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Meet the New New Left, Same as the Old New Left

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Spending some time with David Horowitz’s fascinating volume entitled Left Illusions…interesting how the arguments of today’s “progressives” are so similar to those of the New Left and its antecedents. Members of that movement felt that they were misunderstood by most Americans, who were too dumb to realize that the “progressives” were trying to “help” them. “We’re doing this for you!” a young Horowitz cried in his head as he marched in the 1948 May Day parade while being heckled by curious onlookers who denounced the marchers as subversive Communist agitators. Barack Obama, a child of the New Left, seems similarly frustrated by opposition to his misguided attempts to “help” Americans through the institution of “progressive” policies. One hope’s eventually Obama will come to his senses as Horowitz did.

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March 1, 2010 at 4:15 am

SOTU Pre-Game Shenanigans: Pelosi Jack-in-the-Box Routine

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It was difficult to watch President Obama’s first addressing of the Congress without noticing the unbridled exuberance Nancy Pelosi exhibited throughout as she popped so energetically out of her chair at each applause line. In contrast, Joe Biden barely paid enough attention so as to know when to clap at all. In light of this memory, it seems appropriate to watch the montage again and have the same kind of laugh we have when we watch Howard Dean’s “I have a Scream” speech for the umpteenth time. Because something [like the fact that healthcare reform is in the ER] tells me Nancy may show more restraint this evening.

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January 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Obama to propose spending freeze – Glenn Thrush and David Rogers – POLITICO.com

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Imagine that, Obama the deficit hawk. In what appears to be a political move intended to appease deficit-weary politicos and the public alike, Obama is poised to announce a halt in non-security discretionary spending. Cutting spending and pushing through an aggressive legislative agenda simultaneously will prove to be quite the balancing act, but I suspect the employment of creative fiscal gymnastics by Team Obama will make matters easier.

Obama to propose spending freeze – Glenn Thrush and David Rogers – POLITICO.com.

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January 26, 2010 at 1:25 am

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President Obama has announced a plan cut the deduction percentage that can be taken on one’s tax return for charitable contributions. While the administration claims that it will not affect behavior of taxpayers who give, we know better. This move will negatively impact charities. Why go after charities under the guise of soaking the rich by cutting the amount of deductions available to them? Perhaps to marginalise charities and use the proceeds to fund big government programs that will pick up the slack (in theory of course)?

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March 4, 2009 at 12:22 am

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Young Jeezy

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My President’s black, My Lambo’s blue

I’ll be g******ed if my rims ain’t too

My money’s light green and my Jordan’s light gray

And they all love to see white, now how much you tryna pay

This is a story about the power of misinformation. I should begin not by translating the the introductory lines (I’ll get to that later), but by directing your attention to the video below wherein rappers Jay-Z and Young Jeezy “articulate” their feelings about Bush and Obama in a highly coarse and to some, a racist manner.  The less streetwise among us may find the two rappers’ words shocking. In fact, a number of rappers have referenced their enthusiasm for Obama since the bginning of his candidacy, and the narrative in general has centered either on Obama’s skin color or the evil supposedly perpetrated by Bush. The catchy lines that lead this story are from Young Jeezy’s “My President” which I first heard in Novemeber. My first reaction was to roll down the windows and crank up the volume in my truck, and jam out to the smooth groove coupled with a tight Dirty South beat. After deciphering the lyrics though I realized Jeezy was a little bit confused.  In traditional English, the lines would read as follows:

My President is Black. My Lamborghini is blue.

I’ll be g******ed if the wheels (on the Lamborghini) aren’t blue as well

My money is light green. My Nike Michael Jordan-labelled apparel is light grey.

Everyone loves to see cocaine. How much are you willing to pay for some?

Doesn’t have the same ring to it, I know. But this is the first sign that Jeezy is likely not well-versed in the intricacies of Obama’s policy initiatives. As I understand it, whether due to record sales or cocaine sales, Young Jeezy is worth well over $250,000, so he can count on a tax hike from his new President. At any rate, Had Jeezy stopped there, he would go down as little more than an ardent supporter of Obama with an affinity for blue automobiles. Instead, he goes down in my book as a misinformed consumer of the narrative promoted by many liberals that Bush stole the 2000 election and has spent the intervening eight years engaing in an orgy of corruption. “Bush robbed all of us, would that make him a criminal?” asks Jeezy. He goes on to describe how he’s “Stuntin on Martin Luther, feelin’ just like a king. Guess this is what he meant when he said he had a dream.”

I trust he was referring to Martin Luther King rather than the 16th century author of the 99 Theses. 

I said at the beginning that this story was about the power of misinformation. I later told that in my opinion Young Jeezy had bought into the far left’s hateful characterization of President Bush. Jeezy’s next step is the key here. By packaging that distorted narrative–which not only makes false claims about President Bush but also focuses on Obama’s skin color as an attribute–into a tasty, consumable morsel packed with Atlanta-bred hip-hop flavor, he propogates or perpetuates incorrect and potentially harmful ideas in the minds of the millions that listen his music. And this is to say nothing of the glamorization of drugs, guns, prostitution, etc. So when O’Reilly derided Young Jeezy and Jay-Z for their tirades, he missed the fact that these ideas have enjoyed wide circulation among hip-hop listeners for a long time. Maybe O’Reilly should put a little more underground rap into rotation on his IPod.

Young Jeezy isn’t a political junkie. He consumes the loudest narrative in the media, and generalizes like most Americans. The problem for conservatives is that the wrong narrative is the loudest. This will not change until we find a way to yell as loud as liberals with superior arguments. Until then, Young Jeezy will continue consuming twisted truths, mixing them in with musical poems of cash, cars, and women and broadcasting hip-hop fans worldwide.

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January 23, 2009 at 5:28 am

Obama Finally Goes in O'Reilly

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Its on now. Bill is going right after national security.

When it comes to Iran, Obama says he will not take the military option off the table. Says he can’t divulge detailed plans for a response to Iran. Diplomatic options and sanctions have not been exhausted. “Maybe” that will work says Bill.

Bill says Obama was right–Iraq was a mistake–but that Obama needs to admit the surge worked. Obama responds that the surge succeeded. But he will not admit he was wrong because we’re still wasting money over there. Bill challenges Obama to get the Iraqis to pay us back with oil money.

Then Bill call out Obama for saying McCain can’t find Bin Ladin. “You won’t invade Pakistan,” Bill says. Obama wiggles out, says time to put more pressure on Pakistan.

And like that, its over. Unlike his two-piece interview with Hillary, this one will be split up over 4 nights!

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September 5, 2008 at 12:50 am

Hillary's Memory Fuzzy, Misremembers Treacherous (?) Visit to Bosnia in '96

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CBS does a bit of a hit job on Hillary with this piece, especially focusing on the sweet little girl that greeted her on that day in ’96. But then, Hillary earned every bit of it. Yet another reason I am almost 100% certain she will be bested by Obama. And another lesson in how trying to act like 1990s Bill when you aren’t Bill leads to disastrous results.

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March 25, 2008 at 1:11 am