There are many ways to learn about the bleaker aspects of human nature. One would be to run a pizza shop or have to clean regularly a public restroom. Perhaps close attention to the text of Thucydides might give a more abstract lesson of what people are capable. The Old and New Testaments offer plenty of examples of the fallen state of man. Obama apparently did not get the message. What is the common denominator to his failed foreign policy initiatives — reset with Russia, a new, kinder gentler Middle East, supposed breakthroughs with China, outreach to Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela
Lets hope he´s right, but I have my doubts. I fear the average Joe will allow his fear of losing a govt benefit to triumph virtually any principle necessary to assure the success of a representative republic.
Liberals know this and always use it to further their agenda. It just may be too late. Many of us warned of this way back in the 1970´s.
Almost everything in this column is quotable, from VDH´s recognition that mankind is fallen, i.e., sinful at the core, to the explanation of the "eerie hatred of Obama" across the Middle East and Europe.
For such a short article, it is packed full of brilliant observations and insight.
(For those who still hold fast to the naïve notion that mankind is born good, ask yourself why we have laws and punishment for breaking them. Ask yourself why young children must be taught civilized behavior. Then watch "Lord Of The Flies". Mankind is born bad, sinful, and that must be unlearned. For far too many, the lesson is never learned and they keep trying to affirm non-existent better angels within. Some of mankind live their lives avoiding the evil within. Some succeed in taming it through God´s grace, but most do not. Obama´s worldview is skewed toward those mythical better angels knowing full well that he is not among them. That is why he fails. He knows he is not good, yet expects everyone else to be.)
Obama bets on the corruption of the Media and the apathy of the voting public---and he usually WINS!!!!!!! Look at our country after 5 1/2 years. And of course, he also counts on the John Boehners of this world to do nothing---beyond treat staffers to a better deal than the voters! DISGUSTING!
What looks like a ´eerie hatred´ for 0bama, has at its core a contempt. Contempt for the sheer stupidity of American voters who willingly seem to have done this to themselves. If 2014 results confirm this impression, then all hell is really going to break loose.
VDH is right, as usual. But the problem is that so-called progressives do not believe that there is any such thing as human nature. Progressive academics laugh at such "essentialism." Disciples of the interesting madman Jean-Jacques Rousseau believe that man is born naturally good and corrupted by society. They think that social engineering, including what they misleadingly call education, can make human beings good like they were born to be. Thus arguments about "human nature," even when amply backed up by history and, one might have thought, common sense, bounce off such people without effect. They don´t believe in such a thing. They think that their schemes will teach and cause people to behave the way they want them to. This is of course the fundamental fallacy of Leftism. Experience suggests that it is incorrigible, i.e. that no matter how many counter-examples and failures of the theory there are, true believers in the perfectibility of man will continue to maintain that next time will be different.
One might admire their idealism more if it did not regularly lead to such bloody results. Somehow such believers in human perfectibility always seem to wind up murdering large numbers of those they hold to be beyond redemption and therefore obstacles to their schemes of universal human betterment.
VDH missed an edit to his superb article. Third paragraph, first sentence, should read: In a word, he does NOT seem to know much about human nature, whether in the concrete or abstract sense.
Obama´s strength is that he uses his race as a shield from the consequences of the identical policies and massive government corruption that black, Democratic mayors and councilmen have inflicted on Detroit, Camden, Newark and other American cities. And, that Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jesse Jackson Jr and the CBC are doing on the confressional level. There is absolutely nothing different in Obama´s policies than what Detroit´s black Democrats have imposed on the now Motorless City for 5 decades. Even though Obama´s tired leftist policies have all failed and will always fail, he escapes criticism and normal cost / benefit analysis because of his color coupled with his party affiliation.
Great read ! If obama had ever read and understood the Bible and the Constitution he might understand but like many Communist leaders he preaches for the ´masses´ what he himself is unwilling to live with. Sadly the masses are too ignorant and too willing to live on the scraps to understand . Margaret Thatcher, whom obama detested, hit the nail of the head though and eventually other people´s money will run out.
Leftist reject the concept original sin because it then leaves room for redemption by a loving God who willingly sacrificed Himself for each and everyone of us. They want us to look to them for salvation and dependency. Christianity has always been the bane of any progressives´s existence because it offers hope through their relationship with a living God that supersedes anything man can offer.
Does Obama have any experience with a particularly disturbing human characteristic — learned both from literature and the experience, say, of going to a dangerous public school — that forced efforts to fit in, to accommodate, to ingratiate, to seek affinities where they don’t exist are not interpreted as outreach as much as condescension?
...Obama’s entire Middle East policy mirrors the hilarious scene in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, where the white punk attired in pseudo-gang attire believes he can out-jive gang bangers into leaving his girl alone.
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