-- F.A. Hayak
Friday, July 31, 2009
The picture reveals much more that a thousand words ever could. In an article published in the excellent American Thinker, Thomas Lifson unpacks the symbolism in a truly compelling way. He points out that...
Sergeant Crowley, the sole class act in this trio, helps the handicapped Professor Gates down the stairs, while Barack Obama, heedless of the infirmities of his friend and fellow victim of self-defined racial profiling, strides ahead on his own. So who is compassionate? And who is so self-involved and arrogant that he is oblivious?
Lifson, in an update to this post, adds this:
In fairness, we do not know the context in which the scene unfolded. But the symbolism is breathtaking.
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The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The statements that Thompson, McCain and Joe the Plumber made, and that the AP claimed to refute, were not factual claims at all. They were predictions. We now have sufficient facts, as reported by Ohlemacher above, to conclude that those predictions were accurate. But an accurate prediction ("the Steelers will win the Super Bowl") is quite different from an accurate statement of fact ("the Steelers won the Super Bowl"). If you don't grasp the distinction, try going to Vegas and placing a bet on the Steelers to win Super Bowl XLIII.
So the AP repeatedly made a cognitive error in treating as-yet-untested predictions as if they were statements of fact. Even more ludicrous, however, is the basis on which the AP concluded that the GOP statements were false. It treated Obama's campaign promise as if it were not only a statement of fact but an incontrovertible one.
A promise is a statement of intent, not a fact. Sometimes people are unable to do what they intend because of circumstances beyond their control. Giving Obama the benefit of the doubt--assuming that he sincerely intended not to raise taxes on people making under $250,000, and that circumstances made it impossible to do otherwise--it's as if the AP had done a pre-Super Bowl "fact check" along these lines:CLAIM: The Pittsburgh Steelers are favored to win.THE FACTS: Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has made clear that "our guys are ready to play" and that they intend to be victorious.
But the AP's campaign coverage was worse than this. Politicians sometimes make promises in bad faith--surely more often than American pro sports teams throw games. By treating Obama's campaign pledge as if it were an established fact, the AP displayed either a staggering naiveté or an appalling pro-Obama partisanship.
Americans are waking up to the fact that their president says, promises, and does things that simply do not make sense, at odds with what they know of human physics with the predictable nature of the way humans have conducted themselves for centuries: Borrowing is debt, not "stimulus"; serial apologies soon sound insincere or become counterproductive; blaming someone else becomes tiresome; scapegoating leads nowhere; taking responsibility for failure is as necessary as being praised for success; people can be fooled only so many times by sonorous, ego-laced rhetoric.
[Russian Aggression] not nukes is the chief cause of the friction between the U.S. and Russia. You wouldn't know it to hear Obama in Moscow pledging to halt the "drift" in U.S.-Russian relations. Drift? The decline in relations came from Putin's desire to undo what he considers "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century the collapse of the Soviet empire. Hence his squeezing Ukraine's energy supplies; his overt threats against Poland and the Czech Republic for daring to make sovereign agreements with the United States; and finally, less than a year ago, his invading a small neighbor, detaching, and then effectively annexing two of Georgia's provinces to Mother Russia.
That's the cause of the collapse of our relations. Not drift, but aggression. Or, as the reset man referred to it with such delicacy in his Kremlin news conference: "our disagreements on Georgia's borders."
Until recently the United States has at least rhetorically stood against these efforts, but America's new President, in all his cowardice, has decided to surrender the language of freedom to those who would deny its application to their own people. The fledgling - yet still bravely democratic - government of Honduras has stood strong despite this betrayal. It is a sad day that sees America abdicate its once proud role as the beacon of freedom in the world. I pray that they can forgive our governments now that the people of Honduras have been left in the dark, abandoned by the supposedly free nation's of the world, to find their own way.