Obama’s Problems with Running For President as a Messiah
By: Jim Byrd
Verily I say unto thee, Barack Obama was a spuriously manufactured, promoted, and peddled messiah, hustled from the back of the mountebank’s wagon of the Left. Obama’s political hari kari, other than being copiously unqualified, was buying into his own hype. Before taking the oath of office, he had already caused his standardÂ to be set somewhere within the Trinity.
He did, in fact, run as a messiah, the Emmanuel of the proletariat. He was to distribute salvation upon the Left, liberal elites, middle-class working Americans, the welfare dependent, and the overwhelming majority of black America. The mainstream media packaged him as such, he imbibed it, pondered it, adopted it, now owns it. Sadly, he was unable to save the heretics who were possessed by a fundamentally sound conservative doctrine and common sense.
The headlines rejoiced: Swooning Supporters Feinting For Obama, Audience Member Faints During Obama Health Care Rally, Woman Feints At Obama Rally, Fired Up And Falling Down. Obama could not give a preachment without being interrupted by a disciple swooning, feinting, then crumpling on the floor. His instincts were to save. He barked orders for medical personnel to appear, offered what could only be assumed to be blessed bottles of Perrier; to the swooners, their recovery was nothing short of a miracle. Fortunately for the swooners, they were always strategically close to the stage. Thanks to what could be nothing other than divine intervention, there were no incidents of swooning in the nose-bleed section, far and away from the cameras. Hallelujah for that.
Incorrigible Leftist Chris Matthews, who hosts the show Hardball, perpetuated the Messiah allegory during the campaign: “Iâ€™ve been following politics since I was about 5. Iâ€™ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. Obama comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament. This is surprising.â€ Can I get another Hallelujah?
Obama’s divine confirmation from Jonathan Alter’s The Promise: “Rabbi David Saperstein, reading from Psalms in English and Hebrew, noticed from the altar that the good men and women of the congregation that day, including the Bidens and other dignitaries, had not yet stood. Finally Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Church asked that everyone rise. At that moment Saperstein saw something from his angle of vision: ‘If I had seen it in a movie I would have groaned and said, ‘Give me a break. That’s so trite.’ A beam of morning light shown [sic] through the stained-glass windows and illuminated the president-elect’s face. Several of the clergy and choir on the altar who also saw it marveled afterward about the presence of the Divine.” Sing, O heavens; and be joyful.
Obama’s consecrated super-intelligence: Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law, Larry Tribe, wrote an article for the Harvard Law Review titled â€œThe Curvature ofÂ Constitutional Law.â€ At some point, he and Obama conjured up an unimaginable and bewildering link between Albert Einstein and Constitutional Law. Other than the priceless irrelevance of this correlation concocted by a couple of meretricious constitutional and physics scholars, the article, other than intellectual fodder for the Harvard Law Review, should have caused only a handful of people to experience a nonplussed state. But, the liberal media, who created Obama and his messianic persona, latched onto the judicial and scientifically seditious article as affirmation of Obama’s unearthly intelligence. The Washington Post exhorted, “Obama analyzed and integrated Einstein’s theory of relativity, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, as well as the concept of curved space as an alternative to gravity, for a Law Review article that Tribe wrote titled, â€˜The Curvature of Constitutional Space.â€™” Other than attempting to garner political profit at the expense of some absurd article that had a vague bond to Obama, the Post threw in, for good measure, “…as well as the concept of curved space…,” which reeks of numbskullery since the theory of relativity includes the concept of curved space.
What a difference two years can make when the Oval Office has been occupied by a run-of-the-mill mortal vagrant. The headlines have taken a perilous turn for the immortal one: Dozens fall ill at Obama rally in Maryland, shrieked the headlines of that communique grabbing Judas, Fox News.
While evangelizing to the masses at Bowie State University, Obama declared, “On Nov. 2, I’m going to need you just as fired up as you were in 2008.” No sooner than that sentence disappeared from the teleprompter, dozens of people proceeded to be sick. Not to be confused with the orchestrated and fabricated shills that were swooning and fainting at his rallies, but legitimately sick. Which is bewildering in a medicinal sort of way, as there has not been one reported swooning incident since Obama was elected. How about a hallelujah for that miracle. Since this epidemic was not orchestrated by Obama, he was unable to wield his Lazareth technique and magic Perrier bottle to raise the afflicted, as his apothecary and medico prowess has been relegated to that of a Paleolithic practitioner of the art of healing.
It truly is a sad day for the dearly devoted, the true believers, as Obama does not hail from Galilee, and it is still murky whether he hails from Hawaii, Kenya, or Bali.
