Texas governor Rick Perry is being savaged over his on-stage lapse during the November 9 presidential debate.
So what. It was a common mental lapse called “retrieval failure” that was exacerbated by the stress of being on television in a debate forum that he is known not to be good at.
And if you look at all the lapses and outright lies of “geniuses” like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama (“I’ve now been in… 57 states. One left to go.”) you will realize that Perry’s was no big deal.
But still the lapse does present a problem. Because if Perry were the nominee and the race were close and Perry were to make such a gaffe one week before the presidential election, it can be very costly.
What about Obama? Is he the brilliant orator that he is purported to be?
No. Quite the opposite. He is what you call a ‘sophist’, which is where the word ‘sophistry’ comes from. It means that he is slick with his language but is almost always empty in content. This is common among educated liberals who use language to manipulate their audiences.
Here is a column I wrote about Obama’s press conference on November 3, 2010 the day after the Republican landslide, in which I took things that Obama said and debunked them with my comments, i.e., I demonstrated that he indeed is a sophist.
Obama said: The men and women who sent us here don't expect Washington to solve all their problems. But they do expect Washington to work for them, not against them. They want to know that their tax dollars are being spent wisely, not wasted, and that we're not going to leave our children a legacy of debt. Comment: Then why are you leaving our children a legacy of debt and using the government to try and solve everyone’s problems?
Obama said: What yesterday also told us is that no one party will be able to dictate where we go from here, that we must find common ground in order to set -- in order to make progress on some uncommonly difficult challenges. Comment: One party indeed can fix the country very quickly. The Republicans, if they will stick to conservative principles. Forget moving forward together. Democrats are the real obstructionists to growth and progress. When the government makes all the decisions about money, jobs, power, privileges etc., it kills the country.
Obama said: Because the most important contest we face is not the contest between Democrats and Republicans. In this century, the most important competition we face is between America and our economic competitors around the world. Comment: And we can compete easily worldwide if Democrats cease to obstruct business with excessive taxes, regulations, lawsuits, labor agitation and environmentalism which are the five forces driving business away. The labor unions alone destroyed the entire American steel industry in the 1960s and 1970s.
Obama said: And with so much at stake, what the American people don’t want from us, especially here in Washington, is to spend the next two years re-fighting the political battles of the last two. Comment: Conservatives don’t intend to re-fight them. They intend to seek to repeal your legislation and move forward with an agenda of growth, not stasis, eco-radicalism and debt.
Obama said: I think that there is no doubt that people’s number-one’s concern is the economy. And what they were expressing great frustration about is the fact that we haven’t made enough progress on the economy. We’ve stabilized the economy. We’ve got job growth in the private sectors. But people all across America aren’t feeling that progress. They don't see it. Comment: Of course not. Because it is not there. You spent so much government money that the private sector cannot grow.
Obama said: I think everybody in this country thinks that we’ve got to make sure our kids are equipped in terms of their education, their science background… Comment: Then why has your party been embracing fake science like ‘global warming’ which is intended to confuse kids about what is 'science' and to replace 'science' with a political agenda?
Obama said: I think John Boehner and I and Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are going to have to sit down and work together -- because I suspect that if you talk to any individual voter yesterday, they’d say, there are some things I agree with Democrats on, there are some things I agree with Republicans on. I don’t think people carry around with them a fixed ideology. Comment: Wrong. They voted November 2 for a fixed ideology. It is called Anti-Democrat-Party.
Obama said: And I think that the other thing that happened is that when I won election in 2008, one of the reasons I think that people were excited about the campaign was the prospect that we would change how business is done in Washington. And we were in such a hurry to get things done that we didn’t change how things got done. And I think that frustrated people. Comment: Yes, the people are so stupid. They just don't understand Obama's greatness.
Obama said: I’m a strong believer that the earmarking process in Congress isn’t what the American people really want to see when it comes to making tough decisions about how taxpayer dollars are spent. Comment: So stop the earmarks. Veto them. You are the president.
Obama said: If right now we had 5 percent unemployment instead of 9.6 percent unemployment, then people would have more confidence in those policy choices. Comment: Yes, but we have 9.6%. Because of your policies.
Obama said: And so my job is to make sure that I’m looking at all ideas that are on the table. When it comes to job creation, if Republicans have good ideas for job growth that can drive down the unemployment rate, and we haven’t thought of them, we haven’t looked at them but we think they have a chance of working, we want to try some. Comment: Indeed, the Republicans do have the idea. It is called “capitalism”. You should read about it. It is wonderful.
Obama said: Now, if the Republicans have ideas for how to improve our health care system, if they want to suggest modifications that would deliver faster and more effective reform to a health care system that has been wildly expensive for too many families and businesses and certainly for our federal government, I’m happy to consider some of those ideas. Comment: They have been urging adoption of private-sector changes for decades. The Democrats have not listened. That is why the system is broken.
Obama said: …I don’t think we should be cutting back on research and development, because if we can develop new technologies in areas like clean energy, that could make all the difference in terms of job creation here at home. And we should be able to agree now that it makes no sense for China to have better rail systems than us, and Singapore having better airports than us. And we just learned that China now has the fastest supercomputer on earth Comment: Yes, and every modern technology in the world was invented in the US/Europe but no long can flourish here because of government intervention in private business.
Obama said: Now, the single most important thing I think we need to do economically -- and this is something that has to be done during the lame duck session -- is making sure that taxes don’t go up on middle-class families next year. Comment: Now he’s pushing the Bush agenda since his agenda has failed. Obama is jumping on the November 2 bandwagon like a classic opportunist.
Obama said: From 2001 to 2009, (Bush) cut taxes pretty significantly, and we just didn’t see the kind of expansion that is going to be necessary in terms of driving the unemployment rate down significantly. Comment: The unemployment rate in 2006 was 4.5% one of the lowest rates anywhere in the world at any point in history.