No one gets elected President by being stupid, unless of course the election is stolen in cities controlled by the Democratic Party, but one must also factor in the intelligence of nearly half of the voters who pull the Democratic Party lever no matter who the candidate may be.
America is seriously divided between liberals and conservatives, but there are indications that even those who self-identify as liberals are having second thoughts as the result of the havoc Obamacare has inflicted on their lives and the economy. Voters who self-identify as “independents” are the deciding factor in most elections. They reflect disenchantment with both parties.
I have been thinking about whether Obama is stupid because he has been in Europe with the leaders of the nations who are grappling with the seizure of Crimea by Russia. I keep wondering, given his record at this point, whether they too think he’s stupid. He has taken the most powerful and respected nation in the world and reduced it to ridicule and disdain. When he leaves the room do they shake their head and roll their eyes?
The question of whether Obama is stupid would seem to be disputed by the fact that he is a Harvard Law School graduate and one has to have some degree of intelligence to navigate that. His undergraduate college is Columbia University, one of the most liberal in the nation. In neither case do we know how Obama did academically because he took care to have his records kept from public review.
Indeed, most public records regarding his life, including his birth certificate have been kept hidden. The one he provided has been deemed a forgery. There are claims as well that his Social Security number is questionable.
So, one could argue that he was not stupid enough to let people know the truth. What we do know is that he is a complete stranger to the truth, uttering lies on a daily basis. That is a serious character flaw in anyone, but in a President it is a threat to the nation.
What we do know is that Obama is so devoted to a Marxist ideology that it warps his view of the world and that he has devoted his two terms in office to the “transformation” of America; another way of saying that he embraces issues, foreign and domestic, that do not reflect the history or values of the nation.
America has now twice elected a Communist to its highest office and the result has been a failure, deliberate or the result of his ideology, to lift the nation out of a recession by lowering taxes, reducing spending, and other means well known to previous presidents.
The result has had a cataclysmic effect on the lives of millions of Americans. What growth has occurred has not been due to anything the White House or Congress has done, but in spite of both.
The overthrow of tyrannical governments in the Middle East and most recently in Ukraine reflects a desire for democracy and justice in these nations. Obama sided with the Muslim Brotherhood during the Egyptian uprising. One has to wonder what the king of Saudi Arabia has to say about that. His nation and others in the Middle East have banned the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. There is no nice way of describing his action or inaction regarding the Middle East and elsewhere.
The opening of negotiations with Iran and reductions of sanctions against it simply gave it more time to pursue its intent to create its own nuclear weapons. This isn’t just stupid, it’s insane. The time wasted on securing peace from the Palestinians after decades of their open hatred of Israel is also stupid.
Obama’s failure to work closely with Congress reflects his indifference to the Constitution and, having lectured on it, it cannot be said that he is ignorant of its limits on the executive office and its division of power between the three branches of government He doesn’t seem to care much what the Constitution says. That’s stupid. The result has been a very meager legislative record and that is a good thing given his ideological inclinations.
We all know of men and women in high office or CEOs of major corporations that offer ample evidence of stupidity, but the latter can be removed by their board of directors. Americans have no options for the removal of Obama. Impeachment will not likely occur even if the GOP gains control of both houses of Congress. Obamacare and the economy have been his greatest gift for their renewal of political power.
Obama’s “war on coal” and other efforts of his administration to keep America from tapping huge reserves of energy that would greatly improve our economy with jobs and exports is both stupidity and ideology. You have to be stupid to keep talking about “climate change” aka “global warming” when the only change of the past 17 years has been a planet that is cooling,
The danger the nation faces is real and present. The reduction of our military strength has not gone unnoticed by totalitarian and rogue regimes. Obama’s deliberate withdrawal of the nation from its position of global leadership is a threat of major proportions.
History hangs on questions of leadership and Obama has shown none, nor evidence of caring about the results of his failures. That’s a pretty good definition of stupid.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
Very well stated. I too believe he is a puppet whose strings are being pulled by others, notably Valerie Jarrett. If any Republican president had uttered as many foolish stupid statements as Obama has (57 states, corpseman, special olympics bowling, Trayvon martin comment, etc.), he would have been run out of town on a rail.
I firmly believe Affirmative Action promoted this man to the highest office in the land, and we are all paying the consequences. I also believe the democratic party goes along with him just so they can remain in power.
Keep up the good work.
Re: "Indeed, most public records regarding his life, including his birth certificate have been kept hidden."
Answer: Obama has shown BOTH his Hawaii short-form BC (the Certification of Live Birth, COLB, which is the OFFICIAL birth certificate of Hawaii, used by thousands of people to get their US passports every year), and he has shown his long form Hawaii BC.
And the officials of BOTH parties in Hawaii have repeatedly confirmed that they sent them to him, and that all the facts, repeat ALL the facts are exactly the same, repeat, EXACTLY the same, as what they sent to him. And Obama's birth in Hawaii in 1961 is also confirmed by the public Index Data file and the birth notices sent to the Hawaii newspapers in 1961 by the DOH of Hawaii (and ONLY the DOH of Hawaii could send birth notices to that section of the newspapers, the "Health Bureau Statistics" section, where Obama's birth notice was published, and it only did so for births IN Hawaii).
