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Put your biases aside, and think about it deeply.

 

 

As an added bonus: see the first comment, a great adaptation of the Gettysburg address... I wish people like that posted here...

 

 

July 2, 2013 Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem Education? By Jonathon Moseley

I never understood Barack Obama -- or even some of my friends -- until I read The Amateur by Edward Klein (Regnery Publishing 2012 -- paperback June 13, 2013).

But first you also need to remember the plague of "self-esteem" based education. And finally it all makes sense. The self-esteem movement hurt our public schools and degraded the curriculum. The self-esteem time bomb is now coming full circle, as the victims of our schools, colleges, and universities have moved into leadership of our country.

 

Barack Obama is the ultimate "A for effort [D for performance] President." Obama's ineptness is exceeded only by his giant ego. Obama received a "to be determined" Nobel Peace Prize in the naked hope that he might do something later to promote peace. This is self-esteem taken to a ridiculous extreme -- but in real life. But wait: Isn't that exactly what the liberal educational approach teaches in our schools and even in our universities and law schools?

 

It doesn't matter if you get the wrong answer as long as you believe in yourself. It doesn't matter if you can actually achieve anything, as long as you try. Liberal educational techniques teach students that everyone is a winner, everyone's opinion is equally valid, and there should be no competition or grading on the basis of merit.

 

Sure, we all have limitations. There is nothing wrong with that. Henry Ford claimed that he wasn't all that smart, but he succeeded by hiring people smarter than he. Many highly-successful people have echoed Ford with similar quotes. But the difference is he could admit his own strengths and weaknesses and take action to compensate.

 

The most important sentence in The Amateur is: "He doesn't know what he doesn't know." I interviewed the author on the Conservative Commandos radio show, when the book came out in paperback.

 

Why does Barack Obama compare himself to Abraham Lincoln? Conservatives were appalled that Obama thinks so much of himself. But that's the wrong analysis. Obama doesn't know much about Abraham Lincoln. Not knowing history, he lacks the capacity to see that he isn't in Honest Abe's league.

 

Similarly, Obama has given two speeches at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, evoking the memory of John F. Kennedy. "How can he compare himself to JFK?" conservatives bristle. Because he doesn't know very much about JFK. He doesn't understand that special moment which JFK embodied that day in Berlin -- what it really meant -- or Ronald Reagan's pivotal moment at the Berlin Wall. So he doesn't realize that he can't just show up and give a random speech of equal historical importance to "Ich bin ein Berliner" with which JFK committed the full might of the United States to defend the freedom of West Berlin against Soviet expansion.

 

Why doesn't Obama get involved in shaping legislation important to his agenda as it develops in Congress? Because he doesn't know how. Obama avoids the hard work not only because he is lazy but also because he doesn't have the skills to tackle it. He instinctively avoids situations in which his weaknesses and ignorance would be exposed.

 

Where was President Obama when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was under attack? Well, where would you be if you knew you don't understand the U.S. military, foreign policy, U.S. military capabilities, response options, and how various countries might be involved in defending U.S. diplomats? Obama didn't want everyone to see in the Situation Room that he could not intelligently discuss the options or the problems.

 

Many of the actions and omissions of the Obama Administration leave political observers scratching their head. But they are assuming that Obama is making those decisions knowingly. What if, instead, Obama simply avoids situations where his knowledge and skills are lacking? He might not admit, even to himself, any weakness. But one subconsciously avoids those uncomfortable situations.

 

Back in the 1980's, Rush Limbaugh mocked the self-esteem movement by explaining how students were being asked how they feel about 2 +2. If they added 2 +2 and got 5, that's okay, as long as they feel good about their own individual answer.

 

Conservative superstar Phyllis Schafly explained in a November 4, 1990 New York Times editorial: "Earned self-esteem is important," said Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, a politically conservative group based in Alton, Ill. But she added, "Instead of teaching them how to read, they're teaching kids to feel good about being illiterate."

The article further asserted:

But not everyone is applauding; even teachers and researchers who believe self-esteem is important are not always pleased with the way the concept is thrown about. Others say self-esteem workshops and exercises are more appropriate for the psychiatrist's couch than the teacher's blackboard.

The Phyllis Schafly Report further explained:

Elementary school children may no longer be taught to read and write, but they will almost surely be given one of the trendy new psychological courses in self-esteem. Self-esteem is supposed to be the magic bullet that will cure all school and social problems...

