According to Scott Siff of BAV Consulting, today a majority of people around the world are tired, I mean really tired, of ideology, whether it’s religious or political. What do they wish for instead? PRACTICALITY.
Siff was speaking earlier today at the Cities Summit Tel Aviv: Cracking the Innovation Code conference in Jaffa. Underlying the results of the poll he cited is doubtless a growing global frustration with leaders who are hung up on ideology, which of course is just a crutch for them to cling to their perks and power in lieu of doing actual work to fix broken systems.
But there are some who choose ideology for ideology’s sake, and it’s likely that Barack Obama is one of them. Not only is it widely in evidence, it’s simply the vibe he puts off, and it’s off-putting to say the least.
The pictures posted on today’s Drudge Report of the President bowing before various world leaders is so embarrassing as to be spine-tingling. Terrifying. Basically, what is up with that? What could drive the leader of the free world to put himself in such compromising positions — literally? Could it be, oh let me see, a massive inferiority complex cloaked in … ideology? Possibly maybe.
There is something almost French about this behavior, which is why, below, I post this picture taken by a trusted source of mine of a chicken. The rooster, rather, is the national symbol of France, a bird that makes a lot of noise and kicks up a lot of dirt in the process, accomplishing precious little. Libertay, egalitay, fraternitay is also an ideology, and no way to actually run a country: from strikes to unresolved social problems to the fact that you still can’t get breakfast at McDonalds in Paris, France is a big hot pretty mess.
Middle East, example one: Obama may not have kneeled before the masses at Tahrir Square, but he did something pretty close to it. Now look what we get: a guarantee of little more than continued instability on the Nile — at best.
That’s foreign policy as poultry, and it belongs in a pita, not on the world stage.
Ideology is this President’s bread and butter, and it is heavy, stale. And practicality is not the word I would give to fudging jobs reports and manipulating gas prices in the run-up to a general election.
Even if Mitt Romney proved to be no better than O. in practical terms, the absence of arrogance and evaporation of fake modesty would be amazingly refreshing.