There’s just something about Obama

19Feb08

There are a lot of cute names for it, “Obamamania” “Obamarama” (I liked Red-Eye’s “Baraca Blast”) but cute names aside, the phenomenon is real enough. The Drudge Report featured a video link this morning of yet another fainting episode at an Obama rally — this marks at least the sixth time some lady has swooned at Obama’s feet since he’s been on the campaign trail. Those in the mainstream media not caught up themselves by the Obama mystique call it, ‘a bit creepy’. Noted conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, “Obama has an astonishingly empty paper trail. He’s going around..

issuing promissory notes on the future that he can’t possibly redeem. Promises to heal the world with negotiations with the likes of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” “Promises to transcend the conundrums of entitlement reform that require real and painful trade-offs and that have eluded solution for a generation.” “Promises to fund his other promises by a rapid withdrawal from an unpopular war — with the hope, I suppose, that the (presumed) resulting increase in American prestige would compensate for the chaos to follow.” But Krauthammer is a conservative columnist. Even more revealing are some of the comments by liberal media. ABC’s Jake Tapper spoke of the “Helter-Skelter cultish qualities” of what he terms “Obama worshippers.” (Tough words. “Helter-Skelter” was found written in blood on a refrigerator at the scene of the 1969 Manson Family LaBianca murders.) The LA Times Joel Stein calls it the “Cult of Obama.” And TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein, (the ‘anonymous’ author of the book “Primary Colors” about the 1992 Clinton campaign), described it this way; “There was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism,” he wrote. “The message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.” Even ultra-liberal NY Times columnist Paul Krugman is having second thoughts, writing that “the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to a cult of personality.” Notice the adjectives being tossed about, here, ‘messiah’ and ‘cult’. And don’t lose sight of who is tossing them; ABC, the LA Times, the NY Times, TIME Magazine . . . the principle propaganda arm of the American Left. Then there is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who reported that, on hearing Obama’s Potomac primary victory speech, “I felt this thrill going up my leg . . .” Matthews also once said of Obama, “. . . [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have all the answers. This is the New Testament!” Assessment: I was watching Brit Hume’s broadcast the other day in which they highlighted a lady standing just behind Obama as he delivered a stump speech. Hume noted her fervor, eyes shining, as she clasped her hands together in an almost prayer-like pose as she gazed adoringly at the candidate. Another panel member noted the way Obama’s audience seems to go into a trance when he speaks, saying that that reminded him of the 1960’s. I don’t know about that. I grew up in the Sixties. I saw a lot folks in that trance-like state — but it wasn’t because of politics. Watching Obama’s audience put me more in mind of the Nazi rallies of the 1930’s German newsreels than it did a bunch of stoned hippies chanting, ‘tune in, turn on, and drop out.’ I am willing to concede that some of the liberals that expressed concern about the Obama cult did so because they are members of the Clinton cult, but this is hardly empty political rhetoric. There is much more to it than just politics as usual. There’s something about Obama that doesn’t quite seem kosher. First, there is the whole ‘Obama the Muslim’ charge. Obama’s father and stepfather were both Muslims. It is no stretch to assume Barack Hussein Obama was therefore raised as a Muslim until his parent’s divorce. His devotees claim Obama is really a devoted Christian, despite the ties that exist between his ‘pastor’ and Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Given that we are in the midst of a war with Islamic fundamentalists, that should at least give voters pause for reflection. Not so. It just doesn’t seem to matter. It doesn’t seem to matter that Obama has spent more time running for president than he has serving in the US Senate. It doesn’t seem to matter that Obama is more or less a blank page no legislative accomplishments to speak of, appearing out of nowhere as a Democratic standard-bearer even before coming to the Senate, born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia . . . do we really know anything about the guy? Just for fun, I Googled “Obama Messiah” to see what would happen. Google kicked back 206,000 hits in which “Obama” and “Messiah” occurred in the same document. (The first ten were about the “Obama Messiah Watch”. ) Back in 1957, Paul-Henri Spaak, former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, cried out in desperation: “We do not want another committee. We have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass in which we are sinking. Send us such a man and, be he God or the devil, we will receive him.” The Bible says in the last days, a politician will arise who will captivate the world the way that Obama has captivated America. He will seemingly have all the answers to what ails us, and will be embraced as the world”s messiah. The Apostle Paul says that he will go so far as to sit on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant and proclaim himself to be the messiah. As a kid growing up, I could never quite picture it. It sounded too fantastic — surely everybody would be able to tell they were being hoodwinked. We had just defeated the Nazis and were locked in an ideological Cold War with the Soviets. If we understood anything, I thought, we understood the power of propaganda and the dangers inherent in a political cult of personality. Maybe the Europeans would accept ‘such a man’ whether ‘he be God or devil’ but America never would. That’s what I used to think. But I grew less resistant to the idea during the Clinton years, when up was down, and black was white and it all depended on “what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” That was then. Before we had mainstream media commentators equating Barack Obama to the New Testament. And housewives fainting in the aisles. This is now, and now, it isn’t so difficult to imagine, anymore. I’m not saying Barack Obama is the antichrist — I don’t know who the antichrist is, and I don’t believe I ever will, so his identity is irrelevant. What is relevant is the conditioning process preparing the way for him is evidently almost complete. And if the stage is set for the antichrist, then the next event on God’s prophetic calendar is to withdraw the Restrainer — and the vessels He indwells. “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:8) But first, the Rapture!
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