Obama Is Too Smart to Fail

obama67We all know that George W. Bush was a moron. And we all know that Obama is a genius. We have been told by Valerie Jarrett, by his media lapdogs and even by the great man himself that he is just too smart to do his job. And it’s reasonable that a genius would be bored by the tedious tasks involved in running the most powerful nation on earth.

But what is “smart” anyway? What makes Obama a genius? It’s not his IQ. It’s probably not his grades or we would have seen them already. It’s that he makes his supporters feel smart. The perception of intelligence is really a reflection.

Smart once used to be an unreachable quality. Einstein was proclaimed a genius, because it was said that no one understood his theories. Those were undemocratic times when it was assumed that the eggheads playing with the atom had to be a lot smarter than us or we were in big trouble.

Intelligence has since been democratized. Smart has been redistributed. Anyone can get an A for effort. And the impulse of manufactured intelligence is not smart people, but people who make us feel smart. That is why Neil deGrasse Tyson, another obsessively self-promoting mediocrity like Carl Sagan, is now the new face of science. Sagan made science-illiterate liberals feel smart while pandering to their biases. Tyson does the same thing for the Twitter generation.

Self-esteem is the new intelligence. Obama’s intelligence was manufactured by pandering to the biases and tastes of his supporters. The more he shared their biases and tastes, the smarter he seemed to be and the smarter they felt by having so much in common with such a smart man.

Everyone who encountered him thought that he was smart because he made them feel smart. And that is the supreme duty of the modern liberal intellectual, not to be smart, but to make others feel smart. Genuine intelligence is threatening. Manufactured intelligence is soothing. And those intellectually superior progressives who need to believe that Obama is smart in order to believe that they are smart cannot stop believing in his brains without confronting the illusion of their own intelligence.

Intelligence to a modern liberal isn’t depth; it’s appearance. It isn’t even an intellectual quality, but a spiritual quality. Compassionate people who care about others are always “smarter”, no matter how stupid they might be, because they care about the world around them.

That’s not just the DNA of every other New York Times column, TED talk and important book by an equally important thought leader. It’s also the DNA of Obama Inc which exploits the assumption of intelligence through compassionate self-involvement and the sanctification of the spiritual power of the Other to transcend the rational. It is upscale Oprah; egotism masquerading as enlightenment, condescension as compassion and soothing quotes as religion.

Marxists thought that Marxism was smart. Progressives measure intelligence in progressivism. Its only two qualities are “world awareness” and “progressive future adaptation”.

Obama hit both these qualities perfectly with his Third Culture background and the appearance of modern technocratic polish. Not just a politician, but a thought leader, he had the pseudo-celebrity quality of their kind, able to move smoothly from a celebrity panel about Third World microfinance, to a Jay-Z concert to a banquet for a political hack.

Obama and his supporters mistake their orgy of mutual flattery for intelligence and depth. The thought never rises within this bubble of manufactured intelligence that all of them might really be idiots who have convinced themselves that they are geniuses because they read the right books (or pretend to read them), watch the right movies and shows (or pretend to) and have the right values (or pretend to).

Smart is surplus when you have Gladwell sitting under a full DVD set of The Wire prominently displayed on your bookshelf right alongside a signed copy of The Audacity of Hope.

But manufactured intelligence isn’t smart. It’s stupid. It’s as stupid as building windmills for sustainable energy in places where the wind hardly blows, as stupid as calling inflated budgets “investments” and as stupid as believing that a man is smart because he can reference poverty in the Third World.

Manufactured intelligence is a consensus, not a debate. It’s correct because everyone says so. It mistakes feeling for thinking. It deals not with how things are or even how we would like them to be, but how we feel about the way things are and what our feelings about the way things are say about what kind of people we are.

Liberal intelligence is largely concerned with the latter. It is a self-esteem project for mediocre elites, the sons and daughters of the formerly accomplished who are constantly diving into the shallow pools of their own minds to explore how their privilege and entitlement makes them view the world and how they can be good people by challenging everyone’s paradigms and how they can think outside the box by climbing into it and pulling the flaps shut behind them.

Perpetual self-involvement isn’t intelligence regardless of how many of the linguistic tricks of memoir fiction it borrows to endow its liberal self-help section with the appearance of nobility. Liberalism isn’t really about making the world a better place. It’s about reassuring the elites that they are good people for wanting to rule over it.

That is why Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize for having good intentions. His actual foreign policy mattered less than the appearance of a new transformative foreign policy.

Liberal intelligence exists on the illusion of its self-worth. The magical thinking that guides it in every other area from economics to diplomacy also convinces it that if it believes it is smart, that it will be. The impenetrable liberal consensus in every area is based on this delusion of intelligence. Every policy is right because it’s smart and it’s smart because it’s progressive and it’s progressive because smart progressives say that it is.

Progressives manufacture the consensus of their own intelligence and insist that it proves them right.

Imagine a million people walking in a circle and shouting, “WE’RE SMART AND WE’RE RIGHT. WE’RE RIGHT BECAUSE WE’RE SMART. WE’RE SMART BECAUSE WE’RE RIGHT.” Now imagine that they dominate academia and the entertainment industry allowing them to spend billions yelling their idiot message until it outshouts everyone else while ignoring the disasters in their wake because they are too smart to fail.

That is progressivism. That is why Obama is too smart to fail.

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  • veeper

    obama is not a smart person…..

    that’s why everything he touches turns to sheite…….

    • Rich

      he’s the Elmer Gantry of Obamacare & everything else he spouts, except we’re now on to him and his ways. he can only go down from here; unfortunately, for both him and US as long as he remains our head of state.

    • Anamah

      A not smart person can be good; obama is not.

    • lyndaaquarius

      I think we can see a difference in his administration after Axelrod and Plouffe returned to Chicago for the OFA efforts. That’s when Jarrett seems to have gained more influence and things went downhill fast.

  • fush

    Obama is a genius. He has understood human psychology in a deep and profound way, and successfuly tapped in to the 21st century zeitgeist. He knows how to read his audience and say exactly what they want to hear.

    • fush

      And in case the sarcasm is lost on you, being a genius in no way excludes the possibility of being evil. Still one must respect ones enemies – and never under-estimate them. Calling people you don’t like “stupid” is cheap and ineffective.

      • MukeNecca

        “Calling people you don’t like “stupid” is cheap and ineffective.”

        How about calling people who are stupid, stupid?
        (Or how about disliking people who are stupid?)

    • DogmaelJones1

      Obama is not smart in that sense. He has the feral instinct of a predator, of a wolf, of a hyena, of a demagogue, and can sense his prey’s weaknesses and exploit them. This has been the character of his political life ever since 2008.

      • ZZ

        Yes, a hyena at best. He is an opportunistic parasite who has spent his entire life under the patronage and protection of others. He couldn’t handle a wet dream on his own.

      • carpe diem 36

        he did not win the elections because he is smart but because the people are very stupid.

        • DogmaelJones1

          And, as a predator, he knew how to exploit their stupidity.

          • truebearing

            Sociopaths are quite gifted in that way.

      • Drakken

        He is no predator much less a wolf. He has surrounded himself with people that will do the dirty work for him so he can say his hands are clean. This guy is nothing more of less than an opportunist and the democratic machine found the perfect poster child for their party.

      • blert

        2008? Go back further, and further….

      • Joel Cairo

        How about the instinct of a con man?

      • Boogie’s Daddy

        More like a rat who will maintain his posture until you hit him with a hammer. Reminds me of another narcissist who stayed in a bunker, going over unworkable plans, until there was no way out.
        Wolves and Hyenas do their own work. Rats feed off the trash.

      • lyndaaquarius

        Obama wouldn’t be anywhere without Pelosi or Reid.

    • MukeNecca

      If Obama is a genius then every con-man is a genius. And it doesn’t take “understanding of human psychology in a deep AND profound way” to fool the fools. They ask for it.

      • Crassus

        “The easiest person in the world to con is a con man.”

        –Bret Maverick

    • ZZ

      Obama doesn’t write any of his idiotic speeches, and he has his apparatchiks plan all his policies, schemes and crimes. I doubt he could wipe his own tushy by himself. He definitely is stupid. He believes his own hype and is reduced to a stammering moron without a teleprompter. The best he could aspire to is rank mediocrity.

