O’s immorality: How much more can we tolerate?
by Melvyn L. Fein
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March 18, 2013 12:24 AM | 2272 views | 15 15 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I do not like Barack Obama. I was reminded of how much I dislike him when Mitt Romney recently reappeared in public. Here was a decent, and competent, human being who was rejected in favor of a moral pygmy. For reasons I cannot fathom, the American people preferred four more years of lies, manipulation and bankruptcy to him.

Now I know this is harsh. But the time has come to be harsh. Once more our president has revealed his true nature. In order to gain political advantage, he has knowingly chosen to injure our nation. Even school children are fair game for his destructive impulses.

Everyone in Washington understands that Barack chose to close the White House to visitors in order to demonstrate how damaging budget cuts would be. They likewise know that he instructed his underlings to find other unnecessary cutbacks in other agencies as well.

This has been called the Washington Monument ploy, in that it is a very visible way to arouse public ire. Shut down the Washington Monument, or the White House, and ordinary Americans will demand that something be done — such as rescinding the budget sequester.

To engage in this sort of deception, even when knowledgeable observers see it for what it is, is the height of cynicism. It is to treat the American people as if they are mentally defective. But then again, the American people have swallowed so many lies over the last four years that Obama had reason to believe he could get away with this maneuver.

A cardinal doctrine of contemporary liberalism is that we must accord everyone “unconditional positive regard.” Whatever they do, we must not be too critical. To do so might harm their self-esteem. And so we must let others know that we love them, even though we do not like what they did.

Well, I am a little bit more old-fashioned than that. When you shoot me in the foot, I do not say thank you, may I have another. When I know that you have intentionally sought to injure me, I do not give you positive, but negative regard. In other words, I am furious with you!

Now some people might characterize this reaction as cruel, whereas I consider it appropriate. Morality exists only when people uphold moral conduct. When they tolerate immoral behavior on the grounds that condemning it might make the perpetrator feel bad, they are actually condoning it.

Taken literally, “unconditional positive regard” is tantamount to “unconditional moral surrender.” If bad behavior can never be called out for what it is, this is the equivalent of moral abdication. It is to do nothing in the face of wickedness, thereby compounding it.

So I am calling out Barack Obama. I have done so before, and no doubt will do so again. Nor am I alone. This latest piece of presidential mischief may have been a bridge too far. Many other voices have also been raised to object to his transparent manipulation.

The question is: How long will this displeasure last? Will the American people relent when subjected to another charm offensive? Will they agree that the president is basically a nice man and therefore we should be nice to him?

The trouble is that Obama is not nice. He may have a nice smile and a persuasive line of patter, but his actions are not those of a man who is concerned with the well being of the people dependent upon him. He talks a good game, but then he sticks a knife under the rib.

Morality cannot exist when people close their eyes to immorality. It is in particular jeopardy when people consent to corruption in the name of morality. Yes, I have been mean to Barack Obama, but he richly deserves it. And so I will desist only when he changes his ways — although I am not expecting this anytime soon.

Melvyn L. Fein, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at Kennesaw State University and executive director of MoralityNow!
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The Man
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March 28, 2013
I'm quite sure that Mr. Fein would like to go back to the good old days when morality was excellent. The time where it was acceptable to openly discriminate against blacks, latinos, jews, native Americans, or whoever you wanted to. So many of our elected politicians have been morally bankrupt, yet he chooses President Obama to spew his hatred. Many a President has "lied" to the public, and I'm quite sure he didn't call out any of them.
anonymous
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May 19, 2013
Anyone with one shred of decency would like to go back to the good old days BEFORE the immoral SCUM took over this country. YOu can holler RACISM as much as you like ; Obama is EVIL. Plain and simple. People who vote for him are EVIL.
Luek
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March 20, 2013
I have never liked Obama. There is something about his looks and his demeaner that reminds me of Dracula. Also, having that cretin as his VP doesn't improve his image with me at all. Biden is seriously demented as far as I am concerned. But doesn't the Dracula persona require a slavish and defective mortal to service Dracula's needs?
Oliver G. Halle
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March 18, 2013
For a college professor, especially one so full of himself and his self-importance, you would think he would have a better command of the English language than the base term of moral pygmy to describe the president. Especially since the pejorative is used in connection with something as insignificant as shutting down White House tours to make a political statement. Of course those politicians that Melvin (since he sounds so chummy with president by using his first name, I thought it appropriate to show I am really Mel's buddy)favors are never political, certainly not Romney despite his record number of flips and flops. Only Democrats are political to Mel's way of thinking. Well, Mel, if you want to talk about real political morality, look at how we got into the Iraq war, look at what the president knew back then and covered up, look at the lives lost and maimed, and don't forget to factor in the cost to our treasury. Yeah, Mel, you have no agenda at all unless it's your single-minded dislike of the president. Reasonable people can differ, but for a professor who is presumed to have learned some critical thinking skills, Mel must have either not taken that course or failed it. I pity Mel's students, particularly those that might not share his world view.
Marie Roberts
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March 18, 2013
Thank you for saying everything I was thinking as I read this article. The first thing that came to my mind was whether Dr. Fein would designate blatant LYING about weapons of mass destruction which led to tens of thousands of DEAD Americans as "immoral". Can't imagine closing the White House can possibly compete on a scale of 1 to 10. Thank God I did not have a professor like this in college, and I had some humdingers.
Rich Bodycombe
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March 20, 2013
Well, Mr. Halle, you forgot something I was thinking: that Dr. Fein's column is one long straw man construction from " A cardinal doctrine of contemporary liberalism..." all the way to the end.

