“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, February 11, 2008

Obama, Messiah, the Prophet with a Vision

"Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic." Pope Benedict XVI

February 11, 2008
Obama's Politics of Collective Redemption
By Kyle-Anne Shiver American Thinker

A messianic fever grips a segment of the American populace and media. A great leader seems to them poised to redeem our collective sins and change nearly everything, bringing about a new era in which permanent solutions are found to age-old conditions.

Whenever I watch Barack Obama, listen to his eloquent but nonspecific oratory, and see the near-swooning young people who invariably follow him wherever he goes, I cannot help but think of the pied piper and wonder toward what destination he is marching our youth. Obama is having this pied-piper effect not only on kids, but also on a large swath of Democrat and not a few independents and Republican voters, too.

Call me skeptical, but this whole Obama phenomenon seems downright eerie.

Over and over again, Obama invokes his double mantra: "It's time for change!" and "Yes, we can!"

Singer's (Yes, that's right; it's Wil I Am.) YouTube "Yes, we can!" video has already had over 2 million hits, and it has a hypnotic quality reminiscent of eastern religious meditations. I urge every American still capable of thinking for himself to take a serious look at this video.

Then, consider these numbers on recent Google searches using only Obama's name plus one other word:

  • Obama + messianic 75,200
  • Obama + savior 226,000
  • Obama + prophet 312,000
  • Obama + Christ 504,000
  • Obama + change 4,540,000

A number of internet postings indicate that a great many see Obama in not only political terms, but also wrapped in the untarnished cloak of some vague spiritual-awakening.

It is quite tempting to assume that Barack Obama simply is harvesting the inevitable fruits of 35 years of dumbed-down, political indoctrination in the guise of education in this country. This is dangerous. The problem goes deeper, right into the human soul.

A lust for transformation is a common feature of revolutionaries, and when they succeed in grabbing power, the results usually are brutal. Less than a century ago, massive numbers of people fell for a different political messiah on the European continent, and they were products of an education system and cultural establishment widely regarded as a world leader.

That place was, of course, Germany. And the political messiah promoting "change" was Adolph Hitler.

Hitler's slogan: "Alles muss anders sein!" ("Everything must be different!")

Hitler used each of these phrases to describe his own political program:

"A declaration of war against the order of things which exist, against the state of things which exist, in a word, against the structure of the world which presently exists."

"revolutionary creative will" which had "no fixed aim, no permanency, only eternal change."

"an ethic of self-sacrifice"

"people's community"

"public need before private greed"

"communally-minded social consciousness"

All of these expressions came from Adolph Hitler.

Saul Alinsky, one of Obama's primary political mentors, espoused eerily similar societal admonitions in his book Reveille for Radicals; p. 133 and 105:

"A People's Organization (later changed to "community organization") is dedicated to an eternal war. It is a war against poverty, misery, delinquency, disease, injustice, hopelessness, despair, and unhappiness."


"A People's Organization is not a philanthropic plaything or a social service's ameliorative gesture. It is a deep, hard-driving force, striking and cutting at the very roots of all the evils which beset the thinks and acts in terms of social surgery and not cosmetic cover-ups."


"There is hope, and life is worth living. There may not be a light at the end of the trail but they (the masses) have a light in their hands, a light they made themselves, and they know that not only will they themselves have to work out their own destiny but that they themselves can."*

Obama says, "Yes we can!" change...

Exactly what should change and how is unclear. Everything?

Time for Tough Questions and Straight Answers

More than four months ago, when a reporter noticed that Obama was no longer wearing an American flag lapel pin, and asked if he were making a fashion statement, this was part of Obama's reply:

"Instead," (of wearing the pin) he said, "I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."
Well, here we are a week after Super Tuesday and it seems we are still waiting for Obama to expound upon the "what" and the "how" of this ethereal "change" mantra, to spell out his commitment to "patriotism."

Little has been made in the mainstream press of the brand of black liberation theology preached by Obama's pastor and spiritual mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., who holds a master's degree on world religions with a focus on Islam, and who has traveled to Middle Eastern countries in the company of Louis Farrakhan. Rev. Wright created and presides over the Center for African Biblical studies, whose mission is African-centered Bible studies:

"We are an African people, and we remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization."

Several forms of liberation theology sprouted during the 20th century, all espousing a third way between godless communism and the socialist utopian dream. All are predicated upon an acceptance that sin is not individual, but collective, and that sin cannot be overcome through religious conversion, but only by a people's struggle against all injustice. Congregations of various faiths and denominations have been used as platforms for collective statist approaches to human redemption. The social gospel espoused by religious-left churches in the U.S. is another form of liberation theology, which takes a political route to redemption for man's collective soul.

