“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” – Excerpt from Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler
“You got these little kids there. They don’t want to die. ‘How can you not listen to them? We’ve gotta do something!” – Rush Limbaugh
There are two kinds of errors that people make when something important has to be accomplished. Both can be injurious at best and fatal at worst.
First, is when the respondent sees the need to respond but because they can indentify no apparent solution they do nothing. That’s called a “static clunk.”
The second is when the respondent has no viable solution so they just slip into the mode where there is lots of random action to no affect. That’s called a “dynamic clunk.”
Recently Barack Obama has displayed some massive clunks. For example, when Americans at the Benghazi consulate were under attack and asked for intervention to save their lives, Obama’s static clunk cost us an ambassador and three other Americans.
Shortly before his second inauguration Obama made a dynamic clunk with his 23 executive orders to address American gun violence. None of the twenty-three would have prevented a single mass shooting that has shocked our citizens in the past few years.
The dynamic clunkery was magnified when Obama signed the orders surrounded by kids; one from each race group and two from each gender. Talk about theatre … the most notable thing about dynamic clunks is staging. They always appear to be getting things done, but all the action is merely smoke and mirrors. Nothing in a dynamic clunk effectively makes a difference.
Will Obama’s staging of his executive order signing keep kids safe? Not likely. In fact, a strong case can be made that his orders will make them less safe. But Obama doesn’t seem to care. He is more than willing to exploit children to push his anti Second Amendment agenda.
Obama is famous for voting “present” on important legislation. Voting “present” is the epitome of a static clunk. Apologizing for America’s past ills on a foreign stage is dynamic, for sure, but a clunk nevertheless. None of Obama’s apologies have affected positively the way in which our friends or our enemies feel about us.
No matter which clunk Obama engages, his has proven himself to be an ineffective leader, whether on the domestic or foreign stages.