What Happens When You Flout Laws and Ignore Principles?


Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Peter Principle: In a hierarchy, every worker tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

Kyle-Ann Shiver at American Thinker asks a terrifying question: “What happens when everything that can go wrong in a person’s character formation does go wrong, and that person continues to be promoted to his level of incompetence?”

Her answer? You get Barack Obama, President of the United States.

The story begins badly…

Barack Obama was conceived out of wedlock to an eighteen year-old girl, who was herself the product of non-religious, rebellious parents, intent on unraveling the fabric of WASP America.  Stanley Ann Dunham met Barack Obama Sr., an already-married African Muslim man, in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii in her very first year there.  According to President Obama’s memoir, his biological father married his mother about three months into the pregnancy, even though he already had a wife and children on his home continent.  Hence, very shortly, the father abandoned the new mother and her child to seek his own fortune and yet another wife-to-be at Harvard.

…and goes downhill from there:

“As President Obama’s school transcripts (all of them, from start to finish!) remain among his stack of unreleased documents, we have no way of knowing how our current President did in school.  However, we do know that he was doing drugs, that he was not involved in any demanding athletic program and that he was not otherwise making a big name for himself on campus.  We know also that Obama’s first gig on the mainland was at Occidental College, which is a fine school I am sure, but far from Ivy League.  I’m fairly certain that those grades at Panahou were nothing to brag about, and there is no evidence whatsoever that there was anything else to brag about either.

“At Occidental, however, young Barry Obama discovered the one gift that would eventually make up for all other deficiencies: his oratorical talent.  Coupled with natural charisma and an Eddie-Haskell styled ability to guile, Barry Obama had arrived.”

And arrived with a vengeance. Ms. Shiver goes on from there with some scathing commentary about the gullibilty of the press and the electorate, and then serves up more red meat.

“The characters in this President’s closet are too strange for fiction — Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, the New Party, Billy Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Louis Farrakhan, Mayor Daly, Rod Blagojevich, George Soros, assorted tax cheats and pay-to-play schemers of every variety.  When any sentient person adds it up, he gets a man without principle, someone so enabled in his avoidance of reality about himself that one can only call it Murphy’s Law applied to character development.”

Ms. Shiver has written a doozy of an article here, and again, I urge you to read the whole thing. I only wish she had written it before November of 2008.



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