Thursday, February 14, 2008

Obamasms and the Cult of Personality

I've noticed something very peculiar when it comes to the embrace people are giving Barack Hussein Obama these days. Amid the drunken atmosphere of support that has his followers spilling the Kool-Aid all over themselves, there seems to be a sense of inevitability surrounding his candidacy that has put the blinders on most folks. His supporters have gone fanatical on us, disbelieving of the fact that anyone could possibly exist that might think the man is nothing more than an inexperienced opportunist with an agenda that will set this country down the path to ruin.

The love for Barack, of course, has been due to the overwhelmingly positive media the guy has been getting. It's as if they're afraid to point out anything negative in fear that it will offend blacks, Muslims and any white liberal with a guilt-complex. Of course, maybe the lack of criticism is due to the fact that he has virtually no experience... at least not enough to garner him any kind of reputation whatsoever... to say nothing about his ability to lead the most powerful nation on Earth.

So why do people support (and dare I say, love) him? I've asked many of his supporters that very question, and I've been very surprised at the answers (or lack thereof) that I've been given. The first response is usually, "He's for change!" Changing what, exactly? Isn't any candidate elected going to amount to some form of change? His followers can't answer that question, because they don't know what he plans to change (what a perfectly vague reason to lend support, isn't it?) - let alone his method of doing it. So, once confronted with this loop in logic, his supporters will usually shift into one of three gears: Their hatred of Bush; the War in Iraq; and Global Warming. All three are emotional issues, making it nearly impossible to say anything that might change their mind about the guy. This is called brainwashing. The inability to engage them in meaningful discussion on such topics will also reaffirm their support for a man they know almost nothing about. This is called the "Cult of Personality," and it is a very dangerous mindset to be a part of.

The problems with people who emotionally stand behind a leader without knowing why is that they will do almost anything to justify their support. Tell them Obama has no experience, and they'll start pointing out such intellectual gems like the fact that he was elected to the Senate... as if merely showing up for the job he was elected to do has anything to do with his ability to lead a nation (carefully avoiding the fact that he has done nothing to effect "change" in the whole 4 years he's been in the Senate). Or they'll proudly say, "It's about time we had a Black President!" As if that somehow automatically qualifies a person. They'll reach for answers, because Obama himself hasn't been clear enough in providing them. In fact, he has only spoken in the language of platitude. He's been telling people what they want to hear, promising them wild dreams (like ending poverty, hunger and strife, and creating endless jobs, free healthcare and access for everyone to education) without so much as being called to task on what his plans are for doing so (hint: he doesn't have any). And further, I offer this... if those things were even possible, don't you think they would have been done by now? Heck, the first world leader to accomplish even a percentage of that goal would probably be elected Ruler of the Planet.

But since the promises from Barack Hussein Obama seem to originate in a world of fairy tales, it makes sense that his followers live in that magical wonderland with him... a land that obfuscates reality just enough so that they can offer rabid support to a man with no substance, no leadership ability (other than the ability to woo a crowd) and certainly no plan to keep this nation safe from from the dangers that lurk in the real world.

Please people... it's about time you wake up and see that this particular emperor is wearing no clothes. But then, that would probably be a selling point with you, too.


Jim said...

Fair comments. FWIW, I'm a republican and will vote for Obama. Want to know why? Very simply, he's from my generation. I'm tired of old men (or women in this case) running this country into the ground as if we were still in the Cold War years. Obama might not be better, but he's different and does want to change not only what we are doing but how we are doing things. Might not be possible in our current dysfunctional federal government, but might as well see.

Keep up the good work on the BLOG, its a good read (fellow bike rider fwiw).

BSG said...


I'm for change, too; I'm young and different, and I'd have to say better, too. Want to vote for me?

Why not? Don't know me from Adam? Have no clue what I've done or who I am or how I plan to change things?

But why not? Isn't that THE reason to vote for me? I'm an outsider. A fresh face. A neophyte--and certainly not a product of the Cold War.

So why not me over Obama?

After all, my record and his are virtually indistinguishable in terms of our respective experience and readiness to do all of the wonderful things each of us would LIKE to do for this nation.

Vote BSG for President! For all the reasons you'd vote for Obama--which are, essentially, utterly meaningless at the end of the day.

Jim said...

I didn't see BSG on the ballot. ;)

Our choices are Obama, Clinton or McCain.

My vote in order will be Obama, McCain or a gun to my head. :)

FWIW, I think the future of the US will depend on how we change our oil based economy. Its going to change even if we don't want it to. Can we change the economy to a vibrant, sustainable, self-reliant economy or or we going to be a debt ridden, war mongering, oil dependent step child. I'm hoping for the former. I don't see McCain moving in that direction so I won't vote for him over Obama.

I've done my reading and research so its more than just that, its just hard to express yourself in a comment of a BLOG. Good day.

Anonymous said...

Hey out there! Anybody remember the outcome of the fable, "The Pied Piper"???

Conservative Futurist said...

Rush summed it up pretty well in his interview with Time Magazine:

"Right now [Obama is] saying nothing better than anybody has ever said it."

Steve and Jaclyn said...

I love reading your blog! Thanks for giving me more to think about! ?!

Anonymous said...

Totally dead on. My husband and I like reading your blog. And the emperor bit at the end was hillarious. A friend of mine has jumped from the Billary to the Obama wagon. So this should be a good read for her.

Anonymous said...

So what do you have AGAINST him would be the next question. You're bashing all the people who are supporting him, but you tell me what is so wrong with him.

Does a lack of experience suddenly make someone unqualified for the job? The last few Presidents we've had have sure had tons of experience but look at where that has gotten us. Yeah, the country in an awesome state of being right now. Way to go for experience.