Saturday, November 01, 2008

Orwell meets Disney

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In a comment to a Mark Steyn article over at the Orange Country Register I found the following comment by someone who signs in as "livingtheoc" that gives one of the best descriptions of what I find the "George Orwell meets Walt Disney" effect of the Obama campaign: its massive control and its opaque touchyfeelyness, the effort made to suppress questioning and the cooperation that the media and its potential victims are giving to that effort.

The following excerpt from livingtheoc's post is especially succinct:

(....)Don't you find it odd that Senator Obama is now scrutinizing "Joe the Plumbers" personal life, but when it comes to his life, nothing will be released?! I am appalled that this is happening. Is this how he will treat all American citizens? This among other things do not sit well with me as an American and it should not sit well with you. The American people hold the power right now, as we, the American people are the deciding factor as to whether he gets into office. It's beyond any logical thinking why people are accepting his word and not questioning his character and his associations. Isn't Obama's refusal to release this information enough to spark enough doubt as to who he really is?

1. Occidental College records -- Not released
2. Columbia College records -- Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper -- not available, locked down by faculty
4. Harvard College records -- Not released, locked down by faculty
5. Selective Service Registration -- Not released
6. Medical records -- Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule -- 'not available'
8. Law practice client list -- Not released
9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate - - Not released
10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth -- Not released
11. Harvard Law Review articles published -- None
12. University of Chicago scholarly articles -- None

13.Your Record of baptism-- Not released or 'not available'

14. Your Illinois State Senate records--'not available'

You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience.

You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon.

You couldn't get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience.

You couldn't join the military and become a colonel after 143 days of experience.

You couldn't get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience

AND NOW Obama is AGAIN lying to the American people about his Aunt! Stop being zombies people, wake up!
If Obama gets elected after such a surrealistic process and everything turns out fine and he is a wonderful president, it will be a miracle, like Lazarus arising from the dead or a temporary suspension of the law of gravity.

America will have shown that not only can it "reinvent" itself, it will have shown that in fact, it can "create reality"...
just like the neocons always maintained. DS


Kevin E said...

David, I'm a huge fan of your work, and have left admiring comments at various times in the spring. I have been very, very dubious about Obama--one reason I'm a fan of yours, because it was refreshing to read someone who hadn't drunk the Kool-Aid.

At this point, though, I'm going to propose an alternative explanation for the "silence, exile, and cunning" (Joyce's great phrase for the strategy the artist must embrace in order to survive) that Obama is indeed showing, and it has to do with something I know you will understand: this is a black man who knows, as only a black man can, that white people are evil, stupid, and incredibly dangerous; the powerful among them, who hold the future of our planet in their hands, only love money; it is their God.

(I am white, by the way, though of Irish descent, which means that in the British Isles, I used to be a kind of nigger.)

In other words, if you get in their way, if you give them the tiniest advantage in a struggle, the powerful white men, the Dick Cheneys and the Frank Gaffneys and the Tom DeLays will slit your throat gleefully, and lick the blood from their knives with an appetite.

(African proverb: "The white man has no god; his god is money." They learned that truth the hard way!)

Because he knows that, because he knows that pursuing the progressive causes he believes in will cause the white power structure to put out a warrant for his execution, Obama has decided not to give them any advantage whatsoever; it's the only possible chance he has (and he wouldn't have won even with that if Wall Street hadn't collapsed).

Hence the strategy of massive control of information that you are worrying about: in fact, it is the strategy that adults use with children, and as the debates surely showed, Obama is an adult compared to the best the white power structure has to offer, John McCain. And Americans generally are children: they eat too much until they get sick; they have tantrums when their toys are taken away; they want to grab whatever they want, even if it isn't theirs. When you see the pictures of Obama being a very good parent to his children, you are seeing his plan for our nation: to help us grow up and avoid the worst mistakes we'd otherwise make.

He has essentially a parental nature--not very attractive to those who think for themselves! But can anyone say we don't need and haven't richly earned to be put under the care of such a nature? It's probably more than we deserve, frankly, given how much blood we have on our hands in these past decades.

I don't think anyone can rescue this country, honestly; it's just a question, as Richard Nixon saw long ago, of easing our decline, and minimizing the thrashing and fallout that has the potential to destroy the earth. But I've fallen back to judging, as my father used to, by faces: he wept when they gave the Nobel Prize to Kissinger, and asked, "Why didn't they give it to Allende?" So those are the values I inherited.

My father retired to Spain, a Philadelphia Irishman who spoke no Spanish, but the Spanish took care of him; and in his last years, he spoke of the beautiful faces of Mikhail Gorbachev and Rodney King, when he asked "Can't we all get along?"

In that spirit, I have looked at the face of Obama's grandfather in the recent picture of him, and seen it reflected in Obama himself: it's a good face, as W.H. Auden might have said, and I think we need to trust it and try to help him with the impossible tasks of cushioning our decline and helping us possibly to find an honest place among the nations--a project that many evil people will be trying to thwart. If he isn't shot in the first year or two, it will be a miracle; I give him credit for courage and a religious desire to sacrifice for the common good.

No, I don't particularly like him; but honestly, at this point, with the alternative being Sarah Palin and Phil Gramm and Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney, I say we get behind him and try to do our part also.

Respectfully yours, Kevin

Flaco said...

Mark Steyn? Orange County? Maybe David Duke has some thoughts to share on this subject? Are ya out there Dave?

RC said...

I don't agree with much of what Kevin says, but I do agree with the part of the final paragraph in his comment that is after the semicolon.
I also would agree that the collapse of the economy certainly helped Obama's chances. The phrenology: I'll pass on that part Kevin. I'm quite sure that wherever he may be, the Devil himself has a lovely face.
Probably also stupendous posture and gleaming teeth. And hey, we know quite a bit of the Devil's curricula vitae too.
Also, the belief that "the white man" is the Devil, well, believe it if you wish, certainly some white men are devilish, but I'll vote no on that concept too.
Just sayin'.
And David, if ever there was an Orwell meets Disney regime, it is definitely the Bush Cheney bunch.
I often wonder when I read some of these posts and comments just how interested in critical thinking the readers and writers might be.

oldfatherwilliam said...

I'd second both your commenters. Full respect for your doubts, of course, and some more of my own, but the American voter is clearly not a thoughtful person. Whether or not Obama cherishes any progressive beliefs, which I find doubtful, he sure couldn't have announced them and achieved what he has. I think what we're gonna get will be center, center and center. Which after what we've seen can't be all bad. Maybe at a minimum purge the agencies and DOJ of Bob Jones grads.