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'Change' to What? The Politics of Deception

By Mark Alexander · Aug. 29, 2008

“We have heard of the impious doctrine in the old world, that the people were made for kings, not kings for the people. Is the same doctrine to be revived in the new, in another shape…?” –James Madison

At the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing, I found a small Chinese flag had been placed on my seat, and on 90,999 other seats in the Bird’s Nest stadium. Needless to say, I did not wave that flag – we smuggled in our own 3x5 foot American flags, which we displayed with honor. But there was a sea of little Red flags around us.

Apparently, the organizers of the big Demo confab in Denver took a cue from the Chinese and supplied small American flags on every delegate’s seat, which the cadre of Obamaphiles waved obediently and incessantly. (I suspect those flags were made in China.)

No small irony here that the subject of all this fervor, Barack Hussein Obama, refused until recently to wear that flag on his lapel, much less recite a pledge to it.

Of course, all the flag waving played well for the TV audiences, but liberal protagonists have always been about appearances, appealing to feeling, style over substance.

Indeed, as I previously summarized in an essay entitled, “Why the Left can’t get it Right,” ask liberals about some manifestation of their worldview – for example, why they support a charlatan like Obama – and their response will be predicated by, “Because I feel…”

On the other hand, ask conservatives about what they believe, or why they do or don’t support John McCain, and their response will be predicated by, “Because I think…”

At Obama’s crowning, we witnessed a stadium full of feelers – sensitive, emotional, sentimental types, bursting with tearful glee at the prospect of one of their kind becoming the next president of the United States.

Now, I don’t mean to suggest that there is something wrong with strong feelings; had I not contained my own on occasion, there’d be fewer Leftists on our planet. It’s just that we need to set our feelings aside when making serious decisions, such as who will be our next commander in chief.

All this notwithstanding, here are a few “feeling” moments from the past week.

Nancy Pelosi felt proud: “I am very proud of the Democrats in Congress,” the House Speaker told delegates. Proud of what, that the Democrat-controlled Congress now has an approval rating of 9 percent? Or are they proud of all the feel-good resolutions coming from Pelosi’s colleagues in the House – more than 1,900 of them – a congressional record?

John Kerry felt the need for change: “We need a leader who understands all our security challenges, not just bombs and guns, but global warming, global terror and global AIDS.” That assertion left me wondering why anyone would vote for Hussein instead of McCain. Of course, I had to think about it.

Since Jesse Jackson had already let us know how he feels about Obama, Bill Clinton took his place at the podium, lip quivering as he felt our pain. And Hillary was just radiant, feeling that all the stars were aligning for her campaign in 2012.

Michelle Obama felt good about herself. “I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities.” I suppose the best part of that feeling is the $275,000 annual salary she draws from a privately owned hospital whilst “working to empower young people.”

And Michelle no doubt felt good about hubby Barack, who she says will “bring us together and remind us how much we share and how alike we really are.” Can’t you just feel it?

Capping the DNC love fest, The One himself, whom I fully expected to walk onto his Greek temple set in a toga and gold laurel leaf crown, appeared before thousands of delirious, glossy-eyed sycophants who were chanting his mantra. Obama, a master propagandist whom running mate Joe Biden described as “the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” albeit “naive,” offered his own slate of feel-good sentiments about a “country I believe in.” (How about that American flag lapel pin on his $1,600 suit!)

In short, Obama constructed his ruse around a few themes.

He insisted that he is our savior, the embodiment of a “promise that has always set this country apart – that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family.”

He promised to reverse the “failed policies of George W. Bush,” and a “third” Bush term, as he frames McCain’s policies.

He proclaimed that, “Ours is a promise that says government … should do that which we cannot do for ourselves” and proceeded to outline the same worn socialist policies his “useful idiot” predecessors have promoted for the last half century.

In his final appeal to the faithful, Obama promised a presidency “that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.”

At least he was able to correctly identify the city he was in this time.

I am sure it comes as no surprise to genuine American Patriots, those who recognize a kindred spirit in the Patriot character of presidential candidate John McCain, that at the conclusion of Obama’s coronation in Denver, thousands of those little flags ended up in trash bags with other delegate refuse.

It’s not that those Demo flag-wavers don’t like our national flag, it’s just that they don’t have a clue about the “Republic for which it stands,” or its seminal document of incorporation, our Constitution, or the Patriots who have pledged “To support and defend … so help me God,”, or the hundreds of thousands who have given their lives to honor that pledge since our founding.

Obama certainly does not get it.

In the end, of course, no amount of logic will make a lick of difference to most Democrat voters. Trying to introduce thoughtful discourse into a debate with a Democrat is like trying to talk logic to an child in the midst of an emotional tantrum. Logic, of course, requires thoughtful analysis, and the Democrat hordes are too busy feeling great about Obama to muck that up with analysis.

The BIG lie: “So I’ve got news for you, John McCain: We all put our country first.” –Obama