Re: "The one he provided has been deemed a forgery."
Answer: Only deemed a forgery by birthers, who, duh, hate Obama and have shown that they are willing to lie to hurt him many many times.
Re: "There are claims as well that his Social Security number is questionable."
Answer: That is a similar birther LIE.
More examples of classic birther lies:
(1) Birthers said that Obama's draft card was forged, and indeed it was forged, but Obama did not post his draft card, nor did any representative of Obama---so who do you think forged it? (Okay, I'll make it easy---the guy who posted it.)
(2) Birthers have said that Obama became a citizen of Indonesia---but a telephone call to the Indonesian Embassy shows that he was never an Indonesian citizen. Why do you suppose that the birthers did not call the Indonesian embassy to check?
(3) Birthers said that Obama's Kenyan grandmother said that he was born in Kenya---but the transcript of the call shows that she said that he was BORN IN HAWAII---why do you suppose they did not quote her accurately and in fact cut off the tape recording of the call on their sites just before she said "born in Hawaii, where his father was studying at the time." Why do you suppose they did that?
(4) Birther sites did not tell you about SS Administration clerks making lots of mistakes and that a single digit entered wrong in the zip code would generated a SS number from a place other than where it was applied from. Why do you suppose they did not tell you that?
(5) Birther sites did not tell their readers that the Kenyan government said that Obama was NOT born there. Why do you suppose they did not tell their readers that?
(6) Birther sites did not even tell their readers that there is no evidence that Obama's mother had a passport in 1961---or how very few 18-year-olds did in those days, or how EXTREMELY few women traveled abroad late in pregnancy in those days because of the high risk of stillbirth. Why do you suppose they did not tell you that?
Re: " In neither case do we know how Obama did academically because he took care to have his records kept from public review. "
Answer: Actually, we do know how well Obama did at Harvard Law School because Harvard Law School said that Obama graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE.
You are right, of course, that we do not know how well Obama did at Columbia. But why should we know. Mitt Romney did not show his college or graduate school grades either. Neither did John McCain. Neither did Bill Clinton or Reagan or Carter or Ford or Nixon or LBJ or JFK. We don't even know the grades of Teddy Roosevelt at Harvard or Woodrow Wilson at Princeton. So why should Obama be an exception and show his grades?
Obama graduated from Harvard Law School MAGNA CUM LAUDE, and he got from Columbia College to Harvard Law School. Your implication that his grades at Columbia were not at least adequate to get into Harvard Law School says something about YOU.
I've said it before: If you want to understand Barack Obama, study Alger Hiss. Whittaker Chamber's "Witness" is a good place to start:
You don't have to *stupid* to be an Obama supporter, but... Wait.. Yes you do.. Silly me...
Like Mama Gump always said, "Stupid is as stupid does."
If this is the standard, then Obama is very stupid, indeed!
Notice that neither DJ nor TexasFred have responded to the facts shown above.
Just because every policy he adopts and every action he takes damages the United States, does not necessarily mean he is stupid.
It might mean that he is very intelligently carrying out policies and taking actions that are producing the results that he desires.
At the time President Obama attended HLS, 75% of students graduated with honors, and probably 30% to 40% graduated magna. So that flourish on his degree is no substitute for knowing how well he actually did. Prior to his election, the Editors of the Law Review were chosen on the basis of their academic standing, but he was elected after a lot of politicking. There is no question that all sorts of things about the President that the press usually reports on all presidential candidates are being hidden. And it is trivial to point out that they are not being hidden because they would make him look better.
The work 'token' comes to mind! Nuff said.
Re: "And it is trivial to point out that they are not being hidden because they would make him look better. "
Harvard Law School said that Obama graduated from Harvard Law School MAGNA CUM LAUDE. Do you think that that was "a token?"
Re: "There is no question that all sorts of things about the President that the press usually reports on all presidential candidates are being hidden..."
Answer: Like what? Obama showed his birth certificate twice. He did not show his grades---but then neither did John McCain or Mitt Romney or Clinton or Reagan or Carter or Ford, etc. etc. And none of them showed their parents' marriage license or their passport files either. So, like what??
I don't see any reason to suppose that stupidity and intelligence are necessarily at odds. There are plenty of people in the world born with excellent native intelligence, yet do and say things utterly stupid. As Dennis Prager paraphrases George Orwell: "some things are so stupid only a PhD could believe them."
The real problem is that people who believe in their own intelligence are not teachable. They can't be taught, and so their intellect atrophies, and then turns necrotic. They can no longer think for themselves, and take to repeating platitudes as a mantra, as if repeating a big lie enough times makes it so. They believe in their own rectitude and righteousness, to a degree that no wicked deed is considered wicked, because they are the good guys.
This is stupidity, yes; but it is not native, it is not raw intelligence. It is taking talents and gifts and ruining them by misuse. They chose to be stupid instead of developing their minds. The embraced stupidity thinking it wisdom. And we all pay the price along with them.
"America has now twice elected a Communist to its highest office and the result has been a failure, ..."
I submit that he is a fascist, not a communist. But there is no doubt he has been a failure.
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