Obama’s Dreams

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The Nile could not accommodate the largest ships, even back in Roman times, much less the aircraft carriers of today that can sail up the Hudson River and dock in midtown Manhattan.

When Obama wrote that many people “had been enslaved only because of the color of their skin,” he was repeating a common piece of gross misinformation. For thousands of years, people enslaved other people of the same race as themselves, whether in Europe, Asia, Africa or the Western Hemisphere.

Europeans enslaved other Europeans for centuries before the first African was brought in bondage to the Western Hemisphere. The very word “slave” is derived from the name of a European people once widely held in bondage, the Slavs.

As for economics, Obama thought that Indonesians would be worse off after Europeans came in, used up their natural resources and then left them too poor to continue the modern way of life to which they had become accustomed, or to resume their previous way of life, after their previous skills had atrophied.

This fear of European “exploitation” prevailed widely in the Third World in the middle of the 20th century. But, by the late 20th century, the falseness of that view had been demonstrated so plainly and so often, in countries around the world, that even socialist and communist governments began opening their economies to foreign investments. This often led to rising economic growth rates that lifted millions of people out of poverty.

Barack Obama is one of those people who are often wrong but never in doubt. When he burst upon the national political scene as a presidential candidate in 2008, even some conservatives were impressed by his confidence.

But confident ignorance is one of the most dangerous qualities in a leader of a nation. If he has the rhetorical skills to inspire the same confidence in himself by others, then you have the ingredients for national disaster.

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  • dougjmiller

    Tom, you really struck a chord with me. When I was young man and used to spout left wing ideology, my dad would try very patiently to debunk the misinformation and the myths. After a while he would get frustated with stubborn refusal to listen to facts or reason and he would say, "My Dougie, often wrong, but never in doubt." I wonder if anyone ever had that conversation with Barrack.

    • mlcblog

      I was the very same way in my youth, and went on and on. Until my life was so not working, and I remembered God (this is my story) and gradually began to be able to change because I learned that I had more value than that behavior I was displaying. Fortunately people called me to account, as your Dad did. I have often pondered on the old expressions like "a no-account," etc. I am just glad it happened. Too bad more can't be confronted effectively on a one on one basis.

  • Bamaguje

    It's that overconfidence in wrong ideas that led Obama to waste Federal funds on Solyndra and hyped Green jobs. It's also the same stupid ideas that causes him to stand in the way of America's energy independence by blocking oil drilling and the Keystone pipeline.

    • mlcblog

      Grandiosity. the flip side of his ignorance and stubbornness.

  • kim

    All I do know is: IF America does not wake up before election..WE ARE DONE…Filled up with Islam in and out of gov and into all fazes of our country and military. WE will find out just how Htler did it but this time world wide hell . Seems like all the greed and loss of caring for anything other than sports , and all else is the time…They don't want our troops to vote because they too have woken up…and bringing in those who will vote for him not to mention those here. It is a sad day for America and watch how the quick lying on the left will make it all sound believable. Shame on Clinton..but he was threataed about his daughter so now he is speaking for obama..Why would anyone for the sake of all put in someone worse than Carter the peanut head who is a puppet. Obama wlll be the worst ever and Islam will continue to move in..another million this yr. after all obama needs votes. the left is eithr scared to death or has beome converted to whatever is power to them for now. but after Hitler got in…he killed his followers too, even his best helpers..

    • Famously Unknown

      As Adolf Hitler put it, "The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category." And so, critics of Obama's policies and deficiencies are labeled 'racists', no matter what their criticism on whatever policy.

    • semus

      I'm not the first person to say this, but if it happens here there will be no place to go.

  • Andy

    He simply never completely matured. But for the sake of sanity and tranquility, it would be nice not to hear about Obama until November when we say goodbye to him. I know all I need to know about him and life is too short to dwell on the emetic.

  • https://www.facebook.com/bishoppoteet Lee Poteet

    Having grown up in a solidly Democrat State, the result of an over reaction to the evils of Reconstruction, I was surrounded by those whose political minds were already closed – and so was mine until Harry Truman opened it by lieing to us from the back of his campaign train at the Wewoka Switch. I was horrified by the idea of a president actually lieing to the people. But fortunately our little town had a book store that carried the publications of the Modern Library and I read my way through the Greek and Roman classics when my friends had not progressed beyond comic books. And once started I have never stopped. And that is why I was lucky enough to come to the works of Dr. Sowell earlier than most and am greatly thankful that he is one of the most honest of scholars whose insights continually illuminate the political debate.

