January 28, 2010 | Comments Off
I have read Christopher Buckley’s latest bit of seeming Obama adoration several times now, and I still am not sure if this is supposed to be satire or an honest evaluation. Some of it is so over the top I’m leaning towards the former, but at the same time he seems to sincerely think that President Obama is a master orator. If he is being completely earnest, this is simply moronic:
My personal takeaway was his endorsement of nuclear power. So many of our problems—specifically, our 70 percent importation of oil from horrid desert regimes—could be eliminated if we embraced the atom. I can hardly wait to hear Senator Harry Reid’s reaction, coming as he does from a state that adamantly refuses to store nuclear waste, lest it cause gamblers in Las Vegas to glow in the dark.
Again, perhaps he’s engaging in hyperbole and I’m just missing the humor, but this is simply wrong. That doesn’t mean that I think nuclear generation is bad – quite the opposite – it’s just that nuclear generation has nothing to do with our use of oil. We use nuclear energy solely for the purposes of electricity, and all but the tiniest fraction of our oil usage is for transportation and heating energy (1.1 percent of US electricity generation is fueled by oil). So nuclear power has no ability to displace oil unless it also displaces natural gas as an electricity fuel, thereby enabling greater reliance on natural gas for transportation purposes, but that’s a bit of a stretch. Also, most of our imported oil comes from those horrid desert regimes known as Canada and Mexico. And let’s not even get into the concept of fungibility.
And this is either psychotic or just incomprehensibly bad parody.
Tonight Mr. Obama proved—once again—that he hears the American music and can play it like a maestro. As well as Ronald Reagan. Both presidents had—have—have music in their souls. The other people in the room where I watched the speech were in tears by the end—the kind that stream down the face. I managed to hold those back. But I could not hold back my admiration at the performance, in particular of Mr. Obama’s deep humanity, as evinced by his profound, almost Lincolnesque humor. Oh dear, are tears streaming down my face, one way or the other?
If it weren’t for the Reagan reference I’d be convinced it was a joke, but I honestly don’t know. If it is parody – and it probably is – it’s really, really bad parody. I mean awful.
H/t: Jeff Goldstein, who also gets mataphysical.
“President Wrong on Citizens United Case”
– Which, of course, isn’t much of a deterrent to leftist demagogues like Obama, because “wrong” only means wrong in the sense that it can be measured against something demonstrably right — and the grounds for making such epistemological value judgments have been replaced, in our postmodern worldview, by meaning-by-consensus, manufactured or otherwise.
Or, to put it another way, Obama is only wrong if enough people agree he’s wrong; if he can convince enough people he is right, he is, in fact, right. And it is within this context that the President felt comfortable weaving his assertions last evening: because under the foundational assumptions of progressive ideology, something isn’t a lie if it effectively wills into existence an “established truth.” And this is precisely what you’d expect to happen once meaning is turned over to interpretive communities, and truths are determined by who wields the most power to “affirm” them successfully, then protect them from outside assault.
That seemed rather apropos considering I have just finished reading Peter Kreeft’s A Refutation of Moral Relativism. Look like Obama’s been getting advice from Libby Rawls. After all, the truth is just unknowable, and that’s just the truth.
Update: Ace rips Buckley to shreds, but this comment takes the cake.
If it’s satire, it’s in the same class as that guy Joe Queenan who seems to be the offical laugh-getter at the Wall Street Journal; too close to the real thing to actually be satire, and not even funny enough to laugh at. Buckley seems to find something he’s good at and stick to it, and that something doesn’t’ seem to be writing.