“Vengeance Is Mine,” Sayeth the Obama


The president of the United States appears to think that voting constitutes some kind of “revenge.” Jonah Goldberg does his typical excellent job of making fun of this particular conceit. I thought that whole “New Tone” thing was supposed to have come into effect by now, so that this kind of rhetoric would be panned across the board as being unacceptable, but I guess that just hasn’t happened yet. Strange.

Incidentally, I would not be in the least bit surprised to find out that the president and other Obamaphiles–yes, I phrased it that way deliberately–think that opposing him constitutes some form of lese majesté. On Tuesday, we are due to find out whether this form of arrogance and condescension deserves to be validated at the polls for four more years. Let’s hope that it gets its comeuppance instead.

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  1. Inactive

    Scores to settle, eh Barry?

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    • November 3, 2012 at 11:59 am
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  2. Inactive

    It’s unsurprising that a rabble-rousing demagogue should employ the language of resentment (a bolder writer might use the equivalent though more emphatic French word) to whip up his supporters.

    Guruforhire: Voting IS an act of violence. One is making a concious choice on how a system of compulsion (and now taking) by violence should be exercised. · 11 hours ago

    Advocating the view that there is no difference between voting and violence is the surest way to see to it that the former will give way to the latter.

    I am of the scandalous prejudice that constitutional order and liberty in the bounds of law are infinitely preferable to roving armed bands of men slaughtering one another for property or mobs rioting in the street. 

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    • November 4, 2012 at 1:53 am
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    Most liberal are quite cloistered. They live in deep blue cities, they work in professions where nearly everyone agrees with them politically, they hang out with friends who share their assumptions. In such circumstances it is plausible to believe that the most conservative politics any decent human being could have would be defined by someone like Bill Clinton.

    So when a liberal is confronted with a distinctly different point of view, he has the vague sense that his basic human rights have been violated, and a desire for “revenge” would indeed describe what he feels.

    Read the comments from leftist trolls on blogs and you will find that they incessantly bring up Fox News, even if neither the blog post nor the other commenters ever mentioned the network. They are appalled that an entire TV network does not accept their presuppositions would even be allowed to exist.

    Reminds me of my favorite William Buckley quote, “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

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    • November 4, 2012 at 1:58 am
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    Voting IS an act of violence. One is making a concious choice on how a system of compulsion (and now taking) by violence should be exercised.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 2:32 am
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    Obama’s call for revenge fits his notion that, not only his supporters, but he himself with them, are victims.

    Lust for revenge arises from victimhood. Politically, it’s a clever move. First, convince people they are victims, then whip up in them a lust for revenge, and then direct that lust toward . . . . voting.

     I suppose we should be thankful that, for now, Obama (self-servingly) wishes to channel that lust into voting. But if he loses, that lust might dissipate itself in the more conventional manner . . . riots and mob violence.

    (After the election, if Obama’s loss leaves that lust for revenge unsatisfied, if there’s violence, will the traditional media blame him?)

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    • November 4, 2012 at 3:38 am
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    Limited government is the mechanism by which the exercise of its violence remains within broadly agreed upon bounds. Failure to respect these boundaries does turn government into a system of violent exploitation. Which our government is.

    Yes, when you view government for what it is, a system of compulsion by violence, limited government is the crucial key to democratic tranquility. More government = less tranquility. Recognizing this nature is why we can see why all democratic systems self-immolate, and why the limited government innovation has resulted in a 200 year hot streak of negligable political violence. 

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    • November 4, 2012 at 9:33 am
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    Pejman, you know that the “New Tone” was only applicable to the plebes who haven’t the intelligence to vote Obamacrat.

    The self-anointed elites, of course, are exempt, as they are exempt from all of their own rules.

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    • November 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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    Voting is a civic duty, best served cold

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    • November 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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    Regarding the “revenge” comment, isn’t he pretty much still in “community organizer” mode? Isn’t that was community organizers do? Agitate the people and whip them up into a vengeance-seeking mob?

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    • November 5, 2012 at 8:54 am
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