According to liberation theologies, God does not save men. Man saves himself through a political process of absolute social justice.

Writing in 2004, as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict had this to say about liberation theology in his book, Truth and Tolerance (p. 116):

"...this struggle (against all injustice), it was said, would have to be a political struggle, because the structures (of oppression) were strengthened and maintained by politics. Thus redemption became a political process, for which Marxist philosophy offered the essential directions. It became a task that men themselves could -- indeed had to -- take in hand and became, at the same time, the object of quite practical hopes; faith was changed from ‘theory' into practice, into concrete redeeming action in the liberation process." (emphases mine)

Consider these statements from Obama's campaign website, contained in his video invitation for all to "join us in changing the Country."

  • "We believe in what this Country can be."
  • "In the face of war, we believe there can be peace."
  • "In the face of despair, we believe there can be hope."
  • "...America can be one people reaching for what's possible."

Obama indeed seems to be offering a people's government solution to all human problems. He is, after all, running for President of the United States, not for a pulpit. Substituting the state for God as provider has been the inherent common thread in all Marxist regimes.

And in this seemingly redemptive offering, Obama may be promising what only God can actually deliver, in the form of yet another, more eloquent, version of the same old utopian dream that started with Rousseau and Marx.

Can man successfully redeem himself through collective transformation and liberation?

Pope Benedict says "No" rather emphatically, in Truth and Tolerance. Writing of the fall of the Soviet Union:

"...where the Marxist ideology of liberation had been consistently applied, a total lack of freedom had developed, whose horrors were now laid bare before the eyes of the entire world. Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic."

Coincidentally, Saul Alinsky began his book Rules for Radicals:

"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins -- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer."

Attempting to discern true meaning from Obama's speeches gives one the feeling of having been trapped in a sort of verbal quicksand. Hair-pulling levels of frustration await any effort to find any specific meaning. A sensation of lethargic sinking into an abyss of abstract gibberish awaits the mind looking for specifics..

Obama's public statements, his speeches, even his "present" votes in the Illinois legislature leave one dangerously unsure of his true intentions.

Whatever Obama's concrete plans are, they ought to aligned with his political mentor, Saul Alinsky, and his spiritual mentor and liberation theology specialist, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

In the absence of any genuine explanations from candidate Obama himself, the change of which he speaks reasonably may be inferred to be quite antithetical to anything even remotely resembling American patriotism.

And that is a legitimate concern for every American voter.


  1. Explain to me again the danger to the Republic in a John McCain presidency as opposed to the likely choice of Barack Hussein Obama, and the political genius in not doing everything possible to stop Barack Obama from experimenting with your future. I need convincing. Think about it.

  2. I suspect that most of us will swallow the bitter pill and vote for the Republican wing of the Democratic Party (McCain) rather than support the liberal wing of the Democratic Party (Obama). After all 'tis the season of voting on the basis of race (e.g. Obama gets 85+% of the black vote and Hillary gets the majority of the Hispanic, Asian and white vote). The Republicans offer McCain who is white, so those of us who are white should vote for him. There may be some urgency for voting white, as the Democrats at some point are likely to follow the lead of their British political cousins and try to legislate the banning of white candidates from running for office.

    Labour’s deputy leader Harriett Harman is found to be supportive of the notion that the law be changed to enable ‘all-black’ shortlists to be drawn up for the selection of candidates for election to Parliament by individual constituencies.

    As the report says:

    White candidates should be barred from standing for Parliament in up to eight constituencies in order to get more black and Asian MPs elected, says a controversial report commissioned by Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman

    If something like this passes in the US, it should be named "The Civil Rights Act of 2010". Just a little more affirmative action. It's good for the soul.

  3. This is where states rights should come in as a buffer, if we had any states rights left.

    Sam, we can't get rid of the penny. This country demands change.

    Stoutfellow, it's only just we should have affirmative action in politics as well as everywhere else. It's way past time that we have a Swedish/American President.

    More seriously I think if Obama gets in he will be remembered as a laughing stock, a fraud, or a total failure, maybe all three. If there is anyone left living to remember him.

    Raise taxes, pour money into social programs, gut the military, exit the mideast, betray Israel, flood the country with immigrants, collapse the stock market, institute class warfare, accept gay marriage, end drug enforcement, mandate de-industrialization for global warming's sake. What have I left out?

