The dangers that come with Obama’s unleashing the mob, plus a side trip into Obama’s narcissism

Charles Krauthammer has one of his best articles ever, regarding Obama’s class warfare.  He notes, too, that it’s easier to unleash than to control the mob.  Here’s a sample, but I think you should read the whole thing — and then send it to people you know:

After three years, Obama’s self-proclaimed transformative social policies have yielded a desperately weak economy. What to do? Take the low road: Plutocrats are bleeding the country, and I shall rescue you from them.

Problem is, this kind of populist demagoguery is more than intellectually dishonest. It’s dangerous. Obama is opening a Pandora’s box. Popular resentment, easily stoked, is less easily controlled, especially when the basest of instincts are granted legitimacy by the nation’s leader.

Exhibit A. On Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed punitive legislation over China’s currency. If not stopped by House Speaker John Boehner, it might have led to a trade war — a 21st-century Smoot-Hawley. Obama knows this. He has shown no appetite for a reckless tariff war. But he set the tone. Once you start hunting for villains, they can be found anywhere, particularly if they are conveniently foreign.

Exhibit B. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin rails against Bank of America for announcing a $5 a month debit card fee. Obama echoes the opprobrium with fine denunciations of banks and their hidden fees — except that this $5 fee is not hidden. It’s perfectly transparent.

Yet here is a leading Democratic senator advocating a run on a major (and troubled) bank — after two presidents and two Congresses sunk billions of taxpayer dollars to save failing banks. Not because they were deserving or virtuous but because they are necessary. Without banks, there is no lending. Without lending, there is no business. Without business, there are no jobs.

Exhibit C. To the villainy-of-the-rich theme emanating from Washington, a child is born: Occupy Wall Street. Starbucks-sipping, Levi’s-clad, iPhone-clutching protesters denounce corporate America even as they weep for Steve Jobs, corporate titan, billionaire eight times over.

These indignant indolents saddled with their $50,000 student loans and English degrees have decided that their lack of gainful employment is rooted in the malice of the millionaires on whose homes they are now marching — to the applause of Democrats suffering acute Tea Party envy and now salivating at the energy these big-government anarchists will presumably give their cause.

Except that the real Tea Party actually had a program — less government, less regulation, less taxation, less debt. What’s the Occupy Wall Street program? Eat the rich.

Speaking of Obama, it will be interesting to see how he ultimately handles this Iran thing.  Right now, he’s framing it as a low level insult to America, and he couldn’t care less.  My bet is that, if he can be made to see that it is a direct attack on himself, he will come out frothing blood, because the only thing Obama will defend is his own ego.  As to that, let me repost here the telling anecdote that Mike Devx found (emphasis mine):

In June 2002, during a budget crisis in Illinois, a state senator from Chicago’s West Side, Rickey Hendon, made a desperate plea for a child-welfare facility in his constituency to be spared the axe. A junior senator from Chicago’s South Side, Barack Obama, voted against him, insisting hard times call for hard choices.

Ten minutes later Obama rose, calling for a similar project in his own constituency to be spared, and for compassion and understanding. Hendon was livid and challenged Obama on his double standards from the senate floor. Obama became livid too. As Hendon has told it, Obama approached him, “stuck his jagged, strained face into my space“, and said: “You embarrassed me on the senate floor and if you ever do it again I will kick your ass.”

“What?” said an incredulous Hendon.

“You heard me,” Obama said. “And if you come back here by the telephones where the press can’t see it, I will kick your ass right now.”

The two men vacated the senate floor and, depending on whom you believe, either traded blows or came close to it.

Obama is a malignant narcissist.  Malignant narcissists will fight for what they care about — but the only thing they care about is themselves.

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  • suek

    Book review [1994], I came across recently. According to the author, there is no cure for the problem (disease) it can only be managed. 
    Jonathan Rauch defines “demosclerosis” as “government’s progressive loss of the ability to adapt.” In this sharp and carefully-argued analysis, he describes it as a side-effect of the postwar style of politics that emphasizes interest-group activism and redistributive programs. The dramatic rise of interest-groups coupled with the public’s increasing demands on government, he says, have produced in “an escalating game of beggar-thy-neighbor that damages the economy and chokes the government.” Today demosclerosis represents the most serious threat to the long-term vitality of American government.
    In a stable, democratic society, pressure groups inevitably form to persuade government to redistribute resources their way, Olson argued. Taken one at a time, these benefits have practically no effect on society as a whole, so no countervailing group arises to stop the waste.
    The problem of interest-groups has little to do with conventional rhetoric about “special interests,” according to Rauch. While most Americans feel that they are the victims of interest-group politics, he contends that the public at large has to bear responsibility for the problem. Today seven out of ten Americans belong to at least one organization, and one in four belongs to four or more. As he says, special-interest politics is no longer “special” — it is a mass movement.


  • Charles Martel

    The other day I was trying to imagine sitting down with Barack Obama and having a conversation. I realized that there would be nothing he could discuss with a decently educated or informed person for more than three or four minutes. It’s obvious that he does not read, and that his “education” consists mostly of stealth credentials that are not—and never will be—attached to verifiable scholastic or intellectual performances.

    In other words, the man would be a deadly bore. As much as I didn’t like Clinton, the thought of conversing with him while sipping a beer or six is appealing. Ditto with Newt. I suppose if you got Hillary really s**t-faced, she might worth a guffaw or two, and Joe Biden only has to open his mouth to get a laugh riot going. But Barry? No way.

  • Oldflyer

    WRT your line about unleashing the mob, I have stated, and still believe, that there will be significant civil unrest as Obama’s defeat becomes apparent.  I don’t think he will do anything to quell it, and he, or his surrogates, will fan the flames.
    Sadie is correct.  It is  all about interest group politics now.  Still, we don’t have to participate in those that offend us.  I dropped out of AARP because I thought they were putting organizational interest ahead of community interests in a very narrow focus.  I even dropped the Retired Officers Association, now operating under a different name, for the same reason. But, others that I belong to for non-political reasons are deeply involved in politics; e.g., Trout  Unlimited and the NRA.


    He didn’t unleash the mob – he created it. The “he” is plural, Obama is not working in a vacuum nor alone. OWS is and was the back-up plan all along.

     20-second reminder….

  • jj

    I’m stuck on the image of this scrawny little chest-hair shaving metrosexual threatening to kick the ass of anybody more substantial than a six year old, small-for-her-age, girl.  I don’t know this Hendon guy, but assume he must be closely related to Niles Crane not to have seized on such an opportunity with joy in his heart.

  • Bookworm

    I had a similar thought: youi talk tough, little boy. But if you’re surrounded by peaceniks, tough talk wins.

  • Mike Devx

    Rickey Hendon is a Democrat Illinois State Senator, just as Obama was when the confrontation occurred. If you click on his name link, it takes you here (below).  In physical stature he’d be no pushover.

    But Obama always had a Chicago knack for pushing fellow Black Democrats, when they were in his way, out of his way.  Consider Alice Palmer.  Also poor black communities that he further devastated while enriching fellow political (and mostly non-black) cronies such as Tony Rezko.

    Whatever machine he’s really with – whoever is really behind him – they use other Blacks and discard them like wet napkins as easily as they use and discard anyone else.  It’s troubling, actually, how easy Barack Obama’s rise has always been.  Every significant challenger along the way has been blindsided in one way or another, removed as a threat, allowing Obama to coast on to his next stop.  There’s nowhere *up* from his current posting; just the defeat of a GOP nominee in 2012.  It will be interesting to see what *happens* to that nominee sometime July-October of 2012.

  • Indigo Red

    Re Suek’s NYC article about OWS protesters eating well: I was at my local TEA Party meeting last night and Mark Meckler, co-founder of TEA Party Patriots, was speaking to us again (he does this because he lives in a neighnoring town 20 minutes away.) Anyway, he had been to the Occupy Sacramento earlier in the day to see for himself what was going on. There were about 40 people at OS and about 100 people at the TPP meeting. Paraphrasing his conversation with some of the people, it went something like this – 

    Mark asked a few of the demonstrators, ‘What are you protesting?’

    ‘We’re not protesting anything,’ they said.

    ‘Then, why are you here,’ Mark asked.

    ‘Because,’ they replied, ‘the Occupy Sacramento people make sandwiches for everybody.’


    Mike Devx
    Everything/everyone connected with Obama stinks to high hell. Go back to his campaign for senator and the opening of sealed court records of his opponent, Jack Ryan by Judge Robert Shnider retired in 2007 or 2008, appointed by none other than Gray Davis (who was recalled) and I think the only governor that has ever been recalled.  The entire lot of them are dirty, hip-deep in a witches’ brew of poison.
    Shnider was admonished for his performance (not related to the above).,7804759d&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=KleRLRVsMQ7DRPCcsnsfsw


    Indigo Red

    For your viewing displeasure, Sacramento (3 min. of ???)

