Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

March 30, 2009

David Horowitz Denounces Obama Derangement Syndrome

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 4:12 pm

It’s about time some prominent conservative called for a halt to the growing toxic hysteria that charcterizes contemporary conservative rhetoric, the venomous and unhinged phenomenon that well-known conservative David Horowitz calls “Obama Derangement Syndrome”. Here’s how he puts it:

“Conservatives, please. Let’s not duplicate the manias of the Left as we figure out how to deal with Mr. Obama. He is not exactly the anti-Christ, although a disturbing number of people on the Right are convinced he is.

“I have recently received commentaries that claim that ‘Obama’s speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history’ and ‘never has a politician in this land had such a quasi-religious impact on so many people’ and ‘Obama is a narcissist,’ which leads the author to then compare Obama to David Koresh, Charles Manson, Stalin and Saddam Hussein. Excuse me while I blow my nose.”

He goes on to compare it to the Bush=Hitler derangement of the Left. As a liberal who nonetheless spoke up against Bush Derangement Syndrome (and as someone who studied Hitler and has some strong feelings about loose and stupid comparisons to him) I have to say I’ve been surprized by the low level of of discourse on the part of commenters who seem unhealthily fixated on the irredeemable Evil of Obama. They seem not to know the difference between political contestation and religious war. (I suspect comments to this post will prove my point and I thank you ahead of time).

But I have to say I’m glad that some conservatives–well, at least one– recognizes that one can oppose the President’s policies without turning him into a Big Scary Demonic Anti-Christ.



  1. The flipside of Obama Derangement Syndrome is the Obama Personality Cult — which you encourage through posting Charlie Finch’s ramblings about the ‘transcendent’ and ‘god-like’ president.

    Comment by Evil Pundit — March 30, 2009 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  2. I find most conservative criticism of Obama to be based on facts, including his statements and actions. I haven’t read many vile and profane descriptions that were and are the rule for leftys describing conservatives. Perhaps there is an excess of caution but a $1T stimulus doesn’t suggest that we take a long wait and see period on this incompetency that was elected POTUS.

    But good for you Ron to get Horowitz’ comments and post them here. This has been a heavy but for you today. Be sure and take something for the headache.

    Comment by aloysiusmiller — March 30, 2009 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  3. For the record, I had a front row seat at 9/11, supported the Iraq War, voted for Bush in 2004, liked McCain and voted for Obama only because my son urged me to do so. I am a veteran of 4 Democratic Presidential campaigns, was a delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention and a Democratic County Committee member. The problem with many contributors to this blog is not so much their vitriol BUT THAT THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO READ with any nuance or comprehension, beyond the purview of their own mouths.

    Comment by charlie finch — March 30, 2009 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  4. There are no center-right conservatives indulging in Obama Derangement Syndrome. Zero. The president is not the anti-Christ—but he often seems inclined to appease our enemies and his economical illiteracy is downright embarrassing. Barack Obama is a shallow and poorly read man. The fact that he earned a law degree at Harvard only means he can probably pass a state bar exam. It is not proof that the president is another John Adams. Obama captured the Democratic Party presidential nomination only because of guilt tripped white voters. Few really cared about the content of his character. They were too obsessed with the color of Obama’s skin. And yes, I hope that he fails to accomplish his goals. We should do everything legally possible to prevent him from unwittingly damaging the country. That his heart may be in the right place isn’t good enough. I am worrying about Obama’s head not sitting straight on his shoulders.

    Comment by David Thomson — March 31, 2009 @ 2:40 am | Reply

  5. It’s not that Obama is evil, but rather he is a symbol of the utter vacuousness of our political class.

    That America is once again buying into Keynesian absurdities shows that we are a nation of morons or the insane, or both.

    Comment by Rob — March 31, 2009 @ 3:19 am | Reply

  6. Ron, you can predict the future with accuracy, a claim also espoused by many of your commentators. When you turned your column over to Charlie Finch, I was taken aback by some of the replies. Quotes such as “Our current president would have no captured the Democratic Party’s nomination if he were a white man. He took full advantage of white guilt.” “He may suffer a public emotional meltdown, after which he will step down or some committee of wise men manage the rest of his presidency from behind the scenes.”
    What are these musings based on? They seem to involve a lot of mind reading, as well as extremely detailed knowledge of the future. Do they possess special powers?

    Comment by Ian Crerar — March 31, 2009 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  7. “What are these musings based on?”

    Fair enough. Do you really think Democrats would have picked a white man possessing such a slim resume with virtually no executive experience? Who are we kidding? A white man would have been eliminated early in the primary season—and Hillary Clinton would have captured the nomination. Mind reading is not required to reach this logical conclusion.

    Comment by David Thomson — March 31, 2009 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  8. Fair enough Charlie Finch… I do read what you write and do see the nuance and am impressed enough in that I can not figure you out, which is a good thing.
    As far as comprehension and nuance how about the White House’s inability to comprehend what exactly Rush said about Obama failing? They attacked a prominent private citizen by taking everything he said out of context.
    I agree that we posters should not engage in ODS…but how about you write an article about the leader of the free world blatantly misleading the American people about one of their fellow citizens who happens to disagree with borderline socialist policy?
    Personally I feel that Rush Derangement Syndrome right now far outweighs any ODS…
    And leftists equating Bush to Hitler was far more mainstream than some whackjob Christian Rightist calling Obama the anti-Christ.
    There is a big difference between an anonymous poster being extreme and the leftist attacks that were spewed daily by mainstream media types.
    Who of the “anti-christ” crowd is as prominent as Olberman, O’Donnel, Maher, Matthews, Stewart, Franken, Moore??? can you even name one? What about the Democratic house and senate reps comparing our troops to terrorists?
    ODS? c’mon.

