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Friday, January 23, 2009

Obamination: Hypocrisy & Deceit

I commenced my dissection of President Obama's Inaugural Address with his message to Muslims. In this episode, I return to excerpts
From the President's Prepared Remarks, as published by the Miami Herald.

Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.

And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

  • Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.
That sentence does not fit in with those which follow it. He fails to elaborate, without naming the enemy, without specifying the theaters of war or evaluating the status of the war effort. Why did he raise the issue of war so briefly only to drop it to hint at his Socialist agenda? The objective clause is problematic because it exemplifies an effort to distract us and divert our attention from the identity & nature of the enemy.

Islam is the enemy. Islam's canon of scripture expresses and its Imams inculcate hatred of all who do not submit to Allah's writ exactly as they do. We are described as the "worst of living creatures", will abide in Hell, the "worst of creatures". Allah curses us and commands Muslims to make war on us. President Obama perpetuates the lie spewed by his predecessors: the claim that our enemy consists of a tiny minority of radicalized extremists who belong to Al-Qaeda and similar organizations spawned by Al-Ikhwan Al-Islamiyya. His assertion is far removed from objective factual reality. Islam's permanent war is sanctified by Allah's Qur'an and codified in Sharia. 8:39 & 9:29 contain the eternal commands to fight. 9:123 reinforces them. They are codified in Book O, Chapter 9, Paragraphs 8&9 of Reliance of the Traveller. [Search for O9.8.] Muslims are commanded to conquer the entire world for Allah and they have been engaged in that conquest since 623. Muslims who seek to live in peace without joining Jihad are not good Muslims; they are hypocrites whom Moe cursed and assigned to Hell. Allah commanded Muslims to fight the hypocrites along with us.
  • On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
The ceremony at which he spoke was not ad-hoc, it is a traditional part of our system of peaceful turnover of power by elected officials.
  • On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
Here we have a prime example of a narcissistic, arrogant demagogue so confident of his ability to hypnotize his victims that he tells them in plain language what he has done to them. His was a campaign of petty grievances and false promises; the worn out dogmas of Socialism.
  • We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.
Childish things like sense of dependency & a sense of entitlement? Those are part of his campaign pitch, how can he abandon them now?
  • Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
The statement is ambiguous and dangerously broad. What is he talking about? Is he calling for a new Constitutional Convention to undo the Bill of Rights? Does he intend to increase the powers and thereby the dangers inherent in government?
  • We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
That indicates physical infrastructure. Building roads and bridges requires vast sums of money and years to plan and execute. It involves lawyers and engineers, skilled equipment operators, machinery and trucks, asphalt and cement production. How many years does it take to turn out an engineer, and what will he do with his degree when the roads & bridges are finished? A massive make work project will result in shortages & inflation, not in new jobs. It will balloon the national debt beyond control.

Electric grids & digital communications are private industries, not government monopolies. Does President Obama intend to nationalize them or to subsidize electric utility & telecommunications companies? Or does he intend to burden them with new, higher cost structures so as to drive them out of business or inflate the rates we must pay?

What is the "rightful place" of science? Who displaced it, when and how? The technological wonders that improved health care are extremely expensive and increased the fixed cost structure of the industry, pushing up the cost of health care. How do you lower cost by more of the same? Who gets screwed in this process?

Sunlight and wind power can not replace hydrocarbon fuels for land transportation. Solar cells are too expensive and not sufficiently efficient. Issues of scope, scale, efficiency and cost are always overlooked by dreamers & schemers peddling snake oil.

Everybody promises to wave a magic wand to transform the educational system; nobody fulfills the promises. In Chicago, President Obama's buddy ran the school system into the ground instead of improving it. There are problems involving money, and there are problems involving people, both administrators and unions. None of those problems are easily soluble. The most important factor is beyond the President's control: the abilities and attitudes of the students. So long as the students are focused on video games, movies, the idiot box, beer, sex and drugs, you can throw all your money at the schools without improving the outcome.
  • The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.
Take a long, cold look at the Constitution; where does it assign those tasks to the federal government? This is part of the culture of dependency & unreasonable expectations which got us into the present mess. President Obama seeks to expand the role and power of government, the result will be less liberty, less prosperity, increased poverty and reduced security.
  • As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.
Rights are only enjoyed by those who seize, hold and zealously enforce them. It would be right for all men to be free & prosperous, without slavery, repression & discrimination. Unfortunately, the world does not work that way. Many parts of the world are ruled by tyrants, the people living there do not share our freedoms. They can't until they seize them as our forefathers seized them from King George. The idea that murdering Muslims have a right to maim and kill our servicemen and contest their capture & detention in our courts of civil law is the absolute peak of suicidal idiocy. There is no right to make war on us and get off Scott free. They have neither signed nor complied with the Geneva Conventions. The idea that terrorists should enjoy privacy in their communications just because one party to the conversation is in America exposes the suicidal insanity of its holders. The President is erecting and knocking down a straw man.
  • And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
Future of peace and dignity? Its ok if they seek war and rapine here and now, but we're their friend and benefactor if they seek peace in the future? Yeah, wrong! War is the condition while any part of the world is in Kuffar control. Peace will obtain after Islam completes total world conquest. What was sturdy about our temporary alliance with Stalin? Without power, we have no protection. If we have power but are unwilling to use it, we have no protection. Old Harry had the power and the will to use it, so WW2 came to and end with victory over Japan.

This last quoted paragraph exemplifies President Obama's hypocrisy. He was going to put away petty grievances and false promises. He expects us to forget that and accept his old campaign shibboleths. When an enemy declares genocidal intent and attacks you, there is no role for restraint. Humility has no place in this debate. Our ideals are superior, our rights are superior and our force is superior. We have a right to defend ourselves and our way of life. Those who made war upon us must pay its penalties.