"If at age 20 you are a conservative then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are a liberal then you have no brains."
Sir Winston Churchill

Obama obviously knows very little about economics, specifically that "Society stagnates when independent productive achievers begin to be socially demonized and even punished for their accomplishments." This dilemma fogs Obama's reality. To him, accepting this truth is a "false choice", his answer to things he doesn't understand. And by the way... where is John Galt?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Obama's "False Choice" (Manipulation of the Electorate)

Obama and now some in his administration and Congress have used the "false choice" term when they don't like an alternative view. The presentation of a false choice often reflects a deliberate attempt to eliminate the middle ground on an issue. It's a trick first used by Eldridge Cleaver in his 1968 presidential bid. Bush used the concept, but never the phrase. The way Obama uses the "false choice" phrase for example, is to say that the democrats have the bill on the table, but the republicans choose to block its passage, and that's a "false choice".
Of course, the effect of this is to eliminate the middle ground choice, one of which is to let the republicans add their amendments to the bill, which would be the middle ground that Obama pretends doesn't exist. It's a trick Bush used after 9/11 when he announced to the world that "you are either for us or against us, there is no other choice". Obama, however has used it all the time, starting in the primaries. The electorate aren't as skilled at philosophical coersion and don't generally know that they are being manipulated.... thus the political use of a "false choice". It is presented as being extremely urgent, just the way Obama has postured health care reform and Gore has positioned "global warming".

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