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A graduate course in propaganda
If you are at all a political creature and you have not read Jodi Kantor's New York Times article "Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady" you really ought to.
Ms. Kantor's article is easily one of the subtlest, most effective pieces of propaganda I have ever read.
This was written specifically for the Matt Damons, Sean Penns of the world. The hardline leftists who have been critical of President Obama for not being more forcefully liberal, not doing enough to drive a hardcore pink agenda.
I am not certain whether the Obama administration's term in office should be identified as comedy or tragedy, but Ms. Kantor has deftly cast Michelle Obama as the play's heroine. She is first portrayed as a type of Antigone, defiantly standing for what is right in the face of the President's politically sensitive staff.
Ms. Kantor's article really represents the acme of the sort of work the right finds mawkish, but is so very effective when spoon-fed to the easily manipulated liberals and the fence sitting, often morally ambiguous and spongy independents. You will see no such work emanating from the pens of conservative apologists or polemicists. The right doesn't understand how really, because the right sees virtue only in success and the ideal, whereas the left can see how to spin failure into virtue.
These words are utterly meaningless to liberals. What this Biblical passage warns against has become the left's specialty.
The Obama administration has been a failure no less epic than any poem by Virgil or Homer-no less tragic than any play from Thebes. Yet the left celebrates dysfunction as chronicled in Jodi Kantor's article and turns it into a thinly veiled promise that if granted another term, centrist compromise is out the window.
The First lady has not evolved, nor has her husband, but they will be set free in a second term. There will be no more subterfuge-the belly of the horse will spring open, there will be no lesser kings like Odysseus working behind the scenes to restrain King Agamemnon.
We will see a reemerging President Obama-no longer a tragic Greek emperor, now recast an American hero, an ersatz David Farragut staring down his backward right wing enemies, defiantly shouting; "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead". This is precisely what the hardcore leftist wants and shall have it, if the President wins a second term in November.
The right is very good at serving up red meat to stir up its own base. Yet the right is woefully bad at selling conservative ideas to anyone not already smart enough to know how bad the leftist agenda is for the country. And that is why the right is losing the culture war and why the country continues to decline spiritually and temporally.
Unfortunately the "conservatives" who have the loudest voices in America are either more interested in advancing themselves, or too mindful of how they will be perceived, (mustn't be considered too far to the right,) to mount a true offensive against the dark forces overtaking our culture.
This is the reason the Roves and Krauthammers fight so desperately hard to ensure a safe man like Mitt Romney secures the Republican Nomination for President. Better to appear the good presidential candidate than to actually have any real ideas to substantively change the nation for the better. Real ideas are an instant disqualifier sure to get you labeled unelectable.
The right screams anyone but Obama -- but that anyone has to be just conservative enough to win and not a wit more. And we are satisfied with that? We must be, because that is all I ever hear. And that is all we ever get.
Where is the right's Jodi Kantor?
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