Patterico's Pontifications

1/18/2013

For The Kids

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:43 am

[guest post by JD]

This is a supplement to Patterico’s …

Kevin Williamson has an excellent article at NRO about how Obama is shamelessly using children as human shields against actual factual discussion of the issues. It was written in advance of the circus yesterday with the children onstage and the campaign commercial with the children reading their letters begging to have their 2nd Amendment Rights taken away.

Why are Americans not embarrassed by this sort of thing?

You may agree 100 percent with the president’s position on gun control, but his stagey histrionics, his endless reliance upon human props, his cheap sloganeering, his emotionally driven hectoring: all of that bespeaks a very deep contempt for his audience, which is the American people. If he really believes that surrounding himself with adorable little tots is a substitute for substantive arguments for well-thought-out policy proposals, he thinks that the people — you people — are a bunch of rubes. Unhappily, 51 percent of the American people are happy to endorse his low view of them. There is something peculiar to political enthusiasts, a phenomenon I observed at both conventions this year: People in political audiences know that they are being manipulated, cynically and professionally — and they enjoy it. Obama’s admirers look up to him because he looks down on them, not in spite of the fact. There is something more at play than the mere admiration of stagecraft.

Racist rubes.

— JD

23 Responses to “For The Kids”

  1. GUNS!

    JD (b63a52)

  2. the success of food stamp’s kidsploitation orgy is simply a measure of the growing appetite americans have for fascism I think

    happyfeet (ce327d)

  3. Obama’s (and other’s – this has a long history) use of children as advocates is based on the principle that people don’t want to argue with children, and tell them they are wrong.

    And it’s a little bit of “the emperor has no clothes” showboating.

    In that fable, the only person with the wisdom (or the courage) to tell the truth is a small boy.

    Sammy Finkelman (03b22d)

  4. This is actually an argument by authority.

    Who is unbiased? A child. A child is the classic neutral observer. That’s the idea.

    Of course children can be gotten pretty much to say anything, and if some won’t or say something different, you can just not use them.

    Of course Obama pretends these letters re all unprompted, which they almost certainly can’t be. How would they even know the address, or that it’s possible to write to the president?

    You go write to the president, and have hm read your letter out in public.

    Sammy Finkelman (03b22d)

  5. “Think of teh children!”
    – Helen O’Lovejoy

    Icy (e3cdf3)

  6. The reason Obama relies on “stagey histrionics, his endless reliance upon human props, his cheap sloganeering, his emotionally driven hectoring” is because it is clearly effective.
    In Oprahland, where the majority of voters apparently reside, such tactics are the highest form of statecraft.

    orcadrvr (5daf3f)

  7. R.I.P. Pauline Friedman Phillips, aka Abigail Van Buren,
    aka ‘Dear Abby’

    Icy (e3cdf3)

  8. May it not be jackload in his wagon, I like Williamson very much.

    Rushbo evidently took up this muse a few days ago. Really, what is the Alien’s organizing purpose? By way of Occam’s razor, what could his goal be?

    Some like Krauthammer get close in an intent to “crush the Republican party”. Wacko Glenn Beck found Cloward and Piven early on and nothing has replaced its comprehensive explanatory success.

    The Diabolically Anointed C*cksucker hates Amerikkka and is bent on its destruction, economically, physically and morally.

    Nietzsche’s spawn has another 4 to work his magic.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  9. But wait there’s that staunch opposition;

    http://minx.cc/?post=336693

    narciso (3fec35)

  10. a very deep contempt for his audience, which is the American people

    Enough of us — enough of them — are so stupidly into feel-good philosophy, in which the notion of compassion for compassion’s sake is deemed beautiful and wonderful, that it’s not just easy to have contempt for “we the people,” but to treat so many of us like the biggest saps and suckers on two feet.

    Mark (e66007)

  11. Professor John Goodlad, an admirer, has said that if people understood Obama’s education vision they would be far more upset about that than over Obamacare.

    Using kids as props creates the illusion that all he does is for their benefit. Instead of the truth that everything he is pushing will devastate this country, prosperity, and especially student’s mental and emotional integrity.

    And I mean that last part in particular. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/what-happens-when-repeated-and-intentional-threats-to-student-beliefs-becomes-mandated/

    Only committed idealogues would insist on nationalizing policies and practices tied to so many tragedies.

    Robin (801f44)

  12. He’s doing it because it works.

    And yes, that means that a majority of Americans have become rubes.

    htom (412a17)

  13. What we should be doing is laughing at him; it would drive him mad to be so disrespected.

    htom (412a17)

  14. Comment by orcadrvr (5daf3f) — 1/18/2013 @ 8:19 am

    because it is clearly effective.

    …at preventing other people from arguing with what is said.

    Sammy.finkelman (d22d64)

  15. #13, htom is on-target, ridiculing Obama is the best way to expose his destructive anti-American agenda and to highlight his monumental hypocrisy.

