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A Nation Adrift | Andrew B. Wilson – the Conservative Top 10

A Nation Adrift | Andrew B. Wilson

In the fantasy novel The Life of Pi, a young Indian boy is shipwrecked and somehow manages to survive 227 days at sea in a lifeboat with a 450-pound Bengal Tiger.

I can’t help thinking of “Richard Parker” — that’s the tiger’s name in Yann Martel’s novel — when I think of the strange relationship between our 44th president and the American people.

Who is this president and how does he relate to the popular novel?  Is he the man-eating tiger, or the potential victim in the little boy named “Pi”?

I would say that he is something else again: the spinner of the tale not as it was told in the book, but as it played out in the American psyche over the past four years.

He conjured up a tiger — and kept him terrifyingly alive in many peoples’ minds — in order to effect “transformational change.” He wanted to obliterate what is left of the age-old national ethos of self-reliance and individual responsibility…  and replace it with the social democratic mush of endless whining about “fairness” and “social justice.”

Like most of Obama’s creations (cf. Dreams from My Father), his all-devouring tiger was a composite: a combination of predatory capitalism and rampant greed; and of uncaring and non-interventionist and non-redistributive government.

Never mind that this tiger is a total illusion.  It is not what produced the subprime housing crisis or the financial meltdown of 2008.

Over the past four years, Barack Obama has made heightened fears and low expectations the norm for more and more people — beginning with the college-educated young, who are his most steadfast and enthusiastic supporters, even though half or more of them are unable to find anything other than unskilled jobs.

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