Thursday, November 1, 2012

Is It Arrogance Or Is It Over Confidence...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
-vs- Tyranny

George Will is often on par with reality. Once again he hits the nail squarely on the head.

The Washington Post, By George F. Will

“It is a great advantage to a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.”

Calvin Coolidge

Energetic in body but indolent in mind, Barack Obama in his frenetic campaigning for a second term is promising to replicate his first term, although simply apologizing would be appropriate. His long campaign’s bilious tone — scurrilities about Mitt Romney as a monster of, at best, callous indifference; adolescent japes about “Romnesia” — is discordant coming from someone who has favorably compared his achievements to those of “any president” since Lincoln, with the “possible” exceptions of Lincoln, LBJ and FDR. Obama’s oceanic self-esteem — no deficit there — may explain why he seems to smolder with resentment that he must actually ask for a second term.

Speaking of apologies, Syracuse University’s law school should issue one for having graduated Joe Biden. In the 2008 vice presidential debate, he condescendingly lectured Sarah Palin that Article I of the Constitution defines the executive branch. Actually, Article II does. In this year’s debate, he said that overturning Roe v. Wade would “outlaw” abortion. Actually, this would just restore abortion as a subject for states to regulate as they choose. Biden, whose legal education ended well before he was full to the brim, was nominated for his current high office because Democrats believe compassion should temper the severities of meritocracy. It is, however, remarkable, and evidence of voters’ dangerous frivolity regarding the vice presidency, that Biden’s proximity to the presidency has not stirred more unease. To forestall that, Biden should heed Alexis de Tocqueville: “To remain silent is the most useful service that a mediocre speaker can render to the public good.”

Two economic themes of Obama’s campaign have been that outsourcing jobs is sinful and that he saved GM, which assembles 70 percent of its vehicles on lines outside America. He thinks that ATMs and airport ticket kiosks cause unemployment but may understand that buying an iPhone involves outsourcing to China the jobs of assembling it. Although his campaign slogan is “Forward!” he evidently wants America to compete with China in the manufacture of T-shirts and toasters. His third economic theme — that he will “invest in” (spend on) this and that — has been inaudible amid the clatter of crashing companies he has invested in.

Much of the Democratic Party’s vast reservoir of condescension is currently focused on women, who are urged not to trouble their pretty little heads about actual problems but instead to worry that, 52 years after birth control pills went on the market and 47 years after access to contraception became a constitutional right, reproductive freedom is at risk. This insult may explain the shift of women toward Romney. {Read More}

It's not that President Obama is not a likable and honorable man because he is both. Rather the issue is his view, or vision if you will, is clouded with uncertainty. He wants to take America down the path he wants us to follow, even though the country is split damn near down the middle, if you believe the polling data anyway.

Perhaps Obama, if reelected, will chart a center course in a second term and thus bring America together. Like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton did. Given the President's lofty attitude it is likely if he is reelected he will view the results as he was given a mandate to rule. If so, may the Gods have mercy.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. WAs it arrogance or overconfidence when George W. Bush said this on winning a second term?

    "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style."

    Popular vote percentage: Percentage

    50.7% --Bush

    48.3% -- Kerry

    Electoral College:

    Electoral vote


    251-- Kerry

    During the first press conference after his re-election, Bush said, "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style." Traditionally, estimating how much power a newly elected president would wield was accomplished by pondering the size of his "mandate."

    George Will is part of the beltway MSM. And he's a partisan. I take his opinion as seriously as you would take Maureen Dowd's on Mitt Romney.

    The opinion that counts will be the one the Amrican people give us next Tuesday.

    1. "George Will is part of the beltway MSM. And he's a partisan. I take his opinion as seriously as you would take Maureen Dowd's on Mitt Romney."

      Which is about how seriously I take your comments on Romney Shaw. And I am sure you would share the same comment with respect to my views on politics in general.

      I WILL be voting for Gary Johnson Shaw. Which in the conventional sense of the usage of the word partisanship actually makes me a nonpartisan.

      PS: You might want to explain to your VERY partisan buds and budettes exactly what this means. I'm sure you understand. I/'m equally sure they don't.

    2. George Will is a lot less partisan than you, Shaw. The man wrote innumerable columns during the Bush years that were extraordinarily critical of 43. How many posts have you written that have take Mr. Obama to task? I wasn't going to go here but you can't go around calling people "vengeful partisans" and not expect a little blow-back for it.

    3. Hm, Well Shaw, I tend to find myself in agreement with Will's observations.

      Does that make me a "vengeful partisan?"

  2. I think that silent Cal pretty much nailed it, Les. Will, too.

  3. Will, exactly where have I called you, RN, or Miss Will a "vengeful partisan?" Do you have the same disease as dmarks? Stuff just comes into your head and you blame other people for your fevered imaginings?

    RN, you never miss a chance to ingratiate yourself with people who make stuff up about what I say .

    If you believe that's incisive humor, let me clue you in: It isn't.

    1. Not so Shaw.

      But remember, perception is reality.

      Remember Anon, Steve, Racist Republican, all who you seem incapable of correcting because you wish to ingraciate yourself with those who lie about me?

      Twiddle Dee, Twiddle Dum...

    2. "No, it is not, unless, of course, you're a true and vengeful partisan, which, all protests to the contrary, you sound like." There, Shaw, a couple of posts ago.

  4. "No, it is not, unless, of course, you're a true and vengeful partisan..."

    Earth to Will: UNLESS, does not translate to "YOU ARE." Okay? It's called reading comprehension skills. I did not call you a "vengeful partisan." I don't remember my exact words, but the qualifier "UNLESS" is not a direct assault on your character.

    1. Ah, the qualifier. I suppose it's kind of like "It depends on what the meaning of the word is, is."

      Language is indeed a wonderful discipline. Reminds one of "plausible dependability."

    2. Yeah, I sound like one but I'm not actually one. How pathetic.


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