Wednesday, November 05, 2008

No Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS)

Steven Den Beste has a thoughtful analysis of the impending meeting of Obamamania and reality. Let's hope he's wrong about Israel.
And it ain't possible for the Democrats to deliver what's been promised. Gonna be a hell of a lot of disillusioned lefties out there. A lot of people who felt they were deceived. A lot of people who will eventually realize that the Obama campaign was something of a cult.

Disillusionment will turn to a feeling of betrayal. And that will, in turn, convert to anger.

In the mean time, Obama and Congressional Democrats will do things that cause harm, but very little of it will be irreversible.

I would have enjoyed watching lefty heads explode if McCain had won. But we're going to see lefty heads exploding anyway; it's just going to take longer.

In the mean time, those of us who didn't want Obama to be president have to accept that he is. And let's not give in to the kind of paranoid fever dreams that have consumed the left for the last 8 years. Let us collectively take a vow tonight: no "Obama derangement syndrome". Obama is a politician. He isn't the devil incarnate.

So what are the good sides of what just happened?

1. It is no longer possible for anyone to deny that the MSM is heavily biased. The MSM have been biased for decades but managed an illusion of fairness. That is no longer possible; the MSM have squandered their credibility during this campaign. They'll never get that credibility back again.

2. Since the Democrats got nearly everything they hoped for in this campaign, they'll have no excuses and will have to produce. They'll have to reveal their true agenda -- or else make clear that they don't really have any beyond gaining power.

3. Every few decades the American people have to be reminded that peace only comes with strength. The next four years will be this generation's lesson.


Ari said...

You see,John the stupidity is prevailing.I've recently started reading "Psychology of Masses" - works of G.le Bohn,Chose Ortega-e-Gasset,E.Kanneti,Z.Freud and few others.Interesting stuff.I recommend.
Shalom from Israel(occupied territories).

truepeers said...

Hi Ari,

Good to hear from you. I hope when you have time you will write us something on the mindset and events in Israel today. I worry about you guys a lot though I don't know enough to write about the latest manoeuvres.

Alas, stupidity is our original condition and it always takes work for people to grow beyond it. I think all psychology has a collective origin, i.e. an origin on shared scenes from which individual minds are in various ways derivative. The well-differentiated individual is someone who can draw on many scenes and integrate them in an effective synthesis that makes him distinctive. Obama can be depressing because his artificial Black nationalist style is tenuous, devoid of content, not seriously rooted in its past. He played to the common denominators in some very basic ways. And the mainstream media let him do it.

For an anglophone, your transliteration of "Jose" is amusing - which languages are you reading?


Eowyn said...

Steven Den Beste pegs it pretty well, I think.

What I'm wondering is, with the Democrats firmly entrenched, will whatever Obama does wrong (or fails to do right), will it be dismissed as airily as Clinton's "sexual peccadillos," which "should have been his private business"?

(Never mind abusing your own wife's trust. Never mind lying under oath. That's so yesterday!)

My cynical view is yes, I'm afraid. But I do maintain hope that somehow, correct policy will somehow be put in place. Time will tell.

Ari said...

My brother studied psychology and criminology in college here and left to Germany.They all translations to Russian,while most were originally in German.I don't have much time for reading,but this things,how to establish certain common rules of human behavior always interested me.
I'll be glad to answer your questions later,John as it's 2.30 AM down here I get to go to sleep.I'll try to write on Saturday.

truepeers said...


I don't know how they would treat an Obama affair. Something tells me the media would take their lead from Michelle, as they did to some extent from Hillary. One difference it seems to me is that Barack is more firmly under his wife's control. And heh, she may be even more worried about the temptations for the man to perform for the cute Obamamaniacs than I am!

I think it's impossible to have a strong idea of how things will play out in the long run; one event piles on or reacts to another and eventually attitudes can change significantly, or not. Right now the media is deep in the tank with the man who provides them a new story to tell and symbols to play with and who they hope will pass a new fairness doctrine or something to prop up their tottering news businesses. But at some point they may feel a pressing need to re-assert their independence, phony disinterest, or credibility by attacking the man to whom they have become somewhat embarrassingly married.

Dag said...

Hey Ari! Will be back soon with a note. Good to see you here.