In his first major speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama complained about how he has too much money. The speech occurred during his trip to Africa, which happens to be the poorest Continent on the planet.
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Leading up to his claim that he has too much money, the former President spoke out in favor of collective bargaining, breaking up monopolies, and progressive taxation, among other policies. He somehow felt that these policies would be of help in a poverty ridden place such as Africa, where being able to consistently put food on the table is a luxury.
After preaching to the crowd about how he knows how to fix all their problems, Obama quickly switched subjects stating “I should add by the way, right now I’m actually surprised by how much money I’ve got,” adding that “there’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean, it’s enough.”
Beyond making an obvious humble brag/complaint, Obama demonstrated his clear lack of understanding when it comes to capital. It isn’t surprising that somebody like Obama, who has never owned a business, would feel as though he has too much money. He doesn’t understand that the majority of people with large sums of money generally invest it in order to make more money, and in turn, create jobs.
But former President Obama has no idea about what goes into creating jobs. He famously made that clear in 2012 with his “you didn’t build that” statement made as a jab at business owners taking pride in the businesses they built.
Former President Obama was in Africa to commemorate the 100th birthday of South African revolutionary, and avowed communist, Nelson Mandela. While on his trip he also visited Kenya, the birthplace of his father.
Washington Post Op-Ed Writer Asks Why It’s Difficult to “Deprogram Trumpian Conspiracy Theorists”
This “deprogramming” talk is dangerous and it needs to stop.
Professor and Washington Post contributor Brian Klaas recently wrote an op-ed for the paper titled “Why is it so hard to deprogram Trumpist conspriacy theorists?”, speculating that Trump’s base is teeming with “deluded people” who are so out of touch with reality that “reprogramming” them may prove impossible.
The Post published the op-ed Monday. Klaas’ opening paragraph says in part that “for the past four years, the United States was governed by a conspiracy theorist in chief. Whether by retweeting QAnon accounts from the Oval Office or painting himself as the victim of shadowy ‘deep state’ plots at rallies, President Donald Trump injected the toxin of baseless conspiratorial thinking straight into America’s political bloodstream.”
He asserts that the participants of the Capitol storming on January 6 were “insurrectionists” and “conspiracy theorists” and then asks if “we have any hope of deprogramming the millions of Americans who are devoted to dangerous lunacy.”
“Don’t hold your breath,” quipped Klaas, who proceeds to jump into a psychological explanation for why conspiracy theorists believe the things they believe. Part of what makes them so hard to “deprogram,” he says, is an inability for their claims to be falsified, their ever-shifting explanations for why predicted events don’t come to pass, and the social atmosphere of online communities.
Klaas concludes his op-ed as follows: “We can no longer pretend that conspiracy theorists are beneath our attention. They’ve shown they have tremendous capacity to inflict damage on society. Bringing the deluded people who populate Trump’s political base back to reality will be difficult. But to find the right antidote, we need to at least accurately diagnose who has taken the poison. And that means acknowledging that those who sympathize with the Capitol insurrectionists are not far-off lunatics. Some, most likely, are your neighbors.
“And, given the staying power of conspiratorial thinking, they aren’t likely to change their minds anytime soon.”
This is hardly the first time commentators and writers have used “deprogramming” language in recent days. And it reveals a lot about the contempt with which they view Trump supporters. It doesn’t get any more clear that they wish millions of people had their worldviews thoroughly reexamined and minds reprogrammed before they can be considered part of polite society again. That’s extraordinarily dangerous, divisive rhetoric. And it needs to stop.
Did the people who stormed the Capitol do something wrong and did some of them believe in QAnon-type conspiracy theories? Yes and yes. But the left for years has smeared Trump as a dictator and his fervent supporters as fascists; hence they have no moral qualms about lumping together both the Capitol rioters and run-of-the-mill Trump supporters. They essentially think January 2021 is May 1945 and that we all need to be denazified. It’s disturbing and concerning, especially since they’re the ones with all the institutional power.
We’re going to be in for a rough four years, guys.
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