Not just words

I highly recommend three posts at Powerline by Dr. Paul Rahe, Professor of History at Hillsdale College, where he holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage.

Dr. Rahe demonstrates that the discrepancy between our President’s words and actions is not confined to the obvious – broken promises, and claims that 180 degree rhetorical shifts form a “consistent policy.” Obama’s facile disconnecting from his own words, his happily invoked personal cognitive dissonance, goes to the man’s core. But that is only the most obvious level. The deeper signs are subtle, but highly revealing of his mind and character.

It is worth reading all of Rahe’s posts in full. I include some teasers to encourage you.

Dr. Paul Rahe:

Obama’s gestures

If we are to comprehend what is going on, we must pay close attention not only to what Obama says but to what he conveys in other ways. His tone is nearly always moderate but what he hints at and what he intimates by way of body language often convey the opposite.

…In the first of the autobiographies that he claims to have written, Barack Obama frequently speaks of himself as being in the grips of rage. We would do well to take him at his word.

Obama’s gestures, part 2

President Obama does not have to announce whose side he is on. He can convey by gestures that he is inclined to help America’s enemies and to harm our friends, and he has done so repeatedly with consummate skill.

Obama’s tyrannical ambition

President Obama has one distinguishing feature. He is a man of rigid self-discipline.

…It is, in fact, a sign of his astonishing self-discipline that we know next to nothing about his life apart from what he chose to impart in the two autobiographies he published. For a long time now, for longer than we can perhaps imagine, every move he has made has been carefully calculated, calibrated, and choreographed. In this regard, he is in the fullest sense what every politician aims to be: a self-made (one might even say a self-invented) man. It is easy to see why someone like Evan Thomas should think him a god.

Professor Rahe is the author of Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect