Obama Lies; Obama Despises You. So, Nothing New There, Then

 

In his second inaugural address, Barack Obama makes a very big deal of the terrible climate change crisis apparently threatening the world.

At least two things trouble me about this passage of his speech. The first is that every single word – including the “ands” and “buts” – is either a lie, a deliberate obfuscation, a non-sequitur, a junk-science myth or a load of total cobblers.

Here’s what he said:

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.

You can read my full deconstruction of this unutterable tripe here. But let me give you just one example of why it’s a pack of lies. This claim about extreme weather: it’s just not true. Watts Up With That? has just done an analysis of US climate records since 1910 – raging fires, crippling droughts, powerful storms, etc – and shows that 2012 ranks pretty low on the list of catastrophic years. Just 54th, in fact.

The second thing I really loathe about that speech is the way he shoehorns, with all the subtlety of a severed horse’s head in your bed, both God and the founding fathers into it. E.g.:

That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

Can you read the subtext here? It’s so unsubtle, so crassly insulting that you can hardly have missed it. Let me translate:

You, Republican America, are incredibly dumb and I totally hate and despise you. But in order to pretend that I’m some kind of bi-partisan healer I’m going to dress my words up with the kind of imagery that you crazies seem to go mad for. You like God, right? And the Founding Fathers? OK. So here’s some nice God ‘n’ Founding Fathers stuff for you. Happy now? Course you are. You’re that dumb — you didn’t even see what I did there. Did you?

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  1. Profile photo of Black Prince Member

    Doomed.

    • #1
    • January 22, 2013 at 10:23 am
  2. Profile photo of The Mugwump Inactive

    Yes, James, we know what Obama thinks about us. It’s the same thing lefties in general believe about us clodhoppers out here in flyover country. Now let met tell you something Obama doesn’t know. He’s a victim of his own propaganda, and he severely underestimates the opposition. Sure, he’s on top right now, but this too shall pass. Do you think the president has ever heard of a mythological creature known as Nemesis? Probably not is my guess.

    • #2
    • January 22, 2013 at 10:45 am
  3. Profile photo of Barkha Herman Member

    I am still mourning the complete loss of rain forests, predicted in the 70s and 80s…

    • #3
    • January 22, 2013 at 10:48 am
  4. Profile photo of Goldgeller Member

    I read your linked post James. Thank you for putting this here. I don’t doubt that Obama believes his reading of the science (ie Climate Change is undesirable and overwhelmingly man made), but his plan will largely be about government control, wind and solar. For all the talk about saving the environment, he won’t take into account nuclear power.

    But the other thing that struck me while reading your post was this– it’s absurd that Obama wants to be bold enough to try and change the planet but refuses to take steps needed to reign in entitlements in just one country (the US). We can’t change the trajectory of the planet’s temperature. We can change the trajectory of our spending. He won’t do it. His priorities are all out of whack.

    • #4
    • January 22, 2013 at 10:50 am
  5. Profile photo of Peter Meza Member

    I loved the translation of this portion of the speech. Would love to read James’ translation of the entire speech. I am sure some of us were doing simultaneous translations in our respective heads, but it is funny (and a little sad) to read the translation set forth explicitly. How many of us thought of a different term when we heard “collective action”?

    • #5
    • January 22, 2013 at 11:08 am
  6. Profile photo of FeliciaB Inactive

    Stop treating me like a dumb blond, Obama!

    • #6
    • January 22, 2013 at 11:10 am
  7. Profile photo of Sandy Member

    Yup. Of course right now Republican America also hates itself. But in talking with people (and in Northern Virginia, where I live, “people” means “Progressives”) I see that they ain’t happy either. There is in fact a great sense of uneasiness. Fine with me.

    • #7
    • January 22, 2013 at 11:18 am
  8. Profile photo of Margaret Sarah Inactive

    Actually, Obama’s calculation might be correct. Conservatives who stayed home last November because Romney wasn’t conservative enough might just be able to be misled by a few references to the Founding.

    Sorry to sound bitter, but . . . .

    • #8
    • January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am
  9. Profile photo of drlorentz Member

    Self-loathing is the Left’s stock-in-trade. At least they are equal-opportunity haters. That’s consistent anyway.

    • #9
    • January 22, 2013 at 11:30 am
  10. Profile photo of Kervinlee Member

    This Yank doesn’t really know what a “load of total cobblers” is, James, but I have no doubt that whatever they are, that’s what that speech is.

    • #10
    • January 22, 2013 at 11:53 am
  11. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    Right as usual James.

    But we know his speech was of a class with Tokyo Rose and Lord Haw-Haw.

    Down here in the trenches we will soldier on as best we can.

    Problem is, that with the Republican leadership apparently content to lie back and think of England we have no effective leadership.

