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    World Is Over: Obama Praises Reagan

    January 18, 2008 by Brandy Vencel

    National Review Online has the transcript of Obama’s interesting marketing move:

    I don’t want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what’s different are the times.I do think that for example the 1980 was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn’t much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.

    I have felt a series on Obama and the Christian brewing in my bones lately. He seems to have turned a lot of heads among the younger generation of Christian voters, and so I want to look at him a bit more closely. Something beyond pointing out that he is, indeed, a Fabian.

    Obama is, in my opinion, quite the sly fox. After all, how many people can identify themselves with a popular figure {in this case, Reagan, who is quite popular among the masses} and still stand in opposition to everything said popular figure stood for? Obama is talented. He capitalized on the idea of Reagan, and all the accompanying happy feelings people have about the man.

    Even the last portion of the last sentence of this quote takes my breath away:…we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing. Obama’s fiscal policies would never, ever lead this country to actual “dynamism and entrepreneurship.” But this is key: Obama doesn’t say this. He says he wants to return to a sense of such things.

    This is key to understanding Obama, and why I say he is a sly fox: he captures a mood, a hope, a vague impression, and a feeling. He does not capture truth or reality.

    Next week, I’ll try to break this down a bit. For now, let me leave you with this: it is quite obvious that Barak Hussein Obama isn’t admiring Reagan’s policies or ideas. He is, rather, applauding the fact that Reagan “changed the trajectory of America” and “put us on a fundamentally different path.” Obama is speaking the words of a veiled revolutionary. Since he is a socialist, this whole quote begs the question of whether Obama thinks we are ready to forsake our freedom and move toward bondage, and whether he is the man to take us there.

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  • Reply Brandy January 18, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Ouch. Painful and brilliant, my dear husband. 🙂

  • Reply Si January 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I thought B.H. Obama spoke a kernel of truth about Reagan: that the former president brought about a radical change in our country by embodying a governing spirit that differed from earlier, fabian days. However, where Obama gets it completely wrong is his attribution of Reagan’s success to cultural conformity.

    Reagan embodied and encouraged all that B.H. Obama does not: free enterprise, personal accountability, lower taxes, lower gov’t spending, capitalist ideals, strong defense, life, and high levels of personal and presidential ethics. Add to all that an articulate, historical view of the greatness of America that liberals spit upon.

    I don’t know if Americans in 1980 wanted a “sense” of all those qualities in government. I seriously doubt there was a clear understanding of traditional conservatism at that time that Americans would even adopt en masse. To the contrary, Obama, Reagan was a leader, not a cultural conformist. He flouted all his detractors and pursued his principles to their end. And that is why the nation benefited so much from his leadership.

    Obama is a black hole compared to the torch that was/is Reagan conservatism.

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