PrestoPundit

A SHELBY STEELE CLASSIC.

Posted by PrestoPundit on 07/22/2008

Jesse Jackson passes the torch to Barack Obama.

Worth thinking about:

So it has to be acknowledged that, on the level of cultural and
historical symbolism, an Obama presidency might nudge the culture
forward a bit — presuming of course that he would be at least a
competent president. (A less-than-competent black president would
likely be a step backwards.)

The complication here is that from the point of view of what is best for America, most of Obama’s policies will be incompetent.  But from the point of view of America’s leftist elite, Obama’s policies will be understood as successful, competent policies.  And the elite will willfully see the causes of any bad consequences for America where ever is most convenient to themselves and their ideology, rather than were those causes actually lie.   So America will likely be torn by Obama the way America was torn by FDR — whose gross incompetence during the Great Depression is only now being revealed for anyone who cares to study the matter, were as at the time FDR’s ideological partisans could only see brilliance and success, even in the midst of endless economic stagnation and massive unemployment.

So I see Obama as continuing to tear apart the country the way the country has been torn apart by the left during the Roosevelt years, and continuing on into the Lyndon Johnson years.  If there wasn’t built in incompetence in the very policies and ideology of Barack Obama, I’d see thing differently.  But unless Obama reads some books by Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, and Friedrich Hayek, and completely rethinks public policy in the next six months, I see inevitable bad consequences and more division on the horizon for America, no matter how “competent” Obama is in implementing his leftist vision.

Bonus quote from Steele:

Already [Obama] has flip-flopped on campaign financing, wire-tapping, gun
control, faith-based initiatives, and the terms of withdrawal from
Iraq. Those enamored of his cultural potential may say these reversals
are an indication of thoughtfulness, or even open-mindedness. But could
it be that this is a man who trusted so much in his cultural appeal
that the struggles of principle and conscience never seemed quite real
to him? His flip-flops belie an almost existential callowness toward
principle, as if the very idea of permanent truth is passé, a form of
bad taste.

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