August 21, 2009

A Cult on the Verge of Failure

Cults of personality are dangerous things. Those inside them develop strong bonds and a shared belief system that so distorts their world view that they create their own reality... or at least their own reality-based community.

Despite all the celebrity and cultism that has attached itself to the self-indulgent mythology of Barack Obama, and the bullet-proof Democratic majorities he has in the House and Senate, the President has utterly failed to unite the country behind his vision of government-run health insurance. The reason for this failure is quite simple: the majority of Americans have seen the kind of rushed incompetence that has marred every effort of the current Congress and President, and they do not want any part of more of it, thank you very much.

And so perhaps a smarter President and his supporters would be patient and try to implement an incremental approach toward achieving their. They could, with some little compromise just within the Democratic Party, get some of what they want. It would not take much; all they need is the support of their own. They do not need one Republican vote in the House or Senate. All they need to do is make the health care bill palatable to the moderates and conservative Blue Dogs within their own party.

But the frenzied cult of Obama on the far political left are dogmatic, and will not compromise.

While they claim the mantle of "liberal" and "progressive," their views and desires are fixed, inflexible, and (dare I say it?) conservative beyond all rationality. They are so rigidly locked into their belief system that they are willing to lose the possibility of even incremental changes if they cannot bully government-run insurance onto all of us. The fact of the matter is that they are anything but the free-thinkers they like to think they are, and cannot accept any deviation from their chosen path.

And so in the days and weeks ahead as town hall protesters continue to let their elected representatives know that they will not tolerate the radical shift that the far left wants, the left faces getting nothing instead of something.

The cult seems strong and powerful to those inside it.

Too bad the majority of us just think they're delusional nuts.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 21, 2009 11:07 AM

"Too bad the majority of us think they're delusional nuts."

I feel to radically change something that 80% of the people are satisfied with identifies them as delusional nuts.

Posted by: Rick at August 21, 2009 12:39 PM

The more the media bombards the airwaves and print media with notes suggesting or directly stating the majority of people against Obama's policies are Nazis and racists and a threat to offer armed violence, the more the great bulk of independent voters will fall away from the administration...

Nancy Pelosi showed for a time she understood this when she backed away from the Nazi claim, but the liberals in Congress, the media, and pop culture just can't help themselves...

Posted by: usinkorea at August 21, 2009 02:50 PM

To state, specifically, "..white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists..." and then claim that, "“Contessa was speaking generally and not about that specific person with the automatic weapon.” comments is a continuation of the big lie.

From Chris Muir at Day-by-Day:

"'ll be called a racist, un-American...a terrorist, part of a "mob" and a Nazi. And, those are just the names your representative will call you!"

Who's the "fringe", the disrespectful, the classless?

Posted by: SouthernRoots at August 21, 2009 04:07 PM

They have to push this through. The problem is they can not explain why the free health care will not be free. Since most people get their insurance from their employer, they don't know how much it cost. If they slow down to explain any part of this, most people will say "What the flock"

Posted by: AGuyFromJersey at August 21, 2009 05:00 PM

I don't think they're stupid. It's go for broke time for them - they want to radically transform American society, and this is their best shot in generations. If they succeed, following elections will be largely meaningless anyway.

Ask yourself this: do you believe Obama prefers to be a two term term Presidnet with no major transformative policies implemented, or a legendary figure of change in one term?

I think he'd give it all up right now if it would mean his face on Mt. Rushmore and a radicalized America. After all, eight years is longer than he's held any job in his life, I doubt length of tenure is an iissue for him.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at August 21, 2009 08:59 PM

CY, that's how I see it too. Hubris bred from a political career surrounded by yes-men led O. to believe whatever he proposed, he got. Any opposition would be easily dismissed (to use a polite word to describe how Chicago-style politicos deal with opposition).

There simply is no culture of incremental or piecemeal legislation in Chicago (or on the state level). I think, if we're lucky, he'll learn how to get what he wants OVER TIME, rather than running roughshod over everyone who stands in his way. They say he's smart, I say, he better be.

Posted by: DoorHold at August 23, 2009 12:34 PM