French Pseudo-Intellectuals for Obama
Bernard-Henri Lévy gives his reasons (near the end of this interview) for hoping that Obama will be elected:
No. 1, because it would mean really the end — and the complete victory of the battle begun in the ’60s. No. 2, because it will mean the end of a new American evil, which is the dividing, the Balkanization of American society. This is another counter-effect of a great idea, which was tolerance. You so much tolerate that you tolerate the American society to be in separate bubbles having their own peculiarities, and so on. Obama as president will mean all these bubbles submitted to a real ideal of citizenship. This is his message.…
And No. 3, you have another ideal in the America of today, which I call the competition of victims. Competition of memories. If you are in favor of the Jews, you cannot be in favor of the blacks. If you remember the suffering of slavery, you cannot remember too much the suffering of the Holocaust, and so on and so on. The human heart has not space enough for all the sufferings. This is what some people say. Obama says the contrary. It will mean the end of this stupid topic, which is competition of victimhood.
I’d call that 0 for 3—le strikeout. The revolution of the 1960s that Lévy thinks would attain “complete victory” is the unrealizable utopian dream of “not [having] to choose between liberty, freedom and equality.” His last two reasons are reasons to vote for McCain, as Andy McCarthy’s essay today, “Obama’s Assault on Our Unum”, makes clear.