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April 30, 2012
Obama's new slogan
The Obama campaign has just issued a new slogan for the mob: "Forward!"
"Mob" was the term used to describe liberals by Ann Coulter in her brilliant book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America. Citing Gustave Le Bon, "the first to identify the phenomenon of mass psychology" and his book, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, she writes:
Conservatives are also amused by them.
"By contrast, liberals thrive on jargon as a substitute for thought," added Coulter. Liberals have produced, by the hundreds, slogans that fit perfectly on bumper stickers. Most conservative writers have a hard time condensing an idea into an article under 1200 words.
The novel Brave New World was on Obama's reading list for one of his "working" vacations. I picked up a copy myself, and discovered the following interesting passage in the author's analysis, "Brave New World Revisited":
We don't know whether the brave, new and fundamentally transformed America of Obama's dreams would install him as "dictator," but at times he does seem to "channel his inner Mussolini," and his speeches include lots of repetition and catchwords, supported by the usual straw men and devoid of fact, that are quite effective at dividing and agitating the masses.
"Hope and change." "Yes we can." "Winning the Future." "Change we can believe in." "Pass this bill." "We can't wait."
Breitbart's Joel Pollak noted that the new "Forward" slogan is "related to MSNBC's 'Lean Forward,' and, of course, to Mao Zedong's 'Great Leap Forward,' which had the opposite result." Pollak also wrote:
Many of us aren't so sure that Obama's signs of progress and the direction they point match our own idea of going forward. C.S. Lewis once wrote:
A "glimpse of the low road the president and his campaign likely will take" was recently described by Karl Rove. Rove also reminded us of this Obama nugget from his 2008 DNC acceptance speech: "If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from."
Obama's words presciently described the low road of his own 2012 campaign. Applying the wisdom of Lewis: America needs to run from Obama as fast as he runs from his own record. And progress forward means getting back on the right road. ______________________________________________________________________________
[i] Ann Coulter, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America (New York, Crown Forum, 2011), pages 6 - 7
[ii] C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York, HarperCollins, 2001), page 28.
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