Under OBE, the student has no incentive to study, work hard, and pass a test, because he can always take it again later. Since the primary goal is to develop self-esteem and to be a part of the group, rather than to learn or to achieve, OBE bans competition, honors, and traditional subject matter courses and grades...

OBE does nothing to upgrade academic standards. Instead, it is designed to conceal the progressive lowering of standards

The self-esteem curriculum is technically called "Affective Education" -- "The movement has been labeled Affective Education by educators, and includes a wide range of programs and curricula which attempt to change the values and behavior of students." The result is explained, for example, in a book The Narcissm Epidemic by psychologists Twenge and Campbell.

 

Self-esteem education is damaging to students most of all. When a student leaves that artificial bubble world and enters the harsh real world, they are not prepared to succeed with an actual skill. Disorientation, difficulty, and heartache can be the results. Raised to expect positive reinforcement as guaranteed, they are exceptionally sensitive to any criticism.

 

For example, notice how thin-skinned Barack Obama is, how he is unable to cope with any criticism.

 

Victims of the public schools don't easily learn from mistakes, change, or grow because that would require admitting they made a mistake that needs correcting. They often do not grow out of bad habits or limitations. The Amateur describes how Obama has failed to grow in office, for example, in sharp contrast with other presidents.

 

I have seen friends make decisions based on their feelings, rather than on the facts in front of them. Now I understand: that's how they were indoctrinated growing up. Their self-defeating patterns and habits are exactly what conservatives warned for decades would happen from the self-esteem movement. Conservative warnings have once again come true.

 

Now, it would be wrong to say that Obama is not well-educated. He is very well-indoctrinated in left-wing policy seminar talking points. In fact, Obama is naturally bright, which is the tragedy of self esteem education. He has thoroughly and deeply grasped the liberal viewpoint on everything. If Obama had been exposed to an actual education, he could have excelled. But as it is, Obama knows nothing but what is offered by liberal indoctrination. And having mastered that tiny set of propaganda points, Obama imagines himself to be well-informed. Memorizing liberal policy talking points is what Obama believes to be a real education. There is a deep irony in the fact that liberal education has crippled the efforts of its own chief standard-bearer.



Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/07/obama_self-esteem_education_victim.html#ixzz2Xu1hrMXG
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"Barack Obama is the ultimate "A for effort [D for performance] President." Obama's ineptness is exceeded only by his giant ego. Obama received a "to be determined" Nobel Peace Prize in the naked hope that he might do something later to promote peace. This is self-esteem taken to a ridiculous extreme -- but in real life. But wait: Isn't that exactly what the liberal educational approach teaches in our schools and even in our universities and law schools?"

 

This is typical conservative crap. Obama has nothing to do with the education system. He has pushed no agenda in the education arena. He also has nothing to do with receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Typical con crap. Blame Obama for everything you don't like even if it has nothing to do with Obama. Get a life.



"Why does Barack Obama compare himself to Abraham Lincoln? Conservatives were appalled that Obama thinks so much of himself. But that's the wrong analysis. Obama doesn't know much about Abraham Lincoln. Not knowing history, he lacks the capacity to see that he isn't in Honest Abe's league.

Similarly, Obama has given two speeches at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, evoking the memory of John F. Kennedy. "How can he compare himself to JFK?" conservatives bristle. Because he doesn't know very much about JFK. He doesn't understand that special moment which JFK embodied that day in Berlin -- what it really meant -- or Ronald Reagan's pivotal moment at the Berlin Wall. So he doesn't realize that he can't just show up and give a random speech of equal historical importance to "Ich bin ein Berliner" with which JFK committed the full might of the United States to defend the freedom of West Berlin against Soviet expansion."

 

More crap. Obama admires Abraham Lincoln and Kenedy. He has never compared himself to the two. He even has said that he admires Ronald Reagan. What the hell makes you think he doesn't know anything about them? What inaccuracies has he said? Do you have anything to back up this smoke and mirrors rhetorical bs?

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I read the rest and find nothing worth my time. Most of the piece is about the educational system and has nothing to do with Obama's actions. Just because a concept is liberal doesn't mean you can blame it on Obama. Liberal is universal single payer healthcare, not Obamacare. Liberal is legalizing drugs, not gearing up the DEA to go after Washington State and Colorado. He had to "evolve" into being for gay rights, liberals were always there. Obama is a centrist. Those who think otherwise are extreme rightists.

