Yes We Can!
Hugh Hewitt featured Michelle Obama's scary stump speech at UCLA on his radio show. The whole thing is worth listening to for a peek into the Obama World View, but here's what comes at 8:41 in the audio on his site:
"Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."
I thought I already was working but then I remember that Michelle is making her pitch to a liberal crowd, so warning that her hubby will make them work may be fair warning to Obama supporters who may not have jobs or maintain a casual relationship with labor.
I'm rather fond of my cynicism, which is a prerequisite for listening to the Obamas speechify. When the Obamas are filling up the auditorium with hot air, I like to dial my Cynicism Filter up to about 6, which is the intellectual equivalent of hip waders.
I'm pretty fond of my comfort zone, too, one which I worked all these years to create. I don't want Barrack or anybody else to move me out of it. Mmmm. Comfort zone. Moving everyone out of their comfort zone sounds like something Fidel says right before he demands everyone volunteer their weekends for mandatory work hoeing the fields to fulfill the goals of the Five Year Plan. The Declaration of Independence explicitly states that Americans have the right to pursue happiness. The Declaration of Obama's Wife says Americans should get out of their Happy Place.
The problem with Obama supporters is precisely that they are uninvolved with and uninformed about the real world, making the Obama rhetoric so appealing if you're a knucklehead. The rest of us know a snake oil salesman when we see one, pitching his potion as the remedy for everything.
In related news, Ben & Jerry made the completely unsurprising announcement that they endorse Obama for president. They're donating two "Obamamobiles" to tour Vermont, giving away free scoops of "Cherries for Change" ice cream. This leads us to the great question of the day: What is Obama's flavor?
It has to be some derivative of Neapolitan: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. I figure the chocolate is swirled on top with the vanilla while the pink strawberry is hidden under it at the bottom. It's about an inch down, where you can't see it until after you've bought it and dug in to discover that you've got nearly a whole pint of strawberry.
Hat tip to National Review Online.