And speaking of “elitism,” guess what the President said?

President Obama captured the elitist mindset perfectly with this one statement:

“Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. “And the country’s scared.”

Sigh. This is one his most self-revealing statements since the “bitter clingers” moment in the Democratic primaries in 2008. In Obamaland, it isn’t possible to oppose his policies because one has come to a reasoned conclusion that they’re wrongheaded, bad for the country, and just plain won’t work. It can’t be because one has a different vision for the role of government, its relation to the people, and the best way to bring prosperity to as many as possible. It can’t be because you believe (correctly) that the Constitution is a document that limits government and gives it specific powers because unrestrained government is a threat to both liberty and prosperity.

Nope, it’s because you’re irrational and scared.

If I’m scared, Mr. President, it’s because of a very rational rejection of the poor policy choices you’ve made both domestically and in foreign affairs, and a revulsion at the direction you want to take this nation. It is based very much on “facts and science and arguments,” unlike your “stimulus” program that was nothing but a pork-fest, or your climate-change agenda that’s based on junk-science. It’s because of a feckless national security policy that has only served to make the world a more dangerous place by making us weak and pusillanimous, encouraging our rivals and enemies.

I may have disagreed with George W. Bush on many things, but at least –at the minimum– I knew he didn’t hold the  people he lead in a patronizing contempt.

I’m not a religious person, but God save me from my self-anointed betters.

PS. Bill Whittle is right.

UPDATE: Byron York has a very good column on this today.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

5 Responses to And speaking of “elitism,” guess what the President said?

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  2. Zachriel says:

    The problem is irrationality and misinformation among some, but not all, of the public.

    Many people don’t realize that the Obama Administration has cut taxes, and that marginal tax rates are lower now than during the time of the Affluent Society. For instance, the median family of four, earning $75k, before deductions, will pay less than 5% in federal income taxes.

    Among the Tea Party, nearly half think taxes have already gone up. With that sort of misinformation in one of the most vocal parts of the electorate, it’s difficult to have a reasoned conversation.

    • Phineas Fahrquar says:

      Among the Tea Party, nearly half think taxes have already gone up. With that sort of misinformation in one of the most vocal parts of the electorate, it’s difficult to have a reasoned conversation.

      Taxes have gone up: the federal tobacco tax, one of the most regressive taxes on the books, experienced its largest increase ever in 2009.

      As for tax cuts under Obama, are you referring to the withholding offset to payroll taxes? That amounted to a few bucks a month: chicken feed.

      Regardless, the future is what’s important, and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts will amount to the largest tax increase ever on Americans. In the midst of a severe recession, that is not rational.

  3. Zachriel says:

    Phineas Fahrquar: As for tax cuts under Obama, are you referring to the withholding offset to payroll taxes?

    Yes, though not large, a few hundred dollars can mean a lot to many families. The point raised was the misinformation among the public, particularly among Tea Party supporter, about taxes.

    Phineas Fahrquar: Regardless, the future is what’s important, and the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts will amount to the largest tax increase ever on Americans.

    It surely is important, but that wasn’t the issue under discussion. The expiration of the tax cuts was scheduled by the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress. Obama wants to extend it for anyone making less than $250k *after deductions*, and because we are discussing marginal rates, a married couple will not have a tax increase if they make less than $275k *after deductions*.

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