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What the hell Bingster?? How you took away what you took away is bizarre!

 

If you have not seen the effect of self-esteem education on the millenial generation and the rampant uptick in narcissicism, then you are blind. Obama is a symptom, not a cause.

 

This article is WAY too far over your head. And I said, please check your biases specifically before reading this. Please go away. Smart people will discuss this...

 

 

I wish Obama was a liberal. But frankly, He's pushed the same conservative policies that Bush did in the Aughts. sigh...

 

 

This article is not about Obama being a liberal. It attempts to explain the behavior that has perplexed the left and right alike. His disengagement from actually doing any heavy lifting. His preference for sticking to things he's good at, and his inability to grow as a leader, especially in bringing people together.

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This article is not about Obama being a liberal. It attempts to explain the behavior that has perplexed the left and right alike. His disengagement from actually doing any heavy lifting. His preference for sticking to things he's good at, and his inability to grow as a leader, especially in bringing people together.

I can't see it that way. It's much easier to see what a president has accomplished once he's out of office. Right now, The majority of his decisions make me unhappy, but I have to wait until about 2017 to see what he's truly accomplished.

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What the hell Bingster?? How you took away what you took away is bizarre!

 

If you have not seen the effect of self-esteem education on the millenial generation and the rampant uptick in narcissicism, then you are blind. Obama is a symptom, not a cause.

 

This article is WAY too far over your head. And I said, please check your biases specifically before reading this. Please go away. Smart people will discuss this...

 

 

 

 

This article is not about Obama being a liberal. It attempts to explain the behavior that has perplexed the left and right alike. His disengagement from actually doing any heavy lifting. His preference for sticking to things he's good at, and his inability to grow as a leader, especially in bringing people together.

It "attempts to explain" using false assumptions and utter crap. He doesn't compare himself to anyone. He doesn't push that self-esteem education agenda. He isn't a beneficiary of that self-esteem education agenda. You think he's not successful in some ways because of his education, while blindly ignoring the teabagger bs opposition. The only way your article makes sense is if you not only put away your partisan blinders, you put away all common sense and intelligence. Dude, it would be cool if you were stoned. Was the writer stoned?

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This article is not about Obama being a liberal. It attempts to explain the behavior that has perplexed the left and right alike. His disengagement from actually doing any heavy lifting. His preference for sticking to things he's good at, and his inability to grow as a leader, especially in bringing people together.

You can't bring together stupid people who hate government (and America, if you ask me) and those who really want to make our country better. The only way he can get more done, is if he brings the smart people over to the idiot way of thinking.

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This is typical conservative crap. Obama has nothing to do with the education system. He has pushed no agenda in the education arena. He also has nothing to do with receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

The article didn't blame Obama for the education system, it was making the point that he is a product of the failed system.

Stop the knee jerk defense of Obama, and try actually reading and comprehending what was being said.

 

More crap. Obama admires Abraham Lincoln and Kenedy. He has never compared himself to the two. He even has said that he admires Ronald Reagan. What the hell makes you think he doesn't know anything about them? What inaccuracies has he said? Do you have anything to back up this smoke and mirrors rhetorical bs?

Yes, in fact he has compared himself (favorably) to Lincoln, Kennedy and others:

In Interview, Barack Obama Compares Himself In Accomplishments To Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, And Lyndon B. Johnson!

I'm always amazed by how little liberals know about the people and laws they support.

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The article didn't blame Obama for the education system, it was making the point that he is a product of the failed system.

Stop the knee jerk defense of Obama, and try actually reading and comprehending what was being said.

Yes, in fact he has compared himself (favorably) to Lincoln, Kennedy and others:

In Interview, Barack Obama Compares Himself In Accomplishments To Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, And Lyndon B. Johnson!

I'm always amazed by how little liberals know about the people and laws they support.

Bingster has demonstrated he's another product of exactly what this article was talking about. How ironic.

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It "attempts to explain" using false assumptions and utter crap. He doesn't compare himself to anyone. He doesn't push that self-esteem education agenda. He isn't a beneficiary of that self-esteem education agenda. You think he's not successful in some ways because of his education, while blindly ignoring the teabagger bs opposition. The only way your article makes sense is if you not only put away your partisan blinders, you put away all common sense and intelligence. Dude, it would be cool if you were stoned. Was the writer stoned?

ya see? you probably believe you deserve an "A" for effort for this response. but performance-wise, it's a complete fail.

