And it came to pass that Mark Steyn asked the very same question I asked  here on BitsBlog some time ago:
Yet one way to look at the current “leader of the free world” is this: If he were working for the other side, what exactly would he be doing differently?
On that basis, of course, the whole list of questions. But, in reality, they all tend to center around the question of just who it is Obama is working for, anyway? I suppose, as does Steyn apparently, that can be measured by the direction things have been going under Obama’s watch.
I opposed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security on the basic Thatcherite principle that if you create a government bureaucracy in order to deal with a problem you’ll never be rid of the problem. But I underestimated the creativity of our rulers: The DHS was set up because 19 Muslims flew planes into skyscrapers and killed thousands of people. Thirteen years later, the head of the DHS thinks his department’s priority should be to “give voice to the plight of Muslims” who have the misfortune to live in America.
But there is a purpose all these lies. Obvious lies. Steyn comes up with a source I should have thought of some time ago…
I have quoted before my old friend Theodore Dalrymple on the purposes of lies in totalitarian societies:
In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.
We are at war with a depraved enemy, but we cannot be allowed to assert our moral superiority even to head-choppers, rapists, slavers and immolators. Thus the priority of Barack (“Hey, how ’bout those Crusades?”) Obama has been to undermine our sense of probity, and make us not merely equivalent to but worse than our enemies. That was the purpose of this last week of Official Lies.
And thus we have our question answered. We know who Obama is working for.
Clue; It ain’t us.