Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thomas Sowell on Hope and Trust

Posted by Tom Sawyer.

The following is taken from an opinion piece published by Thomas Sowell on October 30. The entire piece can be found here.

Many years ago, at a certain academic institution, there was an experimental program that the faculty had to vote on as to whether or not it should be made permanent.

I rose at the faculty meeting to say that I knew practically nothing about whether the program was good or bad, and that the information that had been supplied to us was too vague for us to have any basis for voting, one way or the other. My suggestion was that we get more concrete information before having a vote.

The director of that program rose immediately and responded indignantly and sarcastically to what I had just said — and the faculty gave him a standing ovation.

After the faculty meeting was over, I told a colleague that I was stunned and baffled by the faculty's fierce response to my simply saying that we needed more information before voting.

"Tom, you don't understand," he said. "Those people need to believe in that man. They have invested so much hope and trust in him that they cannot let you stir up any doubts."

Years later, and hundreds of miles away, I learned that my worst misgivings about that program did not begin to approach the reality, which included organized criminal activity.

The memory of that long-ago episode has come back more than once while observing both the actions of the Obama administration and the fierce reactions of its supporters to any questioning or criticism.

Almost never do these reactions include factual or logical arguments against the administration's critics. Instead, there is indignation, accusations of bad faith and even charges of racism.

Here too, it seems as if so many people have invested so much hope and trust in Barack Obama that it is intolerable that anyone should come along and stir up any doubts that could threaten their house of cards.

Among the most pathetic letters and e-mails I receive are those from people who ask why I don't write more "positively" about Obama or "give him the benefit of the doubt."

No one — not even the President of the United States — has an entitlement to a "positive" response to his actions. The entitlement mentality has eroded the once common belief that you earned things, including respect, instead of being given them.

As for the benefit of the doubt, no one — especially not the President of the United States — is entitled to that, when his actions can jeopardize the rights of 300 million Americans domestically and the security of the nation in an international jungle, where nuclear weapons may soon be in the hands of people with suicidal fanaticism. Will it take a mushroom cloud over an American city to make that clear? Was 9/11 not enough?

When a President of the United States has begun the process of dismantling America from within, and exposing us to dangerous enemies outside, the time is long past for being concerned about his public image. He has his own press agents for that.
Thomas Sowell could not be more right. This administration, and the Left in general, believes it has already won the debate, that there should no longer be a debate, and that anyone who disagrees with them is stupid, racist, stirring up hate, you fill in the blank. They are among the most closed-minded people to walk the planet and feel as if they are entitled to be obeyed without question because they are the smart and beautiful people and they know better than the rest of us. We prols, and rubes, and peasants should just obey, not question. You can see this attitude on display even in relatively minor things--like how they feel the need to teach us how to sneeze properly.

They do not consider us citizens. They consider us subjects. And they are the ruling class.


One Salient Oversight said...

This is exactly how many felt during the reign of King George II between 2001 and 2008.

King George and his advisors were told months in advance that "Bin Laden determined to strike in the US". Rather than direct his efforts to solve this problem, King George went to Texas on a holiday.

King George then told America "De Iraqis - dey haz nukes and otha nastys". Conservatives all over the nation rallied behind the dubious claims of WMDs in Iraq. So America invaded and no WMDs were found.

Then comes Hurricane Katrina, and King George says to the crony he appointed in charge of FEMA "You're doing a helluva job" while people drowned.

So why did America go Democrat and vote Obama? It was because the conservatives is power were inept and corrupt. They still are.

And it seems that there are plenty of rubes out there willing to believe their lies.

James Spurgeon said...

So why did America go Democrat and vote Obama? It was because the conservatives is power were inept and corrupt. They still are.

Not to speak for Tom, but GWB is/was not a conservative.

As for the rest of your words and tone, you seem to be making Tom's point. Honestly, if it were not for tired cliches, you would not have anything to say.

Anonymous said...

OSO, do you at least agree that the current President is getting the same kid glove treatment from the left that the last one got from the right?

And for all the rhetoric about change, nothing has really changed. Obama has continued Bush's dangerous, interventionist foreign policy.

Tom Sawyer said...

You, sir, are a leftist loon. Thanks for showing your colors. It is amusing the way you throw mud at this country from the other side of the world, pretending like you know what is going on here because you read some far left blogs and went to a Michael Moore film festival.

BTW, if a grown adult with three days warning decides to stay for a hurricane instead of evacuating, he deserves to die for his stupidity. Blaming the guy in Washington, whoever he is, is the epitome of stupidity, the kind of stupidity only a leftist could partake in. But I forget that you are not an adult and depend upon daddy government for everything, so naturally it would never occur to you that people should be responsible for their decisions.