After a series of ineffective public messages -- leaving the political landscape dotted with dry rhetorical wells -- President Obama has hit upon a closing argument.Sounds to me that Obama is channeling his inner Janeane Garafolo. Don't be surprised if at some point Obama breaks out with a dissertation on the functions of the "limbic brain". In any case, it is obvious that the president believes that the American electorate is comprised of inferior beings. In that bright, shiny place known as ObamaLand, the motto is oddly similar to that of the nutty whack job who decided to call out his ex-girlfriend on C-SPAN: Its not me, its you.
"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now," he recently told a group of Democratic donors in Massachusetts, "and facts and science and argument [do] not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country is scared."
Let's unpack these remarks.
Obama clearly believes that his brand of politics represents "facts and science and argument." His opponents, in disturbing contrast, are using the more fearful, primitive portion of their brains. Obama views himself as the neocortical leader -- the defender, not just of the stimulus package and health-care reform but also of cognitive reasoning. His critics rely on their lizard brains -- the location of reptilian ritual and aggression. Some, presumably Democrats, rise above their evolutionary hard-wiring in times of social stress; others, sadly, do not.
Though there is plenty of competition, these are some of the most arrogant words ever uttered by an American president.
How, O how can Barry be expected to rule people who have no idea what arugula is to get the complexities of his vision? It is an impossible task. Frustrating.
I guess momma never told little Barry that there would be days like this. On the bright side, in a mere two years he can put all this behind him.
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