Posted on | September 9, 2012 | 13 Comments
Insty points to Polliwood, where 2016: Obama’s America is a major topic:My review of the documentary is here, but the Polliwood clip brings up another angle that has taken a while to form: if D’Souza is correct, then isn’t Obama the ueber-hypocrite for the ages?
I recall reading A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East and thinking, yeah: imperialism is a bastard’s game. The notion of a small clique of people in power dividing a larger population against itself to retain control is the antithesis of liberty. And yet, that was the consistent British game across multiple continents for a couple centuries. Bad British: bad.
And so BHO has made a political career out of surfing the waves of resentment to reach the Resolute Desk. And yet, hasn’t the purportedly evil British playbook been exactly what Obama has used since he was sworn in, twice? We’ve seen the verbal uniter act as the divider on, come to think of it, just about every issue: health care; the right to life; marriage; the economy; foreign policy.
Thus, Obama’s chief complaint does not seem to be that the evil British were squashing people under the bus of colonialism; rather, Obama’s complaint appears to be that it’s unfair when he’s not driving that bus.
Update: check Belvedere’s response. I don’t know how comfortable I am with his argument:
In almost every place the British had colonies, there is civilization today. Unlike other nations, they gladly ’took up The White Man’s Burden’, as it were, and sought to improve the lot of the non-Western peoples they ruled over — and they succeeded in the vast, vast majority of cases. You can point to their foul-ups in the Middle East after World War I and rightly say ‘the Brits screwed-up’, but this can be explained by the twin failings of arrogance and idealism [ie: Leftism] that had invaded even Winston Churchill’s soul.
While worth noting, this does not amount to an end-justifies-the-means argument. If all you need to do is point to a little bit of good done, you can justify ObamaCare.