Naked Capitalism had a post recently that set me off, A Disturbance of the Force?
The title of the piece says a lot about the writer – someone who can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
I have problems with every one of his points. First he makes no mention of the real scandals like the IRS targeting of the right wing, perhaps the most egregious abuse I’ve seen of executive power in my life. He then attacks the Obama administration without really attacking the man himself. Read about China’s Cultural Revolution. Hardcore Chinese socialists became disappointed with the results of the communist revolution, so instead of blaming socialism or the Great Leader Mao himself, they separated the man from his policies and attacked those responsible for implementing the latter for not going far enough. Given the cult of personality built around Obama, I’m not surprised this is happening. I’m expecting it to happen more – with criticism focusing on his underlings like Kerry, Clapper and perhaps even Hillary (as Biden’s team tries to poison her 2016 run).
He also fails to recognize the Ponzi Scheme at the heart of the pension mess: not enough younger workers to support older workers. The enemy of this scheme is not Wall Street – although WS has played the role of crack dealer to Democratic run municipal governments and the unions that put them in power. If the Democrats hadn’t aborted so many children or disseminated birth control as widely as they did, there just might be a larger youth cohort to support the retiring baby boomers. Unfortunately as happens to every pyramid scheme dreamed of since Ponzi himself, the System falls apart the minute the number of bettors declines. Democrats turned to Wall Street to provide higher returns needed to make up for the increasing pension shortfalls, but any non-lefty idiot knows that higher returns come with higher risks.
The real enemy of this guy isn’t Wall Street or the Koch Brothers or Fox News: It’s reality.
The reality is that civilization is under attack by Muslim extremists. Don’t take my word for it, take theirs. We can either fight them over there or fight them here. The Left seems to think the only threat to civilization is Christianity, an entity they’ve fought for hundreds of years. Christianity has lost, becoming neutered in the process. My old neighborhood in St. Louis where I grew up is almost entirely Muslim – Bosnian Muslims. My old Catholic grade school that once had K-8 enrollment of 500 closed down. The church where my father was buried out of and where I served masses (sometimes half-cocked on sacramental wine) has only a handful of elderly parishioners left. I drove past the place last week, and it really bothered me. Those nuns were decent human beings as were the priests, and they’re all gone now. If history is a guide, I expect the local muslims to buy the buildings and turn them into a mosque complex. Saladin would smile.
After Obama took power he made his Cairo speech in ‘09 and to a man who thinks words matter more than actions, he probably thought that’s all he needed to do. He would solve the Middle East because he was smarter than all of his predecessors combined. After all, that’s the way he had been treated all his life.
But reality hates to be ignored, and gradually it asserted itself. Several successful terror attacks happened on his watch, and probably scores more were thwarted. By then the withdrawal from Iraq was almost complete and the retreat from Afghanistan had begun. In order to keep power he had to prevent terror attacks, so the only option left was to use intelligence. Suddenly the NSA was Obama’s new BFF.
Manning, Snowden and Assange are idealists, and like idealists they are idiots. They live in a perfect world where Muslims love us, and al Qaeda is a fantasy that will disappear as soon as we hand Israel to them on a silver plate. Muslims don’t give a damn about the Jews. They’ve got a world to conquer and have God on their side. They will stop at nothing because why should they? In the Koran the ends justify the means; Mohammed regularly made treaties and broke them, killed those who had surrendered, slaughtered innocents. Everything was justifiable through the intent of implementing God’s will on earth.
This “Disturbance in the Force” may be the sensing of this idealist that his world is about to come crashing down around him. I know how it feels. My liberal spirit crashed down around me while I watched my son playing on a playground beneath the flight path of Philly International, and there were no planes in the air except a few F-16s in the days after 9-11. But that doesn’t mean I sympathize with him. In fact I’d laugh in his face given the chance and say, “Welcome to reality Nancy-boy.”