Skip to comments.A Living Lie (Thomas Sowell)
Posted on 04/14/2008 7:49:05 PM PDT by jazusamo
An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years.
Senator Obama's election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together, overcoming differences of party or race, as well as solving our international problems by talking with Iran and other countries with which we are at odds, and performing other miscellaneous miracles as needed.
There is, of course, not a speck of evidence that Obama has ever transcended party differences in the United States Senate. Voting records analyzed by the National Journal show him to be the farthest left of anyone in the Senate. Nor has he sponsored any significant bipartisan legislation nor any other significant legislation, for that matter.
Senator Obama is all talk glib talk, exciting talk, confident talk, but still just talk.
Some of his recent talk in San Francisco has stirred up controversy because it revealed yet another blatant contradiction between Barack Obama's public image and his reality.
Speaking privately to supporters in heavily left-liberal San Francisco, Obama let down his hair and described working class people in Pennsylvania as so "bitter" that they "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
Like so much that Obama has said and done over the years, this is standard stuff on the far left, where guns and religion are regarded as signs of psychological dysfunction and where opinions different from those of the left are ascribed to emotions ("bitter" in this case), rather than to arguments that need to be answered...
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I don't think Hillary could have picked a more effective opponent for herself.
Bump for Thomas Sowell!
Wow. Thomas Sowell is a national treasure.
I believe he’s about to go down. He’s on the defensive trying to explain his downside and it isn’t working.
Count me down as a young person strongly unattracted to B. Hussein.
I wish I could elucidate my thoughts as well as Thomas Sowell. He just does it...so well. (Pun intended, but it’s true.)
Quick Glossary of Dem-speak:
Misspoke = lied
Misstated = (see Misspoke)
Clarification = Spin
Spin = Lie
That’s a jewel! :)
“In politics, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a “clarification,” when people react adversely to what was plainly said.”
A gem worth repeating.
I have sensed since early on, that Obama is nothing more than a fake, a facade. Nevertheless, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest political impostors ever to arise in America, and there remains a very good chance that enough gullible voters will swallow his sugar-coated pill to make him president.
Having said that, I’m sure I will ruffle a few feathers here by stating that perhaps the ONLY Republican candidate who could stand a chance of beating him in November is none other than John McCain. None of the others - NOT ONE - stood a Chinaman’s chance of pulling enough votes from the mushy middle to win the election versus Obama. It’s not “the right” that will heft the weight on election day this time, but the middle. Mr. McCain may well lose, but he stands a fighting chance. What will make the difference is that Mr. and Mrs. Obama keep speaking frankly and that their comments get publicized, regardless of the media’s attempt to keep a lid on things.
McCain was not my first, second, or third choice. But consider the alternatives, and he’s looking pretty durn good at the moment. I hope he can hold it together....
Thomas/Sowell. Now there is A ticket that I would support.
Even as a gun grabbing, bible believing, typical white guy, if those two African Americans were running for President I would get excited and support them.
And this one’s a keeper:
“Obama is also part of a long tradition on the left of being for the working class in the abstract, or as people potentially useful for the purposes of the left, but having disdain or contempt for them as human beings.”
A clear insight into what passes for thought in the minds of tyrants, mass murderers and sociopaths.
Thanks for the ping Jaz. As usual Dr. Sowell hits the ball out of the park. “Tedious and Dangerous” sums it up pretty well.
You’re so right, rqsr, this is a keeper!
“Thomas/Sowell. Now there is A ticket that I would support.”
Thomas Sowell/Walter Williams is my ticket. Leave Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court!
I would work hard to elect that all-black ticket. And I’m just one of those “typical white people”.
Dr. Sowell cuts to the quick with this article.
Sowell is just an Uncle Tom to all of Obama’s mentors.
Put Shelby Steele on that ticket at the top and you’d have a conservative winner.
Sodium cyanide, when looked at for what it is instead of what it does, is remarkably dull. Sowell wrote another gem.
You’re probably right but think of the education BO has and stack him against Dr. Sowell. It wouldn’t even begin to be a contest, it’s like BO dropped out of school in the 5th grade. LOL!
