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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Obama's ignorant (and Marxist?) world view is not worthy of a U.S. President

Michelle Malkin's column today ("Educating the Ignorant Kumbaya Candidate") expresses my own thoughts so succinctly (and much better than I ever could). She points out the truly scary implications of a man (representing millions of fellow Americans, sadly and evidently) holding his basically Marxist (and hence, deeply ignorant and flawed) worldview that, for example, terrorism "grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.” And the accompanying corollary that more government spending, central planning, diplomacy with despots, and social engineering by our elites will somehow miraculously change human nature and bring a kumbaya socialist happy brotherhood to our currently miserable, unenlightened existence.

Is this man for real? Osama bin Laden’s murderous legions are plenty able to “imagine” the “suffering of others.” Go watch an al Qaeda beheading snuff video. Just Google it or surf YouTube. Imagining the suffering of infidels is covered amply in Basic Jihadi Training 101.

You’ll note, too, that Obama’s fresh instinct in the week after the 9/11 attack was to diagnose it as a “tragedy” stemming from lack of “empathy” and “understanding”–instead of yet another deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged Islamic war on the West that it was.

As for Obama’s continued delusion about the “climate of poverty and ignorance” that supposedly breeds Muslim terrorists, can American politicians ever rid themselves of this unreality-based trope? This belief is part and parcel of the same idiocy that lead the State Department to embrace “spa days” for Muslims to “build bridges” with the Arab world and President Bush to open up our aviation schools to more Saudi students to “improve understanding.” John McCain also alluded to education-as-cure for Islamic terrorism at the L.A. World Affairs Council in March, when he declared that “In this struggle, scholarships will be far more important than smart bombs.” Just what we need: more student visas for the jihadi-infested nation that sent us the bulk of the 9/11 hijackers.

Author and National Review Online blogger Mark Steyn’s sharp rejoinder to McCain then applies to Obama now: “There’s plenty of evidence out there that the most extreme ‘extremists’ are those who’ve been most exposed to the west - and western education: from Osama bin Laden (summer school at Oxford, punting on the Thames) and Mohammed Atta (Hamburg University urban planning student) to the London School of Economics graduate responsible for the beheading of Daniel Pearl. The idea that handing out college scholarships to young Saudi males and getting them hooked on Starbucks and car-chase movies will make this stuff go away is ridiculous - and unworthy of a serious presidential candidate.”

Plus, such views are an offense to decent, non-terroristic poor people everywhere. The kind of people (and their descendants) who immigrated to America for self-interest, economic opportunities, and a better life for themselves and their children--not to wreak terror because they were "poor and ignorant." How condescending!

It seems baldy obvious to me at this point that the upcoming Presidential election boils down to a referendum on which worldview is now most prevalent in America: the basically "prep school Marxist" worldview as represented by the very intelligent and articulate Senator Obama and his lovely wife--or the more traditionally American worldview of free minds, free markets, and the recognition of private property rights that has up to now been the engine of our country's driving success and all it has done for individuals the world over.

Powerline: Other Democrats support Obama in the "reality is optional" approach to the world. It has become all but part of the Democrat party platform these days--along with, ahem, HOPE.

Discussion: Obama believes in the Marxist worldview? Check and decide:

Obama, Black Liberation Theory, and Karl Marx Barack Obama's Mother (a Marxist and his "touchstone" in his "world of politics"?)

Obama's Marxist Axis of Friends

Is Barack Obama a Marxist Mole?

Marxist, schmarxist, call it what you like. You can debate the details, but it is a failed and a fatal ideology, and Senator Obama seems to be in its thrall. The American Spectator sums it up in "Obama's Left-Wing Extremism":
So the true picture of who Obama is should now be clear. His consistently extreme left policy positions are well grounded deep into his past, dating back even to the prep school Marxism of his youth. How could America allow this man to become President of the United States? Do we not take that position seriously anymore?

UPDATE: Powerline: "He is not unready: he is unsuited for, and inadequate to, the office."

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