Why Barack Obama Resembles a Kurt Vonnegut Character



A few days ago Barry Obama was inaugurated. By giving him their trust, the 47% of beneficiaries of the welfare state that Romney spoke about, sealed the fate of the United States. Not only did they cheerfully ignore the grim reality and chose to think that their entitlements are money falling from heaven in an endless supply, but they also elected for the second time a guy who is their mirror image.

Watching Obama disperse his profound “wisdom” during the inauguration speech, something else came to my mind.

In 1976 Kurt Vonnegut published a gloomy novel titled “Slapstick, or Lonesome No More!” It was narrated as a memoir of Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain, the last President of the USA, who lives on the first floor of the ruins of Empire State Building. He presided over the decline and disintegration of his country.

United States’ archrival – China – is prospering at the time. Chinese have solved their overpopulation problem by gradually reducing the size of their people. Eventually, they become so tiny that they could be inhaled by the regular-size people, which causes a new disease called “The Green Death”. Besides, China has tremendous achievements in science, one of which is control over gravity. The latter varies widely while Chinese experiment with it. Affecting bridges and buildings, the heavy gravity eventually causes the demise of what’s left of the US infrastructure.

The USA is divided into many countries and travel is dangerous. The King of Michigan is in a bitter military conflict with the Duke of Oklahoma and the Great Lakes pirates at the same time. At one point Dr. Swain has to travel to Michigan, because the King has made him an offer he can’t refuse – the President is expected to sell what was known as the “Louisiana Purchase” for one dollar.

The only remedy Dr. Swain could come up with is to create artificial families by adding a random flower middle name to the names of all Americans. Those who have the same middle name form a family.

I don’t think that at the time anybody viewed Vonnegut’s novel as anything more than a dark satire. Yet, here we are now, in 2013, watching the decline of the United States and the rise of China.

Obama’s inaugural speech could’ve been created by Dr. Swain. It was written to appeal to imaginary solutions while carefully trying to ignore the crumbling façade of the American greatness. Of course, Barry appeals to that past greatness, but he doesn’t propose a single viable solution to preserve it.

The monumental task of achieving full equality for all people as individuals before the law is replaced by inventing more and more rights for more and more “marginalized” groups, which get smaller and smaller, just like Vonnegut’s miniaturized Chinese. Here are the most important tasks as Obama (or those who wrote his speech) see them:

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.

With so many regulations, human rights commissions and controlling bureaucrats, I can’t see how an employer can get away with paying a woman a smaller wage for the same work. But since Obama says is it, it must be true.

And of course he doesn’t miss the homosexual marriage, an epically important issue for the nation, which affects less than 3% of the population. I understand that Obama is the first homosexual president of the USA as Newsweek called him (technically he should be considered bisexual if he has sex with Michelle). Perhaps that was the reason for picking the progressive Cuban “poet” Richard Blanco to read a poem at the inauguration. Blanco is a talentless hack who can’t form coherent sentences (yes, I’ve read his work) and his only qualification for that “honour” is that he has sex with other men.

The gay marriage is a great marginal issue, which the progressives and the militant homosexuals want to shove down the throats of all Americans in the name of fighting “bigotry”. It’s an initiative no better than Dr. Swain’s flower middle name initiative. In Obama’s world the imminent disaster, coming as a result of overspending, is a tiny bump and much less important than the “sacred right” of homosexual marriage.

And just as important is to welcome with open arms all the aliens, who sneaked into the country illegally, and give them full support with money snatched from the people who still pay taxes. It looks like the 47% is rapidly expanding…

But even more disturbing is Obama’s monumental vision on climate change caused by people:

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise…

Talking of climate change, as I am writing this, it is snowing in Toronto. It is very cold outside and it has been cold for over a week. The “overwhelming judgment of science” somehow failed to explain how the world temperatures didn’t rise in long term. The remark about raging fires, drought and storms is a lie, statistically there is no increase.

Even the godfather of the global warming scam, Al Gore, sold his TV channel to the Arab oil-producing polluters. Apparently, Obama still hasn’t received the message.

I am not sure how he is going to tackle the global warming issue. Is he going to invade China, India, Russia and Brazil and destroy their industries? Because this looks like the only viable solution – even if all Americans move into caves and adopt the Amish lifestyle, that won’t change an iota in the “man- (and woman-) made climate change” unless all other countries are onboard. (And I won’t even go into the issue that mankind is too arrogant to think that its actions have such devastating consequences on the planet.)

Maybe things are simpler than that – maybe Obama is not really interested in global changes, but is just trying to expand the reach of the government and make all of us part of his green family.

Whatever his goals are, he, just like Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain, is presiding over the decline of the USA. Maybe we will see him writing his memoirs in the ruins of the White House.

You were a prophet, Mr. Vonnegut – you got everything right, except the name of the President. Barrack Hussein Pansy-2013 Obama is here for four more years…


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