Over the past couple of weeks, we have been witness to a battle of the community organizer versus the KGB operative.
Unfortunately, America has been overrun by the community organizing ethos where “winning” is mostly symbolic. I mean, we can’t “win” can we? That means that we must have something called a “loser” and in the Age of Obama, there are no “losers”, right? I mean, everybody gets a trophy…
But in point of fact, community organizational theory has been used to fight “wars” on poverty, inner city violence, teen pregnancy and fatherless households – all to little actual effect. Community organizing is built upon a notion of self-perpetuation, a perspective that depends on the continuous existence of a problem for the CO movement to have relevancy, so the emphasis isn’t on actually solving the problem, it is on agitation of the public and winning symbolic “victories” as a measure of success.
If the problem is solved, who needs a community organizer?
The KGB operative represents the real world where pain hurts and inflicting that pain is identified as a behavior modifier. It is a world where the application of brute force yields results and killing your opposition ends that opposition forever. It is a world where the goal is to resolve problems, not to continue them. It is a hard, cold, unemotional world where the facts are the facts no matter how we “feel” about them.
The Occupy “movement” likes to talk about the 1% and the 99%, well, 99% of this planet lives in the world of the KGB operator where the world is governed by a judicious application of violence and the only things that count are actual results. Due to our historical success and power – and the fact that most of our leaders did live (or at least grow up) in the world of the KGB – our current generation of “leaders” get to live a life of relative ease. As a result of this ease, these modern “progressives” have created a false image of the world that exists only in their heads. It is only covered it with a thin veneer of reality. It is a world where to say something is the same as doing it, success is measured in how well failures are hidden and problems will go away if we just ignore them hard enough.
They get to live in a “progressive” bubble.
But people who live in bubbles should avoid sharp objects – and definitely should avoid people nicknamed Vlad the Impaler.
Putin burst the “progressive” illusion bubble with alarming ease this past week and he did so with mocking glee. In the battle of symbolism versus substance, it is game, set, and match to substance. Our President has had his ass handed to him in the past few weeks by a hard, cold, unemotional man who lives in the KGB world.
Putin does look at our government as silly little children – somewhat unsurprisingly, I share his view on this subject.
I must admit to taking a degree of “We told you” pleasure as Obama was slow roasted over a pit he constructed…but in reality, schadenfreude is like a bottle of good tequila – it may be fun to revel in for a time but the hangover is very, very painful.
Something tells me that this headache is going to be an especially long and painful one.