    • Shlomo

      I was a Liberal until I learned how to read and then a Conservative until I learned how to read between the lines.

  • PAthena

    More examples of President Obama's ignorance: (1) He said that there were 57 states in the United States (there are 50); (2) In his speech in Cairo (why a speech in Cairo?) he said that Muslims had invented the printing press – Gutenberg did that, that Muslims had invented the compass – the Chinese had done that, that Muslims had founded the first university – Italians did that in Bologna. (3) His propaganda that the Islamist terrorism of Nidal Hassan, who murdered 12 soldiers at Fort Hood in the name of Islam, was not Islamic terrorism but "workplace violence."

  • Bill Jones

    Or, as Mark Twain put it: "I am assured of success by self-confidence and ignorance."

  • Diana

    You r on my top 5 to always read

    Last night I saw 2 frightening u tube videos featuring Sam Vaknin
    a well known author of Malignant Narcissism. One by an interviewer
    From Laroche on some of things narcissists do when their "supply"
    Is taken away. According to this our country truly is in great danger
    Obama's rage and false self has so so so been contained by the
    MSM and all his appointees with their agendas. If he is not elected
    What will he do if he falls into his psychosis? Perhaps his area of
    Pseudo love for his girls will keep him taped together

    After seeing that a President with so much power can be clinically ill we do not pull on board
    For counsel
    Teams of mental psych dr.s to monitor one under so much stress. This has to be addressed

    Look at how Bill Clinton molested a young intern after all his other
    Red flags. Awwww no big thing. Yes it is. Presidents should be psychologically
    Healthy. He got away because as Jung said many years ago 40%
    Of our collect I've is mentally ill. The Us with almost half on welfare
    Is past a tipping point. That's why Obama was able to fill their projections

    They are looking outside for the wrong solution to their failures
    Democrats feed them. It's actually. Evil

    Socialism just makes those in power rich and. Even killers

    Dr Sowell it is too bad our gov can't have men who serve for very
    Limited times and after they r retired and not looking for self glorification
    Money and power. A 12 step program has a model. Principals not
    Personalities. Everyone contributes an serves The creme does rise
    The ones who r objective and do the principles run the groups
    Our politicians r afraid to Stand only on truth. Cowards and greed contaminates
    Our senate and house or obama could/should have been impeached

  • Barb3000

    One reason he got away with the lies in his book is because most people know so little about history. His pushing the BS about the color of the slaves skin was the reason for their slavery and the blacks that read the book believed every word as gospel. No wonder they still hate whites. This is taught in all black households as the truth. This hatred of whites is taught at home and there is very little anyone can do about it.

    • Spider

      Our corrupt media outlets also regugitate this slanderous c-rap about whites.

    • johnsnare

      My feelings exactly. We we will never have racial parody, as long as the educators, continue to teach the anti white hate machine. It is 2012, and nothing between blacks and whites have changed. Ask any black individual who they will vote for in November, and 99%, will say Obama. Not for his outstanding record, but for his skin color. PERIOD. Now does tell us anything about the BLACK mentality.?

  • pyeatte

    It is almost like he is incapable of learning. I have heard many times that no one knows what it is like to be President, until he is sworn in, and then the real learning starts. Apparently Obama skipped that part, to the detriment of the nation and its people.

  • jemaasjr

    The key to Obama is vanity. He adapted an emotionally self serving ideology early on and does not want it disturbed.

  • retteuns

    A man like Obama, petulant, deluded, and very attached to the privileges of the rich and powerful, does not take well to giving up the reins. I frankly fear what he might be capable of, should he sense his "right to rule" being seriously challenged .

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    Obama's Dreams is a really good article that explains some of Obama's attitudes very well. A Thomas Sowell writing is alway well informed. I guess that's why it is such a pleasure to read. I hope every Obama voter reads this article, whether they are voting for or against.
    Marvin E. Fox

  • mlcblog

    I learn from Dr. Sowell about the slave trade and the truth of its history, that it was African blacks only who sold slaves, sometimes to white men.

    Also, I am thinking that of course Obama thinks the Nile is the greatest. It's in Egypt, isn't it? No need for all those other pesky places in the world, when you can be in the heart of Mecca (so to speak, I got the geography so no detailitis, please). He is fat and happy with Egypt as the center of the universe, it seems.

    Yup, we are witnessing a national disaster of leadership.