    • #11
    • January 23, 2013 at 1:08 am
  12. Profile photo of Colin B Lane Inactive

    Raging fires are caused by climate change? Funny I thought they were caused by fuel, oxygen and an ignition source. Man, I have so much science still to learn from these guys.

    • #12
    • January 23, 2013 at 1:19 am
  13. Profile photo of Glen Piper Member
    Barkha Herman: I am still morning the complete loss of rain forests, predicted in the 70s and 80s… · 32 minutes ago

    Don’t forget the population explosion that killed them!

    • #13
    • January 23, 2013 at 1:28 am
  14. Profile photo of Matt Travis Inactive

    That wonderful sage of our time, Victoria Jackson, said it best 4 years ago: “There’s a communist in the White House.”

    • #14
    • January 23, 2013 at 1:38 am
  15. Profile photo of doc molloy Inactive

    Where are Joe and Stewart Alsop when you need them.. Guardians of the American century.. long gone. America is on the brink..

    • #15
    • January 23, 2013 at 1:46 am
  16. Profile photo of Andrew Barbaro Inactive

    It’s easy to use something you can’t see, hear, taste, smell or prove it causes anything and blame it on fires, drought, rain.. Especially if it justifies making our fuel bills “necessarily sky rocket”. #nobama

    • #16
    • January 23, 2013 at 1:58 am
  17. Profile photo of Peter Meza Member
    Peter Meza: I loved the translation of this portion of the speech. Would love to read James’ translation of the entire speech. I am sure some of us were doing simultaneous translations in our respective heads, but it is funny (and a little sad) to read the translation set forth explicitly. How many of us thought of a different term when we heard “collective action”? · 3 hours ago

    PS here is my rough translation of “collective action” – coercion by the state involving the threat of force.

    • #17
    • January 23, 2013 at 2:10 am
  18. Profile photo of David Williamson Member
    James Delingpole: 

    At least two things trouble me about this passage of his speech. The first is that every single word – including the “ands” and “buts” – is either a lie, a deliberate obfuscation, a non-sequitur, a junk-science myth or a load of total cobblers.

    Americans may need a translation of “cobblers”. It’s not a word I hear often here.

    Anyway, your unfortunate view of our Dear Leader is no doubt influenced by the fact that you are currently up to your neck in snow (which, of course, is a result of climate chaos, not global warming).

    Here in Southern Arizona, the weather is glorious, as it always is at this time of year, thanks to the absence of water. Further North, they are up to their necks in snow, as they always are, due to the presence of water (and Jet Streams). CO2 level, the same – go figure.

    • #18
    • January 23, 2013 at 2:50 am
  19. Profile photo of Man With the Axe Member

    I don’t remember if I read this notion on Ricochet or if it came to me in a dream, but here goes:

    Global warming alarmists worry about not-yet-born people who may suffer from a relatively inhospitable climate. If it’s incumbent upon us to consider the utility of these not-yet-born people, wouldn’t it be even more wrong to kill them in the womb?

    • #19
    • January 23, 2013 at 3:16 am
  20. Profile photo of Angmoh Gao Inactive
    Barkha Herman: I am still mourning the complete loss of rain forests, predicted in the 70s and 80s… · 4 hours ago

    Edited 1 hour ago

    I am still waiting for the ice age the alarmists were warning of in the ’70s.

    • #20
    • January 23, 2013 at 3:23 am
  21. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher
    Colin B Lane: Raging fires are caused by climate change? Funny I thought they were caused by fuel, oxygen and an ignition source. Man, I have so much science still to learn from these guys. · 14 hours ago

    The President is actually using this language in a speech, a speech involving his policy initiatives in his 2nd term.

    Years from now, books will be written on this garbage, and the question will be asked: What were people thinking when they voted for this clown?

    The Republican mantra should be, for the next 4 years: Dig in with your heels. It’s the only way to slow Leviathan.

    • #21
    • January 23, 2013 at 5:20 am
  22. Profile photo of Nealfred Member

    Love your work James!

    Yeah, didn’t even watch his speech. I’ve resolved to get on with my life and ignore this total P.O.S. as much as humanly possible. I’ve decided he is of little consequence to me. I used to think he was Evil but now it is clear that he is just plain stupid.

    • #22
    • January 23, 2013 at 8:59 am
  23. Profile photo of Morituri Te Member
    James Delingpole: The second thing I really loathe about that speech is the way he shoehorns, with all the subtlety of a severed horse’s head in your bed, both God and the founding fathers into it. E.g.:

    That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

    From Hayek’s Road to Serfdom:

    The most effective way of making people accept the validity of the values they are to serve is to persuade them that they are really the same as those they have always held, but which were not properly understood or recognized before. And the most efficient technique to this end is to use the old words but change their meaning. Few traits of totalitarian regimes are at the same time so confusing to the superficial observer and yet so characteristic of the whole intellectual climate as this complete perversion of language.

    • #23
    • January 24, 2013 at 1:21 am