Bill Whittle’s indictment in this video isn’t the Left, it’s the GOP — the gutless, passive political party that purports to represent conservative interests but that will always bow down to their Leftist overlords. After watching this video, read this post, take its marching orders, and get proactive.
As the old Hollywood musicals liked to remind us, the only things free in this world are the sun, the moon, the stars, and other pretty, and not so pretty, things Nature provides, totally free of charge. Everything else comes at a cost, and sooner or later someone has to pay. Bernie’s current promise is “free education,” meaning college education. Bill Whittle explains why Bernie’s promise is nonsensical:
It used to be, a long time ago, that some state colleges were supported only by taxpayer funds, without students having to pay tuition. Now, of course, they’re all funded, not just by state taxpayers, but also federal taxpayers, in-state students, out-of-state students who pay more, and the treasured international students who pay even more than that.
If you look back on that halcyon time of taxpayer-only funded education, you discover that colleges and universities had very small administrative divisions. Now, someone’s got to pay for an administrative stratum that often boasts more people than are in the actual faculty teaching the students. After all, every assistant to the assistant of the vice chair of a politically correct department needs full salary and benefits….
I think that at least six people must have sent me the video of the talk that Bill Whittle gave at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s West Coast Retreat for 2016. I know why too. It’s a phenomenal talk. What really resonates with me is that, except for his final parable (which is brilliant), I’ve made every one of those arguments. I’ve made them at my blog, I’ve made them to my children, I’ve tactfully raised them on my real-me Facebook, and I’ve discussed them with the few open-minded Progressives in my world (one of whom said suddenly “I get it!”).
The lesson is clear: someone needs to hire me to give a speech. (Just kidding.) Watch, learn, and enjoy:
Sorry for the limited blogging yesterday, which will continue for the first part of today. One of the unexpected benefits flowing from a death in the family is that people come to town whom one hasn’t seen in a long time. Yesterday was a cousin reunion for the first time in more than twenty years and it was lovely. Cousins are great because they’re closer than friends, but not as abrasively closely as siblings can be.
Anyway, that intro has nothing to do with Bill Whittle’s powerful video about American fascism, which I highly recommend you watch.
Have you thought about the 17th Amendment lately? Neither have I. But Bill Whittle has:
My only beef with Bill Whittle videos is that, in addition to cold, hard facts, charmingly and clearly stated, they always include strong partisan statements. Normally, of course, I appreciate strong partisan statements. The problem is that, because the videos show that Bill is a conservative, I can’t post them on Facebook to educate my Leftist friends. They automatically discount anything that doesn’t come from a vetted, non-conservative source. This means that all his facts and analyses, no matter how provable and solid they are, get tossed onto the junk heap.
Thankfully, we conservatives can enjoy Whittle’s latest video. And, I must admit, I’ve had fun throwing into conversations the fact that we have more buffalo and forests in the US than we’ve had since way back in the 19th century:
The one good thing about bad times and bad people is that they inspire great thinking. Bill Whittle is on a roll lately. His latest video is just as good as the ones that have come before. This time, he looks at a president whose only principle of late has been political self-preservation:
There’s no there there, I said. This is an empty man whose only goal is self-aggrandizement to fill the black hole that exists where a healthy person would have a functioning ego.
There’s a compulsive liar there, I said, one who will always say whatever he needs to say to protect himself from being forced to look into that psychic black hole at any given moment.
There’s a vicious person there, I pointed out, when who will denigrate anyone and everyone, and jettison all his friends, so long as he can continue to assure himself that he’s better than everyone else — since he knows deep inside that the reality is an empty psychic space where a healthy ego would normally be found.
There’s a master manipulator there, I noted, a person who, lacking normal emotional responses, is nevertheless adept at analyzing and manipulating other people’s emotions for his own benefit.
There is a dangerous, empty, vicious man there, I said.
Clint Eastwood said it too, when he addressed an empty chair at the RNC. His used a visual to bring life to the notion that there’s no there there. Obama is indeed a black hole, an empty suit, a little man, a narcissist. In an office environment, he would be the boss everyone hates and the colleague everyone learns to distrust. But as the head of a nation, he’s very, very dangerous.
