American Idol

Amidst all the breathless buildup from a swooning MSM over Obama’s acceptance speech at a packed Invesco Field tonight, at least the New York Post gets it right:

DENVER – Democrats will kneel before the “Temple of Obama” tonight.

As if a Rocky Mountain coronation were not lofty enough, Barack Obama will aim for Mount Olympus when he accepts his party’s nomination atop an enormous, Greek-columned stage – built by the same cheesy set team that put together Britney Spears’ last tour.

Sigh… this strays so far from any ideal I have ever had for a president — any vision I’ve ever entertained for the person I want at the helm of this country. Sir Barrogance displays all the charisma of a rock-star and all the cockiness of a know-it-all Ivy-League schoolboy. Not impressed. And yes, if a Republican candidate ever came upon the scene who conducted himself the way Obama does I would be very, very, very put off.

Libs will point out that Bush also made his 2004 acceptance speech in front of a similar, but scaled down backdrop. Sure, but to him they were just props. I don’t think the symbolism carried anywhere near the personal meaning for Bush that it will for Obamus the Great in the grandiose context of a full stadium.

The nicknames that Obama has earned, THE ONE, THE MESSIAH etc., are not just derisive terms to those of us on the right. They are a satirical means for expressing our frustration with what we see as blind adoration and hero worship. Tonight’s much anticipated mile-high love-fest is case-in-point. Barack has become more than a candidate in the eyes of his supporters. He’s grown into a catch all, fix-all valiant knight riding in to slay whatever dragons they have imagined to stand between them and their happiness.  There is clearly a self- esteem crisis in this country when the masses look so longingly to one charismatic man as an answer all their problems.

Not that this collective uncertainty is anything new. Democrats have nurtured and encouraged this brand of “you can’t do it without us” thinking for years. After decades of conditioning, this dependency consciousness has become so ingrained in the psyche of the U.S. population, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a day when the people stood on their own (there was). Enter a magnetic personality such as Barack Obama into this climate of helplessness and he truly becomes a Christ-like figure.

Let’s take a closer look at the term “Obamamania” for a moment. It’s obviously a nod to the Beatlemania phenomena that occurred in the 60s (not dissing the brilliant lads from Liverpool here). Baby boomers will remember how fans packed stadiums to capacity so they could see the Fab Four play and then proceeded to scream at the top of their lungs for the duration of the show. So loud were their incessant wails that it completely drowned out the music.

Get the point? These adoring masses didn’t know or care what the Beatles were singing. They could have been crooning about the butchering of babies and the crowd would have been none the wiser (collectors will recognize the album-cover reference here). In fact,  John could have smiled at the crowd and uttered his famous “we’re more popular than Jesus” line during one of these shows and he would have gotten clean away with it. I almost wonder if Obama could do the same. So why the screaming you ask? Not even the screamers themselves knew. They were caught up in the moment .

That gets to the root of what really eats at me and other conservatives about Barack Obama. He ALSO is caught up in the moment. He truly believes he is a child of desiny. The Greek backdrop for tonight’s speech will no-doubt look impressive… but last I heard Zeus’s throne is not up for grabs. Nonetheless, the hype is reaching mythical proportions.

Speaking strictly as a conservative: I don’t need a Herculean hero. I don’t need a Superman. I don’t look to any one person to give me hope. I don’t sit around waiting for someone to bring about change in my life — I make my own change. In short, I don’t need any one person or circumstance to give my life meaning or purpose.

Do you realize you much power you actually have within yourselves, folks?

Yes we need a leader who can project authority and command respect in these perilous times. But we don’t need a nanny and we don’t need someone who will “give” us what we lack at the expense of others. We need the type of leader who will inspire us… and then get the hell out of our way and let us live our own lives.

And as your next President…

Sorry, got carrried away there.



-- Cartoon by Gary Varvel 

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I like this comic. :)

Comment by David

Good for you!

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Incidentally David, I’ve been a very gracious host all things considered and have had no problem allowing you to air your opposing opinions here. In fact, I’ve never had a bad word for you in any of our exchanges.

But I have three rules on this blog:

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