This little tidbit was published a bit over two months ago. The questions posed by George Will still resonate and the responses still haven’t surfaced.
Cutting Through the Emotional Appeal
Mr. Will manages to pinpoint the emotional appeal of the Obama pronouncements and very carefully skewer them with his questions. The tragedy of American politics today is that we have allowed our educational system to inculcate the concepts of socialism and government dependence through several generations. The principles that would have been immediately decried as bordering on Marxist in the ‘40s and ‘50s now go unchallenged by a slavering mass of the electorate which seeks only to see their grubby hands filled with someone else’s profits.
Can we really appreciate an Ivy-League educated woman who encourages the youth of our nation to become social workers rather than financially successful and independent builders of our economy? There’s nothing wrong with social workers, we need them. But we have a much greater need for investment and productivity in our industry. The bottom line is that when business is successful, the economy booms, jobs are created, government revenues are high and the total need for social workers to nurture the unfortunates of our society is reduced.
Is it possible that a candidate for President who is also Harvard educated and who purports to have taught Constitutional law would blithely assert that he would seek Supreme Court justices who would rule with empathy and feeling rather than according to the law? And, other than the astute Mr. Will we don’t find probing interviewers expressing wide-eyed disbelief at the absurdity of such a proposal. We’ve actually got a populace that thinks that would be a good thing.
Did Sen. Obama honestly suggest that we would be benefitted by pharmaceutical companies “giving up their profits?” What motivation would he substitute for research, investment, hard-work and marketing of effective remedies? Yet, the unwashed nod their heads in bumbling agreement at the concept that profit is evil.
There is a lot more in Mr. Will’s pithy piece, but it is written in formal English of the sort that so few American voters still bother to read. Why apply logic when you’ve got audacity of hope?