The State or Quality of Being Depressed

Scott Johnson and Victor Davis Hanson are depressed. Says Scott:

I feel utterly powerless to do anything about the fellow in the Oval Office who combines infantile leftism and adolescent grandiosity in roughly equal measures. It seems to me that every day he is responsible for assaults on the freedom and well being of the American people. I can’t keep up and I can’t stand to pay attention.

His aim seems to be to reduce us to government dependents. His inattention to rehabilitation of the financial system in lieu of vastly expanding the size and scope of the government is a dead giveaway, as is his lack of concern over the vast destruction of wealth his policies are working (and will continue to work).

Perhaps most depressing to me is the manifestation of his adolescent grandiosity in his stewardship of foreign policy and national security. He doesn’t understand that the government of Iran is intent on acquiring nuclear weapons it can put to evil purposes. He thinks he can sweet-talk them out of achieving this objective.

He doesn’t understand that the government of Iran is a tyranny that oppresses the Iranian people. He thus addresses the mad mullahs as though they represent the people of Iran.
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Obama believes his cluelessness represents the higher wisdom. It is a source of his monumental self-regard. Thus his response to Vice President Cheney’s criticism of Obama for undoing, and vowing to undo, the Bush administration policies that kept the American people safe from attack safe for seven years after 9/11:

President Obama, rejecting former Vice President Dick Cheney’s contention that Obama has put the nation at greater risk of terrorism, suggests in an interview airing tonight on “60 Minutes” that the previous administration’s stance was an “advertisement for anti-American sentiment.”

“How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney?” Obama asks. “It hasn’t made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment.”

“Brought to justice”? Good god, man, what the hell are you talking about? I don’t know what he is talking about — they haven’t seen the inside of the United States District Court for the District of Colulmbia? — but I do understand what Obama means when he says the Bush policies were “a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment.” Obama and his fellow Democrats helped make them so by spreading pernicious falsehoods about their illegality and cruelty. Even worse, like the pitiful Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Obama aspires for us to be be well liked!

Well, hey. As it happens, I know a little something about depression. I know how painful it is.  So, even though I disagree with everything Scott says, believes, and stands for, my compassion for a fellow human being who is in the grips of this incapacitating medical illness moves me to share my own experience of depression. Perhaps it will give him some perspective.

I am depressed, too — although significantly less than I was during the eight years that George W. Bush was president. So I understand what you mean when you say, “I feel utterly powerless to do anything about the fellow in the Oval Office who combines infantile leftism and adolescent grandiosity in roughly equal measures.” From Jan. 20, 2001 to Jan. 20, 2009, I felt utterly powerless to do anything about the fellow in the Oval Office who combined selfish, cynical, and callous right-wing ideology with personal rigidity, shallowness, amorality, laziness, petty vindictiveness, lack of imagination, incuriosity, absence of interest in any points of view but his own and a pathological unwillingness to be exposed to any points of view but his own. So, as unhelpful as it may be for you to hear, I have to say it: Now you know how I felt for the past eight years.

And that brings me to the second perspective-aiding point: How do you, or Victor Davis Hanson, know that “so many Americans are depressed” for the same reasons you are? I don’t think they are, Scott — in fact, all the polls that I have seen point to the opposite conclusion. It’s true that the AIG bonus issue is volcanic in Congress and at the White House, but outside the Beltway it’s not getting much traction.

Next, about that Iran thing. You say:

Perhaps most depressing to me is the manifestation of his adolescent grandiosity in his stewardship of foreign policy and national security. He doesn’t understand that the government of Iran is intent on acquiring nuclear weapons it can put to evil purposes. He thinks he can sweet-talk them out of achieving this objective.

He doesn’t understand that the government of Iran is a tyranny that oppresses the Iranian people. He thus addresses the mad mullahs as though they represent the people of Iran.

Look, Scott, your crowd got it wrongboth times — about former Pres. Bush representing the people of the United States — not to mention the tiny mistake in judgment your side made about how invading Iraq would affect Iran’s power in the region. So I rather think that the last outcome the mullahs, or any of the other oppressive governments in the region, want is a U.S. president who wins the support of the people through peaceful outreach and respectful communication. After all, if you and your fellow right-wing crazies think that a message from Pres. Obama addressing Iran’s people and its leaders with respect and peaceful intent¬† is a “message of weakness,” what do you expect Iran’s leaders would think of answering Obama’s message with respect and peaceful intent? If the United States is so profoundly distrustful of and cynical about offering respect and peace to Iran, why on earth would you imagine that Iran’s government would not feel the same way about offering respect and peace to the United States?

In any event, I hardly think you are in a position to make assertions about who does or doesn’t represent the people of Iran, or to pontificate on the wisest course of action for the Obama administration to take toward Iran in 2009.

Oh, and before I end, let me give you some official definitions of the phrase “bring to justice,” since you purport not to know what Pres. Obama means when he asks, “How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney?”

From The Free Dictionary:

justice
Noun
1. the quality of being just
2. the administration of law according to prescribed and accepted principles
3. a judge
4. bring to justice to capture, try, and punish (a criminal)

Numbers 2 and 4 seem most relevant in this regard.

From Dictionary.com:

bring to justice, to cause to come before a court for trial or to receive punishment for one’s misdeeds: The murderer was brought to justice.

From YourDictionary.com:

bring to justice
to cause (a wrongdoer) to be tried in court and duly punished

From Thesaurus.com:

bring to justice – 1 thesaurus result
Main Entry: bring to justice
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: put on trial
Synonyms: bring before the bar, bring to trial, haul into court, take before the judge, take to court
Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition

Does that help, Scott?

3 Responses to “The State or Quality of Being Depressed”

  1. jasperjava says:

    Excellent reply. As Barack Obama said, it’s as if these people take pride in being ignorant. They actually think that their brand of stupidity, ignorance, hatred and greed is ethically and morally superior.

    The more people like that feel depressed, the better off we’ll all be.

  2. Dave S says:

    jasperjava, they aren’t just stupid. They are WILLFULLY stupid. Information exists that will enlighten them; they choose to ingore it. Willfully stupid is way worse than stupid.

  3. Duncan says:

    The really bizarre thing to me is that this guy (and Obama’s fans, for that matter) ignores Obama’s continued repetition of Bush’s belligerent lies about Iran. The claim that Iran is working on a nuclear weapons program, for example, even though it has been discredited many times. In general, Obama has shown himself to be extremely ill-informed and/or dishonest about foreign policy, whether it be on Iran, the Israel/Palestine conflict, or Latin America.

    And isn’t “infantile leftism” a Communist epithet? Is Johnson a closet Leninist?

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