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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Gail Collins, "Beyond the Demon Sheep": In Praise of Politicians

Using her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Beyond the Demon Sheep" to slime Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, Gail Collins begins:

"Do you want the next president to be somebody who brags about not being a politician?

Think about that for a minute. 'Politician' isn’t a popular term right now. But claiming that you’re not one when you run for president is a little like applying for a job as brain surgeon by announcing, 'I am not a physician.'

Well, Gail, perhaps it would be nice if the next American president does not suffer from a narcissistic personality disorder and does not feel the need to engage in braggadocio, i.e. is known for her/his humility and doesn't feel the need to claim that they came under sniper fire while landing in Bosnia.

Collins fails to distinguish between campaigning and governance. Obama proved to be a marvelous campaigner; however, "Hope" and "Change" have fallen by the wayside. Consumed by vainglory, the man proved an inept administrator, fully prepared to engage in nationwide deception to pursue a legacy:

"I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage – they like their plan and they value their relationship with their doctor. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."

- President Obama, speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009

Does Gail discuss the erasure of Hillary's emails or the Uranium One scandal? Heck no! After all, it's all part and parcel of being a successful politician preparing to wage a $2.5 billion campaign, without probing press interviews, all intended to flummox the American electorate.

Collins might benefit from reading Ruth Marcus's most recent Washington Post opinion piece.

If I had to guess, there is a special circle of hell reserved for politicians.


  1. that "...special circle of hell reserved for politicians."

    is actually the penthouse annex of the Lawyer Circle of Hell.

    the politicians still get clean towels, no water.

  2. in case you want to understand that hopey-changey mantra is a cover for multi-cultural fascism in the new NannyStatesofUN, (NSOUN)

    ok, still working on the new name, but definitely no flag required. 50 green crescents in a square give Hillary headaches...
    "Some progressives grow disillusioned with democracy"
    by Joel Kotkin

    "...Progressive authoritarianism has a long history, co-existing uncomfortably with traditional liberal values about free speech, due process and political pluralism. At the turn of the 20th century, the novelist H.G. Wells envisioned “the New Republic,” in which the most talented and enlightened citizens would work to shape a better society. They would function, he suggested, as a kind of “secret society,” reforming the key institutions of society from both within and without.

    In our times, Wells’ notions foreshadowed the rise of a new class – what I label the clerisy – that derives its power from domination of key institutions, notably the upper bureaucracy, academia and the mainstream media. These sectors constitute what Daniel Bell more than two decades ago dubbed a “priesthood of power,” whose goal was the rational “ordering of mass society.”..."

    Good Luck with that, which, at the time, was coupled with eugenics.