A Lecture in Delusion

President Obama left his road to the White House littered with fabrications and misrepresentations, most glaringly his deliberate concealment of his own radical leftist views and policy objectives. He held himself out, dishonestly, as a centrist politician who would bring America’s warring political factions together. For the past seven plus years, he has governed as anything but.

In 2008, America’s liberal media (a.k.a. ‘mainstream media’) gave Mr. Obama a pass, overlooking his falsehoods and inconsistencies, refusing to subject him to the sort of severe scrutiny they ladle on every Republican vying for his job. For the past eight years, the same liberal media have treated Mr. Obama like a celebrity entertainer, like a rock star or movie star, but not like a President of the United States. They hold him to no minimum standard of behavior or transparency, no accountability, no outrage. Just fawning supplication and unyielding support.

Mr. Obama now has the gall to go before these same media elites and purport to lecture them about … wait for it … their failure to subject current Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump in particular, to a more intense vetting process, a sort of process, mind you, they have never applied to Mr. Obama himself. It is as though the President doesn’t care how delusional he appears. Or perhaps he is delusional, inhabiting a presidential bubble of insouciance and isolation. Either way, Mr. Obama cannot be bothered to acknowledge his own free ride from the media or his own hand in bringing America to the current state of political crisis he so readily derides. Mr. Obama maintains a serious tone, wearing a straight face and a well-tailored suit — all the while, acting like an oblivious dunce, in a tall white cap, his face to the wall.

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Romney and His Speech … Late to the Party

I just watched a portion of Mitt Romney’s speech, from earlier today, bashing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Mr. Romney had very unkind things to say about his fellow Republican, calling him “a phony … a fraud” and saying, “He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers.”

That’s some bold, blunt talk. One cannot help but notice it’s the kind of language that applies most accurately to the current occupant of the White House, a Democrat named Barack Obama. And one has to wonder, why didn’t Mr. Romney make such determined statements when it really mattered … in his stump speech against Barack Obama in 2012?

If he had consistently shown such verve in confronting Obama back then, it’s a good bet Romney would be our President today. And Trump, bless his heart, would not be running for the office now. Most importantly, however, we might well have avoided these additional four, agonizing years of the Obama Administration’s dishonesty, incompetence and lawlessness.

So, where were you, Mitt? When we needed you?

Donald Trump, Virtual Reality and the Wall of Rome

On the heels of Super Tuesday, let us consider Republican front-runner Donald Trump, along with the many Washington insiders in whose collective mind Mr. Trump is an enigma. They do not understand him. I’m not sure I do either, but I do know that Trump’s appeal resides outside the oligarchical world of Washington insiders. His bond with a loyal base of voters is beyond foreign to them. It is anathema.

An illustration. Consider the process whereby one may don a headset and become immersed in an alternate world, one that seems real because its pathway to the mind floods with stimuli. In the process, the subject becomes removed from what resides beyond their immediate perception. The effect of this phenomenon, know as Virtual Reality, is so powerful it can be used to anesthetize patients during surgical procedures.

What’s disconcerting, frightening even, is the potential for people to become so seduced by Virtual Reality that they do not wish to leave it, convinced they are better sustained by what seems real, than by what is real. Disconnected from the outside world, they no longer understand, appreciate or value it. Such is the plight of, for example, a severe heroin addict or, as another example, a severe Washington bureaucrat.

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