“Enough talk!” – Conan.
I’m all in favor of deliberative, thoughtful planning on the part of a major political leader. It beats the fierce urgency of political expediency any day of the week. Anyone who ever had to decide anything knows you can learn valuable wisdom from a BOGSAT, (Bunch of Guys Sitting Around and Talking) if you invite the right BOG.
That holds true until the deliberation shields the decision-maker from ever having to truly decide. There comes a point in any unpleasant situation where John Wayne or Ronald Reagan would no longer be wondering which posterior needed the Kiwi enema. The deliberative process should never be an excuse to vote present on being a leader.
It should never be a way to rope-a-dope through a crisis until you can find some else to use as a blame toilet. However, in President Barack Obama, we have a man in charge of our nation who has built his career on using the deliberative process to avoid personal responsibility for much of anything.
Our President is a creature of the seminar culture. He does nothing without his panel of experts on hand to serve as clay pigeons in the event of the plan failing. The panel of experts doesn’t exist to create new ideas. Barack Obama’s have already ossified at least two decades ago. He authors almost as many original thoughts as he has written autobiographies, but not quite.
The experts exist to put their names and reputations up as collateral so that the President’s political capital doesn’t get foreclosed upon. His now infamous session with Matt Lauer of NBC is the perfect example. Obamian blame-shifting follows below.
“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar,” Obama said. “We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick, right?” (HT: NRO)
This is just the guy we should have had in charge after 9-11. Or maybe not. It could easily have been late-2003 before he finished talking to all the experts. We could have Ground Zero, Ground Two, Ground Three, …or to be more academic, we could describe the latest set of smoldering ruins as the ith Ground Zero, in the kth Man-Made Disaster Area. Yet we’d do so very carefully, because aggressive actions on our part just create more terrorists.
And then there’s this jewel regarding the Obamcare debacle that will absolutely allow you to keep your insurance unless you’re like 51-68% of the American workforce.
“I would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, academically approved approach to health care. . . . But that’s not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately, what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people.”(HT: NRO)
Ah yes…Obama the Philosopher King. The entire idea of Democracy is dirty to the man. We need an elegant and academically approved approach to fixing healthcare. That would have totally made all the trains run on time. Yet that’s what our smartest and best want.
They no longer seek to lead, they seek to rule in a void with all responsibility carefully evacuated from the chamber. What the Obamas of the world seek to establish is the secular rejoinder to the old Baroque Devine Right Monarchy. The only difference is that once they get that diploma from Oxford, Sorbonne or Yale, they really do bristle at having to answer to God.
If only these geniuses could get rid of inconvenient nationalities and markets and religions. People just need to get with the plan. When in doubt, ask WWBD (What Would Bono Do)? Mark Steyn brilliantly critiques the entire “Progressive” condescending sneer towards mere Americans below.
It is hard to imagine Obama wandering along to watch a Memorial Day or Fourth of July parade until the job required him to. That’s not to say he’s un-American or anti-American, but merely that he’s beyond all that. Way beyond. He’s the first president to give off the pronounced whiff that he’s condescending to the job — that it’s really too small for him and he’s just killing time until something more commensurate with his stature comes along. – (HT: NRO)
Steyn continues on to explain how this entire consensus culture of the Uber-Elite leads to cowardice and inaction.
You don’t need to go anywhere, or do anything: You just need to pick up the general groove, which you can do very easily at almost any college campus. This Barack Obama did brilliantly. A man who speaks fewer languages than the famously moronic George W. Bush, he has nevertheless grasped the essential lingo of the European transnationalist: Continental leaders strike attitudes rather than effect action — which is frankly beneath them.
But it’s not beneath them. It terrifies them. To make a decision is to be. It requires the person to take sides, have beliefs, and worst of all, risk abject and undeniable failure. This humanizes the Demigod and removes the fake image constructed during the convention speech from the Obama-Cropolis in Denver.
Barack Obama has coasted his whole life on the conceit that he is a really smart man who should do great things. He sells potential, which is why he found it so easy to sell people hope. That works really well in the pre-season. Every Major League Baseball club enters Spring Training with at least a smidgen of a fantasy of winning the World Series. But then the real season starts and the wins, losses, errors and earned runs allowed all count.
At some point in Barack Obama’s life, he will have to do something. It may not be the BP oil spill. He could continue listening to experts and trying to figure out which cloacae to widen with his cleat in much the same fashion that OJ Simpson scoured the links in search of that elusive real killer. It’s just that sometime, somewhere, the man has step up.
Unless of course, he is the American Presidential version of Ryan Leaf. If such is the case, 2012 needs to be the season our electorate finally does to President Obama what an exasperated Oakland Raiders franchise did with the equally “potential-laden” JaMarcus Russell. No matter how many experts are brought in to help, no matter how much “potential” Barack Obama brings to the office, The US Presidency is far too important to trust to the disinterested hands of an overrated, playboy Quarterback.
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