In a June 15 prime-time televised Oval Office speech about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, president Obama said:
“It’s a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now… Each year, at the beginning of shrimping season, the region’s fishermen take part in a tradition that was brought to America long ago by fishing immigrants from Europe. It’s called “The Blessing of the Fleet,” … And still, they came and they prayed. For as a priest and former fisherman once said of the tradition, “The blessing is not that God has promised to remove all obstacles and dangers. The blessing is that He is with us always,” a blessing that’s granted “even in the midst of the storm.” (end of Obama quote)
Of course, we Christians found this offensive because we know that Obama is pandering to religious people, but that he has no genuine faith at all and that his “church” in Chicago is nothing but a satellite office of the most radical anti-American faction of the Democrat left.
When asked if she liked the Obama speech including its religious reference, outspoken liberal Follywood TV actor Janeane Garofalo responded, “No, I didn’t feel it was a strong speech, and I felt the prayer thing he did was pandering and anti-intellectual and just sort of a waste of time.”
Just look at that erudite language! “The prayer thing he did…”
Note to Garofalo: “The prayer thing he did…” has been practiced by most humans throughout most of history. And “The prayer thing he did… ” has lasted a thousand times longer than your stint as a TV actor.
Look at Garofalo’s language. It is classic Follywood philistinism coming from a place where they often act like they are highly educated when they decidedly are not.
“…just sort of a waste of time”?
Perhaps we should re-run the entire Obama presidency for Garofalo. Or Obama’s inept response to the oil spill. Or his entire speech that night which meandered on about this and that instead of concentrating on the Gulf of Mexico. Then she might see what is truly “just sort of a waste of time”.
What does Garofalo mean by “anti-intellectual”?
This type of language must be analyzed. Because Garfalo has hit on a truth, but of course she has perceived it completely backwards, which is typical Follywood stupidity.
First, “intellectualism” is a 20th century construct. It refers to a manipulated leftist approach to knowledge. Once known as “scholarship” and practiced in real universities where students probed genuine truth, today’s “intellectualism” is the opposite. It refers to any random thoughts that are expressed by any person at any given moment, thoughts designed not to serve a higher scholarly purpose but rather to advance a personal agenda.
“Intellectuals” will say anything that favors them, without regard for the truth. For instance, they say that ‘global warming’ threatens the earth while ignoring falling temperatures and expanding Antarctic ice sheets.
So for Garofalo to say that Obama’s religious reference is “anti-intellectual” is absolutely true and indeed a compliment to our Christian faith. Because God indeed is “anti-intellectual”, which means that He stands for that which is absolute and right and based in truth, justice and universal knowledge, not passing fashion.
It is always fascinating to watch ignorant people like Garofalo trying to act smart. Like Obama himself, who is praised as being so smart. But he is not smart. He is merely slick and politically shrewd, which is a long way from being smart. The mayor of Chicago is slick and shrewd too. But that doesn’t make him Isaac Newton.
Obama truly is an “intellectual”. And his friends and admirers are the same way – shallow, secular, materialistic, opportunistic and gullible. So they admire Obama as the top dog in their low world. Which means virtually nothing.
Indeed Obama’s religious reference was “anti-intellectual”. And that is the crisis in this president’s life and tenure. He will say and do whatever he needs to in order to advance his radical agenda and to heck with the truth, knowledge or rationality.
Obama would do well to become less intellectual and to see God as a figure whom he can refer to not casually in a canned speech, but as the Supreme Scholar. God sees the world through observation of truth, justice and goodness. He understands that man cannot flourish on the falsehoods of modern-day intellectualism. This would be something for Janeane Garofalo to consider next time she comments on a serious subject with just the little real knowledge that she has accumulated in her short stint on the Small Screen.
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