The Childish Fantasies of the Obama Administration
Bill Quick

The Narcissistic Creed | National Review Online

Imagine, if you can, the abjectly juvenile state of mind necessary to contemplate the hundreds of Nigerian girls taken into slavery by a fanatical Muslim anti-education militia — whose characteristic activity beyond slave-taking is setting fire to children — and, in the face of all that horror, concluding: “You know what this situation really calls for? A cutesy picture of . . . me!” Bad enough when your cousin Caitlin at Bryn Mawr does that — but senators? State Department officials? These are men and (disproportionately, I think) women of power and influence, who have the ability to engage with the world and change it.

We have an administration that has never progressed beyond undergraduate Ivy League fantasies of saving the world via the mighty power of wishful thinking.

 

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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The Childish Fantasies of the Obama Administration — 8 Comments

    • Dammit, I was so busy spinning my wheels on my cutesy circle metaphors that I lost track of the point.

      The notmyPresident and all of his fellow retards should get fired up with a drum circle, warm up their throats with a few rounds of kum-ba-yah, and then chant. That will channel their psychic energy into making Bogus Horror act right.

      Oh, right. Psychic energy depends on a functioning psyche. That ain’t gonna work here.

  1. As with any other faith, this one (collectivism) has presumed miracles.

    For the leftist, the cycle goes in a variation of the Underwear Gnomes theory. It’s something like this:

    1. Oh, look, there is something that isn’t perfect.

    2. Give us lots of power.

    3. ? ? ?

    4. All perfect!

    Step 3 is the miracle. They manage to convince themselves that their lust for power is nothing more than a desire to do good. That miracle stage is required for their rationalization.

    To keep their sanity, they have to consistently ignore the reality that step 4 doesn’t actually happen. They construct elaborate facades, change any measurement techniques that say otherwise, haul out strained anecdotes (e.g. Obama’s poster children at his STFU, uh, sorry, SOTU.) Anything to get on to the next round of “give us more power”.

    There are some pathological cases where power is its own end, and any pretense that the power is to be used for good is just to facilitate propaganda for control of the masses. But I’m convinced that the majority of collectivists have elaborately constructed internal rationalizations for why their faith in their own goodness and brilliance is justified, and their philosophy/religion is basically without flaw.

    As readers of the comments here know, I consider this need to believe in something quasi-religious to be a tendency built-in to the human brain by evolution. I can’t help seeing how many of the characteristics of collectivism map directly to characteristics of successful religions. To me, this idea that you give them power and they just handwave or hashtag or something to make a miracle happen is psychologically no different from a priest doing a ritual to convert tap water into holy water.

    • But I’m convinced that the majority of collectivists have elaborately constructed internal rationalizations for why their faith in their own goodness and brilliance is justified, and their philosophy/religion is basically without flaw.

      And if you’re not convinced, just read the posts and comments at Daily Kos or Democrat Underground for a while, and you will be.

  2. The essay behind the post really hits the nail on the head. I used to write about people who selected their “beliefs” and “opinions” like fashion accessories. This essay is nearer the mark, especially with its wonderful #lookatme dismissal, which I am going to steal and steal and steal.

    When you look at Facebook’s endless series of “Here — I’m fighting injustice by posting this link” vanities, and similar nonsense on Twitter, it becomes appallingly clear that people are far more concerned with how they appear to others rather than how useful, valid or real the ideas they profess to endorse.

    If you want to see this mechanism at its silliest, go too gawker.com. And read the comments. You wonder if these people ever had a thought at all.

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