will always be their totem. He is iconic of their own progressivism and proof of their racial liberalism, and thus allows them to go on enjoying their privilege, without guilt and without worrying too much about how they got it or whether they might lose it.

Bingo. And it is important to remember that this phenomenon is not restricted to the elite. It is displayed by everyone for whom the government is the primary source of income and his presence in it a guarantee of continuation. These "progressive thinkers" are so thoroughly locked into the status quo that a threat to the size of government is an existential threat to their own lifestyle. Of course they're passionate. Their place at the trough is at stake.

For those of us tasked to fill the trough this doesn't seem like much of a deal, and as the number of takers waxes and that of the makers declines, we begin to have a real problem that only the elite can avoid. These, who have the most influence in addressing the problem, have the least motivation to do so. Hence the bloating, hence the inherent cannibalism of the socialist state. Surrender isn't an option if you're about to become a meal.

5 posted on 02/25/2014 5:51:18 PM PST by Billthedrill
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6 posted on 02/25/2014 5:53:13 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: refermech

“Obama has so divided the nation that he has created a permanent constituency “

One that senses blood in the water. We are in dangerous times, FRiend. Anyone who knows history understands the ‘logical conclusion’ of this journey. After all, the End justifies the Means.

7 posted on 02/25/2014 6:05:35 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Victor hits on all cylinders here. Fantastic, logical,, and most importantly true.

8 posted on 02/25/2014 6:07:46 PM PST by oust the louse (The Democratic Party might as well be called the Death Party. Abortion & ObamaCare/death panels.)
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To: Billthedrill

Well stated, and totally correct (IMHO).

9 posted on 02/25/2014 6:17:55 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Uh, - - - - ? Double-think, right?

10 posted on 02/25/2014 6:42:10 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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11 posted on 02/25/2014 6:49:48 PM PST by Kryn-Man (Self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', redneck)
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To: Graewoulf
Right. Doublethink

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

The prevailing mental condition is controlled insanity.

12 posted on 02/25/2014 7:04:39 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

George Orwell is crapping in his grave.

Obama has proved that it is possible to brainwash a significant part of a nation (a la Hitler and Mussolini).

Obama also proved that it is possible to continually lie to the point of being pathological, and yet still get elected and re-elected by the great unwashed, uneducated, racist masses and liberal aholes.

If you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes the truth (Either Hitler or Stalin). Obama learned a little history from Alinsky.

Long Live the Big Lie!

13 posted on 02/25/2014 7:35:01 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: afraidfortherepublic


14 posted on 02/26/2014 12:45:14 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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