Bill Whittle gets it too, as he spells out Obama’s emptiness in one of his more masterful videos:
I believe I’ve spoken here before about “gaslighting,” because it’s a stock technique for malignant narcissists and other sociopaths, two personality disorders I think characterize the Left generally and Obama specifically. To gaslight someone is to. . . .
Never mind. Why should I explain it awkwardly, when Bill Whittle can explain it wonderfully?
I received two articles that are mirror images of each other. The first is an article by Daniel Greenfield, which contains a very good insight about Obama’s magical attraction for the Ivy League (and Ivy League wannabes) who constitute his core non-black demographic. The premise of the following paragraphs is the way in which the media repeatedly assured Americans that George Bush (Yale and Harvard) was an idiot, while Barack Obama (Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard) is the smartest man ever to occupy the White House:
But what is “smart” anyway? What makes Obama a genius? It’s not his IQ. It’s probably not his grades or we would have seen them already. It’s that he makes his supporters feel smart. The perception of intelligence is really a reflection.
Intelligence has since been democratized. Smart has been redistributed. Anyone can get an A for effort. And the impulse of manufactured intelligence is not smart people, but people who make us feel smart. That is why Neil deGrasse Tyson, another obsessively self-promoting mediocrity like Carl Sagan, is now the new face of science. Sagan made science-illiterate liberals feel smart while pandering to their biases. Tyson does the same thing for the Twitter generation.
Self-esteem is the new intelligence. Obama’s intelligence was manufactured by pandering to the biases and tastes of his supporters. The more he shared their biases and tastes, the smarter he seemed to be and the smarter they felt by having so much in common with such a smart man.
Everyone who encountered him thought that he was smart because he made them feel smart. And that is the supreme duty of the modern liberal intellectual, not to be smart, but to make others feel smart. Genuine intelligence is threatening. Manufactured intelligence is soothing. And those intellectually superior progressives who need to believe that Obama is smart in order to believe that they are smart cannot stop believing in his brains without confronting the illusion of their own intelligence.
The mirror image of thinking you’re the genius in the room, of course, is proving to yourself, and to others, that people who aren’t just like you are idiots. (This is a typical narcissistic behavior, by the way.) Adrienne Royer hones in on the Left’s recent attacks against Duck Dynasty. The elites were fine with the show when they glanced over and saw yokels (i.e., Republicans) laughing at other yokels (i.e., the Robertsons). The show became threatening when the Left realized that the Robertsons, despite their foibles, weren’t idiots, and that too many people from all political classes (Obamas included) were looking at the clan as avatars of common sense, faith, and patriotism in a crazy world. At that point, it had to go.
That the attack on the Robertsons has nothing to do with gay issues and everything to do with their overall politics is nicely illustrated in this poster:
One of the things I write about quite a lot is the gender madness that the Left foists on America. In that vein, a friend sent me a link to an Onion-esque military blog and a video. Apropos the video, my son’s comment after watching it was “That’s really creepy.”
The old grey mare, she ain’t what she used to be . . . and neither is America. A friend sent me a link to an article about the U.S. trying to evacuate a few stragglers from the Sudan. He included this comment in his email:
“Pentagon officials were trying to determine how to mount another effort to evacuate the roughly three dozen Americans in South Sudan…”
We have become such a nation of hand wringing milquetoasts it makes me sick. There was a time when we would respond with overwhelming force, like say an entire Marine Expeditionary Force, taken over the airfield in Bor, land as may aircraft as we pleased, rescued our citizens, then leave a giant crater behind us as we took off again.
Instead, we’ve allowed a handful of illiterate bushmen with AKs to stymie the worlds most powerful nation.
I don’t think Bill Whittle likes that Obama chap very much, nor does he like Obama’s friends, nor does he respect or like the media, nor does he think much of those Americans who willingly let themselves be led down the primrose path, both because they liked the lies and because they were intimidated by the cry of “racist.”
And to end on a lighthearted (and slightly NSFW) note, here’s Sunny Lohmann on the week’s news:
It has everything: the response to Leftists’ adoration for affirmative action, the insidious control pop culture has on us, and the way to challenge pop culture.