Monday, October 18, 2010

Please stop psychoanalyzing us, Mr. President

Maybe it's the professor in him, but Barack Obama seems to like to psychoanalyze the public and come up with his own assessment of why we lowly beings who might oppose his policies think the way we do. And he lapses into special arrogance when he's talking to Democratic contributors. Remember his conclusion that people in small towns supporting Hillary Clinton rather than him were just scared of losing their jobs and so "they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Well, he's returned the public to the couch once again to try to explain why people might oppose him today.
President Barack Obama said Americans' "fear and frustration" is to blame for an intense midterm election cycle that threatens to derail the Democratic agenda.

"Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly when we're scared,” Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. “And the country's scared.”

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his “view from the Oval Office.” He faulted the economic downturn for Americans’ inability to “think clearly” and said the burden is on Democrats “to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling.”
Got that? Only scared people who aren't thinking clearly would oppose him and other Democrats. Does it even occur to him that many people have very logical reasons why we oppose his policies? Please. He is so arrogantly dismissive of his opponents that he doesn't even acknowledge their arguments. We've seen this over and over when he throws out his strawman arguments that the Republicans haven't put forward any of their own proposals for how to improve the economy or reform health care. Instead, anyone opposing him is just being irrationally biased by fears in this difficult economy.

He misses the logical connection between being worried, even scared, about our economic situation and realizing that his policies are exacerbating our nation's problems. Maybe if he'd take a peek out of his ivory tower, he'd realize that many people are using logic, not fear, to oppose Democrats this year.