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2008 Presidential Race

>Barack Obama, American Messiah

>Barack Obama, American MessiahI am glad I am not the only one who is disturbed by the way Obama supporters are turning to him as if he were their Messiah. The Obama phenonmenon is really starting to give off some cultish vibes.

Jake Tapper, Senior National Correspondent for ABC News, had a great little post on the subject yesterday. Here are some quotes from his piece:

– “Inspiration is nice. But some folks seem to be getting out of hand. It’s as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, ‘Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat.’

– “Describing various encounters with Obama supporters, she [Kathleen Geier] writes, ‘Excuse me, but this sounds more like a cult than a political campaign. The language used here is the language of evangelical Christianity – the Obama volunteers speak of ‘coming to Obama’ in the same way born-again Christians talk about ‘coming to Jesus.'”

– “Joe Klein, writing at Time, notes ‘something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism’ he sees in Obama’s Super Tuesday speech.”

– “The always interesting James Wolcott writes that ‘(p)erhaps it’s my atheism at work but I found myself increasingly wary of and resistant to the salvational fervor of the Obama campaign, the idealistic zeal divorced from any particular policy or cause and chariot-driven by pure euphoria.'”

– “Then there’s MSNBC’s Chris Matthews who tells Felix Gillette in the New York Observer, “I’ve been following politics since I was about 5. I’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 the New Testament! I’m not suprised to hear this from Chris Matthews since he gets reduced to tears during Obama speeches. I quote from these folks because they can’t be explained away as hateful right-wingers. These are people from organizations such as ABC News and Time magazine. Some are admitted Obama supporters and even they admit that things have gone too far.

In her column, Barack Obama Is Not Jesus, Kathleen Geier says, “The Obama campaign’s instruction to their volunteers to steer clear of policy questions. How can we truly bring about real political change if the movement the Obama people are building is devoid of ideological content, content merely to mouth gauzy generalities about ‘coming together’ and ‘yes we can’? Such a movement becomes a cult or personality rather than engine for social justice and political transformation. And personality cults can be a huge turnoff to those who are not already drinking the Kool-Aid.”

Ophrah Winfrey, Preacher of the Gospel of ObamaAmerica’s favorite mega-church pastor, Oprah Winfrey, is a voice crying out through the airwaves, preparing the way for the savior, Obama. She’s giving the alter call – won’t ya come, won’t ya come? Obama is waiting for you. Come to Obama.

Obama, already the most liberal member of the Senate, is preparing a potent mix. Added to the sweet purple Kool-Aid of messianic praises, platitudes of “Change!”, JFK & MLK comparisons, and the role of American savior is the deadly poison of a radical leftist agenda. The deadly concoction is ready and many Americans are already drinking deeply.

Related:
The Obama Messiah Watch, Slate.com
Is Barack Obama the Messiah? by Ben Shapiro, Townhall.com
Obama as Liberal Messiah by J.R. Dunn, American Thinker
One artist envisions Barack Obama as modern-day Messiah, USA Today

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7 thoughts on “>Barack Obama, American Messiah

  1. >Thanks Christopher. Fascinating blog. Scary stuff. I didn’t realize how many people have already been commenting on this phenomenon until after I had written this post and started to dig around some more. On anothe note, I was disappointed to see in the video on the obamamessiah blog that one of my favorite Lakers, Kareem Abdul Jabar, is drinking the Obama Kool Aid. And that dude from Lost too. 😉

    Posted by Jeff Wright | February 10, 2008, 4:40 am
  2. >Is Obama the Messiah?

    Posted by Christopher | February 10, 2008, 4:24 am
  3. >Jeff is now a Hillary operative :)Ha! No, but I do get the feeling that the people I quoted are experiencing some heartburn over the challenge Barack is giving their girl Hillary.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | February 10, 2008, 2:54 am
  4. >Jeff is now a Hillary operative 🙂

    Posted by David Cho | February 9, 2008, 8:49 am
  5. >Related article (it’s just a general article…it’s doesn’t go into the specifics you were looking for, sorry Nate):He’s got Obamaphiliahttp://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-stein8feb08,0,3418234.column

    Posted by J.Wizzle | February 8, 2008, 6:57 pm
  6. >Are there any online articles with the actual text of Obama’s or his supporters’ messianic claims? I’ve heard people talk about these sorts of things, but I’ve not seen the actual words that people are using.

    Posted by Nathan P. Gilmour | February 8, 2008, 6:15 pm
  7. >Good post. I am amazed about how people start to piss themselves when Obama talks. The thing is he NEVER talks about issues. The hype around him seems to mainly have to do with his personality, age, race, etc. That will only take him so far. You are correct that he had the most liberal voting record in the Senate last year. He is also radically left on abortion. He also has very little experience. There will come a time when Obama has to actually talk about the issues…and when he does I think the Obama hysteria will die down a little.

    Posted by J.Wizzle | February 8, 2008, 5:24 pm

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