Friday, June 19, 2009

Obama's Cognitive Dissonance

Main Entry: cognitive dissonance
Function: noun
: anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like. Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary

Victor Davis Hanson points out the tremendous cognitive dissonance which Obama and his many supporters would impose upon us:

1. The Budget. Wanting to cut $17 billion from the budget, as President Obama has promised, is proof of financial responsibility. Borrowing $1.84 trillion this year for new programs is “stimulus.” The old phrase “out-of-control spending” is inoperative.

2. Unemployment. The number of jobs theoretically saved, or created, by new government policies — not the actual percentage of Americans out of work, or the total number of jobs lost — is now the far better indicator of unemployment.

3. The Private Sector. Nationalizing much of the auto and financial industries, while regulating executive compensation, is an indication of our new government’s repeatedly stated reluctance to interfere in the private sector.

4. Race and Gender. Not what is said, but who says it and about whom reveals racism and sexism. For example, a Hispanic female judge isn’t being offensive if she states that Latinas are inherently better judges than white males. . . .

6. Terrorism. Acts of terror disappeared about six months ago. . . . [O]ngoing military tribunals, renditions, wiretaps, phone intercepts, and Predator-drone assassinations are no longer threats to the Constitution. . . .

9. Media. The media are disinterested and professional observers of the present administration. When television anchormen and senior magazine editors bow to the president, proclaim him a god, or feel tingling in the legs when he speaks, it is quite normal.

10. George W. Bush. Former president Bush did all sorts of bad things to the United States that only now we are learning will take at least eight years to sort out. “Bush did it” for the next decade will continue to explain the growing unemployment rate, the most recent deficit, the new round of tensions with Iran and North Korea, and the growing global unrest from the Middle East to South America.

Read the entire article. As Mr. Hanson conludes, "once we remember and accept the logic of the above, then almost everything about this Age of Obama begins to make perfect sense."

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