A.J. DiCintio
Intellectual stammer, really?
By A.J. DiCintio
July 9, 2011

When he wrote about a "slobbering love affair" regarding candidate Barack Obama, Bernard Goldberg limited himself to the torrid drooling exhibited by members of the mainstream media, a dogmatic pack of incestuous liberal lemmings about which the former CBS employee knows a thing or two thousand.

But the truth is that in direct proportion to the size of their academic credentials, liberals in general went (air-filled) head over ($500) heels for the community organizer turned Chicago Machine pol as the self-anointed avatars of reason remained oblivious of the stunning irrationality surrounding their drool-dribbling passion for perhaps the most unknown, unprepared candidate ever to arrive on the presidential political scene.

Though readers can use their favorite search engine to discover myriad manifestations of this psychologically complex infatuation, one must be included here out of deference to its near perfection in exhibiting an especially disfigured lovesickness.

Specifically, the deserving example is created by gushing words of praise written by Meghan Daum (latimes.com), who didn't simply join legions of liberals slobbering over Barack Obama the "intellectual."

Oh, no, she rushed light years ahead of their madness by characterizing the hesitant, stumbling nature of Obama's teleprompter-less speech as evidence of "intellectual stammer," a condition she defines as indicative of "a brain. . . moving so fast that the mouth can't keep up."

Among whom is the condition prevalent? Well, according to Ms. Daum —

The stammer is commonly found among university professors, characters in Woody Allen movies and public thinkers of the sort that might appear on C-SPAN but not CNN. If you're a member or a fan of that subset, chances are the president's stammer doesn't bother you; in fact, you might even love him for it (he sounds just like your grad school roommate, especially when he drank too much Scotch and attempted to expound on the Hegelian dialectic!).

Yes, love Barack Obama for his intellectuality that calls to mind a quintessentially liberal friend whom the muse named Alcohol inevitably spurs to hortatory orations about a theory liberals love so much they finish every statement about finding it intellectually satisfying with "Doesn't everyone?"

Now, Ms. Daum and her meticulously "reasonable" friends may argue for Obama's status as a very learned person by referring to the apparently self-evident truth of the aphorism, "He stammers; therefore, he is an intellectual." However, those of us whom elites disparage as members of the irrational mob prefer to draw our conclusions about a person's intellectual capacity by taking the empirical path.

Recently, for example, we listened to the president discuss the nation's dire financial condition by referring six times (count 'em) to the need for reducing tax breaks for owners of corporate jets, thereby producing savings of $300 million a year.

Not to behave like liberals and diminish the significance of $300 million, we are nevertheless obliged to point out that the infinitely greater issue regarding business taxes lies in making the entire corporate tax code fair and competitive, including by eliminating special breaks for big business paid for by small business, the nation's greatest job producing engine.

But on that crucially important issue, we heard not an intellectually honest word from Obama.

Furthermore, with respect to averting the future train wreck certain to be caused by the entirety of the runaway federal budget, there was the same silence.

For example, Obama said nothing about eliminating the $200 billion per year wasted in government duplication or saving huge amounts of money by bringing department budgets and federal pensions under control.

Worse for Obama and his lovesick shills, we ordinary folks understand that the president's politics-at-its-worst blustering at the recent "fiscal issues" news conference was anything but an anomaly.

After all, we are fully aware of these additional empirical truths:

. . . Obama delegated the entire task of devising a "stimulus" bill to congressional porkers who accomplished nothing except to create a few short term jobs at the cost of $200,000 each. In contrast, a truly brave, insightful president would have insisted the nearly trillion dollars be used to promote innovative public-private partnerships that enhance long-term economic prospects, for instance, by modernizing and expanding America's electrical and natural gas transmission systems.

. . . Obama is the author of the now "many times exempted for friends," hastily pasted together, no-serious-reform healthcare bill he helped ram through Congress as he and his minions maintained a cowardly silence about its true costs and full implications.

. . . Obama has displayed zero leadership regarding the afflictions sickening Medicare and Social Security, illnesses which left untreated are certain to poison not just the financial but the crucially important social organs of the national body.

. . . Allowing Wall Street big shots to direct his financial appointments and policies, Obama has done nothing serious about reforming a financial industry of, for, and by the rich well-connected few who annually suck hundreds of billions in wealth from the nation while returning precious little to it, especially in the form of living wage jobs.

. . . And finally, to keep this empirical listing brief, Obama is today telling Americans that if a president joins with another nation or group of nations to bomb an "enemy" for as long as he deems necessary, he is not engaging in an act of war and thus needs no congressional approval for his actions, including borrowing the money to pay for his "Overseas Contingency Operation," a disgusting, insulting euphemism Obama the "intellectual" was all in a sweat to approve within a few months of assuming office.

With those facts and others revealing Barack Obama as just another power loving politician whose dearest principle impels him to further bloat that level of government which wields its power most remote from the people, we are compelled to close with the following sarcasm:

First, by leaning on Jonathan Swift to say something about liberals as well as the object of their rabidly perverse love —

"And this they call an intellectual."

Second, by turning to Shakespeare to thank our outrageously smitten fellow citizens for reminding us once again that —

"Love is blind, and lovers cannot see [the mindbogglingly stupid] follies that themselves commit."

© A.J. DiCintio


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A.J. DiCintio

A.J. DiCintio posts regularly at RenewAmerica and YourNews.com. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up. Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and polished by experience, to social/political affairs.


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