  • Michael Adams

    So, was the Ryan divorce in California?   I had thought it was in Illinois. Just goes to show…


    Let me amend my earlier comment,
    The entire lot of them are dirty, hip-deep in a witches’ brew of poison.
    And one unsolved murder, too.
    A key witness in a federal probe into passport information stolen from the State Department was fatally shot in front of a District church, the Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday.
    Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, who had been cooperating with a federal investigators, was found late Thursday night slumped dead inside a car, in front of the Judah House Praise Baptist Church in Northeast, said Cmdr. Michael Anzallo, head of the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.


    Michael Adams
    Odd thing, Ryan is  52 and guess where he went to school.  Harvard Business and  Harvard Law. I wonder if BO and Ryan ever crossed paths at Harvard Law. 

  • Mike Devx

    No posts on Cain or racism lately, but the Left is *really* playing the racist card thick and heavy against Mr. Cain.
    Fortunately, he is giving them hell right back!

    But I noticed this little nugget in a recent article.  We have a new “racist term”!!!!!
    !!!!!  DRUM ROLL !!!!!
    !!!!!  TA-DA !!!!!

    You’ve seen residual racism.  You’ve seen institutional racism.

    Now get ready for – another drum roll, please! – the new phrase for late 2011 and all of 2012!

    Read the whole link, but the new phrase is here in this paragraph below.

    Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson agreed with Schultz’s suggestion and accused Cain of denying racism for the sake of his “great machinery of self-promotion.”  Dyson said that Cain should especially recognize “post-intentional racism” – racism that people don’t intend to have or to act upon.


    Post-Intentional Racism!  I’m a victim, I’m a victim, I’m a victim!  Apparently only white people can suffer from “post-intentional racism”, because I think this professor, Michael Eric Dyson, is practically DROWNING in “post-intentional racism”.  As are many others.  No one “intends” anything racist, or “acts” racist, but they just ARE.  Apparently it’s not institutional nor cultural either.  It’s IN you, and you’re stained forever.  Unless you’re black.  Or Democrat.

    The link to the latest “Cain Is Just An Uncle Tom Black Who Is Inauthentic, Unlike Barack Obama Who Is Just Wunnerful” article from our wonderful, racist Lefties:

  • Mike Devx

    And, oh yeah, Dyson accuses Herman Cain of: “denying racism for the sake of his “great machinery of self-promotion.””

    So.  Cain is an inauthentic black man, a Step-N-Fetchit Uncle Tom, pandering to white racists, so that he can self-promote himself to them.  Self-promote?  That means, make money!  Cain is selling out his own people because he’s a greedy exploiter.

    This coming in a constant drumbeat from the Left.  From his fellow blacks.  One wonders what they would say concerning “Self-Promotion” and race-baiting on the Rev. Al Sharpton.  Or Dyson himself as he submarines and assassinates a fellow black man who is so much better a man than he is.

  • suek

    >> It’s IN you, and you’re stained forever. Unless you’re black. Or Democrat.>>

    This is Helen’s position. The problem is, of course, that what is _not_ racist is anything that supports or promotes the distinctly black culture – which is a culture that promotes societal failure. So…we’re left with: if you succeed somehow in the American white culture, you’re an Uncle Tom (unless, of course you succeed by being a top notch sports player, or a black acceptable musician). That means that you’re only “allowed” to fail completely. They are determined _not_ to assimilate into the dominant white culture, and they are completely unsatisfied with the poverty of the black culture, so they want to replace the white culture with their own – but want all the “goodies” of the white culture, which they intend to take on the path of establishing the black culture as the superior one.

    We’re headed for a race war unless those blacks who have achieved middle class status can change the attitude of those who are simply grifters. Cain and others like him might do it. I don’t have a lot of hope – it’s so much easier to complain, attack, steal, collect welfare and then spend your days doing whatever the heck you want to do. Work is darn right boring and _hard_, when you come right down to it.

  • Spartacus

    – If Republicans don’t support Cain, it’s because they’re racists.
    – If Republicans do support Cain, it’s because they’re racists.
    Clever, isn’t it?
    Ah, but there’s good news.  For those of us hoping that the Left will offer up a nice, testable hypothesis to determine the supposed racism of their opponents, they have just produced a logically sound litmus test, as explained in this short video.

  • Mike Devx

    Spartacus said: So:
    – If Republicans don’t support Cain, it’s because they’re racists.
    – If Republicans do support Cain, it’s because they’re racists.
    So well said, in so few words!  I’m envious.  Perfectly written, Spartacus!

  • Ymarsakar

    Even a crazy look will make peaceniks bow down to power.

  • Ymarsakar

    Devx, that’s why it isn’t about race, but politics. What makes a black man is his loyalty to the Democrat party, not his skin color. It’s a different look on human psychology than most people will contemplate in the modern American era.