About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
Friedman, Immigration & An Amicus Brief
Changing Washington, Again!
GOP & The Tea Party
Than a Little Crazy
Hot Liberal Arrogance
Liberal Is As Liberal Does
to Blame for the Bad Economy?
Liberals Discover Root of Evil
Witches & False Charges of Racism
NAACP & The Tea Party
Celebrating the Fourth with Washington
Liberals Expose Themselves (And It's a Good Thing)
Epidemic of Foot-in-Mouth
Borders, Polls & Statistics Schmatistics
Blowing Up a Pornographic Boycott
Looking Like Europe
Bombs & The English Language
Slouching Toward Columbia & Belgium
Washing Out Dirty Mouths
Dangerous, Unbeautiful Nanny
Damned Lies & Statistics
Is Method in Obama's Healthcare Madness
Perverse Financial Elites
Flying Under the Radar
Obama: No JFK
Massachusetts: Vote! For God's Sake, Vote!
Cowardice, Expediency, Language & Liberals
Tax & Principles
Christmas Times Four
Snake in the Grass
Narrative & Afghanistan
Prostitution & The Healthcare Bill
That Killed at Fort Hood
Who Are the Know-Nothings?
All the Tomatoes!
It's Not a
War Against FOX News
Hope) We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore
Hyperpartisanship, Propaganda & Hypocrisy
& Sherman's Legacy
Epistemology, Materialists & Morality
the Stench of the Stable
Shameful Education Affair
Reform: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
(Audaciously Arrogant) Mob
The Boiled Frog
the Last Cow Has Come Home
and The Big Hate
Jefferson: Don’t Question a Supreme Court Nominee Without Him
Obama the Ideologue
October 15, 2010
During one of those sadly recurring times when the moon reflects a particularly
intense form of its lunacy-inducing light, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas bent his
knee before a little-known lawyer, community organizer, and state legislator who
had been sitting in the Oval Office for fewer than five months to utter words
that befouled everything this side of Heaven:
...in a way Obama [is]standing above the country, above — above the world;
he's sort of God...
Thomas deserved all the mocking slings and arrows that came his way regarding a
paean that can arise only from a psyche so perversely disfigured it is incapable
of understanding the simple truth that every false, lying, merely-human god is
doomed not just to be exposed as a contemptible fraud but to abject failure in
whatever he does.
So, too, is Thomas today deserving of a storm of ironic "How’s that god thing
working out for you?” as Obama sinks in the polls, taking even "safe” Democrats
down with him and occasioning commentators such as Mark Halperin to write as
follows in Time, a kindred spirit of Newsweek:
Most politically engaged elites have [concluded that] the White House is in
over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless [and that it] hasn't
much to offer...except more of the same that isn't working.
But while news about the public’s rejection of Obama’s agenda is inescapable,
there isn’t much being said about the why of his failure.
Sure, there’s the partially reasonable point made by some that having inherited
not just a profound financial mess but possibly a shocking "new normal” in the
nation’s socio-economic structure, Obama is faced with problems that may take
decades to solve or may never be solved.
And there’s the ludicrous assertion that Democrats find themselves in political
hell because the president has failed to explain the excellence of his agenda to
the public — an argument notable only for its insulting the American people as
being infinitely greater nitwits than the protagonists of Dumb and Dumber.
But political spin aside, the fundamental reason for Obama’s downfall is this:
The man is an incorrigible ideologue who is doomed to failure as much as any
Now, before evidence for that contention can be offered, a definition is
necessary, with the task best accomplished by quoting the American essayist
Clifton Fadiman, who defined the ideologue as a person who "is not interested in
ideas, but—almost the exact contrary—in one idea . . .[that he] never
And this also from Fadiman:
When [an ideologue] erects this idea into a system and forces the system to
give birth to a way of life, confusion often results, usually to his great
Well, every person blessed with even a bit of education about history knows that
much more than confusion reigns when ideologues force upon a culture a system
they worship dogmatically.
However, comments about the debacles and evils wrought by ideologues of the past
must wait for another time; for the purpose here is to offer evidence supporting
the idea of Barack Obama as an ideologue devoted to a leftist belief system that
has been crumbing so utterly that its only proud proponents these days are
nutcases who admire the grand accomplishments of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.
So, to get on with the purpose at hand, the general, overarching piece of
evidence that proves the assertion made above is that as a lover of centralized
authority and bureaucracy — in other words, of the politburo approach to
government — Obama has eschewed advancing creative, innovative ideas of his own
in favor of allowing congressional Democrats to dictate every last detail of
every last one of his policy initiatives.
Now, while ten thousand words may begin to illuminate the supreme stupidity of
such behavior, we can keep things brief if we simply ask ourselves what a
Jonathan Swift or a Mark Twain would have to say about it.
Of course, we can’t imagine exactly what such geniuses might come up with, but
we can be certain they would employ bitter ironies, acidic sarcasms, and mocking
exaggerations to satirize the idea that the greater good is best achieved when
Yahoos who title themselves with the despicably euphemistic oxymoron "Honorable
Members of Congress” are exclusively permitted to create, in secret, over a
period of only several months, an unreadable (and unread) 2,000 page abomination
that purports to immensely improve the nation’s healthcare system.
Or a secretly stuffed, rotten-pork laden "stimulus” bill aimed at improving
economic opportunities for the American people.
Or a so-called border/immigration "reform” that ignores crucial economic,
social, cultural, security, political, and environmental issues that a class of
high school students could enumerate in an hour of brainstorming.
Yes, the great satirists would understand that an ideologue is doomed to failure
the moment he accepts dogmas teaching that the more government is centralized,
the more it is expanded, and the more it spends and borrows, the greater the
possibilities for the people’s liberty, prosperity, and pursuit of happiness.
But those great minds would not limit their response solely to Obama’s
disastrous ideas about government; for they would never miss the reality that as
he fails, Obama reacts not just with "great surprise” but, out of an anger born
of pretentious anger, by directing his allies to attack those who disagree with
the "way of life” he proposes with ugly, arrogant, despicable name calling.
With that, the case is made for precisely why never questioning, "more of the
same that isn’t working” Obama is failing and why his reaction to failure is
only causing him to fail all the more.