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"Barack Obama is the ultimate "A for effort [D for performance] President." Obama's ineptness is exceeded only by his giant ego. Obama received a "to be determined" Nobel Peace Prize in the naked hope that he might do something later to promote peace. This is self-esteem taken to a ridiculous extreme -- but in real life. But wait: Isn't that exactly what the liberal educational approach teaches in our schools and even in our universities and law schools?"

 

This is typical conservative crap. Obama has nothing to do with the education system. He has pushed no agenda in the education arena. He also has nothing to do with receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Typical con crap. Blame Obama for everything you don't like even if it has nothing to do with Obama. Get a life.

 

 

"Why does Barack Obama compare himself to Abraham Lincoln? Conservatives were appalled that Obama thinks so much of himself. But that's the wrong analysis. Obama doesn't know much about Abraham Lincoln. Not knowing history, he lacks the capacity to see that he isn't in Honest Abe's league.

Similarly, Obama has given two speeches at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, evoking the memory of John F. Kennedy. "How can he compare himself to JFK?" conservatives bristle. Because he doesn't know very much about JFK. He doesn't understand that special moment which JFK embodied that day in Berlin -- what it really meant -- or Ronald Reagan's pivotal moment at the Berlin Wall. So he doesn't realize that he can't just show up and give a random speech of equal historical importance to "Ich bin ein Berliner" with which JFK committed the full might of the United States to defend the freedom of West Berlin against Soviet expansion."

 

More crap. Obama admires Abraham Lincoln and Kenedy. He has never compared himself to the two. He even has said that he admires Ronald Reagan. What the hell makes you think he doesn't know anything about them? What inaccuracies has he said? Do you have anything to back up this smoke and mirrors rhetorical bs?

Cons thrive on BS, so much in fact that they do not know reality.

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Put your biases aside, and think about it deeply.

 

 

As an added bonus: see the first comment, a great adaptation of the Gettysburg address... I wish people like that posted here...

 

 

July 2, 2013 Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem Education? By Jonathon Moseley

I never understood Barack Obama -- or even some of my friends -- until I read The Amateur by Edward Klein (Regnery Publishing 2012 -- paperback June 13, 2013).

But first you also need to remember the plague of "self-esteem" based education. And finally it all makes sense. The self-esteem movement hurt our public schools and degraded the curriculum. The self-esteem time bomb is now coming full circle, as the victims of our schools, colleges, and universities have moved into leadership of our country.

 

Barack Obama is the ultimate "A for effort [D for performance] President." Obama's ineptness is exceeded only by his giant ego. Obama received a "to be determined" Nobel Peace Prize in the naked hope that he might do something later to promote peace. This is self-esteem taken to a ridiculous extreme -- but in real life. But wait: Isn't that exactly what the liberal educational approach teaches in our schools and even in our universities and law schools?

 

It doesn't matter if you get the wrong answer as long as you believe in yourself. It doesn't matter if you can actually achieve anything, as long as you try. Liberal educational techniques teach students that everyone is a winner, everyone's opinion is equally valid, and there should be no competition or grading on the basis of merit.

 

Sure, we all have limitations. There is nothing wrong with that. Henry Ford claimed that he wasn't all that smart, but he succeeded by hiring people smarter than he. Many highly-successful people have echoed Ford with similar quotes. But the difference is he could admit his own strengths and weaknesses and take action to compensate.

 

The most important sentence in The Amateur is: "He doesn't know what he doesn't know." I interviewed the author on the Conservative Commandos radio show, when the book came out in paperback.

 

Why does Barack Obama compare himself to Abraham Lincoln? Conservatives were appalled that Obama thinks so much of himself. But that's the wrong analysis. Obama doesn't know much about Abraham Lincoln. Not knowing history, he lacks the capacity to see that he isn't in Honest Abe's league.

 

Similarly, Obama has given two speeches at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, evoking the memory of John F. Kennedy. "How can he compare himself to JFK?" conservatives bristle. Because he doesn't know very much about JFK. He doesn't understand that special moment which JFK embodied that day in Berlin -- what it really meant -- or Ronald Reagan's pivotal moment at the Berlin Wall. So he doesn't realize that he can't just show up and give a random speech of equal historical importance to "Ich bin ein Berliner" with which JFK committed the full might of the United States to defend the freedom of West Berlin against Soviet expansion.

