President Obama: what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable?… Also, anyone at the White House ever read ol’ Tocqueville?

Way back, John F. Kennedy once said about the Soviets and Nikita Khrushchev something to the effect that when the Communists said they wanted to negotiate things, their style of negotiation was to say “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable”.

That has been the ploy of President Obama , up to now…  

That conflicted muddled thinking began when he was elected and he misinterpreted the result as meaning that significant numbers of Americans believed as he seems to think —  that among the world of nations there is nothing  exceptional about The United States of America and that his election proved overwhelmingly that Americans share his view that this country is greatly deficient, and similarly, share his view that he himself is such a great leader that without hesitation everyone must walk lockstep with him wherever he chooses to lead the country…  

Wrong,  in  so many ways…

Even after the spanking he received in the recent election, he truly does not seem to get it, that he is out of step with the nation and he does not grasp the exceptionalism of the country.

And now, he again wants the  Congressional leadership to go to the White House to meet with him, apparently under his control and with him as the moderator, to  discuss compromises!

That might be a mistake, especially for the newly empowered Republican Party, if they attend under the same ground rules as before, with the president moderating ( and belittling), and controlling the tempo and attempting to score points before the cameras… 

The President might again act as an absolutist potentate,  merely playing  the optics game to try to convince the citizenry that he is a sensitive leader, willing to negotiate with the minority party, but actually merely saying to his perceived political enemies : what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable”….


6 Responses

  1. I’m not so sure about that Maine. Things seem to be falling into place.

    • Patrick, how effective do you think they might be as a political force? I’m hoping that the public is unwilling to accept such a blatant Communist entity.

  2. Very perceptive post. Interesting idea that an American Socialist Party might be on the ascension. Perhaps the unions are edging toward supporting such an organization, but I think that would never win the acceptance of the public in general.

  3. Funny PanAm. Just yesterday, I was thinking that this could look like Torqmada verses Tocqueville if he (obama) doesn’t get an attitude adjustment.

    People on all sides are angry, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Democrat Party goes down in flames in the near future. Replaced by a rising American Socialist Workers Party. It the very least, it would be a move toward honesty.

  4. A good review of Mr. Obama. Hhad not read Tocqueville in years but makes alot of common sense.

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