As the messiah’s DNA of the hominid persuasion began manifesting, and his predilection for nocuous policies started creating a wake of economic destruction, the disciples started scattering with the wind. They reconvened, but in two factions.Â Faction one, the Apologists. They are quite flustered with the public’s expectation of his performing at the messianic standard he set for himself, and defend his abysmal track record by announcing to the world that Obama is only human, what do you expect? Faction two, the Enlightened. Forget the messianic references, Obama the man is a failure, but with mitigating circumstances.
Two high profile articles were recently published from the Apologists and the Enlightened: respectively, He’s President, not a superhero: The left has been too quick to jump ship by Stanley Crouch of NYDailyNews.com and Why Obama Is Losing the Political War by Mark HalperinÂ of Time.com. An autopsy of the two Kafkaesque articles with commentary is in order.
The Apologists: This faction relies on Obama being human, while discounting the messiah propaganda they spread during the campaign.Â Crouch can’t seem to come to terms with the situation that the superman he was complicit in creating has turned out to be nothing more than Jimmy Olsen on a bad day, and his faux messiah shares the same approval rating as did Jesus with the Pharisees. Crouch takes the reader on a painfully meandering apologetic prosaic filled with fantastical references to Hercules, Superman, spiritual vermin, and dogs with foaming mouths.
Velma Hart is the middle-class black woman who told Obama in a rally why she felt exhausted defending his administration. She admitted that she had mistaken Obama for a superhero capable of knocking a hole in the brick wall stacked up by Republicans. Hart poignantly summarized the pitfalls of believing in false prophets, and prophesied the real-time decimation of the Democratic Party in the November elections, but Crouch emphatically states that Velma Hart did not put the political hand writing on the wall with her statement. But Hart’s statements oddly morphed into his need to share two major problems that Obama faces, and naturally neither problem is his fault.
Problem one: “The first is that he has to battle an opposition that has sold out to the extremes of its base in order to gain power, integrity be damned.” Politically speaking, Crouch has stated what may well be one of the most knuckleheaded assessments regarding the most basic method of gaining power in a democratic election. The extremes–which he never defines– is counter-intuitive to garnering the majority of votes, which is necessary to gain power. Crouch has completely discounted the mood of the nation, an arrogantly lethal blunder that will cost the Democrats dearly in November.
Crouch then unleashes what must be one of the most illiterately encumbered statements in modern history: “Responsible Republicans like Peggy Noonan, George Will and David Brooks have not been able to hold back the devil dogs foaming at the mouth.” Devil dogs? While Crouch believes he is unleashing a crippling pejorative by referring to conservatives as “devil dogs,” it would in fact be an honor to be referred to as a devil dog, as this is how the Germans referred to American marines and their fighting prowess. Peggy Noonan and David Brooks, like all responsible Republicans in Bizarro World, should have supported Obama for the Presidency. Peggy Noonan a responsible Republican holding back devil dogs foaming at the mouth?
This is Peggy Noonan anointing Obama during his campaign:
He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.
Is she talking about a mortal, a superman, or a god?Â Peggy Noonan: Responsible Republican, and devil dog whisperer.
Crouch makes his readers painfully aware of two very important facts: all complaints against Obama are bigoted, and Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Glen Beck possess pitchforks and torches. “No matter how bigoted complaints about the President have been, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh will lift their pitchforks and torches in agreement.”
Problem two: “The naivete and cowardice on the other side of the aisle. The far left feels betrayed because Obama has not turned America into Eden in less than two years. They do not believe that Obama has put up a good fight against those opponents who find the truth less important than gaining legislative power that will make it easier to serve their masters: the wealthy, the big corporations and the lobbyists who serve them most faithfully.”
Crouch’s Eden statement is perplexing. It was he and his ilk who promised instantaneous Eden if Obama were elected; now that divinity does not reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., their new sales pitch is “he is just a mortal” as they thrash around in Obama’s purgatory. Crouch does not give Obama the credit he deserves. His duplicitous omission of Obama singlehandedly diminishing the lobbyists in D.C. by putting them out of commission by hiring them to work in his administration was genius. He slayed the big corporations while they were camped out in the White House writing legislation–a lesson they will not soon forget.
“It is time for all of us to grow up and face the fact that we just might be ‘the people we have been waiting for,’ as the President has said. If we thought we were electing a superhero, we were wrong. Obama never promised that.” Crouch has transformed from bending, twisting, and re-shaping facts to blatant lies. They all believed they were electing a superman, a messiah. They stated it, pushed it, debated it, and voted for it. “Obama never promised that”? If a Walter Mitty, with an “S” on his chest, boasts that he is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, I do believe he just proclaimed himself Superman. Obama made similar statements, so did Crouch, the only thing missing on the campaign was a cape.
