In his speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama packs more sheer stupidity into a minute and a half than Matthew Modine in an entire CNN interview. That he panders to a room full of Mexican-Americans without bothering to know even the most basic facts of either Mexican or American history is only the embarkation point on our journey into the mind of the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.
Take, for example, Obama’s recounting of North American history circa 1810, long before the Founding of the United States:
Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples. The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes. We all shared the same land.
In exactly what sense did, say, Chilean Incans “share the same land” with, say, French Canadians building settlements on the banks of Lake Superior? (Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Or how about this nugget of wisdom: “What made us all Americans was not a matter of blood, it wasn’t a matter of birth, it was faith and fidelity to the shared values that we all hold so dear.” From the 14th Amendment:
All persons born or naturalized [a legal procedure, not something that one confers upon oneself by having “faith and fidelity” to anything] in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
OK, so maybe it’s not fair to expect Obama to know anything about the U.S. Constitution. Let’s try the Wikipedia article on naturalization:
Nationality is traditionally based either on jus soli (“right of the territory”) or on jus sanguinis (“right of blood”), although it now usually mixes both.
Again, Obama’s quote: “not a matter of blood, […] not a matter of birth [in the territory].” If the Wikipedia article is correct, then Obama is comically precise in his wrongness. Of course, we all know that Wikipedia is not a credible source like MSNBC or Journolist—who knows what kind of miscreants might be writing things on there?—but goddamn, it’s easy as hell to use and would’ve at least pointed him in the right direction.
(As an aside, Obama’s obliviousness sheds light on what liberals mean by a “living Constitution.” According to the liberal imagination, from the moment that Obama or some other Marxist jackass finds it expedient to flatly contradict the plain meaning of the Constitution in order to pander to this or that lefty grievance group—or for any other reason, for that matter—the written word is nullified and the Marxist contradiction takes its place.)
Incredibly, Obama somehow manages to screw up the Declaration of Independence as well. I’m sure Hispanics, most of whom are Catholic, really appreciate the fact that he is evidently so hostile to and/or embarrassed by the concept of God that he would rather look like a stuttering dope than quote the Declaration of Independence correctly. Endowed with rights by whom, Barry? He continues:*
It’s only the Declaration of Independence, after all! WTF guys amirite? It’s not like it’s an important historical document, like Rules for Radicals or Das Kapital. Give me a fucking break here—I golfed a round with Captain America this morning, and by the time we were done I wanted to smash my driver into his fat mick face. Goddamn it, I just lost my place. Where was I? Oh yeah—“In this country, opportunity and equality are not just words in the mouths of politicians…”
But the most striking thing about this clip is not anything he says, but his mannerisms, which are deeply weird. He looks like he’s trying to decide whether to go for the crowd approval, or just say “fuck it” and walk off the podium. At no time does he seem remotely interested in the words he is speaking. And why would he be? As summarized by Valerie Jarrett, one of the many people whom Obama has appointed to lucrative and powerful positions because they really, really, really kissed his ass:
He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do. He would never be satisfied with what ordinary people do.
So that’s why he’s such a failure as POTUS: the job is too ordinary, not challenging enough for an intellect of his caliber. On the other hand, maybe he’s just a slow learner.
Whatever the case, Democrats didn’t hold their nose when they voted in 2008. To the contrary, they worshipped him en masse, largely on the premise that his supposedly superior intellect would reflect positively on their own (well, that and free gas.) If that’s not the first and last thing you need to know about the intelligence of liberals generally, then you are beyond hope.
*Not an actual Barack Obama quote