    Last night I heard a host on KGO say he promises to cut CO2 emissions by 80% Not all at once of course. I'd be short selling stocks if he looks to win, if I had any.

  4. It's not a political campaign it's a Movement

  5. Maybe I missed it but I didn't see a word about nuclear enery anywhere in the energy part of his Website

    Gonna have a Green Job Corps though for disadvantaged yuts.

  6. Pat Buchanan has a good piece on conservatives and McCain here

  7. You can ran, but you can't hide.

  8. Look at the shit sandwich Bush has handed US with the last 7 years of Republican rule and then ponder (shouldn't take long) why folks want change. Now look at what is on offer - old as the hills and long time politician McCain, Clinton of the Bush/Clinton/Bush dynasty, or, Obama. Who represents change here? A smart politician wouldn't say much else while surfing the wave of change.

  9. That Buchanan piece just about wraps it up.

  10. From that Buchanan piece:

    "As John F. Kennedy once said, "Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.""

    or, as the love child of JFK (now living in B.C. Canada) said:

    "Jack said he did not cast a ballot in the recent Super Tuesday primaries, adding that he is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. “I couldn't imagine my mind being hijacked by dogma like that,” he said."

  11. ya, right Huckabee:

    "I did not major in math, but I majored in miracles, and I still believe in them"

  12. He has the TESTED Messiah on his side!

  13. Beats Tony Robbins and Obama.

  14. Washington State Majors in electoral Corruption.

  15. I feel sorry for Hillary in Yellow Tears, and Chelsea the Pimp.

  16. "Hillary in Tears in a Yellow Pantsuit"

  17. "It's good to know the world will be improved with my passing.
    I always said I would accomplish something.
    Al-Bob-Al @ BC.

  18. "Senator McCain:
    I have no political power, but you do. If you want to start wooing conservatives, maybe you can spend the next few months in the Senate pushing through things like:

    requiring a border fence to be built by removing the Sec. of Homeland Security option that was put through recently
    funding more internal enforcement against illegal aliens and those who hire them

    pushing through permanent tax cuts

    changing Senate rules to require all judges receive an up or down vote

    and revoking the McCain-Feingold free speech elimination act.

    Once I see you working on all of those, I'll consider whether you are serious about being a conservative instead of a "maverick" with a sick thrill at getting in an eye-gouge on your supporters.

  19. McCain and the true believers reply:

    "Trust me,
    Just wait.
    He can make good NOW, or you can bend over AGAIN!


  20. Is McCain backing Duncan Hunter's new fence bill, or not?
    If not, he is a LIAR!
    (again) if 8 years of the traitor was not enough.

  21. As Kevin James says:
    Why should we bend over NOW,
    and give up any influence we might have?
    Why not DEMAND performance?
    (from a Senator that can either perform, or continue to Whore.)

  22. "When someone is rewarded for what they do...they consider that a mandate to continue to do exactly what they do.

    Once it's a done deal & he's in office, we will see that all he needed from us was our vote to get there.

    It's still all about him. Why would he change once he's President? Look at who he's hanging with now...
    Christ - Lindsey Graham -
    plus an ex Vincente Fox retread!!

    Too bad if we get stabbed in the back again.

  23. Transcript of Roberta McCain Interview By Steve Scully on C-SPAN:

    Steve Scully:
    This is a political question in terms of how he gets the nomination, but just from what you have seen, how much support do you think he has among the base of the Republican Party?

    Roberta McCain:
    I don’t think he has any. I don’t know what the base of the Repub–maybe I don’t know enough about it, but I’ve not seen any help whatsoever.

    Steve Scully:
    So can he then go on and become the nominee of this party?

    Roberta McCain:
    Yes, I think holding their nose they’re going to have to take him.

    Steve Scully:
    Can you explain?

    Roberta McCain:
    Well, everything they’ve done and said. … Now I’m really popping off, but he worked like a dog to get Bush re-elected. …He’s backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld. Have you heard other senators and congressmen backing Bush over eight years? Find me it–give me a name. I’ve not seen any public recognition of the work that he’s done for the Republican party.

