Friday, September 25, 2015

We have lost the courage to see things as they are

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"The line “We have lost the courage to see things as they are” leapt out at me when I read it. Ever since the Obama presidency began–actually, ever since some time during Obama’s first campaign for the presidency—there has been an almost constant “Emperor’s New Clothes” feeling about the public’s reaction to what he does.

In that letter, Lucas was like the child pointing and crying out that the emperor is naked. Now, as then, we cannot see what is in front of us. We cannot exercise common sense—which we should rename uncommon sense, because that’s what it has become. We cannot stick up for ourselves, cannot look out for our interests, and have given all of that up for a combination of self-righteous moral preening and a lack of critical thinking so profound that most people don’t even know what Obama has done and what it means.

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