      • Ed Shick

        He has Valerie and his teleprompter ,, It makes him the Smartest Communist President we ever had ,, Of course wit Syria his Big mouth got him in Trouble and Putin had to bail him out!!

    • Ed Shick

      Allah’s right hand man , The enemy of the United States ,, He has got away with a lot here but when he goes before the great White Throne,, Will he be able to lie his way out of what he did to the American People ?

    • bigjulie

      I’m afraid he’s run that string out, fush…anybody with half a brain who cares is now “on to him”! He is going DOWN!

    • lyndaaquarius

      no, he doesn’t. He just bores people now.

    • pfbonney

      “He knows how to read his audience and say exactly what they want to hear.”

      I’m tempted to say “But not as good as Bill Clinton”, but perhaps, the real difference is that Clinton new how to read a room, know who disliked him, and he would work to change that, whereas Obama seems to know how to read the liberal masses.

    • veeper

      He knows how to read his audience and say exactly what they want to hear.

      So does a used car salesman…….

  • http://www.politiseeds.com/ ScottMayer

    The smartest person I have ever known was Woodrow Wilson. No, not the President, my grandfather, who passed away in 2005. His education did not extend past high school and he retired following a long career with PG&E. He was a self educated man who did real things. He built his Marin County home from the ground up. He collected antique radios and any parts that needed to be replaced, he manufactured himself. He was an amateur astronomer that built his own telescopes and ground a mirror once for Lick Observatory. He built his own seismograph and Stanford would call him after large earthquakes to check against his measurements. That is just scratching the surface. He never bragged about being smart.

    • tickletik

      OK, your grandfather sounds like the most awesome dude I have heard of. Next you’ll tell me he’d routinely flirt with the college girls!

      • http://www.politiseeds.com/ ScottMayer

        Yes he was, I suppose I’m the one bragging here. I just find it interesting as to what passes off as “smart” these days.
        He was a bit of a charmer but always a gentleman.

        • poptoy1949

          Dear Mr. Scott, Your Grandfather sounds like he was one of the Great Americans this country helped create. I had one very similar and felt the very same way. I am so happy we had them. Merry Christmas, PT.

          • http://www.politiseeds.com/ ScottMayer

            Thank you, PT.
            I’m happy for you that you had a similar experience.
            Merry Christmas to you as well.

          • lyndaaquarius

            Charles “lucky ” Lindberg was that type. Millions of American men used to be “tinkerers”.

          • Joe Christmas

            Yes, he invented the artificial heart pump, if I remember correctly, and he perfected a centrifuge technique for removing plasma from blood without damaging it. I think they still use that, when homeless people donate plasma.

    • carpe diem 36

      awesome!!! i wonder if, after reading what your grandfather did, obama will still think he is smart.

      • lyndaaquarius

        good point!

    • Joel Cairo

      America needs more people like your Grandfather. They were the ones who made us so successful.

    • lyndaaquarius

      Your late Grandfather was exactly my idea of intelligent. Now,wise is another consideration. Some profoundly wise people can’t figure out or fix things. Obama is neither; can’t fix anything and isn’t wise.

    • Joe Christmas

      I’ve known a few people like that. Unassuming, brilliant people who just go about making things. Real things, like the neighbor who can restore an old Harley from the ground up, and has a working Wang Computer in the den. The neighbor who has oxy/acetylene tanks and torches, and can weld your broken lawnmower for you, and then you go into his study and see that he has the complete works of Melville, hardbound. And “Pilgrim’s Progress.” And “The Faerie Queene.” Your grandfather was a true Renaissance Man, and you are right to be so proud of him. Thanks for the comment, it made my day. I wish that more people, including myself, posted positive comments like yours. Again, thanks.

  • Judahlevi

    I have always listened to progressives and whatever they said about themselves just assumed the opposite. It works almost every time.

    • Darr247

      That’s also an efficient way to categorize those of the repugnantone party.

      They’ll exploit their own grandmothers, feeding them lies about their opponents on cue cards to read for the cameras during campaign commercials, then stick them back in the “assisted living” centers they’d checked them out of for the day. If it wasn’t for the fact that they’re totally conscienceless, I would say they’re mostly ugly souls.

      • semus

        Very intelligent response, try some facts or examples.

      • pfbonney

        “They’ll exploit their own grandmothers….”

        Are you talking about Obama, who said,”I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe”, throwing his own grandmother under the bus to further his own agenda that all whites are racist, even his own grandmother?

      • Drakken

        Let me guess? You voted for Comrade Obummer didn’t you?

      • bigjulie

        Darr247, assuming you interpret English according to the common rules, it’s almost laughable that your statement “If it wasn’t for the fact that they’re totally conscienceless, I would say they’re mostly ugly souls” implies that there is beauty you admire in persons who are “totally concienceless” because being totally conscienceless saves them from being “mostly ugly souls” as you state.
        You are not ready for prime time, buddy…you’ll need at least another 2 years in your underwear in your mother’s basement to learn some of the subtleties and nuances of English. Gad, Soros’s
        blood money is falling on more and more inadequately equipped people every day. Progs keep coming up with more and more totally inadequatey prepared trolls who simply make fools of themselves in their simplest of posts.
        You’re one, buddy…give it up and save face while you can!

        • Darr247

          That dog don’t hunt, jools… or /non-sequitur/.

          If he had any soul at all there would be a conscience.

          My mother’s been dead over 10 years… only slightly less time than I’ve had my own house paid off.

          But I am laid waste by your scathingly germane rebuttal.

          The ad hominem in your response was most certainly at the highest level of intellectual discussion anyone here has ever had the privilege of witnessing.

          Now I will be forced to reevaluate all of my opinions and reverse my positions on EVERYthing.

          Where, oh, where is my zomney-apocalypse etch-a-sketch?

          I hope my sarcasm’s not too subtle for your miniscule cerebrum; Maybe you should learn how to paste in your canned insults without the awkward formatting, oh repugnantone.

          • ZZ

            Your hilarious attempt to seem intelligent proves the point of this article. Mike Tyson is more srticulte than you.

          • ZZ

            “Articulate.”

            Damned “smart” phone.

          • bigjulie

            Dar…It’s “That dog DOESN’T hunt”. Using phony colloquialisms only helps destroy any credibility you may have thought you had. tsk tsk…no class, either. Why do you progressives have to use so many invented words (like “repugnantone” sic). You guys are all alike… a bunch of 4th graders, bragging to each other about your insults (“I called him a repugnantone”…oh, wow, Dar, I bet that hurt him a lot! Can I use that? I’m assigned to hurl mindless insults on PJ Media”)
            Put your clothes on, come out of your Mom’s basement and get a life…yeeesh!

          • Darr247

            You mean, like “assclown,” “libtard,” “trolls” and “retarded?”

            You can’t even spell my name, and I should take syntax counsel from you? Hah!

            You seem to have some hangup about your mom’s basement… apparently you’re projecting heavily. Take your benzoids and calm down; Rush will be on in a few to tell you what to rant about the rest of the day.

          • bigjulie

            Gottcha again, huh Darr ;-)

          • truebearing

            You are a self-parody. You wield language like it is all made of concrete and steel. Non-sequitur? You don’t know what it means.

            “I hope my sarcasm’s not too subtle for your miniscule cerebrum”

            LOL!!! Try some more “big” words, Duh 247. We’re really impressed, especially when we aren’t laughing.

      • truebearing

        Exploit grandmothers? You mean like the ones the Left lied about Republicans throwing off a cliff, or the ones Oprah said should all die?
        Nice job of projecting. Everything you falsely alleged against Republicans is standard behavior on the depraved Left. Get a clue.

      • ZZ

        Duh247,

        Bah. Another incompetent leftwing troll who confuses moderates and conservatives with the Republican party and projects all his groupthink pathologies onto the people he hates. Like most despicable morons, you’re too stupid to know that you’re stupid. If you were to stop drinking your bong water, you might notice that Obama is a tard who has crippled America’s economy, prestige, military and influence. He’s harmed our allies, empoweted our worst enemies, fostered racism and class warfare, and bakrupted America.

