Monday, 10 November 2008
|0821 - The Cult of Obama|
Via foolscap001...The Daily Mail's Peter Hitchens, on the cult of Obama:
Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.
The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.
I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.
current mood: depressed
Okay, in all seriousness, while in real life you seem like a really great guy, I personally cannot stand to continue to read that stomping and crying of a child that didn't get their way. You are so busy "warning us" of what might happen that you're creating your own reality... and it is a frighteningly paranoiac one.
Take a deep breath, read something that isn't in the tank against Obama (or in the tank for your guy), and get real, because this psychotic ranting from the entire opposite end of the spectrum is just as laughably cartoonish as those from the liberal end. You are both cartoons to rational people. Where's your acme anvil and sign that says "Darn"?
It saddens me that I have to pull you from my reading list, because it bothers me so much that people like you exist in a world FULL of access to information. :(
The reality I'm pointing out is that Obama's not the messiah the press has made him out to be. At this point, I can only go by what he's said, since he's done precious little, and what he's said scares the hell out of me.
I truly hope I'm wrong. This country doesn't need what Obama's said he'll do. Maybe, just maybe, he'll realize that his far-left agenda will break this country. If he does, I'll cheer.
If he doesn't, and carries through on his campaign rhetoric and stated positions, then I'll be saying "I told you so" from the bread line.
It's that access to information that leads me to disbelieve what the mainstream media claims in setting him up as The Savior of the US. The MSM has grossly ignored anything that's in any way derogatory about him, while going far, far out of its way to blast those of us at the other end of the spectrum every chance it gets and with every smear it can dream up.
As I say on my profile page, I consider "friends" lists misnamed. You won't be the first who I consider a personal friend who doesn't follow my LJ because of my political views, and I doubt you'll be the last.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I think I see what you're tryin to do... I just think you're slaughtering the message by virtue of the severe anti-Obama by which you convey it. Personally, I'm tired of this provincial partisanship on BOTH sides, and I think it is time for people to become positive forces for change, rather than snipers of pessimism from the outskirts.
I agree (in a very, very general sense) that the media coverage is largely unfair. Swinging in on the pendulum from the other side, however, isn't the right answer... pretty much ever.
I appreciate that you feel the same way I do about the "friends" list. I don't consider it a list of "friends", but a reading list; and my views of your viewpoint-delivery-methods don't detract from my views of what a great person you are IRL. :)
This is so tiresome, Jay.
Why do I think, should you be unfortunate enough to lose your job in the next year, you'll obviously blame Obama. (as you plainly already are)
But...should you keep it, what will you say then?
I think a recent SouthPark episode aptly described what both jer_
are saying, here.
Those who supported Obama need to realize that Obama is *NOT* the Second Coming of Christ, and those who supported McCain need to realize that the world isn't exactly going to end, it's just going to suck for the next four years.
And those of us, like me, who didn't want either of those two asses in office need to realize that we're still in the only *true* minority in this country, and work towards a day when sheeple aren't turned into religious devotees with regard to their "Party" choice.
Well put. Actually, far better put than I managed.
Yep... That was a good episode.
I think it may have been pretty close to dead on too. McCain and Obama as friends. Sometimes I think that McCain threw the election.
My current silver lining to the situation is that McCain didn't get in. He would have made a horrible president. Unfortunately, compromising with the left leads you to move the entire country left, and McCain is the biggest compromiser ever. He would surely compromise the republican party to the point where it would have been blamed for the biggest catastrophe ever once the country has been compromised one step at a time to full out socialism.
Of course, the dark cloud is that Obama won. I'd probably be complaining in reverse if McCain won. Silver lining, Obama didn't win so the complete socialist state is a few years delayed. Dark cloud? All the stuff I said before. Blah.
Ah well, Hope for Change in your pocket, <yoda>Change we need</yoda> and all that.
Well that sounds like me except, and I mean this seriously, I don't think I've ever agreed with *anything* GWB has ever done, and what's more his personality is 180 degrees opposite as well.
I'm not even a democrat (as you know). But right now I'm just satisfied that there's someone coming into office who doesn't make my *skin crawl* with every word he says. If *nothing else*, that is a welcome change.
And for the record, I don't have anything against McCain. Or I didn't, anyway, until he chose a running mate. And *THEN* I was done with him.
I hope that you're right. OTOH, when the co-chair of Obama's transition team goes on Meet the Press and says that Obama has to be ready to take power and rule on day one, it's not terribly reassuring.
Then again, don't all presidents need to be ready to take power and rule on day one?
I'm not apologizing for Obama, or his supporters, but let's face it: that particular statement is pretty inane.
Well... elected officials serve, or govern. Kings or emperors rule.
Well, I know all about how bad Obama might be, but at the moment he's the president, and I'm not going to continue trashing him while he's still not done any executive decisions I disagree with.
Of course, when he does start doing things that I disagree with on principle, then I'll denounce those things just like I've been denouncing the things Bush has been doing. (At this rate, there won't be much left for Obama to socialize...)
Obama Derangement Syndrome.
First of all, work has been keeping me busy and I haven't been watching the news much, so if this is more at the MSM than individuals, whatever. If you're grousing about all the people are are legitimately excited, the millions of people that took to the streets around the country on election night in celebration, well, compare your sentiment of despair and pretty clear hatred for someone you disagree with, to this, seen a few entries below yours on my f-list:
Fuck yes, America. I'm proud of you. I'm proud of us. Look at what we've done.
After 31 straight waking hours of working, voting, and volunteering last week, every ounce of energy was worth it for the tears that welled up as I watched history occur on my television; president-elect Barack Obama giving his victory speech. It'll be a moment that I'll remember for the rest of my life, as well as everyone of this generation, and as this photo shows, the next generation as well.
I wonder where all the hullabaloo came from. I wonder why people are excited. Its amazing how people react when they've felt like they made a difference, and they believe with all their heart it was the right thing to do.
Here's a stepladder, I think its time to get off your soapbox.
ps: The icon is from 4 years ago this week when I started an Obama community. Pulled it out of cold storage for you. ;)