Obama and Morsi: Separated at Birth

In Cairo, Morsi scribbles his decrees and in Washington DC, Obama scribbles his. There is an ocean between the two men, but there is a good deal that they have in common. Both are ideologues who piggybacked on public outrage over the national impact of international economic declines to climb to power and pursue their true agendas.

Without worries about the price of bread, the odds are good that Mubarak would be sitting in his old place and Morsi would be looking over the latest economic reports from the Brotherhood’s business networks and front groups. And without a sharp decline in American living standards, Mubarak would be receiving phone calls from President McCain urging him to democratize Egypt, while Obama would be rallying the troops at the latest SEIU event for taking back Congress.

Times of crisis are political hunting grounds for extremist groups whose ideologies would otherwise be unpalatable. Angry people are more willing to accept the previously unacceptable to shake up the system and punish those that they blame for their economic situation. They are in the long run, only punishing themselves, but the long run rarely wins elections. The short run however is the all-time ballot box winner.

But the problem with running on the old Bolshy platform of “Land, Bread and Peace” is that the people eventually expect you to deliver at least two of three. And ideologues are not interested in empowering people. They will hand out subsidized freebies to their supporters to win elections, but they won’t empower them economically and peace is never on the table with folks who believe utopia is just a hundred years of war away.

There is a point midway between the cheering for hope and change, and the complete consolidation of power in the hands of a tyrannical system when the tyrant is vulnerable. That window is the one that opens when the people begin realizing that there is no land, bread or peace on the horizon. Their eyes haven’t opened, but their patience has run out.

Morsi has tried to cut the duration of the window as narrowly as possibly by moving quickly to consolidate his power, but that brought on a second crisis and a wave of popular protests. Triggering those protests prematurely may have been his plan, but that plan may have also backfired. The only way to tell will be retroactively.

Obama’s ObamaCare power grab was generally held to be premature, but even though the majority continues to oppose it, the man behind the program survived an election thanks to a hurricane and plenty of voter fraud. Morsi may similarly be able to survive his own power grab. An Islamist is, if nothing else, absolutely immune from the sort of human emotions that animate normal leaders.

The advantage of being an ideologue is that you simply do not care what infidels think and anyone who is not a member of your mental club is an infidel. Transnationalists, whether of the leftist or Islamist flavor, are men who live without a country. Their country is an imaginary global utopia, the infinite Reich of dreams, the Caliphate of their conspiracies and the World Revolution that can never be.

That disregard is what allows men like Obama and Morsi to survive the widespread hatred and contempt of a country, to sneeringly dismiss it, and get on with the program of taking it over. Bush and Mubarak could be hurt by how their own countrymen saw them. But Obama is not an American and Morsi is not an Egyptian. Obama is a Progressive and Morsi is an Islamist. Their approach to anyone outside that circle is limited to distinguishing between potential converts and useful idiots.

America in the 1950s briefly woke up to the fact that any measure had to be taken to keep the Reds away from power… or there would be no America left. Egyptians understood this about the Muslim Brotherhood all along and took many of those measures, until we forced Egypt to dismantle its defenses, as we dismantled our own. Obama and Morsi are the consequences of that unilateral disarmament.

Obama and Morsi are not individuals, they are the representatives of political movements that have spent the better part of a century clambering to power. Their brushes with the law have made them cunning and their rise to power after so long have fed their sense of historical destiny. To them these are more than momentary political triumphs, but the culmination of history. They do not see ballot boxes, but the inevitable march of progress and prophecy that must be fulfilled by any means necessary.

It is not surprising that Obama and Morsi have gotten along so well with one another. Their interests do not precisely align, but they can appreciate a colleague working in the same field of revolution. But the mutual friendship may prove to be more harmful to Morsi than to Obama.

While American patriots denounce Obama for his support for Morsi, until Morsi goes the way of Iran and begins seizing American hostages, most Americans will simply not care. Egyptians, on the other hand, like most of the region, have the usual Anti-American instincts and the same Gaza ceasefire that won Morsi a blank check from Obama to do as he wished domestically also convinced many Egyptians that Morsi was Obama’s poodle.

Morsi however also has the same ace in the deck as Obama. Class warfare. Islamists reliably draw their support from the poor. The Muslim Brotherhood’s background was linked to feudal landholders, but it has successfully reinvented itself as the party of the rural fellaheen. The flow of the rural poor into Turkey’s major cities allowed the Islamist AKP to take over Turkey. And Morsi is not proposing a referendum because he expects to lose.

The 21st Century has been surprisingly good to Islamists and leftists. The fall of the Soviet Union opened a power vacuum that the Islamists filled and allowed the left to sell its agenda in a world where the gulag was no longer a relevant term. Of the two groups the leftists have a shorter future, at least in areas that fall under Islamist control, but their Islamist alliances have also given them a new lease on life.

The leftists have taught class warfare to the Islamists and the Islamists have revived the left’s critiques of foreign policy as imperialism by providing them with a global identity group that fills the hole left behind by the end of the Cold War. It is not surprising then to see Obama and Morsi working so well together… or following the same path.