        How many times can reality bitch slap lackwits like you before you see it? By trolling this website you probably earned enough Obamabucks for your next bong hit and some nachos. You must be so proud. People like you are whst happens when sisters pork their brothers. Say hello to your mom/aunt and dad/uncle for me.

      • Judahlevi

        One of the benefits of having liberals post occasionally is to demonstrate the lack of creativity and thought in their posts. You read their posts and you are convinced that, even though they think they are smarter than anyone else, their writings prove just the opposite.

        Between the juvenile name-calling, the petty insults about intelligence and education, and their faux psych analysis, they prove how small of a person/mind they are. And they actually think they are being ‘clever.’

        • Darr247

          Talk about faux analysis.
          You guys epitomize projection on here.

          • truebearing

            Oh look, Darr learned a new word: projection! Now if only he could understand the meaning. But wait… he was just regurgitating…so typical.

            Maybe taking the sunglasses off would improve his vision…nah. He is what he writes.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    I find it highly offensive that you should refer to liberals, even in passing, as compassionate. Compassion is a virtue. Liberals are not compassionate. They only feign compassion, and they do it for two reasons: to accumulate power for themselves, and to promote moral corruption (crime, indolence of the poor, sexual depravity, abortion, etc.). Theirs is the “compassion” of Satan who pretended that he felt sorrow for Eve because she was not allowed to eat of the apotheosizing fruit.
    Having said that, you, Daniel, probably think profounder and more intelligent thoughts every ten minutes (and manage to filter them into brilliant essays) than the entire Obama Administration has been able to think in their entire lives so far.

    • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

      I object to the allegation that liberals want power for its own sake. They want power to fulfill their roles as charitable social stabilizers and that in turn maintains class position through state management of the economy. See http://clarespark.com/2012/10/15/orwell-power-and-the-totalitarian-state/. “Orwell, power, and the ‘totalitarian’ state.”

      • pfbonney

        I always like to look at North Korea to see where the United States would be if the liberals had their way, with no one around to either interfere or to scapegoat.

        So in North Korea, they have neither capitalists nor US Constitutional checks-and-balances to stop them, no excuses for failure this time.

        While I do concede they have stabilized society – all of the destabilizers are either in prison, or dead – they have only made their populace class-equals, but not successful by any measurement, the liberal elites having badly mismanaged the economy and famine nearly everywhere.

        Even liberals show no desire to emigrate from the unjust US so as to live among the truly equal in North Korea.

        One tenet of the left is for everyone should advance as a class, but instead, all that ever happens is for everyone financially spirals on down to the lowest denominator, but then never advances at all, except for the liberal elites, who, in communist countries, always appear plump, in contrast to the starving workers.

        So, regardless of the reason to acquire power, they end up not doing anything meaningful with it once they have it anyway.

        Give me the US as it is, anyday.

        • Joel Cairo

          Agreed. If Obama had his way, dissenters would be in prisons or dead.

          • pfbonney

            Amen.

            WND reported that a celebrated FBI profiler had determined that Obama’s use of the sentence, “I am not a dictator” reveals that Obama thinks in terms of being a dictator, and regrets that he isn’t one, or at least, that he lacks the power of one.

          • Joe Christmas

            “I am not a dictator.”

            “I am not a crook.”

            Hmm…Nixon went down not too long after uttering that phrase. Hope Dr. Zaius follows the pattern.

          • Fritz

            If Obama wants his dictatorship, then he can keep it. Say that 29 times.

          • ZZ

            He has three more years to do it.

        • Steeloak

          All one needs to do to see the total failure of North Korea is to look at the border between North and South Korea on a Google map satellite view – the contrast is stark – flourishing South, barren North.

          • pfbonney

            Yeah, I just did. BIG difference. I think they’ve (NKs) taken to eating the trees they’re so starved.

            My normal desktop background is earthlights at night (visibleearth.nasa.gov), and that REALLY makes the differences jump out, with the bright blob of Seoul juxtaposed with the inky blackness north of the DMZ.

            My wife is from Cambodia, and that country is not a lot brighter, unfortunately. Both Thailand & Communist Vietnam are visibly brighter, although communist Laos is even worse (darker).

          • ZZ

            Vietnam was prosperous before the wars and Russia poured money into the country before and after the war. It also has an excellent coastline. That’s why it’s more successful than Cambodia and Laos.

          • pfbonney

            I don’t doubt that.

            Plus Vietnam has many more expatriates living in the US (many live here in the greater Houston area, due to the climate similarities) and elsewhere, sending back money, than does Cambodia (although it was a Pol Pot refugee family that introduced me to my wife).

          • Fritz

            Vietnam has undergone many economic reforms, in fact they started doing so right around the same time the Soviet Union did under Gorbachev. Unlike the Soviet Union the institutions of a communist state did not have much chance to take root, particularly the central planning part, maybe about 10-15 years before they tossed it in the ash can. The still have a one party dictatorship, and state censorship, but about the only thing left uniquely communist is the annual May Day parade.

          • paendragon

            How does one actually dl that bg?

          • pfbonney

            Good question.

          • Well Done

            Note that South Korea is awash in anti-U.S. sentiment, entirely provided by American academics! Pop singer Psy of “Gangnam Style” fame wrote some heinously anti-U.S. lyrics. Not really his fault – American academics fan out around the world assuring people the U. S. is to blame for [your beef here]. I imagine any academics trying to give a more balance view of the U.S. find trouble even getting assigned overseas.

          • pfbonney

            “Note that South Korea is awash in anti-U.S. sentiment….”

            I wasn’t aware of that, but since it seems the countries we subsidize the most, hate us the most (Israel excepted, for one), I’m not too surprised.

            “I imagine any academics trying to give a more balance view of the U.S. find trouble even getting assigned overseas.”

            A geopolitics buff with a wife from Cambodia, I have considered sending my now 5-year old son to college in Nepal (if only to give me an excuse to travel to an exotic location) once it comes to that point, since the US officially recognizes their baccalaureates. But considering what I have suspected, and what you seem to confirm, I’ll probably be much better off sending him to Hillsdale, here in the US, if I’m able to meet their stipulation of “No Government Money”, when the time comes.

            At least I’ll be assured that no liberal, anti-Americans academics drive the curriculum.

          • Omar

            I wouldn’t say that South Korea has an anti-American sentiment. I would say that North Korea has agents that are in South Korea and who have influence some of the prominent figures there into echoing North Korean and other Communist propaganda. The musician Psy was clearly one of those figures obviously influenced by the Pyongyang thug agents, although he apologized for the lyrics that he sang earlier. We must respond to mmunist propaganda by telling dissidents in Communist countries (as well as Islamist and other anti-Western governments, which are autocratic) and other people around the world that the Soviet Union and Communist China is to blame for the Cold War, and that neo-Communist Russia, Communist China and Islamist Iran are behind most of the world’s problems today. If Putin had never came to power in Russia in 2000, Russia would have remained a Western ally.

      • patriot1742

        Seriously – that is all they want – there is no end to the lies and corruption of the left – name one honest liberal – they do not exist.

        • Darr247

          I’ll double your request.
          Senator Bill Bradley, President Jimmy Carter.

          I find it funny repugnantones spit out “liberal” like an epithet when its root word (liber = “free” in latin) is the same as for another word with which you might be vaguely familiar… LIBERTY.

          • Drakken

            You bloody progressives are anything but free loving, your communist in word an deed, so get a clue progressive.

          • ProgDestroyer

            Thank you for proving Daniel’s point brilliantly. At first I thought you were being sarcastic until I read your other posts. Clearly you are a prog and suffer from the exact delusion Daniel so brilliantly lampooned. Of course as a good little statist you are continuing the co-option and double speak that the left is so famous for by claiming ownership of the label “liberal”, while simultaneously bastardizing it. Liberty (the definition associated with thought and philosophy) is the anecdote to what you clearly believe. Again the statist left is only capable of furthering its agenda through lies, obfuscation, treachery and coercion. First you take the language and assign your own warped definitions which successfully confuses the uninitiated and uneducated. Then because of that specious success you assign yourself the label of “smart-guy”, and with the media/”intelligentsia” echo-chamber you reinforce the illusion to the unwashed. However, you are clearly a linear thinking, obtuse mouth-breathing statist and unworthy of any title but those.

