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The Vanities of the Bonfire


“A single spark can start a prairie fire.”–Chairman Mao Tse-Dunn

Mark Twain-Steyn plumbs the depths:

The Vanity Of Big Government

One of the chief characteristics of Barack Obama’s speechifying is its contempt for words as anything other than props of self-puffery. Consider, for example, his recent remarks to the graduating class of the United States Military Academy:

“America has not succeeded by stepping out of the currents of cooperation — we have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice.”

“Steering those currents”? How could even a member of the president’s insulated, self-regarding speechwriting team be so tin-eared as to write that line? How could the president be so tone-deaf as to deliver it in May of 2010? Hey, genius, if you’re so damn good at “steering currents,” why not try doing it in the Gulf of Mexico?

The only reason Ulysses S. Blamebush went to West Point on Satyrday was so his media lackeys could burnish his military street-cred as CINC on Sunday, before springing his Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell-repeal effort on Monday.

Why didn’t he discuss his DADT policy push with the graduating class; after all, aren’t they the ones who would have to live with it? Instead, he just used them as props, patting them on the head and pardoning them from after-school detention. No wonder so many of them declined to shake his hand.

Or maybe it was just because Obama’s “new international order” sounded a lot like “whatever dictators tell me to do”.

Like those of many great “thinkers,” words for Barack Obama and his coterie seem to exist mostly in the realm of metaphor rather than as descriptors of actual action actually occurring in anything so humdrum as reality.

And so it is that, even as his bungling administration flounders in the turbulent waters of the Gulf, on the speaker’s podium the president still confidently sails forth deftly steering the ship through the narrow ribbon of sludge between the Scylla of sonorous banality and the Charybdis of gaseous uplift.

Two years ago this week, then Sen. Obama declared that his very nomination as Democratic Party presidential candidate (never mind his election, or inauguration) marked the moment when “our planet began to heal” and “the rise of the oceans began to slow.”

I don’t care what anyone says–that Billy Ayers can really turn a nautical phrase!

In fact, they say that Anita Dunn’s husband Robert Bauer wrote the NavyGate Navigational Charts, but this kind of polished fiction reads like Ayers’ best. And it doesn’t take Billy three months to get all his lies straight, from Prairie Fire communism to the Pants Fire Chronicles.

Almost every problem we face today arises from the vanity of Big Government. Why has BP got oil wells 5,000 feet underwater in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico? Because government regulated them off-land, off-coast, and ever deeper into the briny.

The State-Run Media also “leaked” that the Top-Kill plan worked, just long enough for Ogabe to give his stenographer fan club press conference, even though it hasn’t worked yet.

The UnterBus Regime bussed in–and out–400 worker-bee props, just in time for his Shoreline Showbiz Review. Bill Ayers, you magnificent bastard!

True, BP went along. Its initials stand for “British Petroleum”. You may not be aware of that if you’ve seen any of their commercials in recent years: “BP — Beyond Petroleum.” They were an oil company ashamed of their product, and advertising only how anxious they were to get with the environmental program. And a fat lot of good that did them.

Maybe they should have focused on getting petroleum right, before moving beyond it. Now the petroleum is moving beyond them.

But Democrats are also ashamed of their product, too. That’s why they run as conservatives, like the Murtha-clone in PA. Didja’ notice that liberals always run as conservatives…but conservatives never run as liberals?

BP, not to mention its customers, would have been better to push back against government policies that drive energy suppliers into ever more unpredictable terrain in order to protect the Alaskan breeding grounds of the world’s largest mosquito herd. Instead, we’ll do the opposite. There’ll be even more government protection of “the environment,” and even more government regulation of the oil industry, and BP will be drilling for oil in that Icelandic volcano.

Does “BP” stand for “Boy President”? ‘Cos I’m not sure America’s golf courses can take the presidential pounding they’ve been getting if this crisis continues.

It’s the same in Europe. Greece’s problem isn’t so very difficult to diagnose. Like many western nations, its government has spent tomorrow today. As in New York and California, public-sector unions have looted the future. This is the entirely foreseeable consequence of government policy.

Looting the Future is not the “consequence of government policy”, Mark–it is the policy itself.

As Billy A. put it:

“This is why I chose teaching: to share my life with young people, to shape and loot touch the future.”

Like the man said, “This Wouldn’t Be Happening If Obama Were President!”

The Smell Test Administration is failing, just as Rush predicted.

Must be something in the airs.


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