Obama and Our Post-Modern Race Problem

Last week I read Shelby Steel’s excellent Op-Ed piece in Wall Street Journal. I highly recommend all to read it. Shelby Steel uses a very unusual  term “Individuation” Using the parable of Emperor Has No Clothes, he argues “The lie of seeing clothes where there were none amounted to a sophistication—joining oneself to an obvious falsehood in order to achieve social acceptance. In such a sophistication there is an unspoken agreement not to see what one clearly sees—in this case the emperor’s flagrant nakedness.”

In closing he postulates that

“I think that Mr. Obama is not just inexperienced; he is also hampered by a distinct inner emptiness—not an emptiness that comes from stupidity or a lack of ability but an emptiness that has been actually nurtured and developed as an adaptation to the political world.

The nature of this emptiness becomes clear in the contrast between him and Ronald Reagan. Reagan reached the White House through a great deal of what is called “individuating”—that is he took principled positions throughout his long career that jeopardized his popularity, and in so doing he came to know who he was as a man and what he truly believed.”

It is so well written and makes rthe case of Obama Presidency’s vacuousness it is a must read.


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