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...America's Fatal Attraction to Obama

Excuse my mastery of the obvious, but I have to believe
the greatest obstacle to America's return to policy sanity
is the electorate's cultish adoration of Barack Obama.

If it weren't for this disturbing phenomenon — not to
discount a healthy dose of blind partisanship — it is
inconceivable that the majority of people would tolerate
Obama's dismantling of America's free-market system; his
returning America to a pre-9/11 mind-set against
terrorists; his increasing usurpations of power; and his
corrupt ties and practices, from the public funding of ACORN to the summary dismissal of
the case against the Black Panthers to his firing of inspector general Gerald Walpin,
apparently for uncovering corruption by Obama's friends.

    I don't quite understand how people,
    especially religious people, can place
    their trust for salvation in a fellow
    mortal, but history shows they do, and
    present-day America shows they are.
    The trend continues unabated, from
    MSNBC's Chris Matthews' admitting
    that Obama sends a thrill up his leg to
    audience members' fainting at his
    speeches to young girls' kissing his
    statue like brainless bookends.

Even some who have not fallen into the trance of supposed charisma are
affected by it indirectly, evidenced by their unbounded willingness to give him
the benefit of every doubt.
They are impervious to his narcissism, indifferent to his
megalomaniacal pursuit of power, ceaselessly forgiving of his childish scapegoating of
the previous administration, and oblivious to his extremism.

The mainstream media are his biggest institutional enablers, drooling over his every
utterance, irrespective of his many contradictions, his assaults on the Constitution and
our liberties, and his spate of broken promises.

More Than a Shared Ideology
"So what?" you say. "The MSM are ends-justify-the-means liberals who believe exactly as
he does. Of course they ignore his unprecedented expansions of government, his deceit
in furtherance of accomplishing a radical liberal agenda of which they approve, his
opportunistic breaches of promises, and his nose thumbing at the Constitution."

True, but there's more to it than that. The media's
fixation with Obama transcends their shared
ideology, and I'm not just referring to Evan
Thomas' deification of Obama. Did you see the
CNSNews.com interview of Chris Matthews (sorry
to bring him up again)? I knew he was a Kool-Aid
drinker, but this was embarrassing.

When the correspondent asked Matthews whether
Obama still sends a thrill up his leg, he replied:
"I have a feeling about my country. When he talked about it, I was inspired."

Then came the scary part. Asked whether the press should give Obama more scrutiny,
he said: "I think we have to question the numbers , the amount of money that's been
printed and the size of the deficits and the addition to the debt, and that's pretty scary.
These are huge numbers. We're going to have a debt by the end of the first term that's
equal to our entire economy. Think about that. That has to be paid off (with) tremendous
costs to the taxpayer. It's scary."

The long quote is helpful to illustrate that Matthews fully appreciates — intellectually —
the danger to America's solvency that Obama's policies represent. Despite that, he
added this non sequitur: "I love my country, and he talks about my country in a way that
inspires me, and he thrilled me. I'm very proud of that — I mean it — I hope it continues."

    So Matthews is scared that Obama is
    spending the country he says he
    loves into bankruptcy but hopes he
    keeps talking in a way that inspires
    him. Can this be explained rationally?

    Of course not. But that's the point.
    Cultish attraction destroys logic,
    reason, and sound judgment.

    Nor can rational thought explain the
    serial applauses from Obama's
    American Medical Association
audience as he told them he is going to place the square peg of socialized medicine into
the round hole of improving quality and decreasing costs — all without diminishing
patient choice or physician authority.

Then consider the American Jewish community, which still overwhelmingly supports
Obama despite his egregious displays of disrespect toward Israel, its history, its moral
position, and its fundamental right to national defense. And there are large segments of
the Christian community—Catholic and evangelical—that either lie to themselves about
Obama's depraved, militant position in supporting even partial-birth abortion or
compartmentalize it into artificial irrelevance.

And how about rank-and-file Democrats who consider
themselves fiscally conservative? Partisan loyalties
notwithstanding, how can they sit idly by as they watch
Obama's spending horror show unfold? How can they
delude themselves into believing this obscene and
insane spending—guaranteed to financially, and maybe
politically, enslave our children—ever can be justified?

At some point, the spell will dissipate.
The question is whether that will happen in
time to prevent irreversible damage to this nation.

© 2009 Creator's Syndicate Inc.
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