Yale Professor: President Obama Has No 'Particular Beliefs, Convictions'

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 12:52 PM

By Henry J. Reske and John Bachman

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President Barack Obama is a man devoid of beliefs and convictions, operating in a robotic fashion according to programming installed at Columbia and Harvard, Yale Computer Science Professor and author David Gelernter tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

Gelernter, author of “America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats),” said that Obama’s naiveté in areas such as foreign policy is merely a product of his schooling.

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“Well, I don’t read in Obama a man who has any particular beliefs or convictions. He was taught to take a certain line on the world and he takes it automatically without thinking and without any particular ideas,” he said. “If you look at the enormous naivety of his foreign policy, which seems to have no awareness of the power relationships between America and Europe, America and Russia, America and Iran, the emerging nations of Eastern Europe, you see a man who is almost a zombie in what he’s doing.

“He isn’t carrying out an angry program as an outraged ideologue, he’s just making moves in an almost robotic way according the silly things he was taught. I mean he’s an alumni of Columbia and Harvard, he’s a perfect representative of what these institutions want and turn out.”

As examples, Gelernter cites Obama’s scaling back of plans for anti-ballistic missile defense and his plan to “reset relations with Russia.”

“Now, Russia had not the slightest interest in resetting relations with us and anybody who looks at Putin for five minutes sees a man who is personally affronted and offended by the collapse of the Soviet Empire,” Gelernter said.

“He said that again and again. He wants to build a new Russian Empire; he’s been absolutely above boards about it. The idea that we should scale back our defenses and should now, for example, make common cause with Russia in the case of Syria or anywhere in the world is idiotic. Russia doesn’t want to work with us. Russia wants to work against us. A child can see that.”

Gelernter’s book focuses on the failings of our current education system, particularly the elite schools.

“We’re living in a corrupted, denatured culture in which we are failing to teach our children what they need to do to be responsible citizens and Americans literate in tradition and values of this country,” He said. “And we’re doing it because we have put our cultural apparatus, the cultural establishment in the hands of a group of people who’ve never made any secret of their contempt for America, for Judeo-Christian ideas and for the whole tradition.”

Gelernter acknowledges his ideas are “not popular at Yale” where he teaches but adds they “aren’t popular anywhere with intellectuals because intellectuals know themselves to be hostile to America, they’re straightforward, they don’t lie about it.

“But they don’t like it being discussed. They like to keep this their own little secret and, meanwhile, the universities are thriving and huge amounts of money are coming through them and they’re doing great. They just want to hush up the story of what is actually being taught and not taught to the students.”

Gelernter said one way to change what is going on in American education is the internet, but even there the elite schools have made significant inroads.

“There’s a lot of action in Internet teaching, some of it in association with parents who are homeschooling,” he said. “A lot of it at the college level and often led by the Yales and Harvards and MITs and Stanfords and Berkeleys who are putting their courses online and who are developing their online resources. And that’s natural for them to do and is a smart move for them to do.

“What I don’t see is the conservative forces in this country which are substantial, the think tanks, the foundations, various institutions I don’t see them making an investment in online education. This is the crucial point at which conservatives could change the polarity of the educational system by building up their online resources. Online is being built up but not very much by conservatives.”

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