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.
Interesting take on what make Obeyme tick. I do disagree with the statement that Obama "is naturally bright." I have seen no shred of evidence or actions by this arrogant fool to indicate that he is any smarter than a typical Chicago street hustler. Smoother talking (with a teleprompter), yes. Cunning and manipulative, yes. Smart? Heck, no.
This is a good piece. I have thought this ever since obozo strode onto the national stage...but I also think his mother had a lot to do with it. I believe his dippy mother filled young Barry with a lot of "esteem" by praising hiim out of guilt because hs father was an absent bum and she then married into yet another third world scenario with the next guy. His natural father was also known as a pseudo intellectual blowhard with delusions of grandeur.
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.
That is why he is always voting "present" while being absent. He is always AWOL when the going gets tough.
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.
Look back over his entire Presidency so far; every time there is a crisis or hard decisions to be made, he´s nowhere to be found. Instead, he sends out others who may or may not have the answers and lets them take the fall. If it succeeds, he takes the credit, but he truly doesn´t know how ignorant he is.
The self-esteem movement in schools was a bad idea from its inception because it removed the need to learn and yes, to excel. I could smell that coming decades away and today we reap the whirlwind of horrendous liberal policies in our schools.
In the guise of good intentions, we have produced two generations, at least, of know-nothing liberal robots who have lost their ability to reason. What´s worse is that they don´t know what they have lost.
Obama is lazy. He has turned everything over to Valerie Jarrett and makes no decisions himself. It is obvious from the failures of this administration that she doesn´t know anything either. No one dares to disagree with her or challenge her on anything. She is his Communist handler and he is the figure head.
Self-esteem is one of those buzz words that few people stop to think about, hence seldom have any idea what they are talking about when they use the term. Proponents of self-esteem education believe that children with low self-esteem cannot learn until their self-esteem is elevated. They think that low self-esteem impedes learning. Their formula is improved self-esteem = improved learning, diminished self-esteem = diminished learning. There is not a shred of genuine evidence to support such contentios.
Where did this come from? What is the origin of the self-esteem movement in education? I do not know - but I suspect that forced integration may be part of the story. When it became painfully obvious that large numbers of black students could not possibly master the material and keep up with their white peer cohorts, some explanation was required to avoid the undesirable political implications of the observations.
One "explanation" was that the black children were not learning and progressing because they "lacked self-esteem." Of course their failure to show the expected progress, it was thought, only further damaged their already precarious self-esteem. Something had to be done.
Lowering or abandoning standards, grades, expectations was tried, but this could not solve the problem. Fuzzing up the curriculum, eliminating courses and subjects in which progress could be definitively measured was another approach. Grade inflation and cheating (by educators) on tests was another tactic.
The self-esteem movement is founded upon pity for the wretched of the earth. It is really more about the educators and their feelings and self-esteem than it is about the students, who are simply enabled in their ignorance and indiscipline by the emotional needs of those whose job it is to educate them.
Many of you miss the point. The worst bullies I have ever seen had the highest self esteem. To perform a criminal act requires that you value yourself above others. To be decent, honest, and kind, one must value others as equal to oneself. This is the core of many religious faiths. Simply because Zippy values himself does not mean that he is of value to anyone else. He is, in fact, quit fond of hurting those who value him most. For example, the black population, whose unemployment is worse under his "leadership", and who support him at the 90% level. The same is true for labor unions.
Let us get back to earned esteem. Praise someone for what they have actually done, rather than who they are.
Obama went to Pelosi and asked her to put together a health care bill. She went to all the Democrats in the House and asked them to pull out any health care proposals they had laying around and after collecting them she put a bill together. One Democrat she approached told her he had an old bill that had failed to pass but "if it was not good enough then it is not good enough now." Too bad more of them did not feel the same.
That Obama had no idea how to do it was evident from the first. It was there for all to see.
The muslim mulato has been foisted upon us by the powers of the left. I´ve witnessed slicker,smoother,more attractive, con men in neighborhoods no where near DC. He´s been used by the left to accomplish goals that have been fermenting since the 50´s. To the quite successful destruction of our society built on opposing principles.
The Black Pride movement dated back to the 1960´s. "Say It Loud – I´m Black and I´m Proud" is a funk song written and recorded by James Brown in 1968. In the last half-century all the grievance-based groups have adopted this "pride" moniker to justify their protests - take Gay Pride Month. There was a time in this country where being a sexual deviant was a mental illness, now it´s thrown in our faces. We are doomed.
Excellent article! I only wish it had been written when I was a full-time teacher in the early 1970´s. I was too young at the time to understand what I was battling in the racially-divided school system where I worked.
No wonder I was chastised by my fellow teachers for insisting that my students make, at least, a C- in my English classes. One teacher (an art teacher) even point-blank asked me "Why are you trying to teach these kids English? They are just going to go work at Ford´s?" There was a Ford Motor Co. plant next door to the school. I doubt if the Board of Directors at Ford Motor Co. would have appreciated that art teacher´s remark.
