The Obama “Feel-Good”, “Fool-’em” Strategy For Transforming The American Prosperity Machine

It is often said that most people will forget what you say and do – but they will never forget how you made them feel.

No one has made better use of this reality than Barack Obama. This charismatic leader has been giving “feel-good” speeches on almost a daily basis. They leave his audiences feeling great. They may not remember much of what he said but he sure gets them excited and makes them feel happy, committed, and even powerful.

Later, Obama is completely at ease doing the very opposite of what he said in an earlier speech, conference or interview. And with a friendly, liberal, socialist-oriented media – he has been able to pretty much get away with these contradictions and/or manipulations.

A few media watchers have, of course, called Obama on the carpet for his utterances and subsequent contrary comments and actions. Many are reproduced in audio or video formats – in Obama’s own spoken words – and can be seen and/or heard on the Internet, on YouTube, or on Republican-oriented websites.

Let’s face it, Obama soared to national prominence after a speech at the 2004 Democrat convention – where he said many inspiring things that most Americans agreed with. He told his national audience what they wanted to hear – what would make them feel good – and he became an overnight celebrity. And while most don’t remember what Obama said, they still feel good thinking about it.

How things have changed as Obama has gradually exposed his de facto Marxist/Socialist/Radical-Leftist, quasi-Communist, big-government ideology and administrative actions and intentions.

However, like other charismatic rulers – Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, etc. – this quasi-communist continues to uses emotional appeal and unrealistic Socialistic promises to make his audiences feel good and thereby increase his power to install his anti-American ideology. And too many Americans don’t see through Obama’s phoniness to his real agenda. And of course, some like the prospect of an all-providing, all-caring, cradle-to-grave nanny state. But most are simply not paying attention, or not comprehending what’s really going on, and the consequences for themselves and their children.

History has clearly demonstrated that the keys to a flourishing economy, plentiful, good-paying jobs, and individual prosperity for the greatest number is a competitive, cooperative, free-market, free-enterprise, balanced-trade, entrepreneurial, innovative, personal-initiative, profit-motivated, moral, law-and-order, low-tax and decentralized economic and political system. One in which private companies and enterprises exist, and people freely produce, to meet the needs, wants and expectations of their customers, clients, employees, suppliers, communities, creditors, shareholders, and future generations − in that order of priority.

And this must be accomplished at a price/cost ratio sufficient to support the ongoing and balanced needs of their free-enterprises and their suppliers . . . and adequate to provide investors and creditors with an attractive return on their invested capital . . . and sufficient to offset the implicit risk of supporting the financial needs of businesses and their stakeholders.

Free market, competitive, Constitutional Capitalism is a time-proven economic and political system that benefits the greatest number . . . based on freedom, natural law, and the private ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods. It is characterized by free, competitive markets, motivation-by-profit, and safety nets for those who cannot care for themselves.

In a Marxist/Socialist oriented economy, many of these functions and forces are taken over by centralized, government elites, bureaucrats, and complacent job-fillers. These can’t possibly provide the collective wisdom, experience and motivation of liberated businesspersons, entrepreneurs, innovators, and workers. People left to operate in a genuinely free market end up producing in a competitive, cooperative, free-enterprise, low-tax, private-property, “sky’s-the-limit,” financially-responsible, Constitutional, Capitalistic economy.

Obama’s hope is that his “feel- good,” “fool-’em” strategy will delude and distract the voters regarding all of the above.

Image courtesy of Virgil Finlay (1914–1971)

About the author: William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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