    He’s cynically using children to undermine 2nd Amendment rights while his borrowing and profligate spending is condemning them to a future of hopeless indebtedness.

    ropelight (14e851)

  16. Why does the Left put up with this? Because they hunger for the whip. To be told what to do.

    It’s not that they hate authority. They just hate their fathers. So long as there is a D with the name, they will goose step as ordered

    Simon Jester (43dac7)

  17. I like to think Robin that what happens when the students’ and families’ values are savaged, as they are today in the new curriculum, parents will home school.

    Patricia (be0117)

  18. Using kids as props creates the illusion that all he does is for their benefit.

    What goes unseen are the millions of youth who are avid hunters and members of competitive shooting sports programs. My children and their friends have been involved in shooting sports since they were very young. This year marks 15 years that we’ve been involved in competitive shooting sports. One daughter was nationally ranked in her discipline at the age of 12. Another son is a state ranked marksman in 4 disciplines. My youngest will be competing for $10k in scholarships in a couple of weeks. All of my kids spend time during the winter hunting to harvest game for our freezer.

    All of my kids and their friends are well versed in the safe handling, maintenance and safe use of firearms, often more safe and contentious than the law enforcement officers who share their practice ranges.

    And yet, because of the biased media attacks, myself and other parents are actively working to keep our kids out of the spotlight in this debate, even though they are the best response to Obama’s use of children as props. Our kids are able to speak in an informed manner about the 2nd Amendment and other constitutional rights that these children lack the education and upbringing to understand. Not only do are we protecting our children from the media, but we are also concerned about school district profiling programs that can make them the targets of campus security and administrators.

    In short….. as a non-exploitative parent, I am shielding our best arguments from a media that would treat them as raw meat to destroy with their ill informed and often completely false editorial biases.

    2nd Amendment Mother (c2be77)

  19. 15. He’s cynically using children to undermine 2nd Amendment rights while his borrowing and profligate spending is condemning them to a future of hopeless indebtedness.

    Comment by ropelight (14e851) — 1/18/2013 @ 11:06 am

    It’s not just him. He has a lot of help from his union toadies:

    How Many Kids Had a Choice in Writing Letters Asking Obama to Ban Guns?

    Via Instapundit, who correctly calls this political child abuse.

    Expect to see more of this Soviet-style exploitation of children coming to a neighborhood near you.

    Steve57 (4c041b)

  20. about how Obama is shamelessly using children as human shields against actual factual discussion of the issues. It

    Obama must have learned something in his Islam classes in Indonesia.

    iconoclast (ad27c3)

  21. 20. Obama must have learned something in his Islam classes in Indonesia.

    Comment by iconoclast (ad27c3) — 1/18/2013 @ 10:33 pm

    I’ll bet Saddam Hussein was a guest lecturer in that class.

    Steve57 (4c041b)

  22. 11. Professor John Goodlad, an admirer, has said that if people understood Obama’s education vision they would be far more upset about that than over Obamacare.

    Using kids as props creates the illusion that all he does is for their benefit. Instead of the truth that everything he is pushing will devastate this country, prosperity, and especially student’s mental and emotional integrity.

    Comment by Robin (801f44) — 1/18/2013 @ 9:49 am

    I don’t know how I missed this. Of course it’s true.

    The left delights in using children as human shields. Recall the Occupy! crowd putting women with toddlers in strollers at the head of the mob attempting to blockade a door at a site hosting a conservative function, and when the police reacted to the mob violence they’d scream “The children! You’re hurting the children!

    http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_content_width/hash/8d/4a/8d4af8112b1b4e8e5398ac31c989a4a5.jpg

    But this is far more insidious, and of course this indoctrination is going on. And it will only get worse as Obama executes his Common Core national curriculum. Of course, Goodlad is too generous when he calls this “Obama’s vision.” He’s just not that bright and, as we’ve seen by his other “visions” consisting of warmed-over 1930s to 1960s pabulum, he’s not at all an original thinker. Obama “didn’t build that” curriculum. His buddy Bill Ayers did.

    The Ed Schools’ Latest—and Worst—Humbug

    Of course these kids didn’t just come up with the idea of writing Obama to ask for gun control. No eight y.o. would unless indoctrinated. Some by their parents, sure. But the systematic indoctrination is taking place in the public schools. Because that’s all the NEA union drones are good for (Obama doesn’t just want to use your tax dollars to “put more teachers in schools” to launder your tax dollars into democratic campaign funds, you know).

    http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/large_lightbox/hash/26/3c/263c21ef91a0ea9e57bbf0d92c4986f5.jpg

    You can get a judge to order El Commandante Obama’s mural to be covered up when the elementary school is used as a polling place. Every other day the kids have to absorb the lessons of the shrine.

    Steve57 (4c041b)

  23. For “To the Kids”

    minor tweak…

    Colonel Haiku (ccea84)


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