It appears that President Obama believes that dissenting views are irrational or the result of clouded, lesser thinking. Being blind to his own ideology makes him unable to respectfully deal with others who might readily embrace an ideological point of view. The president’s inability to effectively work with Congress, orchestrate Washington, or build strong alliances or even friendships overseas probably stems from his belief that others should defer to his clear thinking without many questions or objections. He doesn’t see politics as a great debate with multiple possibilities among equal voices.Obama constantly intones that there's "no reason" to oppose something he supports, as if the other side isn't entitled to dissent and the opposition springs purely from political or more nefarious motives. Recall how he berated the media for providing "false balance" by even giving attention to these other voices. And, to a large degree, the media went along.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Smarter - so much smarter - than everyone
Ed Rogers in the WashPost: "Why would Obama say he is not ideological?"