          • Darr247

            Calm down, troy… your socialist security check will be in your mailbox on the 3rd, as usual. ’cause I *know* you’re too intellectually deprived to have figured out direct deposit yet.

            Religious-radical, right-wing nut-jobs are leading this country down the path to fascism; their ilk makes me wish there had been a few *more* abortions performed.

            So-called “conservatives” should really be called ‘self-servatives; whining about Obama running up the deficit while conveniently ignoring how Reagan and Bush41 quadrupled it from 900 billion in 01/1981 to 3.6 trillion by 01/1993.

          • ProgDestroyer

            OK it’s official you are retarded. First fu man chu, fascism is a leftist philosophy and always was. It was called the “third way” by jackass progressives at the turn of the last century, and the current crop that push for “cooperations between corporate America and government” are the practioners. Using the taxpayers cash to bail-out or pass grants for giant propellers to produce electricity, for example, are also examples of fascism. Last time I checked chucklehead, all of the above is what your boy in the WH has done and is doing. Also, the source inspirational documentation for the fascists is Marx/Engel et.al. Now to your stupidity on the debt. You whine about 3.6 trillion in debt but your boy and your leftist party has added 7 trillion in the past five years, and 10 trillion if you count the fact that Pelosi and Reid controlled congress the last two years Bush was in office (they certainly get half the credit). By every estimate out there, 0bummer, your messiah, will add well over 10 trillion in debt by the time he leaves office in January 2017. That a$$clown is the amount of debt he “inherited”. So let’s do some simple math: Reagan/Bush make 3.6 trillion in debt, and 0bummer adds 10 trillion +. Which number is bigger genius? Don’t give me your utterly retarded BS that 0bummer inherited a bad economy and had to spend the money. According to your dumba$$ adding any debt is bad. It must suck that your guy and the statists retards are going in the record book as the worst of the worst. LOLOLOLOLOL!!!
            In the case of libtard families I totally concur that abortions should be free and often. In fact I am for post birth abortions in you and yours case. Let’s start with you moron.

          • Darr247

            You should beach slap your high school history teacher for letting you pass with the impression that fascism is anything but a right-wing ideology. Why don’t you scurry off and edit it on Wikipedia right away, ’cause someone has corrected it since you changed it to a leftist philosophy.

            Inflation has increased CPI by a factor of 3.57 since 1980, so the 2.7 trillion Ronnie Raygun and Aich Dubya ran it up would be nearly 10 trillion in 2009 dollars… that’s why I used the comparative amounts (Reagan tripled it, Bush41 doubled it, it rose by less than 40% during 8 years of Clinton) Bush43/Vader (oops, I mean Bush43/Cheney) nearly doubled it, from 5.6 trillion to 10.9 trillion, and they used accounting trickery to pay for the Iraq/Afghanistan wars ‘off-the-books’ and that money wasn’t accounted for until the 2009 budget, to make it look like it was money Obama spent.

            And you can’t have it both ways… if you’re going to blame it on a D-controlled House for Bush43, then the R-controlled House gets the blame for the budget deficits and 4 trillion in additional national debt since 2010. Shake your head vigorously and maybe the sheet you have for brains will drain out enough so you can stop spewing it out of your pie hole.

          • Well Done

            Hitler started out in the Worker’s Party, NAZI is a German shorthand for Nationalist Socialist. Mussolini decried Hitler’s socialism. And, Hitler helped found the Moslem Brotherhood, which puts paid to the media’s peculiar habit of referring to hard core Islamist strongholds as “conservative”. Rise above your programming, Darr, you 0bamadroid. You look the twit. Yeah, go ahead and “moderate” my comments, kids. What is your malfunction?

          • Omar

            Fascism is a left-wing ideology, you dork. It opposed a free-market economy and advocates for the government to have omnipotent control of everything. Conservatives believe in a free-market economy and limited government working within its means. Anyway, the fact is that the contemporary Democrats have caused the national debt to go up in greater numbers that the GOP. While the debt has been going up for a long time, it is the left that advocates for unnecessary government spending.

          • ZZ

            Dork247,

            You’re so incredibly stupid that you seem more like a parody of a leftist than a real one. Your standard issue projection and faux facts are a complete joke. Your trollmasters are wasting their money on a failure like you.

          • patriot1742

            You and your wisdom need to spend a little time at GAO – Obama and his zombie democrat have run up the tab more than all presidents before him. Please actually read the facts.

          • Darr247

            I get my national debt facts (which clearly show you have no idea what lies your ditto-head is repeating) from

            National Debt – Month-by-Month

            That’s treasurydirect dot gov/govt/reports/pd/mspd/mspd.htm
            if frontpigmag dot com censors links to other sites, as I’m sure they do.

          • patriot1742

            Poor thing making up things – look there is something in the corner about to get you – enjoy that life.

          • Fritz

            Hmm, let’s see, your gang run the White House, the Senate, control all of the Unions, the public schools, most of the news media, most of the universities, the entertainment industry. But it’s the radical, religious, right wing nut jobs that are ruining the country?
            In Chicago you had an Ex-Terrorist compile public school curricula? He is also far from being the first nor the last lefty that wanted to overthrow the U.S government through violence, and not the only one who got into academia. He did write one of B.O’s biographies however.
            Curious how you cats always leave out the fact that the Dems controlled the house for 40+ years straight, including during the Reagan years? Does Tip O’Neill and Tom Foley ring a bell? They were not exactly tightwads.

          • Omar

            Hey, dork. Left-wing fanatics like you are trying to destroy this country and the world
            today. So-called “liberals” are appeasing America’s enemies abroad, while increasing the national debt at home.

          • Darr247

            Instead of getting your talking points from the puppetmaster Limpbaugh, and your so-called ‘facts’ from your fellow former fauxnewz comment section posters, who illegally immigrated here to have a giant circle jerk when even the unregistered foreign agent murderoch decided he didn’t want you loons associated with newz corp, try mining the data yourself from the Treasury Department’s[url=http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/mspd/mspd.htm][u]web site[/u][/url].

          • bigjulie

            What’s the problem? A “Liberal” in the current sense of the word, is anything but! Lefties pick words to describe themselves that they hope will ring bells among the mis- and ill-informed. Libs used to call themselves “Progressives” until one day they were asked to where they were “progressing”. None of them could answer, so they decided to call themselves “liberals”, which was once an old and honorable descriptive term.
            I heard little kids call dog poop “butt sausage”, but you know, in the end it was still dog poop! Just like “Liberal” as you use it…still dog poop!
            You are really out of your league!

          • ZZ

            Maybe if you so called liberals actually were tolerant and progressive, we would respect you. Because you’re ALL disgustingly intolerant and regressive we cant. Only scumbags and tards defend the destructive failures of leftism and try to impose it on the unwilling majority.

            Don’t you have some kids or grannies you can take health insurance away from right now?

          • Darr247

            Don’t you have some black guy you can drag with a chain behind your Tundra, dickless?

          • Drakken

            Yup, a true died in the wool little commi progressive. I will bet you a cool grand you don’t live in the hood with the blacks, so do hypocrisy much shortbus?

          • Well Done

            flagged.

          • Darr247

            As Venkman said, “it’s true, he has no d!ck.”

            And I see he has company.

          • patriot1742

            Jimmy Carter – seriously you really need to quit reading the democrat book of lies – Jimmy Carter is so happy that Obama came along – he is now no longer the worst President – he is now the 2nd worst president. PS spend a little time in learning how to spell.

          • Well Done

            “Liberal” root word is irrelevant. This is the 21st century, and “liberal” means “opposed to anything connected to traditional culture”. Yes it does.

          • Vaud

            “The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and “ka” as a suffix.

            Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.”

            http://history1900s.about.com/cs/swastika/a/swastikahistory.htm

            So, as you can see, there are positive words or symbols that were hijacked in the past or are misused today.
            We are not fooled though and understand what scoundrels misusing those words and symbols REALLY are up to.

          • Vaud

            “The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and “ka” as a suffix.

            Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.”

            http://history1900s.about.com/cs/swastika/a/swastikahistory.htm

            So, as you can see there were in the past symbols that were hijacked and there are in the present words that are misused. We are not fooled though and know what the scoundrels misusing those symbols or words are REALLY up to.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Some liberals truly do have altruistic motives. Other liberals merely convince themselves of this claim.

        • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

          Motives, yes. “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

        • ZZ

          Thanks to the 24/7 indoctrination propaganda that comes from our educational institutions, the media and government, there are plenty of otherwise decent people being misled. 20% of leftists are hardcore scumbags, however.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Liars wouldn’t bother if nobody ever believed them.

          • ZZ

            Huh? Inveterate liars lie constantly whether people believe them or not. Crude liars like young children and stupid people do the same thing. A lie should be pointless if a person being lied to knows he’s being lied to, but tell that to any lying rat bastard who does it to you. He will tell more lies to support his first one.

            Obama is a sheltered moron who thinks everybody believes him but before he was anointed I am sure lied like a child. HeII, he still does.

          • Drifter12

            They will–they will even lie to themselves…

          • Darr247

            And 99% of statistics you see on the internet are simply made up.

      • lyndaaquarius

        I think Obama and his ilk are playing an exciting,high stakes game and they do just want the power.Maybe someone like Sen Bernie Sanders wants to fulfill his “role as a social stabilizer.”

        • Drakken

          Stick with drugs, your intellect can’t handle anything else.

          • Joe Christmas

            At last, someone has given a voice to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Was that a PSA?

          • Drakken

            Booze proves to us that God loves us and wants us to be happy, drugs? Not so much.

          • lyndaaquarius

            keep reading and supporting the incredible work of Daniel Greenfield.

      • paendragon

        Which only proves they want power for them SELVES.

      • Drifter12

        It’s all about power. There is no secondary motivation…

      • USARetired

        Hogwash!~Clare Spark.

    • carpe diem 36

      bravo!!!!

    • Drew

      FYI: ‘moral corruption’ is a laughably outdated concept

      • truebearing

        Truth is “outdated?” You drew the wrong conclusion, Drew. Moral corruption is a clear and present danger, made all the more dangerous by the fools who think it has an expiration date.

        • SoCalMike

          TRUEBEARING,
          YOU’RE GOOD.
          VERY GOOD.

          • truebearing

            Thanks Mike. Merry Christmas!

    • pfbonney

      I’m offended at them, too.

      They need to make amends.

    • http://europa-antiqua-arca.blogspot.com/ para_bellum

      Eh, I kind of agree with what you’re getting at, but compassion isn’t exactly a virtue. Compassion is a feeling, literally from the Latin “feeling with” – as you see the same root word of “passion.” Benevolence, generosity, sacrifice, that is, charity, is a virtue.

      I am willing to grant that many of the younger liberals really do feel compassion for suffering. That’s what “bleeding heart” means. But again, that isn’t in itself virtuous. It’s a feeling that can lead to things like appeasement and enabling self-destructive behavior. Liberals tend to lack two things: (1) the ability to make hard choices that may feel cruel, but ultimately help people get rid of bad habits; (2) the willingness to make personal sacrifices. The reaction of many to Obamacare — that is, “I supported it until I realized I’d be paying for it” — is an example. That’s what distinguishes compassion from virtue. Virtue doesn’t always feel good.

      • Naresh Krishnamoorti

        Compassion does not mean to “feel with”; it means to “suffer with,” which is a hard thing to do.
        The virtue of mercy has two components, an affective and effective component. Both are necessary. But you’re right that compassion is only an emotion; it’s the affective component of mercy. And I agree with the rest of what you wrote.

        • ZZ

          Dead wrong. You need an accurate dictionary.

    • Omar

      The left are also not really liberals. True liberals believe in limited government working within its means, a free market economy and individual rights. Today’s so-called “liberals” are different from the classical liberals of the 17th and 18th centuries. That is undeniable.

  • Bryce Armstrong

    So why is it michael savage thinks he’s brillint?

    • Crassus

      Savage isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to analysis and judgment.

    • A Z

      I have not listened to Savage since his contract dispute over a year ago.

      My guess is that Michael thinks he is not slow and befuddled but planning this destruction. Like Obama Care is supposed to fail so that we are pushed into single payer. Ditto for foreign policy.

  • Hank Rearden

    Valerie Jarrett is making Thomas Sowell’s point. Jarrett says that Obama is too smart to care about what he is doing.

    Sooo…is THIS the guy you want to turn your health care over to?

    • Ed Shick

      I don’t even trust my Doctor with my Health care ,, he has made mistakes ,, The old saying is a man who does not make a Mistake has never done any thing !!

    • bigjulie

      I remember an interview with the NYT fraud, David Brooks. Brooks was talking about Obama’s intelligence and I believe the quote he made to illustrate Obama’s intelligence was in a discussion about Philosophy. He quoted Obama as saying, “Schopenhaur? I LOVE Schopenhaur!” I am willing to bet that Obama couldn’t tell you the basics of Schopenhaur’s thinking, nor would he hold to it as it is the antithesis of “hope and change”!
      Obama is a dimwit who happens to be good-looking and have a mellifluous voice. Throw in a few $10 words and that is all it takes to convince a Progressive that you are smart because, to them, intelligence is a function of how good you look and how well you speak and has NOTHING to do with the content of your worlds or the logic of what comes from their arrangement in what you say.
      Very well done essay, Dan!

      • StarTripper

        The One probably thought Schopenhaur used to coach at Kentucky.

        • Joe Christmas

          Or built “Cominskey” Park.

      • lyndaaquarius

        yes,yes!!.Of course Obama couldn’t discuss Schopenhaur.Or even Marx,I’m guessing.Look at how Obama entered the White House with the House AND the Senate. He couldn’t finesse holding it together. Now, how smart is that?

        • truebearing

          Not very.

          Obama likes Duck Dynasty, not that he understands it. He is the modern day Chauncy Gardener…except he has never really been there. He’s too busy golfing.

      • Joe Christmas

        “Obama is a dimwit who happens to be good-looking and have a mellifluous voice.”

        I agree with the “dimwit” part. I disagree about “good looking” and “mellifluous voice.” The guy looks like Kermit the Frog with half a can of Copenhagen stuffed in his lower cheek in most photos. As far as I’m concerned, you could grate cheese with this dimwit’s voice.

        I’m sorry for being negative. Good post, but honestly, I do not see how anyone could think this guy is either good looking, or has an even decent speaking voice. Every time I watch this rat b*stard give a speech, he looks like someone who hasn’t taken a sh*t in a f*cking year.

        • Softly Bob

          I agree with you about the good-looking bit. He’s not good-looking at all, but I disagree with you about the voice. He does have a charismatic voice (or rather, he did have).
          I think we’re so used to hearing the voice by now, that it has lost its charm. It WAS charismatic, but now we mentally associate the voice with lies, deception and dishonesty.

          • Joe Christmas

            I’ve heard tapes of him “back in the day,” and though I don’t agree that his voice was pleasant, he at least sounded like an intellectual back then. “Sounded” being the operative verb, unfortunately. I despise the artificial, contrived, staccato delivery that he affects now. He sounds like Hunter S. Thompson on seconal. I saw the Good Doctor do a Q&A at my college way back when, and Barry–you’re no Hunter S. Thompson. “Great googly moogly” (as Zappa might say), you’re no Millard Filmore even, Mr. Soetero.

      • Crassus

        Obamao couldn’t spell Schopenaur correctly. I can’t either but that’s beside the point.

    • lyndaaquarius

      Contrast Obama speaking with Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking.Isn’t it easy to see how one is whip-smart and the other is not? Another incisive article by Daniel Greenfield.Now, he is a smart man!

  • darnellecheri

    “…egotism masquerading as enlightenment, condescension as compassion and soothing quotes as religion.” Absolutely brilliant caption of the godless that all of us are groaning our existence under.

  • tedh754

    He’s the smartest person in all 57 states!

    • Ed Shick

      I think he met the Muslim tribes which there are 57 ,, but not being an American how would he know except for what it says on his Teleprompter !!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        He just forgot which of the “united states” he was elected president.

