". . . Obama is overseeing, and in some respects engineering, the decline of the American republic . . . the downgrading of our credit rating isn’t an isolated event; for many people it will be seen as the nearly inevitable outcome of an extraordinarily reckless set of policies, implemented by a man of unusual incompetence."
And let's not forget *many academic historians, and not just a few Civil War bloggers, publicly endorsed this guy (and his policies)--all the while reminding us of their "expertise" "as historians" and while simultaneously looking down their collective noses upon the Tea Party types - who they view as "anti-intellectual" and "politically motivated" butchers of history who aren't "sophisticated" enough and who don't know how to "properly interpret" history. What a joke. The Tea Party has been right about a lot more than these self-proclaimed experts and members of the ruling class.
So, the anti-American Exceptionalism crowd now has egg on their face. Do they possess enough brains to wipe it off? Do they even realize how much they've damaged their credibility and how they are tied, inextricably, to Obama's incompetence and recklessness?
I once caught heck for simply endorsing a book (supposedly because it was "bad history" and because I was motivated by politics), yet this same crowd is silent about all the professional historians and bloggers who endorsed the man who very likely will go down as the most incompetent and dangerous President in modern American history. That, alone, should tell us much of what we need to know about many modern academics and "professional" historians.
I am, once again, reminded of the words of Paul Johnson:
"Beware committees, conferences and leagues of intellectuals. Distrust public statements from their serried ranks. Discount their verdicts on political leaders and important events." ~ Historian Paul Johnson (Intellectuals, page 342)
*That post just serves as a convenient sampling - there are literally scores, if not hundreds, of other examples one could cite.