 

Why doesn't Obama get involved in shaping legislation important to his agenda as it develops in Congress? Because he doesn't know how. Obama avoids the hard work not only because he is lazy but also because he doesn't have the skills to tackle it. He instinctively avoids situations in which his weaknesses and ignorance would be exposed.

 

Where was President Obama when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was under attack? Well, where would you be if you knew you don't understand the U.S. military, foreign policy, U.S. military capabilities, response options, and how various countries might be involved in defending U.S. diplomats? Obama didn't want everyone to see in the Situation Room that he could not intelligently discuss the options or the problems.

 

Many of the actions and omissions of the Obama Administration leave political observers scratching their head. But they are assuming that Obama is making those decisions knowingly. What if, instead, Obama simply avoids situations where his knowledge and skills are lacking? He might not admit, even to himself, any weakness. But one subconsciously avoids those uncomfortable situations.

 

Back in the 1980's, Rush Limbaugh mocked the self-esteem movement by explaining how students were being asked how they feel about 2 +2. If they added 2 +2 and got 5, that's okay, as long as they feel good about their own individual answer.

 

Conservative superstar Phyllis Schafly explained in a November 4, 1990 New York Times editorial: "Earned self-esteem is important," said Phyllis Schlafly, president of the Eagle Forum, a politically conservative group based in Alton, Ill. But she added, "Instead of teaching them how to read, they're teaching kids to feel good about being illiterate."

The article further asserted:

The Phyllis Schafly Report further explained:

The self-esteem curriculum is technically called "Affective Education" -- "The movement has been labeled Affective Education by educators, and includes a wide range of programs and curricula which attempt to change the values and behavior of students." The result is explained, for example, in a book The Narcissm Epidemic by psychologists Twenge and Campbell.

 

Self-esteem education is damaging to students most of all. When a student leaves that artificial bubble world and enters the harsh real world, they are not prepared to succeed with an actual skill. Disorientation, difficulty, and heartache can be the results. Raised to expect positive reinforcement as guaranteed, they are exceptionally sensitive to any criticism.

 

For example, notice how thin-skinned Barack Obama is, how he is unable to cope with any criticism.

 

Victims of the public schools don't easily learn from mistakes, change, or grow because that would require admitting they made a mistake that needs correcting. They often do not grow out of bad habits or limitations. The Amateur describes how Obama has failed to grow in office, for example, in sharp contrast with other presidents.

 

I have seen friends make decisions based on their feelings, rather than on the facts in front of them. Now I understand: that's how they were indoctrinated growing up. Their self-defeating patterns and habits are exactly what conservatives warned for decades would happen from the self-esteem movement. Conservative warnings have once again come true.

 

Now, it would be wrong to say that Obama is not well-educated. He is very well-indoctrinated in left-wing policy seminar talking points. In fact, Obama is naturally bright, which is the tragedy of self esteem education. He has thoroughly and deeply grasped the liberal viewpoint on everything. If Obama had been exposed to an actual education, he could have excelled. But as it is, Obama knows nothing but what is offered by liberal indoctrination. And having mastered that tiny set of propaganda points, Obama imagines himself to be well-informed. Memorizing liberal policy talking points is what Obama believes to be a real education. There is a deep irony in the fact that liberal education has crippled the efforts of its own chief standard-bearer.

 

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/07/obama_self-esteem_education_victim.html#ixzz2Xu1hrMXG

 

 

 

Why does Obama keeps his academic records sealed......Is he hiding his incompetence?

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ya see? you probably believe you deserve an "A" for effort for this response. but performance-wise, it's a complete fail.

And you, looking for an A for such a poor performing response of failure. Were it the fantasy education class you probably would have received at least a d for effort.

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Ha! Libs can't do either.

I'm starting to see that. You know, this post was posted in good faith. There was a deeper point to be made and I think any objective person can agree with it. It's just...you just can't get past these people's kneejerk reactions.

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Why does Obama keeps his academic records sealed......Is he hiding his incompetence?

his entire academic education is exactly the kind of "self-esteem based" drivel the op refers to. he basically got into

those universities through affirmative action policies, plus being propped up through letters of recommendation by a

somewhat prominent communist academic at the time. his race and connections are what got him into the ivy league,

not his own intelligence or motivation. he's been propped up all his life.

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