BO is right. He stinks to high heaven. Too bad “our” nominee is a lemon, just not quite as bitter.
Barry Osama is a Marxist and perhaps a Leninist as well.
If you’re fartrher out then the Klintoons, who are totalitarians at heart, then you’re REALLY dangerous.
There was a group of angry people in 1776 who turned to guns and religion.
It turned out pretty good.
I have been thinking the same thing. I guess the Dem's strategy of driving a wedge to split off the conservative hard liners may have backfired on them.
You’re right on! Check post #27.
Thomas Sowell wields Occams razor...like zorro, but better
He was also a Marxist when he was very young, and his book on the topic was one of my primers. I'd recommend it strongly - he explains the topic patiently and methodically and refrains from criticism until the last chapter. Brilliant work.
And he knows the topic well:
Fabian socialist George Bernard Shaw included the working class among the "detestable" people who "have no right to live." He added: "I should despair if I did not know that they will all die presently, and that there is no need on earth why they should be replaced by people like themselves."
Marxism is, after all, intensely elitist. From its very inception it was a remedy for a problem that solved itself, recommended for a class of people that rose from illiteracy and immiseration, by another class of people who wanted nothing more than a skim from the top and fame for having been clever enough to fool the crowd. That would be Lenin's "cadre" and every politician on the Left has been aspiring to membership since it was first identified.
And they do aspire. We have, between Hillary (Yale), Obama (Harvard), and his wife (Princeton) three Ivy Leaguers convinced that far from being privileged, they succeeded through a struggle against a continuum of racism and sexism and hence are the proper leaders for the rest of us, whose benefit from Whiteness and the Patriarchy has somehow failed to produce Ivy League sheepskins on our walls. These folks absolutely believe this. If their contempt and disdain is returned to them doubled it isn't really anyone's fault but their own.
Interesting post, thanks. I didn’t know he was short listed and I don’t blame him for withdrawing for health reasons. There’s been many people speak of his not wanting to be involved in politics and his aversion to travel and of course now his age. I personally feel he did the right thing even though our country would surely have benefited from his brilliant mind.
Barack Obama is an Oreo if there ever was one; a leftist/socialist Oreo.
Agreed, and that’s a good way of putting it.
Dr. Sowell was spot on in saying he joined the radical, anti-western left but he’s smooth enough with his lies that he’s actually appealing to some who don’t subscribe to that.
He truly is dangerous.
“I believe hes about to go down. Hes on the defensive trying to explain his downside and it isnt working.”
Up until now I had to turn away from the tv whenever Hillary’s image came up - hopefully before I could hear her grating voice.
That changed this week.
I am enjoying watching her smugly drink beer and whiskey with Pennsylvanians.
She’s actually managed to eloquently pinpoint the specific problems with Obama’s words.
Today’s coverage of Obama showed an angry, bitter, defensive man who seemingly doesn’t “get it” that Hillary is no longer in the hot seat. He cannot fathom how he wound up in the hot seat.
It certainly has not been boring watching these liberals self destruct.
Now - if only McCain would quit talking about the economy like a clueless liberal - I would be in a fantastic mood.
At this point, I don't she can win the nomination, and keep the peace, both figuratively within the Party, and literally, without at least publicly offering B. Hussein the VP slot. She'll need his supports, both the "Community" and the Limousine Liberals who now support him.
But.. I think the die has been cast already, it's just not a mathematical certainty. He will get the majority of the regular delegates and of the popular vote, although in both cases the margins may be very slim. The only way she could get it then would be through a mass movement of the super delegates to her side. That's not likely to happen. Can you imagine Fat Teddy, or Jimmah Carter, rallying to Hillary?
OTOH, B. Hussein could be assassinated, ostensibly by a Right Wing Militia Nutcase, and Her Heinousness would slide into both the nomination and likely the White House on the "anti Evil Right Wing Conspiracy" tide.
I love how you pulled out my favorite quote from this story, too:
In politics, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a clarification, when people react adversely to what was plainly said.
