"His policies are strikingly uncreative and, if I might borrow from the Obama lexicon, tired, old, dogmatic, ideological, and discredited. Is a top-down, government-controlled, tax-and-spend approach to economics fresh, new, and interesting? As President, Obama has shown no intellectual boldness when it comes to his policies. Most of his reforms are hollow and non-existent. He has, in fact, acceded to the committee chairmen on Capitol Hill time and again. More than any president in modern times, he is deferring to barons on the Hill to steer the ship of state. Whatever that qualifies as, it is not a break with worn-out ideas and the politics of the past.”
“Barack Obama, it turns out, is not our Socrates; he is our Sophist-in-Chief. As this becomes clearer over time, more and more people will make their way up the steep and rugged ascent, out of the cave, free of the shadows, and into the sunlight."
“Yet I am sick and tired of the President's rhetorical sophistry - and if Frank Newport called me up today, I would say that I disapprove of the job he is doing. If Scott Rasmussen's computer called me, I'd say that I strongly disapprove. A President should not be mischaracterizing, and working actively to alienate, as much as 40% of his constituency - especially after he promised he wouldn't.”
Lorne Gunter in the National Post weighed in on Obama’s clever use of sophistry in his inaugural address. Gunter also sees it through a lens of frustration. Gunter writes,
“As forcefully and eloquently as he speaks, it is often difficult to understand what Mr. Obama proposes from his words. He says things in such a way that each hearer may take from his addresses what the hearer wants. So we will need to see what legislation and executive action Mr. Obama proposes before knowing whether is a true uniter or just a clever sophist.”
It is abundantly clear that Obama is a master of misdirection and deception through sophist tactics. We have seen it used by him to advance his major agendas ranging from his “health care, no, health insurance, no, health cost reform; public, no, consumer option” tactics to his stimulus spending “jobs saved” vs. "jobs lost" rhetoric. For all Americans the larger issue is to have a firm grasp on the philosophy that grounds Obama in his sophist approach to misdirect Americans in his march towards socializing America. That philosophy is based on Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals”, the Obama bible for tactics in sophist misdirection and deception to accomplish an end goal; a socialist America. Alinsky begins his book with,
“What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”
Alinsky provides a collection of 13 rules to guide the process for radical change. He emphasizes that these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand. We can see how Obama has applied these tactics in his sophist rhetoric. Do we doubt now why he is constantly on camera to advance his agendas? He must constantly apply these rules to confuse the “have nots” and keep the pressure on the enemy, i.e., those who love America. The Alinsky/Obama rules are clever and succinct:
- Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
- Never go outside the experience of your people.
- Whenever possible, go outside of the experience of the enemy.
- Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
- Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
- A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
- A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
- Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
- The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
- The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
- If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
- The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
- Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.