  24. He backed our incompetent Traitor!
    Vote McCain!

  25. Screwed that up a little, should read:

    Friends like these: Counterinsurgency and the War on Terrorsim

  26. Who's out there doing the voting if not the 'base'?

  27. She calls me from the cold
    Just when I was low, feeling short of stable
    And all that she intends
    And all she keeps inside, isn't on the label

    She says she's ashamed
    And can she take me for awhile
    And can I be a friend, we'll forget the past
    But maybe I'm not able?
    And I break at the bend

    We're here and now, but will we ever be again?
    'Cause I have found
    All that shimmers in this world is sure to fade
    Away again

    She dreams a champagne dream
    Strawberry surprise, pink linen and white paper
    Lavender and cream
    Fields of butterflies, reality escapes her
    She says that love is for fools who fall behind
    And I'm somewhere in between
    I never really know
    A killer from a savior
    'Til I break at the bend

    We're here and now, but will we ever be again?
    'Cause I have found
    All that shimmers in this world is sure to fade
    Away again

    It's too far away for me to hold
    It's too far away...
    It's too far away for me to hold
    Too far way...
    Guess I'll let it go

  28. Dad Married Rich, Like John:
    Roberta Wright McCain (born 7 February 1912 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is the widow of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (died 1981) and mother of Arizona Senator John S. McCain III.

    One of twin daughters of a Los Angeles oil wildcatter, Archibald Wright (near Kossuth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, 23 October 1875 – Los Angeles, California, 13 January 1971), a second cousin four times removed of George Washington, and wife (married at Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas, 18 June 1901) Myrtle Fletcher (Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas, 8 January 1885 – Los Angeles, California, 29 December 1972), she signed on for Navy life at an early age when she he married John S. McCain, Jr. on January 21, 1933, in Caesar's Bar, Tijuana, Mexico.
    I thought WE were bad, choosing Virginia City!

  29. Caesar Salad

    Caesar Cardini, who ran restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico, in the 1920s-1940s, is commonly credited as the creator. [1] [2]
    There are several stories about the specifics of the salad's creation. Cardini was living in San Diego but also working in Tijuana where he avoided the restrictions of prohibition. As his daughter Rosa (1928-2003) reported,[3] her father invented the dish when a Fourth of July 1924 rush depleted the kitchen's supplies. Cardini made do with what he had, successfully adding the dramatic flair of the table-side tossing "by the chef".

    Another story is that the salad was created for a group of Hollywood stars after a long weekend party, and still another, that Cardini's brother Alex created it as "Aviator's salad" for a bunch of San Diego aviator comrades who were in a hurry, and the dish was renamed later, when Alex was a partner of his brother. A few fellows among Cardini's personnel also claimed the authorship, but without success. [4] [5]

    As a historical addendum, the salad recipe was created at a place operated by Cardini on the ground floor of the Hotel Comercial at the corner of 2nd Street and Main. In 1929-1930, Cardini moved his restaurant to the newly constructed Hotel Caesar on Main St., nowadays Avenida Revolución, near the corner of 5th St. The Hotel Comercial is long-gone, but the historic "Comercial" building still stands at the same location, and the Hotel Caesar's continues to operate to this day. The restaurant closed in 1993, but after a renovation in the late 1990's, the bar in the hotel began preparing table-side "ensalada Caesar per tradition" and claim to serve the "original Caesar salad". [6]

  30. Cutler:
    We aren't welcome at the
    Georgetown University Library.
    Any Suggestions?

  31. oh bs! that salad didn't have any tomatoes.

    US population to be 438 million by 2050, Hispanic population to triple say news. Thankfully I'll have improved the world by then, with my death.

    I'd think people would be against immigration for that reason alone, before we turn into something akin to China, India. Damn ant heaps. That's no life. I'm with Ted Turner on this--we ought to cut our populaion by half. Long live the human extinction movement! Without immigration our population wouldn't be rising at all.

  32. I got married at Cordelia Lutheran Church, couple miles from the farm, the oldest Lutheran Church in Idaho, packed church, though I admit it isn't very big:) We had to sweep out the mouse turds, straighten the cross, etc. We set a trend(bob the trend setter)-it hadn't been used in decades, and now people use it all the time! The congregation even has gotten together and painted it, shored it up, and it's used for weddings, meetings, retreats, private prayer, etc.

  33. I have to laugh at how the blacks have dumped the Clintons. They are almost unanimous in their support for Obama. Why, because he is black. There is no other explanation.

    Those that have demanded the most and condemmed white racists are, when the chips are down, voting race. Phonies like Oprah Winfrey lead the pack and there is not one word of criticism or an honest look at what is happening.

  34. On the other hand, if Obama's magic falls prey to stumbles or proves not to be so durable during a summer of economic distress, the new voters may drift away in the fall. Most polls indicate at least 2 out of 3 people think the country is heading in the wrong direction.

