Friday, September 02, 2011

So...who is Barack Obama?

I normally hate excerpting the last line of a piece - it's a cheat, providing you with a conclusion without the use  of the substantiating evidence.  But in this case, it's too juicy.

Via Protein Wisdom, we get an essay from the Claremont Institute, in which we dig through the various histories of Barack Obama, more often as not written by hagiographers. A great, if somewhat terrifying read, with the following end-piece:

Obama is as close as one could imagine to a made-to-order front man for contemporary, upscale, shy-about-itself, nouveau socialism. From his earliest age, he shaped his dreams about himself to act out a character wholly fictitious, namely a black American from a humble background who rose up out of brilliance and merit, and who yearns to draw all of America's low-born (plus the rest of mankind) up through the same paths. But he is none of that. Equally imaginary is his vaunted understanding of and sympathy for foreign cultures. A typical multiculturalist, Obama speaks no language other than a peculiar version of English. His native language, loves, and hates are common to some of the most leftist elements of the current American ruling class.

That class knows about America only that it must be changed, and looks at the vast majority of Americans the way carpenters look at warped pieces of lumber. Barack Obama is neither more nor less than its product and agent.

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