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Obama and Billy Budd
American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky

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Posted By:geo11, 8/7/2014 3:03:41 AM

In Herman Melville´s classic story "Billy Budd," the narrator ponders what could be the matter with the master-at-arms "who has an animus toward the young seaman known as Billy Budd." Therein ensues a discussion about "natural depravity: a depravity according to nature." Thus, "one who has this natural depravity can be described as having an …even temper and discreet bearing [which] would seem to intimate a mind peculiarly subject to the law of reason, not the less in heart he would seem to riot in complete exemption from that law, having apparently little to do with reason [other] than to employ

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More Americans are coming to the realization that there is something terribly wrong with their President. He must be stopped before something catastrophic happens to our country.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/7/2014 6:27:33 AM     (No. 9956387)

Wonderful article!!

Don´t be put off by the long quotes at the beginning. Forge on! We are in dangerous waters.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: altoona, 8/7/2014 7:33:11 AM     (No. 9956469)

Billy Budd will abet the understanding of the relentless drive of evil men to destroy goodness, and their ability to appear perfectly rational and to utilize law and otherwise intelligent people to their immoral ends. If you don´t want to read the Melville story, I recommend the movie with Robert Ryan and Terrence Stamp. When I was in school many moons ago, it was required reading, but can´t imagine it would be today. I thank the author for raising the comparison to what is being played out in our current administration.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 8/7/2014 10:17:20 AM     (No. 9956670)

This is a must read. Please put this at the top of the page today. Thank you!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/7/2014 3:24:39 PM     (No. 9957059)

Never read any Melville. The only contact with the author has been in film: Gregory Peck in Moby Dick.

However, the creature does remind of the dead Martian found in the movie:´Five Million Years to Earth´ When in the vicinity of the dead alien, anyone will experience evil, chaos, destruction. Like the Martian, the creature posses a certain power and uses the power over individuals who then begin to show symptoms not usually seen. Much like a victim possessed by an evil spirit.




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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/7/2014 3:58:03 PM     (No. 9957096)

Excellent essay. Conflating two of Melville´s shorter works, I recalled Bartleby the Scrivener, whose oft-repeated "I would prefer not to" perfectly encapsulates Obama´s response to most things important to America and her allies. And where´s the modern day Ahab with his harpoon? Politically speaking, there´s never been a more suitable target for skewering.

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