Is it me or does she look like she pulled her Halloween costume out for that video? Was she dabbling in witchcraft I wonder? One thing is certain, Obama has lost his magic and Spiegel Online mostly blames the H8ers and the crazy Congressional rules that stopped us from turning into Greece as quickly as we should have:
They are people so filled with vitriol they can no longer think straight -- people like television presenter Glenn Beck, who says that putting the common good first is "exactly the kind of talk that led to the death camps in Germany." Beck has millions of followers, and appears in public with former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, the darling of the Tea Party movement, who gleefully pronounces Obama's middle name Hussein as if it were a naughty, menacing word. Just two years ago, such things would have been taboo, and considered below-the-belt by Republicans.Poor POTUS he is practically helpless isn't he? No wonder he can't govern this ungovernable mob of haters. Jeepers, you would think a couple thousand miles of ocean might give a guy a bit of objectivity. Alas no, when you form your impressions of the state of hate in the US through the eyes of the New York Times this is the sort of insightful analysis that follows.
This is the new atmosphere in America, and it is reflected in the Senate and the House of Representatives, two self-confident bodies populated by two political parties that eagerly take turns holding the reins of power. They paralyze themselves with rules that demand unattainable majorities for everything that is important. And even the Constitution irrevocably decrees that a senator from sparsely-populated Alaska has the same rights as a senator from New York.
The German media alternate on a daily basis between talking about "Obama's victory" and calling him a "loser." But often neither view is accurate, because the president has little or no influence over much of what is done, or not done, in the US and its 50 federal states.
In fairness, Klaus Brinkbäumer is critical of Obama as well. In Brinkbaumer's opinion, Obama should have at least tried to be the messiah he pretended to be in the campaign. I guess he should have parted the oceans before he pretended to cause them to recede. With a wave of his wand those crazy Congressional rules would vanish and we the hateful would have a plague of locusts set upon us. Memo to Herr Brinkbäumer, we happen to think that crazy Congress was a plague of locusts. But really, is it any of his business anyway?
Dave Harsanyi rallies to the defense of "We the Bitter Clingers." Grab your Slurpee and enjoy:
The enlightened trust science. That's why the president appointed a science czar, people. A science czar who co-authored a textbook arguing for a mass sterilization of Americans to prevent an imagined population bomb. You know, "science."Read the rest and then go Be the WAVE ye Bitter Clingers - Be the WAVE
God has no place in this faith. That's not to say that Yahweh has anything on our president, who once claimed future generations will see his election -- Goliath government -- as the point in history when we finally started "healing the sick" and "the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
Now, that's the kind of faith-inflected lingo we slack-jawed yokels can comprehend. Otherwise, the left's plans are just too darn complex for us to appreciate.
"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now," Obama recently explained, "and facts and science and argument (do) not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country is scared." (Wait. If we're hard-wired to be confused and we're confused, isn't science winning the day? It's all so perplexing.)
Science can explain all, including how bitter, frightened, clingy voters aren't grateful enough.
Or -- and I realize this is probably crazy talk -- voters aren't scared; they have just been paying attention and are turning to candidates who, though far less than perfect and not always sophisticated, better reflect their sensibilities.