President Obama: A Soldier On A Mission and Supported By Potemkin Villages

Is Barack Obama inept? Is he too small for the job he holds? Is Obama an amateur as Bill Clinton once said during the 2008 primaries? Is he a nice guy who is in over his head as Mitt Romney often said? Barack Obama is none of those things. He is not a great intellect; that is for sure. What he is an ideologue. What he is a well trained soldier on mission. He has never hidden what his mission is. His mission is to fundamentally transform America. He is not and has never been interested in governing this once great nation. Conservatives make a mistake if they underestimate Barack Obama by judging him like any other President.

My good friend and proprietor of the great Spellchek blog did an excellent job of addressing this point in his post yesterday.

Anytime you misjudge an adversary, you are at a disadvantage. Did I just call Obama an adversary? Absolutely, anyone that enacts policies that restrict our rights and confiscate private property is not a friend. The fact is that liberty is an impediment to Obama’s agenda and he will continue to attack it at every opportunity.

Whether it’s healthcare, the economy, energy policy, foreign policy, you name it, the policies that Obama has been implementing pay no heed to what is considered a traditional standard for success. In fact, the opposite must be true. A successful economy is a negative for the President’s agenda. Yes, it’s true. Confiscatory tax policy, a more stringent regulatory environment, income and wealth redistribution schemes, etc., all require a failing economy in order to secure the public support necessary to implement his agenda.

This is why it is folly to simply label Obama an amateur. His belief system that has been molded over his lifetime has given him a very clear thought process as how to achieve his goals. There is nothing remotely conspiratorial in this. His ideology is a paradigm shift in traditional American values and the foundation the Founders put in place. Thus you get his promise of fundamentally transforming America.

We often make jokes about Obama being nothing more than a Community Organizer. It is not a joke! He has been trained from a very early age for the mission he  is on. He is not unlike a well trained soldier who lets nothing get in the way of his mission.

Another trap we conservatives sometimes fall into is taking heart when we see factions of Obama’s base protesting him. We think that finally people are waking-up. That is a mistake, my friends. You need to be aware of something called “Potemkin Villages”. Potemkin Villages is a term your humble observer at Asylum learned only yesterday in a post by Ed Driscoll at PJ Media.. Let’s see how Wikipedia describes Potemkin Villages:

The phrase Potemkin villages (an alternative spelling is Potyomkin villages, derived from the Russian: Потёмкинские деревни,Potyomkinskiye derevni) was originally used to describe a fake village, built only to impress. The phrase is now used, typically in politics and economics, to describe any construction (literal or figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that some situation is better than it really is. It is unclear whether the origin of the phrase is factual, an exaggeration, or a myth.


“Potemkin village” has come to mean, especially in a political context, any hollow or false construct, physical or figurative, meant to hide an undesirable or potentially damaging situation, it’s possible that the phrase cannot be applied accurately to its own original historical inspiration.

If you read the Driscoll article and follow the links you will find that most of the time groups who appear to be protesting Obama (be they the Occupy protestors, gun control protestors, or environmental groups protesting the Keystone Pipeline) are not protesting against Obama at all. The are pretending to protest; but what they are really doing is giving him the political cover to make unpopular decisions. He even encourages these “protestors” and his backers probably give them financial support. In other words, Obama wants these people to protest and get media attention and make it seem that their numbers are far greater than they really are. Then he can claim he is bending to the will of the people.

So, dear friends, we do ourselves a disservice if we underestimate Barack Obama. He is a well trained soldier on a mission. Our job is to better understand what that mission is. My friend at Spellchek summed it up better than I ever could:

The Obama routine of ceaseless campaigning and refusing to govern is no accident nor it is due to incompetence. It is just an ideologue at work. Obama doesn’t make a move that isn’t calculated to elicit a certain response. It’s allowed him to stay ahead of his detractors as they twist in the wind trying to sell the public even now after his re-election that he isn’t qualified for the gig.

If you understand what Obama sees as his gig, you understand that he is very much qualified.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


18 thoughts on “President Obama: A Soldier On A Mission and Supported By Potemkin Villages

  1. I would only add that it required a complicit media to carry out his mission. It is they who define when and who is his opposition. Recall Sheehan? Now they embrace McCain and Graham as the spokesmen for the GOP , parading them forward ad nausem.

  2. We mustn’t blame Obama. He’s only giving the American people what they want. This is NOT a center right nation. Center right nations do not reelect, much less elect in the first place a radical socialist.

    Americans, it seems, Loves Dem some Socialisms.

  3. Infidel is right. So is this article.
    I have never underestimated this man. He is one of the worst human beings- I have ever seen. He gave himself lifetime Secret Service protection. He may need it.

  4. Thank you sir, linkage appreciated.

    I probably should have added that I never intended to give the impression that Obama is smarter than the rest of us or a more skillful politician. Ideology frees one from the hindrance of worrying about legacy or governing to impress.

    He’s said on more than one occasion that fairness trumps a negative result. For example, raising capital gains taxes or skyrocketing energy prices. And how many times have we seen him tick off his own constituent groups with policy? Of course, the drones still stay in formation behind him anyway.

    I will give him credit for being saavy enough to recognize what suckers Americans are and the ease with which he can manipulate most of us.

  5. He has also raised the “straw man” to an art form. Republicans want: “dirty air, dirty water, etc.” Which Republican? Who said that? Who even said anything that could honestly be interpreted as meaning that? The straw Republican. Another term for it is: lying through your f-ing teeth about your opponent.

    Speaking of lying, the man is also always talking about the middle class, as though all of his time, night and day, is spent trying to make middle class life better. However, his policies are all about cronyism… snuggling up to his wealthy cronies to the detriment of the middle class. He throws government money (heh heh heh) at the middle class, which effectively eliminates it. Middle class is the hard working Americans who want to increase their standard of living and give their children a better life and more opportunity than they had. Upward mobility has always been key to middle class thinking. Dependence on government destroys that. Obama policies turn America into a two class society: rich cronies, and poor dependents. With possibly a third, well paid, but useless, non-wealth producing bureaucrats who make the money and live the lifestyle formerly lived by a an actual wealth producing middle class. Ultimately, in Obama’s America, you are either politically connected (a big business crony or a bureaucrat) or you are on the dole and stuck there forever.

    One can actually imagine the construction of Potemkin Villages, with crony companies building them and crony companies servicing them, and the former middle class, formerly upwardly mobile, dependents of government being moved into them at government order to show how much our benevolent overlords care.

  6. I think Obama knows exactly what he is doing and I think there are people behind the scene–a shadow government–pushing the agenda and that make him extremely dangerous.

  7. He is not very bright, visible in his inability to speak clearly without a written script. His thought processes on most things are muddled, but he is very much “handled” by those who are dedicated Marxists and smart — Axelrod, Plouffe, etc. This is what happens under affirmative action: substance left behind, everything for show and the end result are under-qualified, under-educated egotists and self-pitiers who know how to play that old race card to keep moving ahead. Someone like Obama should have been “timed out” for incompetence years ago, but he wasn’t, and today he is determining America’s (dismal) future. Three cheers for the men and women who wanted to bring down our country — they are well on the way to victory.

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