About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
the evidence thus far regarding The Case of Barack Obama, which is it?
Is our president a messiah, a reincarnated Lincoln, or something less?
Well, given the beliefs that make up the American Ethos, the great
majority of citizens recoil from the politician-as-messiah business,
however it is finessed, for example, by Ezra Klein, associate editor of
the Web’s American Prospect (a font of "Liberal Intelligence”) and
author of the following magnificent example of the unintelligible drivel
that underlies so much of "perfectly rational” liberal "thought.”
He [Obama] is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over
flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard
guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to
call us back to our highest selves...
Tired and sick of such sycophantic slobber, common sense folks also
reject the bluster about Obama-as-Lincoln as fast as a bat flies out of
hell — or even faster.
The reality is, then, that the great majority of Americans regard the
president as something else. However, within that majority, two groups
come to opposite conclusions.
One perceives him as a truly exceptional "post everything” visionary
who, in addition to his intellect and wisdom, exhibits an extraordinary
degree of courage, honesty, and commitment to principle.
The other agrees with EU President Mirek Topolanek, who implied Obama is
a dangerous demagogue when he condemned the administration’s plan to
borrow and spend America to prosperity as creating "a road to hell.”
Now, unlike those who refuse to acknowledge the existence of the hellish
consequences of the president’s policies — let alone discuss the pain
they will cause to the nation’s body and soul — those of us deeply
concerned about the "road to hell” behave oppositely.
Moreover, we employ our analyses to arrive at a fair estimate of the
president — as revealed by the following questions, which we share with
every open-minded person at home and abroad.
When he proposes a fiscal leap of faith that the Congressional Budget
Office says will produce an unprecedented $9.3 trillion of debt in the
period 2010-2019, does an intellectually honest visionary fail to
address the public to explain precisely how such massive borrowing,
spending, and resultant governmental expansion will avoid exchanging the
vibrant, innovative American Economic Model for its bleak, stagnant
(Those explanations, of course, presented with an earnest sobriety from
the place where the buck stops — not the joking, frivolous, cotton candy
atmosphere of late-night entertainment shows or other venues of that
When Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (stunningly) rejects U.S.
calls for more deficit spending in Europe by arguing, "You can’t think
you can solve everything with taxpayers’ money,” does an intellectually
honest visionary fail to proudly and methodically point out why the
Swedish PM is mistaken?
When the Federal Reserve Bank prints and then pumps 1.1 trillion dollars
into the economy to keep interest rates low, does a brave, wise
visionary simply smile instead of explaining the consequences of that
action, including the dollar’s immediate fall against the euro (the
largest one day slide in nine years) and oil’s just as immediate rise in
When a profligate Fed floods the nation with an ocean of dollars,
causing a major currency trader to shout, "Sell the dollar!” does a
courageous, Lincolnesque visionary fail to address the people with
plain, straight talk about inflation — that wealth ravaging incubus
feared most by seniors living on fixed incomes?
When members of his party speak of a second "stimulus” package,
prompting another monetary expert to conclude, "[Then] the dollar is
done,” does a principled visionary again fail to speak soberly and
truthfully about truly profound consequences?
When the public properly explodes in anger over AIG bonuses, does a
courageous, "post-partisan” visionary refuse to immediately take
responsibility for the AIG bailout he and his party rushed through
Congress? (Though not as fast as they zipped into law an $800 billion
"stimulus” bill porked with 8,000 earmarks.)
Moreover, does a "change we can believe in” visionary fail to stand tall
in admitting that the $165 million "bonus mistake” is a mere "damn”
compared to the unspeakable obscenities he and congressional Democrats
laid on the public when they approved a bailout that allowed AIG to pay
tens of billons in obligations to the likes of Goldman Sachs and foreign
banks at 100% value — that is, without forcing those politically
well-connected enterprises to take what denizens of Wall Street call "a
When Washington insiders who have enriched themselves by taking
advantage of the public/private sector revolving door are suggested for
important posts, does a Lincolnesque visionary fail to respond with a
steely minded "no.”?
Regarding his Chief of Staff, for example, does he fail to reject a
person such as Rahm Emanuel, the former Clinton "war room” hit man and
(through Clinton’s graces) former Freddie Mac board member?
... the same board member Rahm Emanuel, who, according to the Chicago
Tribune, knew about a plan by Freddie’s executives "to use accounting
tricks to mislead shareholders about outsize profits...[thereby] helping
maximize annual bonuses for company brass.”
... the same board member Rahm Emanuel who, the Tribune reports, earned
a $20,000 annual fee (for six meetings of brilliant work a year)
supplemented by "$380,000 in stock and options.”
Far from complete, these questions haven’t even touched upon how a truly
wise, honest, courageous visionary would discuss the profound social and
economic consequences resulting from his policies regarding health care,
energy, and carbon reduction.
They haven’t illuminated how an intellectually honest visionary would
react to national defense issues such as the following:
... employing "You Tube diplomacy” with respect to theocratic fascists
... ditching "terrorism” in favor of "man-caused disasters,” a term his
Secretary of Homeland Security calls a "nuance” that avoids "the
politics of fear”
... replacing "war on terror” with the perfectly stupid and immensely
dangerous Orwellian euphemism, "Overseas Contingency Operation.”
Nor have the questions offered in this piece fully directed a powerful
beam upon the fact that a visionary devoted to the full meaning of the
Spirit of ’76 never plays upon the people’s pain, fear, and uncertainty
to propose policies that place Liberty, Individualism, Self-Reliance,
Innovation, Meritocracy, and Social Mobility on the road to hell.
Yet the hope is that enough is presented here to spur those who have
succumbed to the web of fantasy spun by and for Barack Obama to consider
the thought that he is neither a messiah nor even a near-Lincoln but
something less, indeed so much less that he stands the chance of joining
the company of other captains who have brought down not just themselves
but the entire ship — for example, Ahab of Melville’s enduring tale
about the destructive effects of megalomaniacal pride.