CHANGE -or else!
It seems that the current administration still thinks that it’s October 2008. They seem stuck on campaign mode. Worse, they seem to be taking whole pages from Orwell’s 1984:
Time.com: Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009
How Obama Is Using the Science of Change
By Michael Grunwald
Two weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama’s campaign was mobilizing millions of supporters; it was a bit late to start rewriting get-out-the-vote (GOTV) scripts. “BUT, BUT, BUT,” deputy field director Mike Moffo wrote to Obama’s GOTV operatives nationwide, “What if I told you a world-famous team of genius scientists, psychologists and economists wrote down the best techniques for GOTV scripting?!?! Would you be interested in at least taking a look? Of course you would!!”
Moffo then passed along guidelines and a sample script from the Consortium of Behavioral Scientists, a secret advisory group of 29 of the nation’s leading behaviorists. The key guideline was a simple message: “A Record Turnout Is Expected.” That’s because studies by psychologist Robert Cialdini and other group members had found that the most powerful motivator for hotel guests to reuse towels, national-park visitors to stay on marked trails and citizens to vote is the suggestion that everyone is doing it. “People want to do what they think others will do,” says Cialdini, author of the best seller Influence. “The Obama campaign really got that.”
We all know Obama won the election because he looked like change, sounded like change and never stopped campaigning for change. … Obama called for change in Americans. And not just in bankers or insurers — in all of us. His Zen koan, “We are the change we’ve been waiting for,” may sound like New Age gibberish, but it’s at the core of his agenda.
In fact, Obama is betting his presidency on our ability to change our behavior. His top priorities — the economy, health care and energy — all depend on it.
(the parts in bold and italics are emphasized by yours truly)
So how is all this change going over?
- Barack Obama: President Pantywaist – new surrender monkey on the block: “President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. You name it, he blew it.”
- The Wall Street Journal:The Nuclear Illusionist
Obama’s ‘moral authority’ won’t deter Tehran or Pyongyang.
- Michelle Malkin: “The Obama administration is still denying that the president bowed to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, but Fox News has the best “dancing around the word ‘bow’” analysis so far..”
- American Thinker:“Flashforward to 2009, and an American merchant marine captain is being held hostage by Islamist pirates off the coast of Somalia. It’s a repeat of 1979, and the world is watching to see if Obama is going to be any more effective than Jimmy Carter was.Obama may think this is a “distraction”. The rest of the world sees it as a test. And so, far Obama is flunking. The world will draw its own conclusions very quickly. “
And that’s just a sample of the net. In place of actual leadership, in place of power, of a strong foreign policy, we get “dear leader”.
The former Soviet Union, China, Singapore and North Korea used psychological mind games to make the people kowtow to the government. With the media operating as PR flacks instead of objective fact checkers, the Administration plans to convince America that all is well. Most meida outlets would have you believe that Obama’s trip abroad was a success. Instead his was mocked by several worlds leaders and received no help on the economy, Iran, North Korea or Afghanistan.
But the media and the Administration continue to manipulate the truth. “Behavioral science — especially the burgeoning field of behavioral economics that has been popularized by Freakonomics, The Wisdom of Crowds, Predictably Irrational, Nudge and Animal Spirits, which is the new must-read in Obamaworld —” the Time article goes on. It concludes: “If Obama can help us fly from our bad habits, he’ll provide the change we need”.
Excuse me? The administration seem to be more worried about the environment than the pressing problems we face today. Sec. of Sate Hillary Clinton laughs at fighting piracy in Somalia.
Whether they are aggressors like Russia, proliferators like North Korea, terror exporters like nuclear-armed Pakistan or would-be genocidal-terror-supporting nuclear states like Iran, today, under the new administration, none of them has any reason to fear Washington.
Column One: Surviving in a post-American world, By CAROLINE GLICK , Jerusalem Post.
By picking easy battles, the Administration can set itself up as an agent of change. They can claim delivery of campaign promises without actually doing some real work. Instead they want to use the power of the police to enforce minor regulations, using the behavioral science to radically alter our way of living over trivial problems.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world turns into an armed camp, hostile to America and unafraid of Washington. The American media? They kiss up to tyrants and whitewash the truth.
As the world burns, the administration plays the environmentalist fiddle. They picked an easy battle, shooting at the paper targets of “America’s bad habits”. We get “change” alright, but as Penn and Teller show, we don’t need it.