Saturday, June 21, 2014

More outrage porn from right-wing Obama-haters

Perhaps you've seen this short video clip flying around the Internet. The version posted here was uploaded to YouTube by "Dual Gamma"; I originally ran across it on Facebook as a share from "The New Republic of Texas". Here it is:


This is a blatantly dishonest piece of agitprop. It takes a couple of key phrases out of the context of Obama's full speech and makes him appear to say something that, on his dumbest, most incompetent day, he would still never say in the public eye. And I say this as someone who voted against Obama twice!

Here's the transcript of the speech, with the clip excerpts in bold:

Leaders and dignitaries of the European Union; representatives of our NATO Alliance; distinguished guests: We meet here at a moment of testing for Europe and the United States, and for the international order that we have worked for generations to build.
Throughout human history, societies have grappled with fundamental questions of how to organize themselves, the proper relationship between the individual and the state, the best means to resolve inevitable conflicts between states. And it was here in Europe, through centuries of struggle — through war and Enlightenment, repression and revolution — that a particular set of ideals began to emerge: The belief that through conscience and free will, each of us has the right to live as we choose. The belief that power is derived from the consent of the governed, and that laws and institutions should be established to protect that understanding.  And those ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and they wrote them into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men — and women — are created equal.
But those ideals have also been tested — here in Europe and around the world. Those ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power. This alternative vision argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign. Often, this alternative vision roots itself in the notion that by virtue of race or faith or ethnicity, some are inherently superior to others, and that individual identity must be defined by “us” versus “them,” or that national greatness must flow not by what a people stand for, but by what they are against.

Now, it's possible to nitpick the speech to death for misstatements and exaggerations; it's possible to question how much of what Pres. Obama said he actually believes. But you really have to be credulous, an over-the-edge Obama-hater, to believe he would say something so Hitleresque knowing he would be recorded for posterity by several cameras. Indeed, the clip itself is Hitleresque: "Make the lie big; make the lie simple; keep repeating it; and eventually, people will believe it."

There is simply no building a truly free, truly just society of love on a foundation of lies and hate. Stop the outrage porn. Now.