This was a memorable quote by M in the James Bond film, Casino Royale. I have often thought that it fits our president to a T. Apparently the inimitable Mr. Sowell feels the same way.
After reading Barack Obama's book "Dreams from My Father," it became painfully clear that he has not been searching for the truth, because he assumed from an early age that he had already found the truth — and now it was just a question of filling in the details and deciding how to change things.
Obama did not simply happen to encounter a lot of people on the far-left fringe during his life.
As he spells out in his book, he actively sought out such people. There is no hint of the slightest curiosity on his part about other visions of the world that might be weighed against the vision he had seized upon.
Remember when Bush was an idiot with absolutely NO intellectual curiosity? A fact irrefutably proven because he wouldn't entertain left-wing ideas.
As Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago Law School has pointed out, Obama made no effort to take part in the marketplace of ideas with other faculty members when he was teaching a law course there.
What would be the point, if he already knew the truth and knew that they were wrong?
This arrogance and lack of curiosity is a necessary trait in leftist thinking. Since Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital, nothing he predicted has happened and nothing he theorized has worked. To continue to believe in the idea of communism is to be so deep in the drowning pool that you are no longer a floater and are rotting on the bottom. But the siren song of communism and collectivism as a whole will always be with us, for communism recognizes something within us that is intrinsically human. It recognizes the emotional needs to connect with others and to find safety in that connection. These are not needs that can ever be wished away. They are part of our humanity. The trouble lies in the impulse to enforce these needs through the power of the state.
And it has always been so.
The protection of our individual freedoms through the creation of a republic did not make these needs go away; they only demanded that for the first time in history they be met through persuasion and an exchange of value rather than coercion and force.
The left would have you believe that to desire freedom from others' coercive demands is heartless and uncaring. It is not. It is a recognition that obligations to our fellow men can only be moral if they are voluntary. This is true from both the perspective of the giver and the receiver. When relationships and obligations are voluntarily assumed between men, both sides know that the agreement can be dissolved instantly. This aspect of choice can not be removed from morality.
To know that the needed generosity or loyalty of another is entirely dependent on one's own behavior and not enforced through the authority of the state is a powerful motivator to correct the negative behavior that caused the dependency in the first place. To put it bluntly, if I'm a crack whore and I am starving, homeless and despairing, it would still be next to impossible for me to change into a valuable member of society on my own. Only the knowledge that help is available through radical personal change would be enough to force me to the conclusion that I must change.
Where there is no dependency, but only an advantage for both parties, choice is still an invaluable aspect of any arrangement because it diffuses the power gained through the partnership to both parties. When both can leave, both maintain power. Our Founding Fathers recognized this very necessary and moral aspect of human relationships and protected it in the First Amendment.
To live in a world where all association is voluntary requires a great deal of trust between men. It requires that you believe in yourself, that you believe in your fellow citizens, and that you believe in mankind.
Despite all their assertions of belief in the goodness of man, the left always betrays their contempt for mankind in the ancient impulse to use force to achieve their desires. If they believed in the goodness of man as they insist, they would never feel the need to use the power of government to achieve their goals. Force is the weapon of the fearful.
Obama and his kind are men driven by fear, arrogance, a lack of self-awareness and a fundamental contempt for their fellow travelers. There is no other conclusion. To believe that only a chosen few have the capacity to behave morally without force is to believe that other men are worthy of nothing so much as contempt.
And that's what I see in Obama's face when he speaks to us. Contempt.
RACHEL LUCAS LINKED ME! ME! Honestly, I tried to act calm and everything like it was no big deal...but DAMN! So here's my award! Yeah, me!
|You can't expect me not to giggle gleefully. I even thought perhaps |
I shouldn't award myself another award, but then thought,