The Enlightened: Mark Halperin is embedded in the accustomed state of cognitive dissonance that Leftists who have suddenly been afflicted with fragmentary commonsense find themselves languishing: Obama is a failure, but itâ€™s not his fault; Obama acted quickly to save the nation, but he inherited too many problems from Bush; Obama failed at creating one legitimate job from one trillion dollars, but it was because of Republican obstructionism. Obama’s detractors from the Left cannot plead a legitimate grievance against Obama without qualifying it with a cause and effect from the Right.
Halperin, unlike Crouch’s meandering odyssey, will pendulate the reader from one side to the other in such an erratic fashion as to cause a severe case of political spacial disorientation, especially to the untrained political aficionado.
Halperin gives readers their first taste of his incompetence in his opening paragraph: “With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters.” Halperinâ€™s statement is correct and incorrect, a beautiful display of the Left’s dichotomy of reasoning. He is spot on except for “clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress….” For starters, Congress, in both houses, has a Democratic Party majority, and that majority has repeatedly demonstrated its predilection to assume the role of lap dogs for Obama. Obama was also able to convince his gaggle of bureaucratic lap dogs to enact his ObamaCare legislation, which he did not read, sans a Senate vote.
Halperin’s next statement infuses a magician’s ability to redirect the audience’s attention from the obvious while creating an alibi for the common man. “Obama said, ‘Putting the American people back to work, expanding opportunity, rebuilding the economic security of the middle class is the moral and national challenge of our time.’ But elites feel the President has failed to meet that challenge and are convinced he will be unable to do so in the remainder of his term. Moreover, there is a growing perception that Obama’s decisions are causing harm â€” that businesses are being hurt by the Administration’s legislation and that economic recovery is stalling because of the uncertainty surrounding energy policy, health care, deficits, housing, immigration and spending.”
His redirect seems to protect the bourgeois from being associated with higher thought and separates them from affiliation with dissent, and is accomplished with two words: “elites,” and “perception.” Blame decent on the elites, and the employment of “perception” guides the reader away from the assumption of fact, and towards a highly subjective perception. Unlike the fantasy world of Halperin’s perceptions, the polls factually state that the majority believe Obama has not met the challenge of creating jobs, businesses are being hurt by Obama’s policies, Obama is the cause of the economy not recovering, ObamaCare is a failure, etc. etc. etc.
Halperin lambastes, then enumerates the myriad wars that Obama has unsuccessfully waged since his ascension: The perpetual war against George W. Bush (every single shortcoming of Obama can be traced to George Bush), the war against Dick Cheney, the war against Rush Limbaugh, the war against Congressman Joe Barton, the war against John Boehner, and the painfully unsuccessful war against Fox News. Before taking pause, Halperin praises four of the arguably least successful pieces of legislation passed by any Congress: the $1 trillion stimulus that has not created one legitimate productive job, the auto bailout that cannibalized 50% of its funding on government bureaucracy, which decimated the auto industry after its expiration, health care reform that has accomplished, so far, the raising of insurance premiums, the cancellation of policies for children, the cancellation for pre-existing conditions, the dropping of health insurance by major corporations, and generally inflating every single aspect of health care cost, and the financial regulation bill that Wall Street banks begged for, which will add higher fees to every checking and savings account, its cost to Wall Street will be passed on to consumers, and the community banks that will have to navigate 27 new regulations.
Acknowledging that the Democrats will suffer heavy losses in November, Halperin notes the obligation of the Republican Party after the election: “Republicans will have a greater obligation, politically and morally, to help govern, rather than thwart and badger.” Halperin’s argument is that a fundamental disagreement with the Democrat’s legislation is considered badgering and thwarting. Which means one must assume that if the Republicans gain the majority, the Democrats will not thwart, badger, or disagree. Interesting concept considering that Obama stated just this past week that if the Republicans win a majority in November, he would resort to “hand-to-hand combat” on Capitol Hill, and that ever quotable Joe Biden said, regarding the absurdity of balancing the budget, “If I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I am going to strangle them.”
Obama a messiah? I think not. If the original Messiah had crusaded around Israel boasting from a teleprompter about his super-powers and super-intelligence, sans evidence, then was forced to contend with his disciples professing to the world that he was ordinary flesh and blood, can’t perform miracles, listing his failures, and blaming the Romans, Jews, and that Lucifer for his problems, then he would have only been a man, and that would have been the end of the story. But unlike Obama, the Messiah took care of business. Crouch, Halperin, and the rest, face it, you were duped. Move on.
Jim Byrd's website is A Skewed View.