    • mtnhikerdude

      Ted , now that was intelligently funny ! LOL

  • Lanna

    Pride goes before the fall….he is so in love with himself it clouds his vision.

    • JDinSTL

      We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

    • carpe diem 36

      does he have vision??

      • truebearing

        Yes, to blind all of us.

  • Edgar Davidson

    This is another incredible article that not only sums up Obama perfectly but is also the most incisive analysis I have seen of what passes for intelligence in academia.

    • JDinSTL

      YES WE CAN!

    • Ed Shick

      Drugs help you think you are great ,, Keep him High!!

      • truebearing

        Ed, your pride can’t endure your comments.

  • Look Around

    This article is brilliant.

  • Guy Fromage

    Shorter version:

    Self-esteem is the new intelligence.

    Every day, I confront (I won’t say debate; it’s usually too one-sided) people well-characterized by this single sentence.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      They remind me of Colonel Saito’s estimation of “The British” in bridge Over The River Kwai: “I HATE the British. They are proud but they have no honour. They are defeated but they have no shame!”

  • carltjohnson

    I have observed the same of obama and progressives in general. Cunning, conniving and craftiness are NOT signs of intelligence, not to mention, their total lack of conscious disciplined thought and behavior. They are the dumbest among us and exemplify the Great unwashed…

  • Infidel4Ever

    What amazes me is how all these “smart” progressives can’t see how everything their “smart” messiah touches falls apart. Healthcare, the economy, foreign relations, you name it, it’s a never ending parade of Obama made disasters. Watching all these “smart” sheep bleat their admiration in the face of his utter incompetence would be funny if it wasn’t our nation these geniuses are destroying. Thank you Mr. Greenfield, once again you produce an article smarter than everything Obama says put together.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      But it can’t be falling apart because he’s smart and the policies are smart. Therefore they must be successful… or wouldn’t have been if it wasn’t for those pesky Republican kids.

    • Joel Cairo

      It isn’t that things are falling apart, it is those evil republicans using a Jedi mind trick to make us think that they are falling apart.

    • lyndaaquarius

      they do see all the disasters.Liberals always seem much smarter when they’re out of power and criticizing those in power. They’ve really got nothing that benefits people in the real world.But,they’ll tell you they do and then when they get into power we see that they’ve got nothing.

  • ronald54321

    The Gods of the Copybook Headings will bite these people in their rears.

    • Joel Cairo

      How many modern people read Kipling. Not many, I believe.

      • ZZ

        Kipling is reviled from primary school to university. Even if he were a bad writer that would be reason enough for me to admire him.

  • Trapper

    Oh, liberals might have been intelligent once–before they became liberals. Liberalism makes its adherents stupid because they must believe stupid ideas like: poverty causes crime (or terrorism), men and women are the same, people can choose their own gender, all cultures are equal, and on and on.
    “Progressives” should call themselves such because the become progressively more stupid.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      I think the fastest way to progressiveism is to stop asking questions. I used to love Crosby Stills and Nash. Then one day they just stopped being relevant to me. What changed was evidenced in Graham Nash’s statement that (“kids”) people didn’t want to hear (common?) questions any more. What they wanted was answers.
      The best thing they ever did was to suggest what types of questions to ask. Like: If you were a top honors student at Harvard Law School wouldn’t you be proud of your record and want to share it? If not, WHY not?

  • Race_Dissident

    There is one word to describe the phenomenon Greenfield points out: tautology.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Indeed.

    • truebearing

      Absolutely, but the beauty of Daniel’s piece is that he so eloquently dissects the anatomy of an accepted and pernicious tautology, and does so with wit and humor. Nothing looks more foolish or laughable than a cherished pomposity that is revealed to be based on fraudulent, circular thinking. Being laughed at for the frauds they are is not something the Left can endure, which is why I enjoy it all the more.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    I have to print out copies of this article and distribute it. As a recovering Progressive, distributing this article will be part of my 12 step program. Yes, the democratization of smart is afoot. It is something that the elite “smart” ones who have gone through Columbia, Berkeley, and other “top tier” colleges will tell us they are. This commenter has degrees from two Ivy League institutions, and over 40 years ago Ted Sizer, then Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, wrote in a recommendation letter that I was progressive. I was proud of that label then, but would either be disturbed or amused by such a label today. You see, in the leftist lexicon, smart but non-progressive means selfish. It is a sign of a moral failing. Within the past year, I had a liberal acquaintance write to me that the Christian right is not living up to the teachings of Christ which it claims to represent, but that the liberal/left/progressives are. I sent this man an explanation of what I believe to be Christ’s beliefs about poverty, and our economic responsibilities (liking working). I explained to him that class warfare was not part of Christ’s teachings, nor was he supporting the payment of greater taxes to the Romans with a redistribution to the poor. That was neither his economic approach, nor his moral approach. I explained that for Christ, the problem with wealth was when it dominated a person’s life to the point where it became their motive for life rather than faith, worship, and love of Almighty God.
    But my point here is not mainly to defend Christ or “prove” that he is not a Marxist, but my point is to show that so-called progressives elevate themselves morally by their supposed smartness. I am merely echoing what this article says much more clearly, and am more than grateful that it was published today.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      One is either progressive… or part of the problem, in the worldview of the left

  • Habbgun

    This kind of smugness used to be lampooned by progressives as “bourgeois”.

  • philbest

    The furore over Buturovic and Klein (2010), “Economic Enlightenment in Relation to College-going, Ideology, and Other Variables” is instructive.

    These authors asked respondents a series of basic questions on economics and scored them “right” or “wrong” on each question. One question I recall was “restricting the supply of housing will tend to make housing more expensive; true or false”?

    Their published findings showed that there was quite some correlation between the level of economic enlightenment and membership of certain identity groups. Democrat voters scored low, Republican ones high. Catholics scored low, Dissenting Protestants scored high. Atheists scored high. Women tended to score lower than men.

    But the publication of their findings aroused a storm of condemnation among all the usual suspects along the lines that “but you guys PICKED THE CORRECT ANSWERS YOURSELF, and these answers are WRONG, the REAL correct answers are the ones WE gave, eg, restricting the supply of housing does NOT tend to make housing more expensive, that is just mean, nasty right wing ideology, WAAAAH!!!!! WAAAAAAH!!!! WAAAAAAAAHH!!!!!!…..”

  • Aizeta

    Leftoids
    claim that socialism is scientific, equating science with unquestionable truth, when
    in fact it is the opposite. True science demands falsifiability or simply put, facts
    no revelations. In that sense only, leftism is a transcendental philosophy. Patriotism
    because of its altruistic (truly transcendent) nature is stopping them and must
    go. They can´t do it on their own so they join forces with islam. Unfortunately
    for them, the honeymoon won´t last and they will have to kill each other. Now,
    who are going to win, some narcissistic tree hugger potheads supported by unconcerned
    immigrants or those hardened talebans? Your call.

  • cjjeepercreeper

    Fantastic article. The covers get pulled off the liberals hiding underneath. I can’t wait to pass this on to liberals I know. I love the sound of exploding heads in the morning.

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    “We are great. We are free. We are wonderful. We are the most wonderful people in all the jungle! We all say so, and so it must be true.”

    –The Bandar-log (monkey people) chant from the “Jungle Book.”

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Perfect

  • Samo

    Very nice delineation.
    Things can get very vague and nebulous when it comes to these definitions.
    It’s hard to pin down
    A genius could be brilliant in one field and obtuse, ignorant or brain dead in another.
    An idiot savant is another class all together.
    I do have one little Axiom that I apply to politics:
    There are many dumb Conservatives but there are no smart Liberals.
    It works for me.

  • USARetired

    O’Bozo is dumb like a Skunk! No one wants to get close to him, trust him, or need him!

  • pfbonney

    Excellent, excellent insights, Daniel Greenfield. Your article explains a lot.

    I remember right after Obama won the election in 2008, presidential historian and frequent McNeil-Lehrer Newshour guest Michael Beschloss telling Howard Stern that Obama’s IQ is off the scale (the scale ends at 160, an IQ which Einstein and Bill Gates hold; an IQ of 100 has been determined to be the average).

    I’ve always wondered why Obama never seemed to project an IQ of that magnitude.

