Friday, December 10, 2010

Donkeys Coming Home to Roost

Feet of clay.

Our friends on the Left have discovered that the god they worshipped has feet of clay.
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

- The Prophet Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon, CA 600 BC*
The metaphor of the feet of clay
....comes from the Old Testament (Dan.2:31-32). There the Hebrew captain Daniel interprets a dream for Nebuchadnezzar, founder of the new Babylonian Empire. Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed of a giant idol with golden head, silver arms and chest, brass thighs and body, and iron legs. Only the feet of this image, compounded of iron and potter's clay, weren't made wholly of metal. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that the clay feet of the figure made it vulnerable, that it prophesized the breaking apart of his empire. Over the years readers of the Bible were struck with the phrase 'feet of clay' in the story and it was used centuries ago to describe an unexpected flaw or vulnerable point in the character of a hero or any admired person.
From the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

Well, it turns out that the idol our leftist friends worshipped seems to have that attribute.

Back in April of '09, yours truly (ahem) did a certain degree of metallurgical analysis on the lower Presidental extremities, weighed them and found them wanting.

What was most interesting however was, while it was obvious to us who saw the man as he was then, we were buried in pillows of political butt-kissery engaged in by the ladies (ahem) and gentlemen of the Press. Typical of this includes the following gem of a quote from Associated Press writer Liz Sidoti on April 19, 2009:

It didn't take long for Barack Obama — for all his youth and inexperience — to get acclimated to his new role as the calming leader of a country in crisis.

"I feel surprisingly comfortable in the job," the nation's 44th president said a mere two weeks after taking the helm...

As an audacious candidate, Obama meticulously built a powerhouse organization and fundraising juggernaut to engineer his victory. As a fledgling president, he similarly has mapped out a big-risk agenda that he's methodically begun to execute, keeping to the discipline that has been a hallmark of his life.

Rookie jitters? Far from it.
Do note that you can no longer get this story from AP**--Liz Idiots apparently is too embarassed at her journalistic gratification of the President to keep the story up for all and sundry to read, now that her error is clear.

Fortunately, you can still read the entire story here, in spite of AP's consignment of the article to the memory hole.

However, today even his leftist base has awoken. It's now clear that our President just isn't up to the job.

We see this now, particularly as Obama caved completely on tax breaks, and it appears that even such holy grails as the DREAM act (which I actually support) and DADT (which of course I don't) are about to be shot down in flames, with hardly a whimper from Mr. Unflappable. He sits on his thumbs while Wikileaks publishes, drip drip drip, our closest diplomatic secrets. And he finds himself at Year Two of his Presidency in the same place it took Clinton six years to achieve: i.e., No One Left To Lie To.

As one commentator for the Washington Times has put it:
Progressives have only themselves to blame. Conservatives - including yours truly - warned them that Mr. Obama is unfit to be president. They are learning this the hard way.
So have we all.

So say we all!

*that's BC, not BCE, thank you very much.

**I'll note that the above fair-use quote is printed at some risk; the fascist trolls at Righthaven LLC has taken to sue blogs -- for $150,000! -- that quote works that they have bought....after they buy them.

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