Lessons from Obama

The current occupant of the Oval Office seems to be reaching new heights of incompetence on a daily basis.  However, never fear!  He can always serve as a classic application of that basic precept of science known as the Futility Factor:  No experiment is ever a complete failure – it can always serve as a negative example.

Our lessons (multiple in this case) come from Victor Davis Hanson’s October 8th NRO essay in which he chronicles for us Ten Lessons from Obama.  I’ve given you the list below without the full explanations to encourage you to go to the original and read the whole thing.

1. The type and nature of a presidential candidate’s prior experience will be examined as never before.

2. For the time being, the media have lost any credibility as nonpartisan and disinterested investigators of presidential candidates.

3. Ivy League certification and prestigious awards will mean far less.

4. Again, fairly or not, “green” no longer denotes a noble effort to conserve resources and achieve energy independence.

5. We are reminded that populism and the high life don’t mix.

6. Keynesian economics are about over for a generation.

7. Barack Obama has essentially ended the smears against the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism protocols.

8. Politics simply don’t change.

9. Fight the Smears, JournoList, and AttackWatch.com are not the work of a uniter.

10. The antidote to Bush’s “bring ’em on” bravado was not asking the Arab League to approve no-fly zones over Libya while bombing targets “from behind.”

We can only hope Dr. Hanson’s final comment will be prophetically true:

A sadder but wiser electorate in 2012 simply won’t believe that any candidate — Democrat or Republican — can cool the planet or stop the seas from rising. Barack Obama taught us that — and a lot more besides.

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  1. 18 Oct 2011 at 10:03 PM

    I want to rip them all a new a-hole and send the lot of them packing. 100% of the Dems are sh*t and about 70% of the GOP. Run THEM ALL OUT and elect new thinkers and not corruptocrats.

    NOV 2012 – When WE take back OUR government.

  2. 19 Oct 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Now, now, Gunny. Tell us how you really feel!

  3. 20 Oct 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Interface,
    I just read the full article as you suggested by Victor David Hanson, who I adore anyhow. His articles are always outstanding to me.

    I was laughing myself into a belly ache. That is indeed a very funny article. And, if you look the other way, a very sad one too considering where this has put all of us.

    I agree with Gunny, most of them need to be cleaned out in 2012. There are but a handful of these politicians who I would consider worth keeping. It is dreadful.

    “War criminal” will recede into the insanity of yesteryear, given that no logician could figure out how water boarding
    three self-confessed mass murderers was a crime, while vaporizing two thousand suspected terrorists — including American citizens — by Hellfire missiles is not.” That is another Victor Davis quote that I believe is awesome. How so true.

    And to think Mr. Zero and his minions had the audacity (I hate using that word) to call the Bush/Cheney’s of this world “war criminals, Nazis, etc., and then to go on and do so much further destruction to lives of innocents is almost hard to believe. But it happened and we are far off less respected or liked by these “new” tactics. And have it called “for humanitarian purposes” of all things when you are firing Tomahawk missiles into Libya. What is that!???

    Great post Interface!

  4. 20 Oct 2011 at 4:31 PM

    I was just noticing some things on your site here and I saw this quote, “”It is not enough to have a good mind;
    the main thing is to use it well.”
    – Rene’ Descartes

    That is one fabulous quote. It says so much in such a short, easy to read sentence.

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