“Resistance to the collective is futile,” seemed to be the message of President Barrack Obama when he spoke to an audience in Cleveland, OH on September 8. In typical fashion, this speech was pure campaign mode material chock full of the usual doublespeak that he is so famous for.
The model: [Lie about the past] + [blame the Republicans] + [class envy statement] + [Conservative sounding statement] + [but] + [Abraham Lincoln quote] + [collectivist statement]
[A few weeks ago, the Republican leader of the House came here to Cleveland and offered his party’s answer to our economic challenges. Now, it would be one thing if he had admitted his party’s mistakes during the eight years that they were in power (lie)] + [But that’s not what happened. There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner. There were no new ideas. There was just the same philosophy that we had already tried during the decade that they were in power– the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place: (blame)] + [Cut more taxes for millionaires and cut more rules for corporations (class envy )] + [I believe government should be lean; government should be efficient. I believe government should leave people free to make the choices they think are best for themselves and their families, so long as those choices don’t hurt others. (conservative sounding statement)] + [but (but)] + [in the words of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, I also believe that government should do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves. (Lincoln quote)] + [And that means making the long-term investments in this country’s future that individuals and corporations can’t make on their own: investments in education and clean energy, in basic research and technology and infrastructure….. And that means providing a hand-up for middle-class families (collectivist statement)]
It’s easy to write a speech when you have the basic construct down. It’s just plug and play. This is the same model Obama used throughout his campaign for President and most likely will be the same model he will continue to use. The great thing about this model for him is that some people will just hear what they want to hear out of this, and that’s what he wants.
There was another important speech given on September 8, however this one occurred in 1858. Perhaps Mr. Obama should quote this one sometime; it’s from Mr. Lincoln so it could fit in his above model.
“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” – Life and Works of Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Debates, 1856-1858 – Abraham Lincoln
Millions of Americans have Mr. Obama’s number. His actions over the past year and a half have tainted his credibility and I for one do not believe he will be able to go on fooling most of the people in this country. As for Lostupidous of Borg’s attempt to bring me into the collective, resistance is not futile.