Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, recently recounted a conversation that he once had with then-senator Barack Obama after a speech that Obama gave. “‘That speech was phenomenal, Barack,’ I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: ‘I have a gift, Harry.”‘
Yes, a gift. And when one truly has a gift, one need not explain it. The gift is understood. Unless you are Obama. Then you must explain that gift, and exploit it to the maximum for political purposes even when it contradicts reality. Because Democrats, no matter how badly they’ve bungled things, always make it appear that they ‘care’ using their oratory – usually disingenuous – that the media then twists to make them look good.
Just look at the worst economies in America, all in Democrat-dominated states with socialist policies – California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey. Can Obama’s ‘gift’ explain that?
Yes. Here is how he would address that conundrum: “In those states, Democrats are doing their best to make life better for the uninsured, the homeless, the jobless. Just give them time. These problems were a long time coming and won’t be solved overnight.”
See how demagoguery works?! And it always sounds so good. It is seductive because it plays on emotion, which is a key tool of liberals everywhere.
Joe Kennedy once said of a Massachusetts plan to raise the sales tax one cent: “It’s just a penny!”
That is classic demagoguery which is aimed at dumb people who vote.
Obama certainly has a smooth way with words. But that does not mean that the words are meaningful. In fact, he has said little and done little as president. He mostly proclaims how much he has everything under control when all he is doing is opening up the federal treasury for every single problem. This is the path of least resistance and one that will not work over the long run, and never has. The economy will rebound on its own if Obama doesn’t screw it all up.
Obama is employing high-octane demagoguery. While Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt were quite taken with themselves and their presentation, Obama tops them all. That is why he is constantly being overexposed on television – because he thinks he has all the answers and wants everyone to know. He is using his ‘gift’ as a political tool, which would be fine if it weren’t so dishonest.
Think of all the gaffes that could expose The Real Obama: The flyover of New York City, the cheap gifts for the British Queen and PM, the teleprompter mistakes, talking about campaigning in “57 states” (there are indeed 57 Islamic states, by the way), his insult of Nancy Reagan, his tax-evading cabinet choices, Biden’s ongoing stupidity. And on and on. Any Republican president would be roasted by such gaffes, but not Obama.
The next question is: Will he be able to demagogue his way around his own failures?
Answer: He will claim that he “inherited” everything. But after a point, you have to take responsibility for your own policies. The public will decide in a year or two if this guy is on the level.
Now Obama is making a big pitch for a new tax system for companies that “ship jobs overseas”. This phrase is anti-capitalist demagoguery. Fact is that many companies relocate overseas because they no longer can put up with the Democrats’ ruthless taxation, regulation and radical environmentalism here in the US. Meanwhile, millions of jobs and trillions in wealth have been destroyed by American labor union activism abetted by Obama’s party.
Yet at the same time, liberals never talk about overseas companies that employ millions of Americans. No, the demagogues on the left convince us that they have the answer to all these problems in punishing companies, often by closing “loopholes”.
But the use of the word “loophole” is just more demagoguery and dishonesty. “Loopholes” to Democrats are “laws” to the rest of us. If the government makes a law that a company may make this tax deduction, or use that regulation to their advantage, then the company will. After all, the government spends so much time punishing free enterprise that these corporations need to take every advantage when it comes their way.
Obama recently announced that he would try to prevent US companies from using offshore accounts to “shelter” their profits. “The way to make American businesses competitive is not to let some citizens and businesses dodge their responsibility, while ordinary Americans pick up the slack. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Obama said. “If financial institutions won’t cooperate with us, we will assume that they are sheltering money in tax havens and act accordingly.”
Just look at the manipulative demagoguery in that statement and the code words and phrases he uses to generate anger at the companies that create our national jobs and wealth, an ongoing tactic of his – “shelter” (as if to suggest they are hiding it); “businesses dodge their responsibility” (the word “dodge” has negative connotations); “If financial institutions won’t cooperate with us” (like a suspect brought down to headquarters for questioning).
The US Chamber of Commerce responded rationally in a statement, saying that such actions would hurt job creation: “The United States is the only major industrialized country which double taxes the overseas earnings of our companies. Since other countries don’t subject their companies to double taxation, U.S. companies need deferral to stay competitive in the global marketplace,” said a Chamber statement:
“When you limit deferral, you limit the ability of U.S. companies to compete, you impede growth in the U.S. economy, and you cause the loss of jobs — both at the companies directly impacted and companies in their supply chains.”
This is plain, straightforward and truthful language that is intended to counter Obamagoguery.
The demagogues on the left never let down their guard, however, and are always on the march. Just look at the attacks on Lee Raymond the former CEO of ExxonMobil who, over a period of more than a decade, saved the two companies – Exxon and Mobil – from bankruptcy, merged them, and turned them into a petroleum industry powerhouse.
When Raymond got a $400 million retirement payout for his service, the demagogues went nuts. Yet Oprah Winfrey has garnered more than $2 BILLION in wealth by sitting on a couch and talking drivel with mindless Hollywood celebrities, supermodels and interior designers.
Who is the more valuable servant of the common good?
Lee Raymond is, far and away, hands down, absolutely. And that’s no demagoguery.
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