Sunday, June 14, 2009

Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's Postmodern Sense of Truth

Hanson, an astute critic and historian, uncovers Obama's multitudinous lies, egregious omissions, half-truths, and misrepresentations. Importantly, he ties this to Obama's postmodernist, multicultural worldview.

4 comments:

Tom said...

It's interesting to compare Obama's statements about the murders of Dr. Tiller and the two American soliders. Obama is "shocked and outraged" regarding Dr. Tiller's murder, but "deeply saddened" regarding the soldiers. The first is a "heinous act of violence," the second is a "senseless act of violence."

Do you think his choice of words is significant, Doug? See the 2 quotes below.

“I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.”

“I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two brave young soldiers who were doing their part to strengthen our armed forces and keep our country safe. I would like to wish Quinton Ezeagwula a speedy recovery, and to offer my condolences and prayers to William Long’s family as they mourn the loss of their son.”

Doug Groothuis said...

The language is telling. You can tell what outrages Obama more. God have mercy on us.

Brian said...

Seems (far more) significant that Obama gave not a single positive word about Tiller in your quotations; it sharply contrasts with his effusive praise for the soldiers who were shot, and the concern and well-wishes for the family involved (no mention of Tiller's family).

Here, this might help. Compare these two (hypothetical) comments:

"I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. He was doing his part to improve the lives of women and their families, even in the face of threats and previous attacks. I would like to wish the clinic well in its continued mission to women, and to offer my condolences and prayers to Dr. Tiller's family as they mourn the loss of George."

"I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence against two soldiers. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as the war in Iraq, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence."

Now which do you think expresses his outrage more clearly? Would you point to those words ('shocked' vs. 'saddened', 'heinous' vs. 'senseless', etc.) as good evidence of what outrages Obama more? Or would you point to the rest of the content as indicative of his attitude? Or is my example unhelpful in this context?

Doug Groothuis said...

"Brian"

If you spend so much time trying to refute me, why don't you identify yourself?