You are far too optimistic about SnObama or Hitlery’s chances this fall. Did you see the new Marist poll that shows McCain is even or even leading(!) both of them in NYState, of all places?
So smart! So clear! How do we end up with such stupid politicians when there are people in the world like Thomas Sowell?
“senator obama’s election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together.”
uncle adolf, comrade lenin, pol pot... they brought their countries together too. (imagine being unified into a goose-stepping democrat party with compulsory dues.)
Not for the primaries, because his attitude is typical of the far left racist whitey hating freeloaders who make up his core constituency (like his wife). Just out of curiosity I wonder if ether of them ever held a job in the private sector. I'm sure I could look it up, but the very thought of delving into the sycophantic public biographies of either one of them makes me nauseous.
Excellent post. It is actually Obama and his inner circle that are obsessed with race and embittered, especially his whining wife and racist deluded preacher
That sentence also jumped out at me.
In expounding on this point, I would say that the left is all consumed with emotions. They base all their policy positions on emotions. All policy positions are either “nice” or “mean” - they make me “feel good” or “feel bad”.
Ascribing emotion to the opposition’s genuine “difference of opinion” is simple projection on the part of the left.
Don’t forget folks, Obama is the ACCIDENTAL SENATOR!
He was a throwaway candidate agains a well funded rich republican. It was a nasty divorce that did the republican in and gave obama a free pass (against alan keys it was as if there was no race at all)
Every now and then you read about a patriotic black man and wonder if his politics would do for a Republican candidate. For example, Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, the Iraq War amputee who was visited in Walter Reed by his old West Point football teammate, now a coach for the NY Giants. The coach asked Gadson to give the Giants a pep talk when they were down and out - and he inspired them so much that they not only made the playoffs but won the Superbowl.
John McCain will be our presidential nominee - that is baked in the cake.
The Democrats will either nominate Obama for president, or will have Obama or some other black as their running mate. Whoever it is will be a leftist as much as Obama and Clinton are - and equally divisive while claiming to be "against politics as usual." That is baked in the cake, too.
IOW, the Democrats are setting up a scenario in which the defeat of their ticket would be politically incorrect, and "justification" for riots. The conclusion is that McCain would be well served - and would serve the country well - by nominating an inspirational figure for VP. A black American patriot. Then when the Democratic ticket self destructs - as seems probable at this point - the identity of the VP- elect will be news. And if rioting were to eventuate, McCain could simply announce that he is having a tonsillectomy or something, and that the VP was the acting POTUS. And he could simply say, "knock it off," and the riot would instantly be delegitimated. An entirely different scenario than the Rodney King riots.
Your piece is a good one, CBB. Don’t slight yourself comparing your writing to that of Dr. Sowell’s, no one writes quite like him but you’re right up there with him, IMO. :-)
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Excellent post and a great read with my coffee. Thanks, BTD.
The abortion holocaust has been embraced by the liberal fools because it is standing in opposition to 'fear of God's wrath for murdering the innocent'; we have posters at FR who chide Republicans for insisting on keeping the pro-life plank in the platform because it excludes pro-choice moderates ... and the real reason these people push this is related to their relationship or lack thereof with God and Christ. Many of these people are democrat voting Catholics or Protestants pretending to respect God while spitting in His face by endorsing the slaughter of alive innocent unborn.
Abortion is but one example of how liberalism has mutated/diseased the Republic. The Rodham rodent revealed another aspect when she tried to get Gen. Petraeus to say what defeat in Iraq would look like, during an open, televised hearing ... in effect, the stupid leftist bitch was trying to get intel for the enemies of this nation in order to empower the democrap party by aiding the focused attack from ghouls like al qaeda! And not one media outlet, including the 'operation chaos' obsessed Rush Limbaugh, has brought this aspect of her treachery out to the clueless American people!
FRiend, I wish solutions were as simplistic as you offered. But sadly, the complicit with the enemy media makes solutions much more difficult and convoluted. Liberalism is a disease now threatening to kill the Republic with the diseased 'tissues and organs' now rotting in our society.