Americans weren’t ready for a reversal after four years. Will Egyptians be ready to cast down Morsi after a much shorter period?

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Daniel, YES, they are twins separated at birth! This is precisely what this blogger has been saying, over and over again. It is imperative to understand their symbiosis, all in order to internalize the hell fire engulfing the Mid East, not to mention, right in my back door!

    The Islamist-in-Chief's Wahhabi roots are the key – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/11/the-islamist-

    Clear as a bell.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Tmantom

      I agree; Nothing could be any plainer. This is one of the best articles so far. You Go Lion's Den Daniel !
      Just wish there was a zipper on some of our young folks minds; so we could just unzip & pour in some valuable knowledge.

  • kafir4life

    If obama had a father, he'd look just like morsi.

  • Mike

    by islamic law bho is a sunni muslim. the usa is a christian nation and should never have anyone other than a christian believer in the white house. The nation that God built has been given over to a believer in a false god. That being bho! Read your bible, consequences are coming.

    • Arlie

      Yes, consequences and prophecy. Watch what this brave woman is suggesting. What she calls a counter-revolution that will bring us back to G-d. Start at the 37 minute mark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed… . If the link does not work the title to type in at you tube is: PPEC and Liberty First hosted Ann Barnhardt for a combined December.

      It is well worth watching. She reminds people of what we all know we should do but will many have her courage? This is a challenge for our times. Maybe our last option.

      • http://twitter.com/BlissDesignz @BlissDesignz

        The video is unavailable.. But I wanted to say I love Barnhardt. She's a real patriot & hero & a wonderful teacher. :)

  • Chris

    This is an excellent portrait of Obama and his stealthy rise to the presidency. I fear for the future of my country if people don't begin to wake up and take responsibility for their own destinies. He has violated so many laws and so much of our Constitution, there must be grounds for impeachment there. We cannot wait much longer or all will be lost, including future generations.

  • JacksonPearson

    I agree in part and disagree in part Daniel. Morsi and Obama are not only separated at birth, but in fact are extra closely joined at the hip. Both are Muslim, and Obama has the Muslim Brotherhood staffing the white house and have allowed the infiltration of other upper government offices, as per Frank Gaffney:

    "Notably, six Islamist-sympathizers have achieved positions within or advisory roles serving Team Obama: Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Rashad Hussein; Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Huma Abedein; Presidential advisor Dalia Mogahed; FBI Citizens Academy graduate Kifah Mustafa; Homeland Security Advisory Committee Member Mohamed Elibiary and Homeland Security Countering Violent Extremism Working Group Member Mohamed Magid."

    "The conduct of seven key federal agencies suggests the considerable success of the Muslim Brotherhood in destroying us from within by our own hands – starting with the policies and directives emanating from the Oval Office and elsewhere in the White House complex, and including the priorities and activities of: the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Departments of State, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security and even NASA."

    Hussein Obama's goals are to bring America down, and elevate the Caliphate in the Middle East to a world power. The Muslim Brotherhood make no bones about taking over Europe.

  • Chicago Cornbread

    "Both are ideologues who piggybacked……. " On PIGS.

    Obama's Brothuhs in da Hood

  • boon doggle

    As far as projection of the American left's power is concerned, Barry is the finished article, the third gen dem after Carter and Clinton. Morsi has landed in a different type of seat, so he might be able to pass through the generations himself, but he's first gen. Let's hope the Dem's go cloggs to cloggs in three generations. As for the Brotherhood, best case development scenario is probably along the Bolsheviks time-line, so the worse might be yet to come. Morsi might be paving the way for an Egyptian Stalin.

  • Ghostwriter

    While they have many similarities,they do have their differences. Morsi wants power now,but he might end up losing it in the end. Obama may have been re-elected but if the economy get any worse than it is now,those who voted for him might end up regretting it completely. Obama may also end up having to resign,like Nixon did. I don't know if that'll come to pass but it may.

    • JacksonPearson

      Obama has several eligibility lawsuits pending. One in Florida, and the other in DC, also someone is finally requesting the SCOTUS to rule on the definition in Article II, of a "natural born citizen." But I wouldn't hold my breath, because past litigations have shown, that our courts don't want to hear the truth.

  • RJ MAR

    I came across Al Sharptons show what a joke.The worst interviewer I have ever seen. msnbc got to be kidding. Have they completely lost their minds.This is crazy but I have my say and freedom to say I will not be watching anymore msnbc.

  • antisharia

    Egypt is already an outpost of the new Caliphate. How much longer until America is the same?

  • ApolloSpeaks

    Why is Obama silent about Morsi's supremacist power grab? He secretly envies him.

  • Lucia

    "Transnationalists, whether of the leftist or Islamist flavor, are men who live without a country. Their country is an imaginary global utopia, the infinite Reich of dreams, the Caliphate of their conspiracies and the World Revolution that can never be." Yeah, only intheir disturbed minds, that's a good thing… hah! I'm so disgusted and tired by those people…