Left locked in deep denial about Obama
by Melvyn L Fein
February 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 2036 views | 14 14 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis far more serious than during the darkest days of Watergate. Nonetheless, to hear the Democrats and their allies tell it, nothing is wrong. We are merely witnessing business as usual. This, however, is evidence of deep, and persistent, denial.

When I wrote “Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream,” I opened with a vignette about a flying saucer cult. Back in the 1950s, social psychologists engaged in an observational study of a religious group that predicted the end of the world. How, they wondered, would these folks respond when doomsday arrived and there was no doom?

The answer surprised them. Although flustered, these true-believers reaffirmed their faith. While they too could plainly see the saucers supposed to save them from destruction had not appeared, they immediately concocted justifications as to why.

Thus, the sect’s leader explained that Armageddon had been called off precisely because her followers remained constant. Their loyalty convinced the extraterrestrials to spare the earth as a reward for this devotion.

In other words, when people are deeply committed to a belief, counter-evidence is explained away. Denial and rationalization rush into the breach; with those who remain steadfast assuring each other they were right all along.

Barack Obama provided a classic example of this impulse with respect to “climate change.” Hence, during his State of the Union speech, he assured the country the case for global warming was settled. Then he winged his way to California to put down a billion dollar bet on saving us from droughts and floods.

Mind you, there has been almost no global warming for 17 years and the country is gripped by one of the coldest spells in decades, but this did not deter him. Warm or cold, wet or dry, everything proved that what the president said was accurate. The data just had to be interpreted correctly.

More serious for the political welfare of the nation was Obama’s claim that there is not a smidgen of IRS scandal and that Obamacare is finally working as intended. Of course, he also told us that the Benghazi affair was now closed; that we knew all we needed to know.

Worse yet, the president bragged about how he would henceforth go around Congress. He had a pen and a phone, and therefore his mandates had the effect of law. This was not unconstitutional because — gee, everyone else has done it.

Only, as I recall, this was what Richard Nixon’s defenders also said. According to them, everyone played political dirty tricks and they all covered up this unsavory business. So what was the big deal? Time to move on!

Nevertheless, Nixon never used the IRS to suppress opponents on the same scale as Obama. Nor did his fellow Republicans urge him to do so. Neither did he flout the law in the serial manner of our current chief executive. Nor did members of his party suggest he should.

As for cover-ups, in the Watergate days we were told that the cover-up was worse than the deed. If so, what about hiding the facts regarding Benghazi? Or the IRS? Or the true numbers of Obamacare enrollments? Doesn’t any of this count?

During Watergate, Republicans at first rallied around Nixon; then they were appalled. Not surprisingly, Democrats have rallied around Obama, but concerned more with political survival than the nation’s welfare; few show signs of abandoning their leader.

As for the mainstream media, they hated Nixon and were only too happy to tear him down. Obama, in contrast, is their creation; ergo they have a stake in propping him up.

The result: a festival of lies, half-truths, and averted gazes. Forget about transparency; even the New York Times tells us that when Obamacare threatens two and a half million jobs, this is good for the people. They apparently get liberated from “job-lock.”

Now if that isn’t denial and rationalization, I do not know what is.

Melvyn L. Fein Ph.D. is professor of sociology at Kennesaw State University.
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February 27, 2014
IRS scandal?

Lois Lerner will be back before congress again next week.

Stay tuned.
Kevin Foley
February 28, 2014
Yep, Lerner will be back in front of congress and her attorney said she'll be taking the fifth.

Have some more Cheet-ohs, dude.
March 02, 2014

Who said progressives don't have a sense of humor!

I digress.

KF, explain to us rubes why Lerner is hiding behind the fifth when, according to you and your ilk, this IRS, uh, "scandal", is just a big nothingburger?

The most transparent administration since the beginning of time.
March 06, 2014
Lerner took the Fifth. KF was right! Man, he can call 'em, can't he?

Nevertheless, the question still stands...

Why would a senior IRS official stand behind the Fifth when this is a "phony" scandal?


Foley? You there? Come out, come out, where ever you are!

The most transparent administration since the beginning of time.
February 27, 2014
As GWU law professor Jonathan Turley (who is no conservative) testified before the House Judiciary Committee:

"...the president has in fact exceeded his authority in a way that is creating a destabilizing influence in a tripartite or three-branch system...this problem didn’t begin with President Obama. I was critical of his predecessor, President Bush, as well, but the rate at which executive power is being concentrated in our system is accelerating..."

"...What also alarms me, however, is that the two other branches appear not just simply passive, but inert in the face of this concentration of authority."

Youtube is your friend. Watch the clips. They are out there.

Progressives, Foley, et al, this should even cause YOU alarm. If Congress does not curb this now, one day a Republican will be in office.
February 25, 2014
Lie of the Year for 2013: If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.

And this just in: Obama's claim that 7 million got access to healthcare for the first time because of his Medicaid expansion. Four Pinocchios.

And he will continue to lie and mislead because he knows his low info supporters just aren't into facts and stuff.
Sarole DePloaetre
February 24, 2014
I didn't know there were still simpletons out there buying into Darrell Issa's fake IRS scandal.
R.L. Bays
February 24, 2014
Dr. Fein. you are just flat wrong. I encourage you to speak to your colleagues in the science building for their understanding regarding the scientific consensus on global warming.

From the following paper in Science:

"analysis shows that scientists publishing in the peer-reviewed literature agree with IPCC, the National Academy of Sciences, and the public statements of their professional societies. Politicians, economists, journalists, and others may have the impression of confusion, disagreement, or discord among climate scientists, but that impression is incorrect."

February 27, 2014
Dr. Fein,

IF...you go over to the science building, also ask them about the recent Statement of Patrick Moore, Ph.D., before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, dated February 25, 2014.

Paragraph 2 of Dr. Moore's Statement:

"In 1971, as a PhD student in ecology I joined an activist group in a church basement in Vancouver Canada and sailed on a small boat across the Pacific to protest US Hydrogen bomb testing in Alaska. We became Greenpeace."

And, paragraph 4:

"There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists."

The entire Statement is 52 pages. Pretty interesting.

festival of lies
February 24, 2014
Projection? You can't make this up.

Liberal Mind
February 24, 2014
What ever Obama says is real and accurate. Now and forever. Praise be to Barack.
Kevin Foley
February 24, 2014

"...during his State of the Union speech, he assured the country the case for global warming was settled..." And 97% of all climate scientists agree with Obama. That's an easily verified fact.

As Arthur Schopenhauer noted, "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Dr. Fein is perpetually stuck in the first stage.
February 24, 2014
OK, the 97% figure is from 2009 or earlier. What is the most recent survey? And what was the sample size? Was it ALL scientists that have the title of Climatologist or just the ones they decided to survey? You can make any numbers meet you requirements if you twist them enough.

I think this quote, from Samuel Butler in the same time period is accurate for our leaders "Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well."

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