It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts....For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it. –Patrick Henry
Ever since Obama’s inauguration, the overwhelming majority of media (I can think of only a few exceptions) has been enamored with the President, comparing him to John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Harvard historian James T. Kloppenberg has gone even further calling him a philosopher president. But if the President is a philosopher, the philosophy he is promulgating is what French politician, philosopher and socialist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon called “Philosophy of Poverty”.
For the political pundits who evaluate the President's actions from the standpoint of conventional politics, his actions look so bizarre that they mystify his critics and supporters alike.
He says he wants to balance the budget but is running the deficit to unsustainable levels and insists on spending even more. He is talking about American economic competitiveness but is spending billions of dollars on green energy that costs the consumers and businesses lot more than conventional sources, making American products and services less competitive. He is talking about energy independence but he prevents oil drilling, he says he wants to reduce unemployment but prevents Boeing from opening a new facility in N. Carolina.
After suffering a staggering defeat at the polls in November, the President promised cooperation, and willingness to compromise. But at the same time, he has never missed an opportunity to enhance his eminence by denigrating his political opponents.
He offers and demands Congress to sign the so called “Job Bill” that includes an allocation of four hundred fifty billion dollars for the infrastructure, while he knows the proposal is unacceptable to the Republicans and could under no circumstance pass the House. The list of inconsistencies can go on and on.
There is a simple explanation for the President’s actions: our president lives in a different world; the world of Marxist Dialectical materialism, where change is the product of a constant conflict between opposites arising from the internal contradictions inherent in all events, ideas, and movements.
So, as long as he sees the world as a conflict of opposing forces, Obama will seek conflict as the process leading to achieving his strategic objectives. He considers anything less than 100 percent support as betrayal. Those who dare to disagree with him are enemies of the people and shall be destroyed. There is no room for cooperation and compromise. As a matter of fact, Marxism-Leninism defines compromise as a “solution equally unacceptable for all parties involved”. Unable to find a middle ground between total victory and total defeat, he has worked himself into a deadlock.
Incapable and unwilling to compromise, Obama will continue to exploit class warfare, civil disobedience, and riots; reaching out to minorities and intellectuals, dividing the nation among racial lines and income brackets to implement the Change.
Ironically, the Change itself is a contradiction between his policies of wealth distribution and job creation which are critical for President Reelection. In order to get reelected, the President needs to get the economy going and reduce unemployment but his anti-capitalist agenda that includes unrestrained spending, high taxation, government regulations of industries, and financial services effectively impedes any significant expansion of the economy.
Conventional wisdom would say that in order to get reelected, the President should get off his socialist horse and offer a comprehensive economic plan that would get the support of both Republicans and Democrats. But the President does not follow conventional wisdom. He is following the Bolshevik’s ideology that great ideas could be realized in one grand ideological assault.
As with all followers of Marxism-Leninism, the President fanatically believes in his own righteousness and superior intellect. He will continue to camouflage his lack of leadership with passionate speeches, but his passion and eloquence can only obscure reality; they cannot change it. There is no shred of evidence that any of calamities that he is predicting in case his legislation is turned down would ever materialize. There is no evidence that the “Job Bill” would ever stimulate the economy and produce a meaningful reduction in unemployment; there is evidence that points to the contrary. Furthermore, the President and Democrats know that their exuberant promises cannot be fulfilled. Given the existing regulations and constrains imposed by EPA, just getting permits for a substantial infrastructure project will take years.
The real purpose for the President’s Job Plan is to create another avenue to spend billions of dollars, emulating Lenin’s strategy for the downfall of capitalism. As Lenin taught, “The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency”, the strategy I described in my previous article “Anatomy of a Bolshevik”.
The country is undergoing a period of upheaval. Unfortunately, the Philosopher President has neither the experience nor the inclination to lead a national debate about the future of this country. Especially when the future he envisions, reminiscent of Greece and other Western European countries or even the Soviet Union, runs contrary to American idealism and values. In this environment, the President feels perfectly comfortable using his powers of locution to mobilize the constituency to accomplish his objectives through brute force, outmaneuvering his critics in the process.
In spite of the fact that the President has refined his demagoguery into a high art reminiscent of Greek political oratory, the more he talks, the more he exposes his “Poverty of Philosophy”.
See also: "Anatomy of a Bolshevik"