Wednesday, July 18, 2012

On Obama’s Narcissism & Straw Men

From John Sykes

Our Narcissist-In-Chief said this Friday:

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. ... The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together…"

Charles Krauthammer argued on Fox that Obama is resorting to a straw-man argument,  and hypocrisy, saying:

"This is a man who spent a trillion dollars and left not a residue. He could have, for example, done something about the electric grid. He did nothing on that. Instead, he sprinkled the money on cronies, on pie in the sky ideological fetishes like solar panels and electric cars. ... Money that is wasted, it's water on the sand. He did not leave behind a residue of all that and yet he speaks about infrastructure. All of us want to do infrastructure, but real infrastructure, and then leave the rest of life to the private individual and the entrepreneur…"

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) chimed in with:

"Every now and then, [Obama] pierces the veil. He's usually pretty coy about his ideology, but he lets the veil slip from time to time. … His straw man argument is this ridiculous caricature where he's trying to say if you want any security in life, you stick with me. If you go with these Republicans, they're going to feed you to the wolves because they believe in some Hobbesian state of nature, and it's one or the other, which is complete bunk, absolutely ridiculous. ... To me it's the laziest form of a debate to affix views to your opponent that they do not have so you can demonize them and defeat them and win the debate by default."

Straw men catch fire and burn very easily. Obama’s narcissism is being severely tested and he’s cracking. His statist, collectivist slip is showing. This may have been his defining moment, the moment that finally made it clear to We The People who and what he really is. Good riddance …