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Friday, June 4, 2010

Obama's Metaphysical Frustration

There has been no better commentary on the oil spill than Tom Bowden's post "Plug The Damn Hole!". Bowden simply identifies not only the folly but the existential orientation of the flailing central planner. In regard to Obama's "clenched jaw" order, Bowden writes:
That’s the politician’s answer to every intractable problem: give orders, issue threats, and wait for obedience. But the creative human mind cannot take orders like that. Notice I didn’t say, “refuses to take orders.” I said, “cannot take orders.”
A CNN article exposes yet more evidence of this mindset:
"One time, go off!" director Spike Lee urged on CNN's "AC 360°." "If there's any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster."

Lee's sentiment echoes the frustration of people who want to see Obama get loud, take charge and inspire them like he did during his presidential run.
Note that they urge him to "get loud" and "take charge" yet none of these types can offer an actual solution. In this instance, the left is experiencing a form of metaphysical frustration. In other words, they are angry that the world is what it is and no amount of yelling and screaming will make it conform to their wish.

On the campaign trail, Obama's rousing speeches were able to "inspire them" because, like a religious preacher, he was able to appeal to them on an emotional level. Like a church goer, the listener could imagine that Obama, like Jesus, possesses the power to change the nature of reality. He can deliver the highest quality medical care to everyone at no cost. He can befriend Islamic fanatics with nuclear ambitions and talk them down. He can invent alternative energy sources that are cheap, plentiful, and "clean." He can turn water to wine.

This kind of murky faith in the malleability of reality fused with Obama's unwavering egalitarian intentions and teleprompter honed eloquence, resonated with the liberal masses, transfiguring Obama into a kind of leftist epiphany.

Now, as the economy implodes under the weight of government debt, taxes, and every manner of statist intervention, (including environmental regulations that resulted in deep water drilling! HT: Gus Van Horn and now, the shut down of oil rigs that work!) Obama and his supporters find themselves up against an intransigent and implacable force - reality. Here is an eloquent quote from Atlas Shrugged that identifies the essence of evil - the wish that reality is something which it is not.
“And that is the whole of their shabby secret. The secret of all their esoteric philosophies, of all their dialectics and super-senses, of their evasive eyes and snarling words, the secret for which they destroy civilization, language, industries, and lives, the secret for which they pierce their own eyes and eardrums, grind out their senses, blank out their minds, the purpose for which they dissolve the absolutes of reason, logic, matter, existence, reality – is to erect upon that plastic fog a singly holy absolute: their Wish.

“The restriction they seek to escape is the law of identity. The freedom they seek is freedom from the fact that an A will remain an A, no matter what their tears or tantrums -that a river will not bring them milk no matter what their hunger - that water will not run uphill, no matter what comforts they could gain if it did, and if they want to lift it to the roof of a skyscraper, they must do it by a process of thought and labor, in which the nature of an inch of pipe line counts, but their feelings do not - that their feelings are impotent to alter the course of a single speck of dust in space or the nature of any action they have committed.