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Wednesday, December 19. 2007
Attack Machine is on a subject we have discussed recently: the desire of some voters, mainly on the left, to seek more from politicians, or from government, than can be possibly delivered.
We recall that, when Christ arrived in Jerusalem, much of the enthusiastic crowd who greeted him with palm leaves were counting on him to be a political, if not military, savior for Judea - not a saver of souls for Judea and the world. Indeed, that was the meaning of the palms.
The piece, Obama as Messiah, quotes Oprah:
I am only as strong as the weakest amongst me? Give me a break. It's a sad day when people equate their government with their country, and seek inspiration, strength or - God forbid - spiritual injections from political leaders. It is infantile, un-American, and too close to blasphemy in its sentiment. False idols, false gods.
It's pitiful. Pitiful because in a land of hard-won freedom we have earned the adult privilege of building our own lives, by our own individual lights, informed by our own spirits and our own gifts and our own beliefs. Therein lies the beauty and the grandeur of it - the faith in the individual - and that is why we hire random jerks to do the grimy government work: it's so they can protect us from enemies and tyranny, and to keep us free to pursue our personal goals in our own ways, as best we can.
That is all I ask of these job-seekers. If anybody imagines that a politician or the government will change their life for the better, they are nuts. It does not take much history education to know that.
In fact, the only reason we ever mention politics on this blog is because we wish to be left alone, and because some other arrogant jerks without normal difficult jobs, with the fantasy that they somehow know better than us, wish to bother us and to abscond with our hard-won freedoms and our hard-earned shekels - representing our sweat and time and tears and, in fact, our lives - to keep their stupid easy jobs. We do not appreciate that particular scam.
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Bingo! The cult of politics is a dangerous thing. "Democracy" is an unstable, dangerous thing. The interests of government morph into the intersests of the country and politics becomes patriotism. Sad to say but this once great country seems to be headed in that direction. Oprah is a silly, silly woman. "Touch our souls.." Claptrap.
"It's a sad day when people equate their government with their country, and seek inspiration and strength from political leaders. It is infantile, un-American, and almost blasphemous in its sentiment. False idols, false gods."
Beware many religious and New Age/ Order leaders, too.
This also applies to Gore and the quasi-religious quest he's on to save the planet (using governmental power, of course) -- the greatest "moral and spiritual challenge" ever, one which will "lift global consciousness to a new level."
Always support your country, and your government when it deserves it. Mark Twain
Remember, in the 90s, we were informed that the country is about therapy, and about the "personal journeys" of its leaders.
But then we found out in the Oh-Ohs (double naughts) that it has only ever been about the personal pocketbooks of its leaders. Or, did we find that out during the 50s mil ind complex complex we acquired?
Halliburton!! Therapy's insane and self-indulgent much too often, but real avarice is sadder, less "cureable." Poor Halliburton never was a secular Demon, just a corp out to turn a buck for services rendered-- practicing honest capitalism and not loaded, criminal psychonomics.
I dont know how you got to Halliburton out of this post, but I agree.
I thought Halliburton! applied to everything. Anyway, couldn't think of a bona fide secular messiah, only the usual demons that are said to touch our national souls in corrupt ways.
Haliburton is crooked as a dogs broken hind leg[/
Wouldn't touch the bitch with latex gloves.
Chuck Norris - the GOP's Oprah
Chucky likes hucky but would flop with MorMitt.
Too much sweat can blur the vision and dull the mind for Oprah aswell as Chuck.
ohhh dear--here we go again. Please, please tell me why these people are holding "hearings" on this subject? Has anyone voted to spend taxpayers money to explore this possibility?
oprah? chuck? as my father in law used to say "the masses are asses!"
"we wish to be left alone"
That statement has never been truly attainable in this country, and is highly unlikely to be attainable in the future. Though I understand and agree with the sentiment.
I correct myself... the only time that statement has been true in this country is when there was land... wilderness... to be explored and lived in. But civilization, and politics, have always followed.
And why shouldn't we seek inspiration from our leaders... what the hell else are they good for? People have always looked to their leaders for inspiration and strength. To deny that is to deny history.
Like it or not, we are stuck with what we have... we can rant and rail about the particulars that offend us, but two thousand plus years of history have led us to this point.
Though the tides appear to be against individualism... that distinctive attribute of this country may well be our last stand. The only hope for the continuation of our freedom. Though yes, I realize that that word has been hackneyed and abused far beyond its original context... but yet it does hold meaning.
Thanks, BD, for a very thoughtful post. Inspiration in leaders is a tricky thing--useful at times as with Churchill during their WWII (1939 - 1945) or Lincoln during the War Between the States, but dangerous at other times. Hitler "inspired" enough people to commit global atrocities and genocide.
The problem with the Left is that it takes away power and strength from individuals working as such within a community of like-minded souls and places it within the blind and deadly forces of government bureaucracies. In the case of our Democratic candidates, at least, they are all pretty much empty shells filled and polished by a host of make-up personnel, ghost writers, media sycophants, and glitzy builders of fake saviors, hence, the Oprahization of Obama--basically a mediocre guy who should have remained a state senator in the Illinois legislature.
Luther- I disagree. Prior to the progressive era most citizens contact with the central government, outside of military service, was restricted to receiving and sending mail. The occupation of the defeated south was relatively short lived while canals, railroads, the settlement of the western territories and the like were accomplished quickly and regulated lightly.