I never understood Barack Obama — or even some of my friends — until I read The Amateur by Edward Klein (Regnery Publishing 2012 — paperback June 13, 2013).
But first you also need to remember the plague of “self-esteem” based education. And finally it all makes sense. The self-esteem movement hurt our public schools and degraded the curriculum. The self-esteem time bomb is now coming full circle, as the victims of our schools, colleges, and universities have moved into leadership of our country.
Barack Obama is the ultimate “A for effort [D for performance] President.” Obama’s ineptness is exceeded only by his giant ego. Obama received a “to be determined” Nobel Peace Prize in the naked hope that he might do something later to promote peace. This is self-esteem taken to a ridiculous extreme — but in real life. But wait: Isn’t that exactly what the liberal educational approach teaches in our schools and even in our universities and law schools?
It doesn’t matter if you get the wrong answer as long as you believe in yourself. It doesn’t matter if you can actually achieve anything, as long as you try. Liberal educational techniques teach students that everyone is a winner, everyone’s opinion is equally valid, and there should be no competition or grading on the basis of merit.
Sure, we all have limitations. There is nothing wrong with that. Henry Ford claimed that he wasn’t all that smart, but he succeeded by hiring people smarter than he. Many highly-successful people have echoed Ford with similar quotes. But the difference is he could admit his own strengths and weaknesses and take action to compensate.