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Seriously, it really IS better to be the king…

March 12, 2011

Way back in January 2010 I wrote a post called “Royal Envy”  where I surmised that Obama really didn’t sign up for THIS job, he’d much rather be a royal (like the UK royals) – a figurehead.

Poor guy – he’s in a country that doesn’t elect royalty, now that the Kennedy “dynasty” isn’t so dynastic…it’s got to be way more fun to be a philosopher-king whose subjects are dumb enough to accept what they are told to do and at the same time, smart enough to know their Plato.  The Parliment (congress) does the hard stuff – passing bills & budgets (yawn), and you can show up for the occasional ribbon cutting, fund raising, “show your solidarity with the people” ceremony.

Turns out that yes, he’d rather be an autocratic tops down ruler who gets to play while the staff execute whatever he said, but it wasn’t Prince Charles. It was Hu Jinto of China he wanted to be – frankly, running the Communist party in China is a lot like royalty. It’s simply an ideological royalty as opposed to a genetic one…

Still, in the Jan 2010 post I asked whether we had simply elected someone who in decision making operates more like the “Upperclass twit of the year” (ala Monty Python) since he doesn’t seem to be great at governing or politics.

Net net – many people like the idea of a job more than the actual work that goes with it. Obama wouldn’t be the first…he might be one of the more dangerous however, given a risky and unstable Middle East.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2011 11:21 am

    Our day jobs involve the need to be ahead of the curve. This is practice that helps us be perfect.

    I think one aspect of this that hasn’t been covered much is how lazy this makes the administration seem. They have “brilliant ideas” that they just toss out, and then they’re shocked when everyone doesn’t just hop to it. I think the China hearsay is an example of the general feeling of, “hey, recognize my brilliance and just get with it.” Ignoring the unintended consequences of all kinds is the disturbing part for me, per what Level_Head says.

    • March 13, 2011 7:51 pm

      Jim – agree. He reminds me of the Band of Brothers episode 7 with the Lieutenant Dike who was in Bastogne and then literally froze up in Foy Belgium, needing Spears to replace him on the battle field. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC2WmnfTpn0 “When the attack does come, Easy Company is led by the ineffectual Lt. Dike who makes several tactical errors leading to unnecessary casualties.”

  2. March 13, 2011 7:53 am

    Ha! Well weren’t you way ahead of the curve. Just a couple days ago Powerline had this linked at Insty:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/03/028558.php

    Very similar idea, really.

    The problem is this “easier to be Pres of China” quote is hearsay, huh? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone in the media actually asked him if he said it? Shall I hold my breath?

  3. March 12, 2011 11:19 pm

    I just discovered that you and I were pursuing the same topic. But the NYT article had aspects that were more troubling to me than the “rather be in China” business. One of them was the proposition that American interests had finally risen up so high in importance to President Obama that it was — finally — on an equal footing in his mind with his “idealistic impulses.” They didn’t phrase it that way, but did describe it.

    How’s that for disturbing?

    ===|==============/ Level Head

    • March 13, 2011 7:47 pm

      Level Head – unfortunately, it’s pretty disturbing…that said, the Roman Empire managed to survive nutcases like Nero and Caligula. What is disturbing is we have no equivalent of the Praetorian guard, who for all their violence and arrogance at least kept things somewhat stable. GK Chesterton once said that modern man had the most broad horizons (due to travel being faster & easier) but the most narrow minds – because modern man could completely avoid anyone and anything that challenges their assumptions about how the world really works. Obama has never been in a situation where his assumptions about how the world works were tested and proven incorrect – we’re the “beneficiaries” of his learning curve. The really scary part? The capacity for self-deceit in the hearts of man is truly Biblical in its proportion – and I’m not sure he’s actually teachable…

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