    Comment by bryan — March 31, 2009 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  9. ALSO Ron… you will not ever get my full name because I had used it in the past and when someone had googled me as research for a possible acting gig the fact that I even mentioned that I was a Republican became a major issue.
    Please don’t ever equate the left’s intolerance to conservatives. I have experienced it first hand as an actor in NYC and it is disgusting. As someone on the left you will never have to feel like you can’t speak your mind as an artist. I have to swallow my tongue on a daily basis if I want to act. What does being a Republican have to do with acting Shakespeare?

    Comment by bryan — March 31, 2009 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  10. I know you read all of your comments because you often write a follow up post berating the 1 out of 30 comments that fits your “conservatives are hate-filled simplistic folk” agenda… please respond to my previous post at least within the “talkback” section… Let me know where real world situations such as mine would affect the liberal who happens to comment on a conservative website. You seem to care somewhat about culture… why have you zero comment on the obvious intolerance of the left when dealing with conservatives in the arts? it is real and it sucks, to put it plainly. I keep my mouth shut for fear of losing a job. Though my chosen career is difficult and there are many factors that lead to work or not even my silence has lead to great difficulty on sets. Anonymous BS on websites is one thing… try bringing it into the real world.. and no homophobia or racist accusations… whether you want to believe it or not, they are not POLITICALLY motivated. What say you?

    Comment by bryan — April 1, 2009 @ 12:10 am | Reply

  11. and no, I can not write like Mark Steyn or Charlie Finch… how would that make my post any less relevant, personal or honest? i have not seen many posts like mine on conservative or liberal websites… am I still contributing to the lowering of “the level of discourse in the blogosphere”? can you possibly disagree with me as an artist in NYC? please please please have at it…

    Comment by bryan — April 1, 2009 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  12. You yourself wrote how the political correctness of theatre and academia have destroyed modern Shakespeare in relation to works like Merchant of Venice… you don’t really believe conservatives are behind this do you?

    Comment by bryan — April 1, 2009 @ 12:32 am | Reply

  13. David Thomson: “Barack Obama is a shallow and poorly read man.” What is your basis for that assumption? “Obama captured the Democratic Party presidential nomination only because of guilt tripped white voters.” If we follow your line of reasoning, Al Sharpton should have captured the nomination in his earlier runs at the presidency. “A white man would have been eliminated early in the primary season…” Again, on what are you basing this assumption? At least part of Obama’s appeal is that he is charismatic and that he projected an image of remaining cool under fire. As for the slim resume, that’s not a bad thing for a senator to have, since Kerry and others were dragged down by their senate records. I don’t doubt that Obama was helped by the fact that a lot of people who grew up in the 60s were committed to civil rights and felt it was time for an African American candidate, but Obama was himself an articulate and, for some, inspiring candidate. He was also aided by the fact that Hillary Clinton was not trusted by many on the left because of her support for the Iraq war and there were, surprisingly, no other inspiring candidates. Do you think any other presidential candidate, whether Republican or Democrat, would have a better plan for the economic crisis? I find some of the praise and adulation for Obama pretty hard to take, but most (not all) conservatives will not be pleased with any decision he makes.

    Comment by joe — April 1, 2009 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  14. “…but Obama was himself an articulate”

    Barack Obama only appears articulate in front of a teleprompter. The man is a disaster in an ad-lib situation. He says virtually nothing insightful or particularly brilliant. Am I wrong? Perhaps you can provide a few examples. He is truly a very shallow individual. I agree with Shelby Steele’s contention that an Al Sharpton or a Jesse Jackson cannot win a major election. Barack Obama’s approach is subtler and less confrontational. He also tacitly offers guilt-tripped whites absolution if they support his political career. I am also convinced that Obama could not pass what I describe as the three-hour book-reading test. He is incapable of comprehending a work in a reasonable amount of time. It would be way over his head. Obama merely earned a law degree at Harvard. This simply means he can pass a state bar exam. Nothing more.

    Those comprising the pseudo-educated class deem Obama extraordinary. They have obtained fraudulent degrees from academic institutions who grade mostly on how well one adhere to leftist doctrines. Their contempt for scholarship and anti-intellectualism is downright embarrassing. To be blunt, they overall are dummies.

    Comment by David Thomson — April 1, 2009 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  15. Mr. Tomson, though deceptively subtle (just what the hell does “what I describe as the three-hour book-reading test” mean?) is, ultimately, specious, and proves Mr. Rosenbaum’s point.

    Comment by joe — April 3, 2009 @ 4:24 am | Reply

  16. Those who consider Obama to be extraordinary are racists who have incredibly low expectations of men and women of African descent. There exalting of Obama is patronizing and trivial. They are the real racists of America and Obama is an emblem of their racism.

    Comment by aloysiusmiller — April 3, 2009 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

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