VDH: OBAMA, THE GREAT DEMAGOGUER

VDH:”Under a more skilled practitioner such as Barack Obama, the arts of demagoguery have become somewhat more refined in our time, but they nevertheless follow the same old patterns:

1) The use of an incendiary, but otherwise unimportant, example to whip up anger against the so-called establishment classes

2) The demagogic rejection of demagoguery

3) The evocation of anonymous straw men, sometimes referred to as “some” or “they”

4) First-person nausea

5) Inconsistency of position, predicated on the (always changing) perception of 51 percent majority opinion

[READ Victor Davis Hanson’s “The Demagogic Style“]

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