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Under Incompetence
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

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Posted By:Hazymac, 6/7/2014 10:31:11 PM

One of the most interesting events in the history of the British Empire were the destruction of Lord Elphinstone’s Army in Afghanistan, 1842. (Snip) There is among the incompetent an inordinate sense of unearned destiny. In a sense they’ve achieved by simply being there. There is a trend among modern political leaders to regard themselves as legends before actually doing anything. While in the past public figures wrote autobiographies in retirement, after their achievement, today they write about their greatness even before their careers begin. The reason for this is that while formerly the narrative came after the fact, today

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 6/7/2014 10:38:19 PM     (No. 9876971)

FTA: Both Clinton or Obama could easily fit the Elphinstone mode; although to be fair Elphinstone in his youth actually commanded a unit at Waterloo whereas neither Clinton and Obama can point to a similar experience. One wonders what they actually do. Neither writes their own books. By contrast, Winston Churchill not only wrote his own book, he was also largely responsible for winning the Second World War. They don’t seem to have any tangible skill. And yet … Obama and Hillary are experts in the modern profession of being famous, which requires no other skill than being famous. Like Kim Kardashian, they’re greatest claim to fame is fame itself. There it begins. And there it ends.

Here is another historical reminiscence from the inestimable Wretchard. Read and learn (if you didn´t know before).

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac, 6/7/2014 10:42:06 PM     (No. 9876976)

"...(T)hey´re" in place if "their"? That´s a bad error. Does Fernandez read this thread? If not, he should.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: clw54, 6/8/2014 12:21:50 AM     (No. 9877045)

The narrative coming before the fact describes contemporary Democrats quite well.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 6/8/2014 12:37:07 AM     (No. 9877050)

The most tragic part of this is that the nation has consciously chosen, twice, to be led by an incompetent mediocrity (mediocrity being far too generous a word for what Dear Leader Barack Hussein actually is), as if America is punishing itself. And, more tragic still, it is on track to do it yet again with The Smart Woman in 2016. The Elphinstones of the world are geniuses compared to what modern Democrats worship as "leaders" today. The question is why the once great USA has let itself fall so low, and the answer is in the insidious ideology of the Left.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: suedotsue, 6/8/2014 12:56:43 AM     (No. 9877054)

The nation chose what it did in 2008 and 2012 mainly because Obama ran unopposed. The so-called opposition party wanted him to win as much as democrats did.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NotaBene, 6/8/2014 2:27:20 AM     (No. 9877068)

Hillary will continue the Communist charade of the Community Organizer-in-Chief, and bring Monica´s Boyfriend to undignify the White House. Americans vote away the best country in the world for unearned handouts. Once Marxists agitated the working classes, now they govern through social parasites/beggars.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spidey, 6/8/2014 3:52:56 AM     (No. 9877077)

The Founders,with all their infinite wisdom,left a lot of soft spots in the Constitution or just left too many things to interpretation. Of course they couldn´t possibly envision crackpots like modern day liberals and their insane obsession with pleasing the enemies of the state,let alone murder babies willy,nilly or spend trillions to buy votes..

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