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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Obama Projects Fear-mongering

Merriam-Webster's definition of Projection: the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects ; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety

When someone has a strong argument you know it because they address the strongest point(s) presented by the opposition. Whenever Barack Obama argues a point, he never seems to do this which usually indicates a weak argument. What he continues to do is AVOID his opponents' strongest points entirely.

We saw this on display when he took the position that ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, should be reinstated because he was duly elected. The strongest point of the opposition is that Zelaya attempted to break the rule of law by disregarding the Constitution while the Supreme Court, Congress, and Military of Honduras all supported the ouster on Constitutional grounds. To this point, I've not seen ONE instance where Obama has acknowledged this reality.

On to Healthcare. Financial Times is reporting that Obama is whipping out the FEAR card which his ideological mentor, Saul Alinsky LOVED to use. This is a sign of desperation. He's also using the OBSTRUCTION card.

The problem is that the FEAR card is being played to communicate that if the new health care bill isn't passed, our health care system will basically collapse. That is a lie. The American health care system is THE BEST IN THE WORLD. Obama doesn't address that issue, which means his argument is weak along those lines.

Next, the OBSTRUCTION card. Obama would have you believe that health care legislation is being held up because of partisan opposition. Has anyone noticed who has the overwhelming majority in the House and a Filibuster-proof majority in the Senate? What Obama is NOT addressing is the fact that the legislators who are "obstructing" are in his own party. Again, he does not address his opposition's strongest point(s) which is why his argument is made weak.

That leads me to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, RULE #10, which says....
The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. AVOID being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
Notice the word, "AVOID"? Obama is the King of "AVOIDING" the strongest points presented by his opposition. This indicates a WEAK position, which is likely why Alinsky was big on BULLY TACTICS. It may also go a long way in explaining why co-opting the media was so important.

Now for Mr. Obama's PROJECTION...

He's playing the FEAR card, right? The problem is that HE'S actually the one instilling the fear and NOT his opposition. His opponents want to slow down, think this through, and not sign a huge piece of legislation they could regret down the road. Meanwhile, Obama is INSISTING that it get passed.

One should step back and ask, "Who's actually afraid here?"

Remember that Obama's stance is that the American Healthcare system is broken (despite it being the best in the world) while accusing his opposition of causing fear by remaining calm while HE wants them to act without thinking or deliberation. WHY is that?

Quoting from the FT report:
With his own Democrats divided and Republicans determined to kill off legislation before the congressional recess next month, Mr Obama said the country could not afford to continue with a healthcare system that everyone agreed was not working. “But I also think that it’s very easy to scare people that it’s going to get even worse,” he told NBC’s Today show.
Very easy to scare people that it's going to get even worse? Who is he talking about? In any case, that's EXACTLY what HE is doing.

Merriam-Webster's definition of Projection: the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects ; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety

And of course, we couldn't leave out the Alinsky tactic Obama is using with respect to this EXTREME URGENCY to pass a health care bill that actually WILL cause our health care system to end up worse. Much worse.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
It's how he's run his entire presidency.

WARNING: The following video may cause extreme irritation in people who are averse to BALD-FACED LIES:

h/t to Gateway Pundit for the video link

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