Peggy Noonan has an insightful essay in The Wall Street Journal ("Coruscating on Thin Ice", Saturday, September 5, 2009, A13) about the relationship between Obama's persona and his soul. She concludes that his cool is perhaps a symptom that he is cold. Perhaps? Of course, he is. Read his books; he is an ideologue. Though he carefully masked his Marxism during the presidential campaign, the evidence is out there for everybody to see. He is motivated by ideology. He is a committed Marxist. He believes history is the dialectic of class conflict between capitalists and the exploited proletariat. He believes that individuals have no free will but their actions and ideas are determined by the way their class reflects the clash of forces; that is, their beliefs and behavior are determined by their material conditions. Passion, springing from emotional commitment to the victims of history, is counterproductive. Leaders, in the Lenin and Trotsky mold, can free themselves for leadership only by transcending the sound and fury on the ground, by accessing and animating the true ideas about historical movement. His soul is cold; his persona is cold. Having transcended the people, whose name he invokes, he can lead only by manipulating. He cannot animate the body politic from within, because he is outside. He can stir the masses into motion only by tricking them, in the sense that a puppet master tricks his puppets by pulling their strings, from above. Americans are slowly figuring out that Obama does not identify with them--not with whites, not with blacks, not with hispanics, not Asians--not with any racial class. Americans are slowly figuring out that he is tricking them into accepting revolutionary social change through legislation; or, I should say, he is trying to trick them. Many Americans had a courtship romance with their first viable black presidential candidate; the romance is over. They are seeing him for what he is. Their expression of disbelief is often crude and shouted and abbreviated (the joker represents "Socialism"), but largely on target. Obama is not going to change. We can only work to limit the damage he is doing, get him out of office, and then bring in enough moderates into Congress to undo his programs and repair the nation.