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Monday, August 13, 2012

Obamagnosis: A Sickness Unto Death.

Obamagnosis: A Sickness Unto Death.(JI).By Prof. Paul Eidelberg.
A Muslim extremist shoots up a U.S. military base and it's called "workplace violence." It’s called "workplace violence" by those suffering from an extreme case of "agnosis," a mental or moral inability to recognize certain human acts as downright evil.
Since this ignorance is quite prevalent in the pronouncements and policies of the Obama Administration, we may reasonably say his Administration is suffering from "Obamagnosis." Let’s see where this agnosis lead us, beginning on the surface and proceeding step-by-step to the profound cause of this mental and moral disorder.
If a Muslim employee of the House of Representatives or of the Senate—or better yet, of the White House—was to shoot up some Representatives or some Senators or members of the President's staff—Aha! this would be nothing more than "workplace violence" or manifestations of Obamagnosis!
Let’s probe more deeply. Obamagnosis is not merely a diagnosis of a flawed human being in the White House. Tens of millions of Americans voted for this man in the 2008 presidential election. Their massive agnosis is mind-boggling. They voted for this man even though he displayed utter contempt for the America!
Even while campaigning for the Presidency, he had audacity—or should I say mental vacuity—to disparage America's most revered foundational documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Federal Constitution. This Obamagnosis is without parallel in the history of politics. What has happened to American Exceptionalism? What is the root cause of this sickness unto death that afflicts tens of millions of Americans? To begin with, we must ask, "Who are the educators of the educators of the tens of millions of Americans who have been rendered so morally and intellectually vacuous by Obamagnosis that a Muslim terrorist attack on a U.S. military base can be called "working place violence" without causing a national uproar?
Can it be the legions of academics who, for more than 100 years, have dominated American colleges and universities? Or am I am painting with too broad a brush? I know it’s not de rigueur to name names, but America’s critical situation compels me to do so.
The academics I am alluding to comprise the multitude of "post-American" intellectuals who, influenced by the crypto-Marxism and historical relativism exemplified in the 1913 publications of Charles Beard and Carl Becker—the former on the Constitution, the latter on the Declaration—rendered these once venerable and foundational documents of the American Republic intellectually obsolete; indeed, decade after decade they have been relegated to the trash heap of history. As a consequence, their principles were nothing to be very proud of, let alone worth fighting and dying for. They no longer even allow us to identify and vehemently denounce America’s existential enemy—the military ideology that precipitated that Muslim’s terrorist attack on a U.S. military base.
Now let us focus on the crypto-Marxism of Charles Beard’s Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. This book has had so many printings that it has become an icon of the countless historians and political scientists who reduce the ideas and statesmanship of America’s Founding Fathers to their economic interests. This simplistic piece of crypto-Marxism took academia by storm. Indeed, it is still cited uncritically by scholars. It seems never to have occurred to these patriotic scholars that they were insulting America’s greatest statesmen, which does not mean that these extraordinary statesmen should be lionized (but then what shall we then say of today’s politicians?). In any event, given the two pervasive and related academic doctrines of crypto-Marxism and historical relativism, I must say in all candor that "higher education" has corrupted generations of American college and university students.
And since moral relativism is evident at all levels of American education—most conspicuously in the social sciences and humanities—I contend that it is this doctrine, more than any other single factor (such as money, skin color, or the ineptitude of John McCain), that gave Obama a majority of the votes in the 2008 presidential election. Now, since Americans influenced by moral relativism must be deemed either ignorant or dismissive of the universalism of America’s Declaration of Independence, is it not obvious that what is primarily responsible for this widespread ignorance and indifference is academia? Viewed in this unconventional way, Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election should be understood as an "electoral" victory of the cynical doctrine of moral relativism over its opponent, the universalism of the Declaration—i.e., that document’s appreciation of "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Nor is this all. The eighteenth century regarded the Laws of Nature as the "Moral Law."
What the Declaration calls the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" may rightly be construed as the American abbreviation of the Seven Noahide Laws of universal morality.
This is quite evident in the writings of some of the Declaration’s most learned signatories such as James Wilson and John Adams. These men, like the Continental Congress that promulgated the Declaration of Independence, were averse to Jefferson's omission of the name of God and Divine Providence in his initial draft of that document. Finally, and contrary to academic opinion even of scholars of the Straussian school of political science, the natural-cum-moral law doctrine of the Declaration of Independence is rooted not in the political philosophy of John Locke but in the Seven Noahide Laws of the Torah. This may be may confirmed in the writings of Locke’s acquaintance, the greatest Hebraist of the eighteenth century, John Selden, at least of whose lengthy volumes on the Talmud was in Locke’s libarary.*
Summing up, Obamagnosis represents a denial of the natural-cum-moral law. It is precisely this denial that underlies the moral or mental disorder that impels those infected by Obamagnosis—a sickness unto death—to call a Muslim's shooting up of an U.S. military base "workplace violence."Read the full story here.

Prof. Paul Eidelberg is a political scientist, author and lecturer; Founder and President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, a Jerusalem-based think tank for improving Israel's system of governance. He is a valued contributor to JewishIndy.
His books are available at Lightcatcher Books. His most recent book is: Toward a Renaissance of Israel and America. His recent books are: A Jewish Philosophy of History and The Myth of Israeli Democracy: Toward a Truly Jewish Israel. His previous book, Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall, provides the philosophical and institutional foundations for reconstructing the State of Israel. It has been translated into Hebrew and Russian. He is the author of Toward a Renaissance of Israel and America (Lightcatcher Books, 2009).

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