    • cjjeepercreeper

      Several years ago I estimated his IQ somewhere in the 95 range. Probably about right, but some would say even that is generous.

      • pfbonney

        It doesn’t help his case that he also seems to lack common sense.

      • ZZ

        90 at the most. AT THE MOST. Animal cunning used for self preservation isn’t intelligence. He is a ptotected species that would die on its own.

    • lyndaaquarius

      Actually,Beschloss said this to Don Imus on his am radio program. Imus sincerely asked”what is his IQ?” Awkward pause…Beschloss had no idea. He fumfered for a moment,then responded”well,I don’t exactly know,but it’s so obvious that it’s off the charts”. I happened to hear that program and often wonder how silly Beschloss must now feel. Obama really bamboozled the supposed “intelligentia”.They didn’t have reliable standards for what is smart,didn’t examine his record and fell for his scam. Now, Sarah Palin is really very,very smart. Look at her record of accomplishment against awesome resistance.Smart is as smart does.She’s smart in the real world of doing things . Could Obama man a fishing boat in dangerous weather? Palin did.Palin is also a big reader. Media won’t tell you that. She read and loved the complete works of C.S.Lewis and loved them. I really doubt if Obama is much of a reader at all. No intellectual curiosity. A total big fraud.

      • pfbonney

        Dr. Ben Carson was not only able to escape the cycle of poverty because his mother made him read books, but he was able to become head neurosurgeon at prestigious Johns Hopkins hospital as a result.

        But then Obama was able to obtain the presidency of the US by essentially using smoke and mirrors and, likely, very little reading.

        It’s kind of discouraging when someone can cheat and still come out on top.

        Not much of a role model.

        Hopefully, Dr. Ben Carson will be the first 100% black president.

        • Drakken

          Dr. Carson is the exception not the rule, and the black folk think of Dr. Carson as a uncle tom, and anything not of the democrat party is not going to get voted for.

          • pfbonney

            Oh, absolutely. But hopefully, Republicans will.

            While I do want Dr. Carson to win for legitimate reasons (and Allen West would be fine, too), I’d love to see the consternation it would create within the Democrat party as they would be forced to confront (with help from us Republicans, of course) their own bigotries.

          • Darr247

            Hah… that’s about as likely as 9, 9, 9 getting the repugnantone nomination.

            I fully expect to see a black woman as president before any black man gets enough delegates at the Geezers Of Politics convention.

          • pfbonney

            Unfortunately, there is some truth to your accusation.

            And that is only because the black candidates are Tea Party types, and the RINOs don’t like anyone messing with their power base, and it seems likely that they will continue to nominate Democrat-Lites for candidacy.

            But the Tea Party would elect either one in a heartbeat.

            We need to do to the RINOs what you guys did to the DNC during the 1968 Chicago convention.

  • Aterg

    Obama is not to smart to fail , he already failed, Those democrats that voted for him are greatly disappointed in his performance and autocratic action. His speeches well delivered entertaining, but empty and repetitious. He completely failed his initial message to the American public in every aspect. He points to others to hide his failures. He behaves more like an absolute monarch in a time of democracy, but his charm and charisma cannot cover his self inflated image. He underestimates the public. The real catastrophe is that he could have been the first and best African American president, a pride of our Democracy.

    • lyndaaquarius

      how could he have ever been “the best African American president”? His basic disrespect for America,Americans and our system of government preclude that ever happening.

  • Joel Cairo

    Some years ago I was asked why Obama selected Joe Biden as his VP. My response was that Biden was the only available person who made Obama look smart because he was stupider than Obama was.

    • Boogie’s Daddy

      That and he affords Mr. Soetoro a level of Life Insurance. NO ONE is dumb enough to place that gropeing pervert in the White House.

  • Dallas25305

    I have know from the beginning that Obozo was no genius, just a marxist hack, promoted by the Liberal Socialist media who followed the plans of Saul Alinsky from day one. Now everyone with a brain should know. However it has been a costly education.

    • 12banjo

      Krauthammer keeps saying “he gives good speeches,” I have yet to hear BHO give even a good one.

  • truebearing

    Great essay, Daniel! This was elemental brilliance, should the Left care to see what it really looks like.

    If Attila the Hun attacked Pajama Boy, the result would be similar to this takedown of the pseudo-intelligence of the self-annointing Left. A tautological proof is the epitome of a worthless polemic. In his thorough, and humorous, breakdown of their circular thinking, Greenfield annihilated the Left’s basis for claiming to be intelligent, not to mention intellectually superior.

    This essay should be taught in Philosophy 101, worldwide, but it won’t be. It’s TOO smart.

  • Eunomia2013

    Anybody who would vote for a politician who learned his craft in the corrupt cesspool of Chicago gets exactly what they deserve. A lying & corrupt politician.

  • MidSouthMitch

    You smacked the ball and touched ‘em all with this piece! Well played!

  • chrislong

    Christopher Long

    • chrislong

      This essay is absolutely an accurate assessment of the new sociology. Bravo.

  • chrislong

    Christopher Long

  • chrislong

    I remember when David Horowitz was on the left. Now he has become, in my opinion, a great American Hero.

    • pfbonney

      I can’t remember when David Horowitz was on the left (although I have read his book, “Hating Whitey”), but, in my opinion, he is a great American hero as well.

  • Texas Patriot

    The widely-held hypothesis that Barack Obama was the smart choice for dealing with Islamic terrorism was based on the false assumption that a few hateful radicals had “hijacked” the peaceful religion of Islam. The theory was that by electing a black man with a Muslim name, the majority of the world’s theoretically moderate Muslims could see very plainly that there was no residual American animosity or hatred toward people of color or followers of Islam. At that point, surely the moderate Muslims of them world themselves would rise up and put a stop to the radicals who were giving a bad name to to the religion of Islam, and we would all live happily ever after.

    That theory was shattered to smithereens on September 12, 2012 when the Islamic radicals whom Obama had helped to overthrow Ghadaffy in Libya turned around and assassinated our ambassador and our diplomats in Benghazi, to the accompaniment of worldwide chants of “Obama, Obama, We’re All Osama.” At that moment, Barack Obama himself had to know, even if his followers didn’t completely get it, that the entire rational and intellectual framework supporting his election and his presidency evaporated into thin air.
    Since then, Obama’s presidency has been wobbling like a gyroscope steadily losing its spin. His foreign policy has been in disarray, his domestic policies are in disarray, and the economy he has pumped up with $7 trillion in borrowed money is looking increasingly like Les Demoiselles d’Avignon on botox.

    Even if he can’t admit it to anyone else, Obama now knows that the worldview that he once believed, the worldview that he sold to the American people twice, once in 2008 and again in 2012, is fundamentally flawed and inherently false. At this point, Obama is the classic “lame duck”, cutting deals right and left, scrambling for delay, and hoping against hope that he can get through the remainder of his term before the whole house of cards collapses in a giant pile of rubble.

    • lyndaaquarius

      very clear analysis.

      • Texas Patriot

        Thank you.

    • susan

      Do you really think he is rational enough (I believe he is mentally ill), to let himself admit defeat? It seems if he did that, it would be tantamount to suicide since he has no backup virtues… i.e., empty person.

      • Texas Patriot

        I think Obama knows he made a mistake, but it’s probably too late for him to reverse course. He may end up making subtle changes to his policies, but I’m not expecting any major admissions of error or any major changes in direction. After all, he’s not the only American president to regard Islam as a “religion of peace”. All of our presidents since Jimmy Carter have made more or less the same mistake in identifying the emerging threat of worldwide Islamic jihad.

        • PG

          Surely Obama would not allow the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House if he believed Islam is a religion of peace.?

    • Drakken

      I have to give you this one hands down, you called it correctly.

  • Elliott Alhadeff

    Being stupid is also suggested by saying someone is stupid without corroborating the conclusion. Obama is stupid because he is a very slow learner of things he’s never known before and has had to learn – e.g., Palestinian/Israeli history, Eastern European missile defense, Iraq and Afghanistan pull-out consequences, Syrian/Lebanese/Iranian/Russian/Islamic relations, Free market economics, American political/government procedures and his scandals and failures in each of these categories and so many, many are proof positive of his stupidity. No need to rely on ad homonym labels.