    A statistic like that can depress turnout if voters don't like their candidate choices.

    It's a long way to November and anything can happen. But today, the landscape is beginning to look like 2008 could be the year of the new voter.

    New Voter

  35. Think about this sentence:

    ..."Everywhere you turn, its new voters who are driving the story. Young people are engaged. Pollsters show 24 million single moms who didn't vote in 2004 could do so this year."

  36. Whatever happened to American Exceptionalism here at the bar? You know, America is great and should export all that she is (even if it means occupying a country or two) to the rest of the world.

  37. Race trumps sex. I think there is these days more racism among the blacks and browns than among the whites, taken all in all. A lot of whites are voting black, not the other way around.

    I was reading an article in the local rag this morining about the superdelegates. Hillary is working them hard, as is Obama. This situation for the democrats has the potential to really blow up on them. If Hillary wins she can defuse the situation to some degree by offering Obama the vp, but he probably wouldn't return the favor. Ms Obama says she wouldn't vote for Billary herself.:)

  38. We try, Ash. Alas, Canada doesn't have herself anything even worth exporting, other than a baseless snobbism, and couldn't if she tried. We'll defend you though, don't worry about your back.

  39. Australian politics is caught in a terrible quandary. While political pundits often line up on one side or the other, many Australians feel the tug to both sides.

    The Howard government will forever be remembered for its prosecution of the history wars and reassertion of a white Australian identity a doctrine that kept it in office for a decade.

    Howard was tumbled out over WorkChoices as Australians kicked back against the retreat from equality.

    True Identity

  40. "Canada doesn't have herself anything even worth exporting, other than a baseless snobbism, and couldn't if she tried."

    Sad how true this statement is.

  41. Sam, I read that the Australian term for welfare payments to the abos was 'sit down money'. This put a grin on my face.

    One's wife or girlfriend(I suppose boyfriend too these days) is one's 'offsider'.

    If you come across some interesting terms, let us know.

  42. Whenever he’s asked, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson chants the administration mantra that a strong dollar is in the national interest. He even reminded his fellow finance ministers of that view during a closed-door meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations in Tokyo last weekend.

    The Europeans welcomed the reaffirmation; their exporters have been taking a beating with the euro worth around $1.45.

    But today, the White House released the Economic Report of the President, with an entire chapter celebrating the boom in U.S. exports – a bright spot in the otherwise gloomy economic outlook. And what did the president cite as one of the reasons American companies are doing so well abroad? “Changes in exchange rates.”

    Weak Dollar Walk

  43. Well I take it back. Canada has lots of natural resources to export, has a great farm sector, (I personally wish they wouldn't raise so many lentils) is a beautiful country, and has great people. That Canadian sense of superiority doesn't export well here, is all.

    My dad's Jewish partner was from Canada, and had a Sioux wife, also from there. Nice people. they migrated here, and never looked back. He was mayor of Moscow for awhile, didn't put up with any shit either, unlike today's mayor, who not only puts up with it, but passes it out. Out, is were she is in the next election.

  44. Amber fluid is quite popular.

  45. "Jewish partner was from Canada.."

    All the nice ones immigrated. :D

  46. The currency pared its losses after crude oil rose to a one- month high as Valero Energy Corp., the biggest U.S. refining company, shut its Delaware refinery because of a power failure late yesterday.

    ``The Canadian dollar has found a little sweet spot'' between a penny above and below parity, said Jack Spitz, director of foreign exchange trading at National Bank of Canada, in Toronto. A spike ``in the crude oil prices is providing some strength to the currency.''

    The loonie rose about 1 percent on Feb. 8 when the government said the economy created 46,400 jobs in January, four times more than the forecast in a Bloomberg survey.

    Rate Cuts

  47. The shonky bludgers get their sit down money and sunbake all day.

    amber fluid must be either beer or piss

    The shonky bludgers get their sit down money, drink amber fluid and sunbake all day.

  48. Pretty much. Just like the indians.

    Yes, amber fluid is beer. But beer can also be piss. That's quite popular, also.

  49. The Rev. Richard Sklba, a leading U.S. bishop on interreligious affairs, said in a statement that "the Catholic Church in the United States remains steadfastly committed to deepening its bonds of friendship and mutual understanding with the Jewish community."

    He said the pope had attempted to remove negative language from the prayer while at the same time articulating that "salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ and his Church" and should "never be imposed but always freely chosen."

    The vast majority of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics hear mass in their local languages, and only several hundred thousand traditionalists would hear the Latin prayer on Good Friday, celebrated this year on March 21.

