Obama to the People: Get Humble…NOW!

At the National Prayer Breakfast this year, Obama called for more humility in our great democracy, stating that this is what we need to accomplish many of our goals.

“In a democracy as big and as diverse as ours,” he opined, “we will encounter every opinion. And our task as citizens—whether we are leaders in government or business or spreading the word—is to spend our days with open hearts and open minds; to seek out the truth that exists in an opposing view and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation, as a people, to take real and meaningful action.”

(Collin Garbarino posted an interesting article on this subject over at Reflection and Choice. Read the full text here.)

Really? The President insulates himself from the real world, refuses to play ball on spending cut deals with Congress, sends his children to one of the most exclusive schools in the country (one with its own security staff of 11 armed guards, no less), and then preaches to the populace that they should be more “humble” in order to further the end of democracy in America.

Really?

This is completely ridiculous, much like a parent instructing his child to “do as I say, and not as I do,” and then punishing the child for committing an indiscretion  of which the parent is also guilty. It’s akin to a father having an acces de colere because his son uses 45% of the trust fund to make a down-payment on a Ferrari, when the father is concurrently spending 90% of his income on cruises on a casino ship. It’s like a father chastising his son for being an arrogant pain in the rear, when he holds his nose so high that he needs umbrellas for his nostrils so he doesn’t drown in a rainstorm.

Honestly, it also seems rather foolish for the President to so urge the nation to be more “humble.” What is that supposed to mean? Are we supposed to cave in to your every demand, Mr. President? He sneers at us from the bully pulpit of the White House, and though his words are always couched in the language of deference to democracy, behind them is the arrogance of the elitist, the pompousness of the monarch, and the inflexible will of the despot.

"Listen here, America, ya better get humble....NOW!"

“Listen here, America, ya better get humble….NOW!”

His message is clear, “Get humble, America, and bow to my will….or I’ll make you do it.”

Well, Mr. President, I humbly suggest that you begin to lead by example. All you have to do is look at the past history of this nation to see that its greatest leaders were those who lived out their ideals for all to see. I would agree that you have done so as well, but your rhetoric is far afield of the ruts in which you’re driving. If you want people to be more “humble,” how about showing us what that means? No more hiding behind buzz words, bully pulpits, and massive bills written behind closed doors, rushed through Congress, and rammed down the nation’s throat before they’ve had a chance to read it. No more executive orders to help you perpetrate end-runs around the Constitution and the Congress, two of the most important institutions in our governmental system. No more petulant refusal (reminiscent of a two-year-old who can’t get his way) to broker deals with Congress because they won’t give you what you want.

Mr. President, perhaps you should get humble…now!

What do you think is the significance of President Obama’s declaration? Why would he say we need to have more humility? Do you think he really is interested in promoting greater cooperation, humility and dialogue?

Something to think about…and discuss!

–David

The Southern Voice Writer

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6 responses to “Obama to the People: Get Humble…NOW!

  1. Awesome. So true. The “get humble” is definitely directed at those who disagree with his policies, just as his quotes of “shared sacrifice” and a “balanced approach” are only stylistic attempts at pushing his own viewpoint.

    Love reading your stuff. Keep it up!

    • Hi again, Danny, and thanks for the contribution! Your blog is a source of thought-provoking material, and regularly introduces a different facet of an issue to my thinking. Thanks for being the “iron [that] sharpeneth iron…”

      I agree, the rhetoric is as astonishing. The “shared sacrifice” is all of the takers cheering at the death of the producers, and the “balanced approach” is Congress letting the Executive-Order-Issuer-in-Chief do whatever he wants to do…which apparently includes writing his to-do list as Executive Orders. (Incidentally, how’s that for a foot-long tongue-twister of a title?)

      Perhaps my political and economic bias obtrudes? Perhaps. But again, perhaps not.

      • Does “bias” affect our thinking? Yes, every one of us. The most we can do is try our best to consider all the facts, all the opposing interpretations.

        I think we both share that goal. I look forward to your posts!

      • Agreed! Bias is an inescapable part of our human condition, and only by guarding against it can we ameliorate its effects on our thinking.

        — David

  2. Good article, David.

    This serves as my comment:

    • Thanks, Jeff.

      I am looking forward to watching the video next time I’m at the school library. (Their internet is faster than mine, and it doesn’t use my bandwidth that way. Haha!)

      I’ve read comments by several people about McNaughton and his paintings, all from the “progressive” point of view, and all very calumnious in nature. Something about his works being the product of the right-wing-favoring education he received, etc., etc., etc. It never ceases to amaze me how the conservatives are the only ones who indoctrinate their children. Fascinating inequality there. 😉

      Thanks again for all the helpful comments and guidance you’ve given over the past few months. I’m grateful to have you following the blog!

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