I learned what a straw man argument was, and why it is invalid, as a freshman in college. I'll bet Dr. Fein did too. But he writes one anyway.

It is also a logical error to generalize from a single example, but nevertheless, I am tempted to think that they don't make PhD's like they used to!
Enna Arat
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April 22, 2013
There is absolutely no comparison to Mr. Fein's article and GWB going to war w/ Iraq. No, there were no "weapons of mass destruction" found, but we needed to go to war and show the Middle East that we will not tolerate them...not now or ever. Obama's refusal to address terrorism as it should be addressed, trying to "make nice" w/ countries that will ALWAYS hate us, refusal to secure our borders, socialize our medicine and cutting our military and Medicare in order to pay for his debacle....the list goes on and on. Mr. Fein was using closing the tourism in Washington as an example of his continuous propaganda to manipulate the American people. "Oh, those horrible Republicans. My little boy can't go visit the monument." It is this type of sentiment that helps to manipulate and take over the minds of the people, which he has been doing since Day One. I couldn't agree more with the statements he has made. No more Mr. Nice Guy. It's time we fight back. It's actually funny to see the liberal arguments in these comments. They unknowingly posted them, not realizing that this is exactly what Mr. Fein's point was.
misterbill
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March 18, 2013
Dr Fein-

Another good article. You will , most likely, see some posts by the local Obama attack dog, Foley. Good people do not support bad people. Keep posting the truth to power here.

Socials justice , as defined by Obama, is nothing more than the ends justify the means. The means is what they define not what is moral.
misterbill
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March 18, 2013
re: earlier comment about Foley.. toldja!!!
Kevin Foley
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March 18, 2013
I don't think Obama or most anyone else cares if Dr. Fein is "mean" to the president.

As part of the sequestration agreed to by all parties, cuts must be made. White House tours was one of them. But that makes the president "immoral"? Such petty outrage.

Real immorality is dismissing 47% of Americans as blood suckers.
anonymous
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March 19, 2013
calling out the people that do not try to find a job and take my tax money is not immoral
East Cobb Senior
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March 18, 2013
Mel you are absolutely right. Obama is a Charlatan and a smooth talking snake oil salesman. He gained his fame as a street organizing Chicago thug that perfected rhetorical incitement to an art form. His core morality centers around his socialist ideals and hatred for our founding principles. Both he and his wife share the same view and are determined to destroy both our culture and heritage. To Obama the end justifies the means and morality is an inhibitor and plays no part in gaining his objectives. The Democrat Party began their "Political Correctness" campaign back in the 60's with the sole intent to neuter our language in such a way as to retard any criticism of their liberal agenda, and it has worked. It has literally sacrificed morality on the alter of self esteem. Obama has exploited this tactic and America and our way of life are victims.
Jaggers Mom
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April 23, 2013
You are sooooo correct!!!
Geri Levine
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March 18, 2013
SPOT on Dr.Fein! A well written and meaningful response to 'games' BIG OWE plays(and this article is a weapon of TRUTH...in defense of the American people and their freedom and, thus the ongoing manipulation via propaganda! What is possessimg his upcoming vist to Israel(knowing 90% of the American Jews living in Israel voted for Romney!)He's a chilling reminder of the damage being done to America! "Am I being mean?" And we have that right to speak TRUTH!

Thank you for writing this article(sharing...everywhere)!
GeorgeSands
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March 18, 2013
Obama won't even address the epic problem of rape in America which is growing in HIS US military. He didn't even mention the Jane Doe rape case in Ohio but tells us that Republicans are against women.

Women have no hope under Obama in any way.

http://www.theusmarinesrape.com/FaceBook.html
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