  • mickey

    Obama is a crafty liar, but I wouldn’t call him smart.

  • A Z

    ” It is a self-esteem project for mediocre elites, the sons and daughters of the formerly accomplished”

    “Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England. His mother is Joyce (Nation) Gladwell, a Jamaican-born psychotherapist. His father, Graham Gladwell, is a mathematics professor from Kent, England.” -wiki

    One has to wonder how many writers and pundits like this there are.

  • A Z

    Barbara Walter is super intelligent. She could be a poster girl for it.

    “We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah” -Barbara Walters

    Fresh from that admission she dug herself in deeper by saying Hillary is the most interesting person of the year.

    During her Wednesday night TV special, Barbara Walters presented her list of the “10 Most Fascinating People of 2013” and ended up naming Hillary Clinton as the top most interesting person for this year. -softpedia

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Hillary-Clinton-Named-Most-Fascinating-Person-of-2013-410733.shtml

    Such is the reason many refer to her as Baba Wawa.

    • 12banjo

      Barbara boasts in her autobio of going to bed with married pols to gain access.

      Is that a whore, or not? And there’s no whore like an OOOoolllddd whore.

      • A Z

        So would a guy reporter wanting the same access as Barbara Walters have to be a bottom or wear kneepads?

        • ZZ

          Obama does both.

  • RACH’s Idea

    This article really pegs POTUS as the Progressive Viral leader.

  • noway2no

    The chief tenet of postmodernism is that truth and facts are arbitrary constructs. To Barry Soetoro there are no facts, only vague assertions useful for progressive causes. His limited intellect does not allow for introspection or self-actualization so the glass house he lives in must continually be polished by endless verbal tripe and self-aggrandizement.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    This is why children who miss half the questions on a test get the same grade as those who answer all of the questions, correctly. We wouldn’t want to hurt self-esteem, after all. Isn’t everybody “equal”?

  • ricpic

    There was too much doubt in Fredo’s “I’m smart!” to make him a bona fide member of the “We’re smart!” Anointed Ones Club.

  • Chris Behme

    This is another print and keep column, Daniel. Spot on.
    Liberalism is intellectualism for those who are either too stupid or too lazy to do the heavy lifting needed to actually become intellectuals.
    Liberal politicians are, without exception, dull witted totalitarians. No intellect required. Obama is the epitome of dull witted totalitarianism.
    I think he’s as dumb as a stump. But I didn’t go to Harvard, so what would I know?

  • USARetired

    Obama is a pompous drug addict, homosexual activist,illegal immigrant, with a stolen identity, which adds up to a deserved permanent tour of a Federal Prison, before his closet exceeds to number of bodies the Clinton’s have accumulated!!

  • keyster

    The likes of Paul Krugman and Robert Reich come immediately to mind while reading this. They “sound” so intelligent. Bush sounded rather stupid, but at least understood leadership basics and the Constitution. Obama doesn’t understand Management 101 but believes he’s smarter than he actually is.

    • A Z

      Before Rush was syndicated he met Bush before he was President. He said Bush came off quite well. He said part of the problem was that Bush could not talk as president as he normally talked. As an example Rush related what Bush said about his forthcoming run for the governorship.

      Given that Bush comes from an aristocratic family and went to Harvard & Yale, I would expect him to be more polished in a formal setting.

      Still IIll take him over Gore (Hey Baby, do you want to see my 2nd Chakra? & The northern polar ice cap will be gone by 2012) & Kerry.

      • susan

        For one, I like “real”. I can’t stand obamanation and his airs.

  • Christopher Riddle

    An apt”sub-title”for this brilliant piece might be”The Emperor’s New Clothes”???

  • kilfincelt

    People think he is smart because he graduated from Columbia and Harvard. Of course, we don’t really know what his grades were and whether grade inflation was at work here.

    Furthermore, a few years ago I saw a list of 50 people that were considered most responsible for the 2007-2008 recession. For the heck of it I checked out their educational background. Many of this group had degrees from Harvard. In fact that was the one university that was well represented. Of course, we know that many colleges and universities, especially Harvard, are bastions of liberal thought but being able to parrot liberal positions in class, in papers and/or exams doesn’t necessarily equate to intelligence.

  • ZZ

    Oh yeah. His phony speech cadence is not only annoying but flat out bizzare. Nobody on the planet speaks that way but him. His handlers are freaks for coaching him to do it and his public supporters are morons.

  • paendragon

    Liberal ‘discourse’ is all about image over reality, form over substance, and lies over Truth. At best it’s tautological: a spew of disjointed, circumlocutionary non-sequiturs. But lying is the most basic form of theft – it’s fraud, the theft of the Truth, which is a crime.

    Liberals are criminals! They act like silly victims when they demand that the large gangs called “governments” should be forced to give them their own “dignity!”

    They each compete to out-do each other as the next “Though-Leader!” while ignoring that discovering objective facts and being able to teach them to others, doesn’t make one a permanent leader, but only demonstrates temporarily that one is a good teacher.

    Liberals are all about image over reality, form over substance, and lies over Truth.

    Because of their eternally pre-emptively adversarial, ritualistic and idolatrous stance, they are unfit to govern even their own lives, much less others: they will automatically see any and all problems they are faced with, as unavoidable and predetermined forces of nature or acts of God which cannot be avoided, much less conquered – every problem, crime, or perversion presented to them for which they can be held accountable or responsible, they will seek to automatically compromise with and/or Submit to, preferably while blaming others for daring to suggest they had any other choice but to do so.

    They are idolaters, always selling symptoms to avoid causes, and slanderously paranoid: always on the lookout for others’ outrages and crimes to defend themselves from or compare themselves to (argumentum tu quoque) to dilute their own even only potential culpability with. Those who are good at making excuses, are seldom good for anything else, as Ben Franklin once noticed. They will always secretly scheme to seek to selfishly, pre-emptively “defend” them selves, rather than ever risk beeing wrong in an effort to collaboratively cooperate with others in a symbiotic effort to come to understand an objective truth and thereby fix a mistake or solve a problem.

    They will thus also by default automatically always end up exploiting unsolved problems by leaving them unsolved (thus committing criminal negligence), and act as solutions in search of problems, wanting and agitating to fix what’s not broken. They thus fail upwards and often get promoted for ruining everything.

    Their motto must be: “There’s No Money In Solutions!”

  • pfbonney

    We can only hope.

  • Well Done

    Comparisons between Nixon and 0bama are odious. 0bama did more crooked things before he was even elected President than Nixon did the whole time he was in office.

    • Drifter12

      On an order of magnitude…

  • ylem

    I have a genius IQ and cannot stand talking with Liberals. They don’t use reason or logic and that just leads to frustration on my part. They can’t seem to think for themselves either n

  • http://www.MARVINFOX.com/ Marvin E. Fox

    Liberal intellect is a product of PR more than mental ability. Obama’s PR confederates in the Media can no longer support his screwed up Obamacare or alibi his lack of ability to address the many jobs he should have found necessary to take care of. Take delivering weapons to Mexican drug cartels, and keep going through the various government agencies until you arrive at his latest unilateral and illegal change of law to protect Obamacare. I see Obama as a very active and politically protected politician. Is that intellect, or is it the bad idea that one can get away with doing, or not doing, the reverse of the things one has accepted the duty of doing, or not doing?
    There is an old saying that goes, “If you want to dance, you have to pay the fiddler.” I think I see the fiddler a little way offstage, fixing his bow.
    Marvin Fox

  • sonofseawolf

    Oh, boy i wish i hadnt wasted my time reading that. You see someone once and then you follow them because that first contact was fun. But then you end up here. Wanting the last few minutes of your life back.
    Protect yourself at all times 14/5

  • http://www.abay.vn/Ve-quoc-te/ve-may-bay-di-tay-ban-nha Nhóm Đào Tạo

    How does one actually dl that bg

    vé máy bay di Anh
    vé máy bay di Tây Ban Nha

  • veeper

    of course obama doesn’t fail….

    it just looks like he fails to un-smart people…..

  • USARetired

    There is nothing intelligent nor smart about a criminal or liar, and Obama qualify s for both!