Mark Levin at The Corner
gets all his excuses lined up a week and a half early sounds a dire warning about America’s surrender to the “cult-like atmosphere around Barack Obama… The messiah complex.”
I’ve been thinking this for a while so I might as well air it here. I honestly never thought we’d see such a thing in our country – not yet anyway – but I sense what’s occurring in this election is a recklessness and abandonment of rationality that has preceded the voluntary surrender of liberty and security in other places. I can’t help but observe that even some conservatives are caught in the moment as their attempts at explaining their support for Barack Obama are unpersuasive and even illogical. And the pull appears to be rather strong. Ken Adelman, Doug Kmiec, and others, reach for the usual platitudes in explaining themselves but are utterly incoherent. Even non-conservatives with significant public policy and real world experiences, such as Colin Powell and Charles Fried, find Obama alluring but can’t explain themselves in an intelligent way.
There is a cult-like atmosphere around Barack Obama, which his campaign has carefully and successfully fabricated, which concerns me. The messiah complex. Fainting audience members at rallies. Special Obama flags and an Obama presidential seal. A graphic with the portrayal of the globe and Obama’s name on it, which adorns everything from Obama’s plane to his street literature. Young school children singing songs praising Obama. Teenagers wearing camouflage outfits and marching in military order chanting Obama’s name and the professions he is going to open to them. An Obama world tour, culminating in a speech in Berlin where Obama proclaims we are all citizens of the world. I dare say, this is ominous stuff.
Even the media are drawn to the allure that is Obama. Yes, the media are liberal. Even so, it is obvious that this election is different. The media are open and brazen in their attempts to influence the outcome of this election. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Then, in true substantive Republican fashion, Levin rambles on about Jeremiah Wright; Bill Ayers; the socialism and class warfare of, um, lowering taxes; and why Palin’s collapse was all Katie Couric’s fault (how dare she ask follow-up questions and then sit quietly while Palin gave nonsensical answers!). He finally ends with this:
The question is whether enough Americans understand what’s at stake in this election and, if they do, whether they care. Is the allure of a charismatic demagogue so strong that the usually sober American people are willing to risk an Obama presidency? After all, it ensnared Adelman, Kmiec, Powell, Fried, and numerous others. And while America will certainly survive, it will do so, in many respects, as a different place.
At no point during Levin’s rant does it occur to him that Barack Obama has simply run a superior campaign and John McCain isn’t a very good presidential candidate. At no point does it occur to him that Sarah Palin has been a national train wreck that has destroyed all faith in McCain’s judgment. At no point does it occur to him that McCain completely fumbled his response to the economic crisis, that after eight years of Republican rule 90% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, or that McCain is a 72-year-old Washington insider whose campaign is run by lobbyists and former Bush staffers in a change election.
Levin sobs about the Republican defection of men like Colin Powell who ”find Obama alluring but can’t explain themselves in an intelligent way.” I watched Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama, and “unintelligent” would not describe it. In fact, Powell spent a good five minutes talking about the reasons why he would not be voting for his good friend John McCain. And the reasons were very concrete: McCain’s response to the economic crisis (“Almost every day there was a different approach to the problem”), McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin (“I don’t believe she’s ready to be president”), McCain’s singular focus on Bill Ayers (“I think that’s inappropriate”), the Republican Party’s new ideology (“It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it”). Powell then spent another five minutes talking passionately and without notes as to why he would be supporting Barack Obama. And Powell’s reasoning echoes that of other Republicans who have jumped ship, as well as that of most of the nation.
Yet Levin believes that all reasons to support Barack Obama are by nature irrational and thus must be fueled by what he calls “the messiah complex.” So just in case you’re confused, 75% of Jewish voters plan to vote for Barack Obama because they think he’s the messiah. Likewise, athiests and skeptics like Christopher Hitchens and Bill Maher plan to vote for Barack Obama just for the chance to join in the “cult-like atmosphere.” Got that?
As for why I personally support Barack Obama, my reasons are very straightforward and concrete. It goes back to spring of 2007, when after watching a few debates on both sides, Obama simply made the most sense to me. I found the deep tone of his voice soothing, almost hypnotic. Shortly thereafter, I got my first glimpse of the Obama presidential seal, and I felt a thrill go up my leg. I fainted and fell to the floor. A song found its way to my lips:
We’re gonna spread happiness
We’re gonna spread freedom
Obama’s gonna change it
Obama’s gonna lead ‘em
I was immediately overcome with joy and a sense of all the professions an Obama presidency would open to me. I went straight to the nearest Target to purchase a camouflage shirt for some reason. I don’t know, I can’t explain it. I just suddenly felt like a citizen of the world. I felt both hopeful and changeful.
Then one day earlier this year, I got the opportunity to meet Him in person. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Blog, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”