Pity the Prince when duty requires him to take on the visage of the commoner, and admit to some mistake, or shortcoming, or flop, so as to better connect with the benighted masses. It's an uncomfortable experience for everyone involved, but President Obama, bless his little halo, did what he could. "The mistake of my first term - couple of years - was thinking that this job was just about getting the right policy. And that's important, but the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times." Why, the Captain of the Titanic couldn't have said it any better!
May I have your attention please: This is your Captain. We only have a short time before the ship goes under, but I want to assure you all that the policies we pursued were the right ones. I've worked tirelessly to ensure that my boat provided as smooth a journey as possible, …to this point at least. Now, we could have reversed course, but I believe in a Titanic that moves forward. Forward to a new place, a new horizon, not back to the things we left safe harbor to escape. That's what change is all about! My only regret that we didn't go to the bottom of the ocean with greater unity, purpose, and a greater sense of optimism. But hey, I tried. In the meantime, I want you to know that I have directed my staff to accomplish all checklists as required, and they will be around to have you sign a few forms before drinks are served, so to speak. And as always, thank you for sailing with us. We know you had your choice of boats to travel on,… and you chose wrong.
Meanwhile, back on dry land, the President explains that his only failing is in not dumbing things down enough to correct our deficient appreciation for the wreckage his initiatives have wrought. The problem isn't a shrinking work force, you understand, or a record number months of unemployment over 8 percent, or a first-ever downgraded national credit rating, or a national debt equal to GDP, or record numbers of people on public assistance, or a healthcare law whose costs have tripled before it's even implemented. No, the problem is that the President hasn't administered enough intellectual novocaine to numb the minds of people who are smart enough to see that his utopian pipe dream isn't working.
Then the thought occurred that he really isn't talking to us! His shabby confession of inadequacy was little more than noblesse oblige at discount prices. And he's not talking to the independent voters either. They are deserting him via the nearest stampede. His only hope is the only audience that still believes him. Who are they? Listen to the leader of Women in NAACP, Charlotte Stoker Manning who, while discussing Governor Romney's speech to that organization, let slip liberalism's mask of altruism: "You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he's coming from. He's talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts -- black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work." Evidently, the idea that Governor Romney can speak as an adult, in a room full of adults, is quite too much for Ms. Manning, whose degrading and racist remarks are about the most repugnant thing to come along in awhile. But at least she illuminates the President's target demographic.
Talking to the same organization,Vice President Biden said that, "Children should be educated to the degree they are educable." And who decides who is educable? Charlotte Stoker Manning? Thus does the Progressive's longstanding opposition to parental choice in education come into focus. Government schools exist to produce good little government subjects, and if there is a disruption in the supply chain due to competition from better schools, the prospects for government omnipotence begins to diminish.
The reluctant conclusion is that having lost independent voters and many thinking Democrats, the President is now courting the stupid vote. The rest of us are a lost cause. How else to explain the appeal to base instincts such as envy and the decidedly un-American proposition that one can only succeed at the expense of another? How else to justify the President's executive action, signed just yesterday, to remove work requirements from the Welfare Reform Law signed by Bill Clinton? The President's claim that he wants to create more jobs collides headlong with his removal of work as a requirement to receive public assistance in all but the most hopeless of minds. And he's betting that there are just enough of them to give him a second term.