You know where I stand. I believe with every fiber of my being that Barack Obama is not qualified to be President. Two undistinguished years as a Senator and being a “nice” guy in the Illinois state legislature are laughable, yet this guy is getting serious attention. I’m just waiting for Obama to decide to take his followers to Guyana. He reminds me of Jim Jones, the famous San Francisco preacher who led his congregation to their deaths in the jungles of Guyana.
“Oh, Larry,” you say, have you gone over the edge? Well, take a look at this and tell me what you think:
I’ve been blessed to hear many great orations. I was in the audience when Howard Dean gave his famous address challenging the Democratic Party to rediscover courage and return to principle. I have heard Bill Clinton speak of a place called Hope, and listened to John Edwards bravely channel the populism that American politics so often suppresses. Some of those politicians mirrored my beliefs better than Obama does. Some of their speeches were more declarative and immediate in their passion. But none achieve quite what Obama, at his best, creates.
Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.
That friends, is the well-respected Ezra Klein. Jesus Christ!!! “Triumph of word over flesh?” Great, we now have the black Jesus. When do we get the sermon on the mount (blessed are the peacemakers. . .) and I wonder what kind of loaves and fishes he’ll be serving?
Unfortunately, this kind of adoration is all too common. Seemingly sane, common sense folks are going weak in the knees, and likening Obama to the reincarnation of John and Bobby Kennedy combined. But this honeymoon will end. Democrats can only hope the realities of Obama’s true record and personality are exposed before the primary season ends. Otherwise, you can count on the Republicans retaining the White House. Jim Jones’ kool-aid killed his followers. The Barack Obama version will kill the Democrats if folks keep chugging this stuff down.