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The Obama Nation's radically chic Jekyll and Hyde

By Michael Moriarty
web posted November 9, 2009

Adam Kirsch, in Tablet Magazine's article on Leonard Bernstein, holds Radical Chic almost up to the same suspicions as Tom Wolfe did.

"….if Bernstein was known as a famous liberal, he is also widely remembered as a fatuous one. That is due largely to a cruelly entertaining article by Tom Wolfe that appeared in New York magazine in 1970, Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's. Wolfe's account of a fundraiser held by Bernstein and his wife, Felicia, for the Black Panthers coined a durable phrase to describe the shallow, trendy, self-abasing leftism of the 1960s, and it made Bernstein the living symbol of radical chic. Here is Bernstein talking to Don Cox, the Panthers' 'Field Marshal':

"'When you walk into this house, into this building'—and he (Bernstein) gestures vaguely as if to take it all in, the moldings, the sconces, the Roquefort morsels rolled in crushed nuts, the servants, the elevator attendant and the doorman downstairs in their white dickeys, the marble lobby, the brass struts on the marquee out front—'when you walk into this house, you must feel infuriated!'"

Hmmm … When I think of Bernstein and the Black Panthers, I also see Barack Obama and Acorn … "Chic" and its radical friends … or, after recently viewing Frederick March's and Spencer Tracy's efforts at portraying homicidal schizophrenia, the legendary Jekyll and Hyde. More of that in a bit.

In an article in the New English Review, Theodore Dalrymple, following his personal experience with the homicidally sadistic, Marxist Shining Path of Peru, concludes that historically Marxism led to Leninism which, in turn, led inevitably to Maoism … and therefore … it is possible to defend many of former President Alberto Fujimori's orders to action which the Peruvian military took against the Sendero Luminoso or Shining Path. The founder of the Shining Path was the radically chic professor of philosophy at Ayacucho University, Abimael Guzman - and Fujimore is in jail … for quite a long time … for what some defenders might call "regrettable but necessary extra-judicial killings", but Peruvian courts label Fujimori's actions as "corruption".

Hmmm, indeed.

Back to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it is clear in Spencer Tracy's version of that classic, that Hyde will not even admit to his character's own, indisputably homicidal schizophrenia. His friend is forced to shoot him.

The mesmerizing social gulf between Dr. Jekyll and the increasingly animalistic Hyde is precisely where the power of the drama lies and, appropriately enough, where the same gulf exists between our President's circle of "chic" Czars … and the community organizing thugs of ACORN.

When you consider the open admiration for Mao Tse Tung declared by not just one but two of the President's Czars … well … can a stampeding herd of Mr. Hydes be very far away?

Bernstein's sympathies for the raging and incendiary Black Panthers and Barack Obama's increasingly known connections to the mob-like power-brokers of Chicago become profoundly disturbing in light of both Bernstein's and Obama's mutual success with a most fashionably mainstream media … a now radically chic media.

It is rather annoying to see even Bill O'Reilly of Fox News sternly trying to maintain what he believes is a balanced view of the Obama Nation. O'Reilly reminds me of the guests at the dinner party where we begin to hear of Dr. Jekyll's real intentions.

Not even Glenn Beck can persuade O'Reilly of the growing danger to our liberty that exists within the Jekyll and Hyde-like composition of both Obama's Czars and his Chicago "connections". A Jekyll and Hyde mob not only at the dinner table … but in the White House.

Oh, my prayers for Glenn Beck who is apparently in the hospital with appendicitis. May he have a speedy recovery! We need his leadership now more than ever.

As for this week's massive tragedy at Fort Hood? An eagerly awaited interrogation of the surviving assassin might fill in a few missing details.

However, the information pouring in at astounding speed is of an Islamic Major in the United States Army whose hatred of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan exploded into the deaths of 12 fellow soldiers and 31 additionally wounded.

This editorial was finished early last week. In light of the "horrific" nightmare at Ft. Hood last Thursday, I trust my thoughts regarding the increasingly Jekyll and Hyde components within the Obama Nation won't make my readers, as the President warned us, "jump to any conclusions". ESR

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at rainbowfamily2008@yahoo.com.


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