Did you hear the latest from Barack Obama?
Well, he gave an interview to the BBC and gave away his rationale for his power grab over the Internet some years ago.
Here’s what he said: “All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet,” Obama said in an interview conducted by Britain’s Prince Harry. “One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”
Yeah, if only Obama could run the world along with his elite friends. Wouldn’t we yokels all be better off?
So, why not let’s dissect his words of wisdom:
- “All of us in leadership …” Did I miss something? Is he still in a position of leadership? Is that a lifetime honor? Frankly, when I hear a phrase like this, it makes my skin crawl. America was founded as a self-governing concept, meaning, we’re supposed to govern ourselves, not be ruled by “leaders.”
- “… have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet.” So, if I have this right, Obama is semi-admitting that his “Net Neutrality” concept was all about creating one big “safe space” in the Internet – defined not on the basis of eliminating pornography, but on the basis of eliminating ideas he found repugnant. Do I have that about right?
- “One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities …” I admit, I have an entirely different reality than Obama. And he believes that is a bad thing. So, apparently, it was his idea to use the Internet in a way to create one common reality. Does that sound scary to you?
- “… they can just be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.” What Obama would prefer, apparently, is for everyone to be cocooned in information that reinforces his
You get it?
This is classic. I almost forgot how surreal it was for eight years when he was in the White House. The arrogance, the smugness, the effete snobbiness, the petulant know-it-all-ness. I realized how liberating it has been over the last year. To think so many people would prefer to return being led like lambs to the slaughter of liberty is astonishing to me.
He had some other pearls of enlightenment.
“It’s also, by the way, harder to be as obnoxious and cruel in person as people can be anonymously on the Internet,” he said.
I don’t know about that. Obama was pretty cruel to those with whom he disagreed – like the Little Sisters of the Poor, the tea-party crowd, independent journalists and Christians and Jews.
He also revealed he still thinks of himself as having superpowers – like preventing hurricanes and natural disasters. Really, no kidding. Listen to this: “Take some of the tragedies that have happened recently, with hurricanes devastating first Houston and parts of Florida and now Puerto Rico. Today, those aren’t my direct responsibilities, but I can focus over the next 20 years in making sure that we don’t have more hurricanes and natural disasters that are accelerated as a consequence of climate change, and the ability to focus long term I think is a great luxury.”
Amazing. Stunning. I’m almost speechless. Notice I said “almost.”
I wonder how many hurricanes and natural disasters he thinks he prevented in the eight years of his presidency.
He thinks he’s a god! But, what’s worse is too many others still fawn over this kind of gobbledygook.
All I can say is: Thank you Donald Trump for delivering us from this kind of superciliousness.
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