"After the big gamble on subprime mortgages that led to the current financial crisis, is there going to be an even bigger gamble, by putting the fate of a nation in the hands of a man whose only qualifications are ego and mouth?" – Thomas Sowell
Early this morning I wrote the following:
Just from a practical point of view, Barack Obama is horrible for America. His inexperience alone is dangerous because he's running at a time when even the most experienced people are severely challenged to guide the country through some of our worst economic times while overseeing two vital wars.
Obama has not a single credential for doing any of it. It's as if, as a parent on the brink of financial disaster, you'd ask your know-it-all teenage son, not just for advice, but to manage your affairs and get you out of the mess.
That would be crazy enough, but hopefully your son would share your best interests, and he wouldn't be saddled with a shadowy past involving drug use and associations with the worst sort of characters, and he wouldn't use the opportunity to enhance himself at your expense.
So it is with those of his ilk that they must sell the sizzle by conveying confidence and certainty when, if that confidence exists at all, it exists only in their own minds because they have no steak to offer for sale – so substance, no achievement. And more likely, the confidence they convey is a front.
You can chalk it up to Obama being naive due to inexperience were he not so arrogant and cavalier. But Barry Young summed it up nicely this morning when he mentioned the movie, The Candidate. Here's the tagline from the movie:
"Too Handsome. Too Young. Too Liberal. Doesn't have a chance. He's PERFECT!"
When Robert Redford won, his big question?
I put the above aside as I often do because I felt it needed more development. Then it came to me, not in my mind, it came to me in the form of a Thomas Sowell column. Here's his take on the same theme, and the rest of the story:
Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else.
Anyone who has actually had to take responsibility for consequences by running any kind of enterprise — whether economic or academic, or even just managing a sports team — is likely at some point to be chastened by either the setbacks brought on by his own mistakes or by seeing his successes followed by negative consequences that he never anticipated.
The kind of self-righteous self-confidence that has become Obama's trademark is usually found in sophomores in Ivy League colleges — very bright and articulate students, utterly untempered by experience in real world.
The signs of Barack Obama's self-centered immaturity are painfully obvious, though ignored by true believers who have poured their hopes into him, and by the media who just want the symbolism and the ideology that Obama represents
Then Dr. Sowell adds this:
"This is our time!" he proclaimed. And "I will change the world." But ultimately this election is not about him, but about the fate of this nation, at a time of both domestic and international peril, with a major financial crisis still unresolved and a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon..
While perusing the reviews on IMDB, I came across this from a fellow whose review is from January, 8, 2007:
Redford's views are supposed to be embraced by the viewer, but his speeches are so full of idiotic left-wing rambling that only the most left-wing viewers will find him appealing. His speeches are written with intent to make him likable for the viewer, but in reality Redford's character only has empty, trite, old rhetoric to show; meaningless political banter that gets votes – not the words of a wholesome idealist..
And Robert Redford was only running for Senator…
I decided Sowell's conclusion was worth adding here, but I'd recommend you read the whole column for more of his comments on Obama, and of near equal importance, his comments on Biden:
Add to Obama and Biden House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and you have all the ingredients for a historic meltdown. Let us not forget that the Roman Empire did decline and fall, blighting the lives of millions for centuries.