When someone as bright, articulate and profound as Thomas Sowell offers his musings “on the passing scene,” I sit up and take notice. There’s bound to be something in there worth reading.
And so there is:
How are children supposed to learn to act like adults, when so much of what they see on television shows adults acting like children?
Example? Joe Biden:
The know-it-all smirks and condescending laughs of Vice President Joe Biden, when Congressman Paul Ryan was speaking during their debate, were a little much from an administration presiding over economic woes at home and disasters overseas — and being caught in lies about both. Like Barack Obama, Joe Biden has all the clever tricks of a politician and none of the wisdom of a statesman.
Whenever you hear people talking about “a living Constitution,” almost invariably they are people who are in the process of slowly killing it by “interpreting” its restrictions on government out of existence.
The question to be asked of people in the media, and that they should ask themselves, should be: “Is your first loyalty to your audience or to your ideology?” The same question should be asked of educators, especially those who see themselves as “agents of social change,” even though that is not the job description under which they have been hired and paid.
He saves the best for last:
If there is ever a Hall of Fame for confidence men, Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff will have to take a back seat to Barack Obama. Obama is the gold standard — or, perhaps more appropriately, the brass standard.
I was taught years ago a marketing principle that is finally causing Obama to crater: overexposure. The more you advertise a bad product, the faster it disappears from the shelf. Happily that’s not something Obama can fix. He has been exposed for what he is. I like to think I’ve helped a little in that exposure.