Cult Worship among the mob, the cattle, nothing new in nature. Simple minded, spineless sheep must follow blindly to get by.
Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 05/29/2012
Time for Democrats to decide: Is Obama an idol or a president?
By Ed Rogers
The left has a decision to make: Is it going to try to
repackage the starry-eyed romance and dreamy magic of Barack Obama from
four years ago or build a rationale for his reelection based on lessons
learned and a plausible critique of the president's performance in
office. Perhaps it will need to acknowledge that the idolization of
Obama was a one-time phenomena and that voters, desperate for some
results, will be impatient with proselytizing from the Obama camp.
A good test is approaching. Next Monday, June 4, will be the
four-year anniversary of the speech candidate Obama gave celebrating his
delegate count, which would make him the certain Democrat nominee. He
took the occasion to state what he thought his presidency foretold. Of
his own nomination victory, Obama said, "This was the moment when the
rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was
the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our
image as the last, best hope on Earth." He let others really lay it on
thick. You would think the retrospective absurdity of this quote would
make liberals a little cautious, if not embarrassed, and cause them to
rethink how they enabled Obama. We will see how this is hidden or
celebrated in the next few days.
Frank Bruni, writing in the New York Times, suggests
the left is going to double-down on the theme of Obama as the chosen
one and his followers as enlightened. Bruni appears to be willing to
strain even harder for Obama in 2012 by neglecting to find anything
particularly admirable about Mitt Romney while completely refreshing the
Obama myth. He never hints that the reality of electing a president who
was a little-accomplished state senator, unknown community organizer
and high school stoner has produced some disappointments and required
plenty of on-the-job training. You have to read it to get the full dose,
but among other things, Bruni says of Obama, "He still personifies the
hope that we might evolve into the colorblind, fair-minded country that
many of us want. His own saga taps into the larger story of this
country's fitful unfinished progress toward its stated ideal of equal
Like other liberals, Bruni credits Obama's charmed life so far as
being "his journey." Conversely, he is not only condescending to Mitt
Romney but finds fault with him, saying, "He hasn't succeeded in
rummaging through his biography for the sorts of broadly inspirational
chapters that can help a candidate bond with voters." He states that
Romney, like Bush, is "another child of privilege and political scion."
Bruni goes on to say that Romney "seems congenitally closed-off and
palpably awkward about transforming the personal into the political."
As if "rummaging through his biography" and "transforming the personal
into the political" is what makes a good candidate and leader. Bruni and
the Obama disciples can't see — or they just choose to ignore — any
understated grace or humility in Romney. They can't appreciate the
example of his exemplary family and his earnest desire to repay part of
what he has earned through hard work and good fortune by entering public
service. Romney is not good at boasting and the left would hammer him
if he tried.
Many on the left have lost any insight into their own bias; nothing
Obama says is over the top, and nothing he has done lacks significance
or inspiration. Likewise, nothing Romney says or has done amounts to
much. By forcing a halo upon Obama, suggesting dark hearts among any who
don't see it and follow, and ignoring the virtues of a decent man like
Romney, does not serve the president well. It stirs resentment among
voters who chafe at being told to love him or else.
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