In the Zimmerman trial, Trayvon Martin´s girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, must have plenty of self-esteem. She didn´t seem the least embarrassed to say the term "creepy-ass cracker" wasn´t a racial slur against Zimmerman. She is typical of the black students I had - things haven´t changed, sorry to say.
PS. Teachers´ Unions are the biggest reason for students´ pathethic performance once they land a job. Hopefully, future doctors and nurses are held to a higher standard. Our lives depend on it.
The nasty thing about the self-esteem b.s. is that it is automatically paired with low expectations. We have horrible scores in math, science, and reading, but we ring the gong with our self-esteem. This has created a world in which the pseudo-glib magically seem to be intelligent and wise, rather than just, pseudo-glib. The self-esteem world helped make Fauxbama possible. Similarly, to criticize him would be too ´judgmental´. The horrors of our ed schools and the grammar/high school faculty they create are not yet fully recognized by society.
This article doesn´t fully take into account the Left´s agenda, which is to bring down the USA and turn it socialist. Sure, Obama is "incompetent" and full of unearned hubris, but that´s judging him by reasonable standards, which do not apply in Left Land. The last thing the Left wants, for example, is a good, or even just competent, American commander in chief - look no further than how they loathed and feared W in that capacity. They want a failure, like Obama, because they want America to fail (economically, but especially at warring). Self-esteem issues are not the point, really. The point is: with what type of "leaders" can the Left achieve its goal? Leaders we would consider "good" are necessarily discounted by the Left - because the Left´s goals are bad. It matters not a whit if Dear Leader has 0% or 200% self-esteem, as long as Dear Leader looks out into the world every day and only sees the proletariate (or substitute any current designated victim group) oppressed by the bourgeoisie.
I agree with #18. Obama has no moral roots or values thanks to his parents who had no time for him and he is the most uneducated, uncultured, and unamerican president whose speech, mannerisms, and choices show exactly what he is, an actor who loves to dress up and put on a show with others writing the script.
Good essay. #15 is exactly right about the necessity of earning self-esteem. Unearned self-esteem gets into the muddy area of "rights," which are worthy as freedom from illegal government interference in daily life, but unworthy when one is trying to claim something he hasn´t earned and doesn´t deserve. One´s constitutional rights inhere from one´s mere existence. Self-esteem, if it´s not to be the stultifying nuisance it has become in today´s government schools, must be the result of doing things right and well.
One would be mistaken to say that Obama is a stupid individual; he manifestly is not (although he is quite ignorant: that´s another matter). But any of us who have been to the best schools were surrounded by classmates who were all well above average intelligence, and a few of them could fairly be called brilliant. In that crowd, Obama would have been in the cheap seats in the outfield. His intelligence quotient, while above the American average of about 98, is probably below 120. Hiding that fact is a daily job requiring thousands of gallons of printer´s ink and legions of pre-orgasmic brainwashed television acolytes. His inability to think on his feet, speak extemporaneously without running the gaffe gaudily through the point he´s trying to make, and his dependence on a plebian group of slogan-dependent speechwriters and aides de camp is a reliable signal that he is at bottom a rather ordinary dog. I´d debate him. And I´d make him look bad. So would numerous others on this news forum.
Barack-the-President’s crucial Joe-the-Plumber Spread-the-Wealth moment never should have been allowed to disappear from page one above the fold and ostensibly slip away forever. Talk about teachable moments… But, it did slip away, courtesy of America’s truth-be-damned media.
Repeating myself for the umpteenth time on threads such as this one, Voter Fraud and a Corrupt Media are why our nation is in the dire shape it’s in.
When China passed its One Child policy, I said to Mrs. Jack - "This will be the deadliest thing ever. Chinese will kill their girl babies so they can get a boy baby, and then they´ll have a nation of a half billion boys with no girls. Can you imagine how emotionally twisted that will become?"
Same thing with Self-Esteem ´education´.
Can you imagine how emotionally twisted the USA will become?
Moseley makes some excellent points. However, one would have to believe that the Indonesian schools and the elite prep school that Obama attended in the sixties and seventies were purveyors of the Self Esteem delusion. (The general sense is that this nonsense did not become the basis of modern public "education" until the eighties.) More likely, he learned nothing because, at least by his own account, Obama wasted his high school years goofing off and smoking weed.
Therefore, it is likely the Comrades really worked him over in college, and his overweening conceit and irregular upbringing made him all the more vulnerable to the siren song of the Self Esteem movement.
Clint Eastwood was ridiculed for addressing an empty chair, but IMHO, it was a brilliant demonstration of what is lacking in Dear Leader.
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry said it all with one sentence: "A man´s got to know his limitations."
Obama is so arrogant, conceited and lacking in self-awareness, coupled with overwhelming self-regard, that he doesn´t know his limitations. As Ed Klein said in "The Amateur," he doesn´t know what he doesn´t know.
Obama is incapable of linear logic, thinking on his feet, or analytic analysis. Venues such as the situation room, where those inadequacies are quickly apparent are made off limits by his handlers. When the teleprompter fails, he fails. America elected a burned out coke-head hood ornament.
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