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Monday, July 14, 2008

Obama, Shaman

Michael Knox Beran makes a strong case, INMNSHO, for staying away from the clutches of BHO. He seems to be "misleading" at best.

. . . the modern liberal regards suffering not as an unavoidable element of life but as an aberration to be corrected by up-to-date political, economic, and hygienic arrangements. Rather than acknowledge the limitations of our condition, the liberal continually contrives panaceas that will enable us to transcend it.

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The danger of Obama’s charismatic healer-redeemer fable lies in the hubris it encourages, the belief that gifted politicians can engender a selfless communitarian solidarity. Such a renovation of our national life would require not only a change in constitutional structure—the current system having been geared to conflict by the Founders, who believed that the clash of private interests helps preserve liberty—but also a change in human nature.

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With the triumph of Obama’s post-masculine charisma, the patriarchal collectivism of the New Deal has finally given way to a new vision of liberal community, the empathetic mommy-state

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Obama makes it clear that there is no place, in the politics he advocates, for those “absolutists” who would defy the community. The “ideological core of today’s GOP,” he writes, is “absolutism, not conservatism,” an absolutism driven by those who prize “absolute truth” over “communal values.” This commitment to absolute truth, he argues, stands in the way of a politics that can solve our problems and change our lives.

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Softness has become an asset for candidates who have molded themselves on the exhibitionist model of the Oprah matriarchy.

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But Obama-mania is bound in the end to disappoint.

. . . we pursue false gods and turn away from traditions that really can help us make sense of our condition.

Yep.

God Bless Ya'll !

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