    Catholic Prayer

  50. Not only does Canada have loads of natural resources to export numerous 'movie stars' are also from Canada.

    It is kinda funny, kinda sad, to see all the moaning going on here about the political situation.

    Yeppers, the Dems certainly may have a biiiig problem on their hands if no clear winner emerges from the primaries what with the superdelegates, and more importantly, the fight over the Florida and Michigan delegates. Another presidency determined via the courts?

    America certainly has much that is great but it certainly has a whole host of problems as well. That is irony of American exceptionalism - it tends to ignore the problems whilst the rest of the world notices some of them.

  51. Allen West(Rep) for U.S. Congress

    ...he's the Col that saved his men by threatening an Iraqi Policeman with his weapon.
    ...then turned himself in, took a $5,000 fine, and got out.
    ROE's require greater sacrifice.
    As long as it's not a Jag's or Politicians life or safety.

  52. Another Pub bites the dust:
    Shaddeg (?)

  53. "Without immigration our population wouldn't be rising at all."
    Far too honest and honorable.

  54. The rest of the world notices that Canadians can't speak their minds or write their books and articles without fear of the thought/expression police.

  55. Damn, I'd like to be a Superdelegate

    Looks like Billary's moment of truth is Ohio and Texas. Proportional or winner take all?

    Superdelegate--how nice it sounds coming off the tongue. Nice rich resonant sound. Sound of a large iron key unlocking a fancy wooden door.

  56. Hollywood bigwig Ari Emanuel knows a thing or two about superdelegates. His brother, Congressman Rahm Emanuel, is one.

    But, as Ari writes on the Huffington Post, “as much as I love and respect him, I don’t trust him and his fellow superdelegates to decide for me and the American people who should be the Democratic nominee—and, therefore, most likely the next president of the United States.”

    I want voters to make that decision. The superdelegates, my brother included, have not been elected by anybody to name the nominee.

    The Superdelegate

  57. Check out the names of your Insiders Here. Names of superdelegates by state. About 20% of the delegates are accountable to no one but the highest bidder:) Ah, the democratic party!

  58. "America certainly has much that is great but it certainly has a whole host of problems as well. That is irony of American exceptionalism - it tends to ignore the problems whilst the rest of the world notices some of them."

    And that's, of course, bullshit.

    There's no country in the world that's picked itself apart as thoroughly - for better and worse - even while it's under much of the rest of the world's own envious and obsessed microscope.

    America, the New Jew.

  59. good point cutler, yet whilst picking itself apart it often fails to acknowledge its failings. Take the political system for example - for so many americans it is the epitome of political systems, the be all and end all of what politics should be yet..."something is rotten in the State of Denmark".

  60. British MP warns of the dolorous results of inbreeding among the country's muslims. This brought a ripple of laughter to my lips.

    Ash, could you write a letter to the editor there saying the muslims are breeding morons, and not be hauled before the lady inquisitor?

  61. “She has to win both Ohio and Texas comfortably, or she’s out,” said one Democratic superdelegate who has endorsed Mrs. Clinton, and who spoke on condition of anonymity to share a candid assessment. “The campaign is starting to come to terms with that.” Campaign advisers, also speaking privately in order to speak plainly, confirmed this view.

    Several Clinton superdelegates, whose votes could help decide the nomination, also said Monday that they were wavering in the face of Mr. Obama’s momentum after victories in Washington, Nebraska, Louisiana and Maine last weekend. Some of them said that they, like the hundreds of uncommitted superdelegates still at stake, may ultimately “go with the flow,” in the words of one, and support the candidate who appears to show the most strength in the primaries to come.

    OK, if you are an unscrupulous superdelegate and you want to milk the situation to optimize your own personal benefit, do you wait for the Ohio and Texas results, or make the best deal you can now?

    My quess is Clinton would win Texas because of the Hispanics, maybe tie, or lose narrowly in Ohio.

  62. Sure, bobal, you could write such a letter and not be prosecuted. Canada's hate laws are problematic, in my view, but not Mats. That doesn't change Americas problems.

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  64. "good point cutler, yet whilst picking itself apart it often fails to acknowledge its failings. Take the political system for example - for so many americans it is the epitome of political systems, the be all and end all of what politics should be yet..."something is rotten in the State of Denmark"."

    No. Americans acknowledge their failings, real and imagined, all the time.

    They just believe in their country in spite of their failings.

  65. Surely they don't agree with you 100%, and perhaps that's one of their failings.