Yesterday, I briefly mentioned that Obama thinks we are not thinking very clearly because we are “scared.” This suggested to me that he is in denial about the current political situation. It also suggests something else and Michael Gerson unpacks that very well. He is thinking clearly, you might say.
First, a fuller version of Obama’s remarks:
"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now," he recently told a group of Democratic donors in Massachusetts, "and facts and science and argument [do] not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country is scared."
So Obama’s political views are “facts and science and argument.” And his opposition? Their lizard brains are not thinking well because they are “scared.” You see, they are not as evolved as Obama.
As Gerson puts it:
Though there is plenty of competition, these are some of the most arrogant words ever uttered by an American president.
Gerson notes another revealing Obama utterance, from April 2008 before San Francisco donors (By the way, notice how Obama reveals what he really thinks of us before fat cat uberliberals in places like San Fran and Massachusetts?):
"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
Gerson then bluntly but correctly concludes that Obama “is an intellectual snob.”
He then wryly says some of his best friends are intellectual snobs, but that “they don’t make very good politicians.” No kidding.
I like Gerson’s conclusion:
Obama may think that many of his fellow citizens can't reason. But they can still vote.
In fact, I just early voted Monday. No, I did not vote for a single Democrat, which is a first for me. You see, I was scared and not thinking very clearly.