June 06, 2008

Sodom and Obama

I can think of no better words to describe the unrepentant man-love Mark Morford gushes forth with regarding ObamaMessiah:

Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics. This is why Obama is so rare. And this why he is so often compared to Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., to those leaders in our culture whose stirring vibrations still resonate throughout our short history.

Wow. Most adults can at least fake objectivity (or make their fandom more opaque) when discussing politicians, but Morford is merely one of an embarrassing string of media figures giddily in love with the idea of being in love with their idol. He is incapable of addressing Obama as the quite flawed human man that the is. Barack Obama is far from being a "Lightworker" whatever that is, and as his associations with various pastors and priests have made clear, he'd prefer to be a "Darkworker," thank you very much and pass the Black Liberation Theology.

In reality, far from being the antidote to George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama is far closer to being the flip side of the more corroded parts of the very same coin.

Smug. Arrogant. Stupid. Unerringly Partisan. These are some of the more choice (and publicly repeatable) words of critics directed at George W. Bush.

Often used to describe the sitting two-term President's personality, up-bringing, detachment, and cocksure certainty, words such as "smug" and "stupid" and others like them apply equally well to the new Democratic President candidate, even though he has yet to complete a single term in office on the national stage.

Ivy-League educated with admitted substance abuse in their younger, more intemperate days, Barack Obama and George Bush have far more in common than either man would like to admit. Bush is viewed as out-of-touch for his family's wealth and dynastic political successes; Obama for his Hyde Park liberal elitism and association with a string of America-damning radicals and cadre of domestic terrorists.

Both men deliver prepared speeches (Bush adequately, Obama eloquently), but both gaffe frequently when forced off-script. Bush mangles syntax with reckless abandon; Obama mangles history (including his own) with feckless disregard for the facts.

Bush and Obama are both exceedingly stubborn men, and will not change policy viewpoints, even though emerging realities render their positions comically obsolete. The "surge" in Iraq bookends this commonality. For years Bush refused to acknowledge a new strategy and tactics were needed in the war, while in 15 months since the surge was implemented, Obama has resolutely refused to acknowledge that the new strategy and tactics have worked. Neither man will admit that his position was at fault. Their egos are too large.

Before winning office in 2000, George W. Bush created a record as Governor of Texas as someone who was capable of bridging the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans. That bipartisanship did not survive the brutal politics of Washington D.C. Barack Obama's campaign has attempted the impossible stunt portraying him as "post-partisan," a candidate beyond political parties. Morford is one of many who are eager to brush aside reality to embrace that comforting fable, but nothing in Obama's record supports that construct.

Obama, in his short political career, has actually established a clear record of either abdicating responsibility (voting "present" time and again), or of taking radically liberal partisan positions, in every level of government in which he has ever served. It is no accident that the National Journal listed him as the Most Liberal U.S. Senator, even to the left of Socialist Bernie Sanders. Barack Obama is not bi-partisan. He is radically polarized when engaged, and out of touch the rest of the time, a near-perfect mirror image of everything liberals claim to hate about George W. Bush.

But Mark Morford can't see that. More importantly, he won't see it. Having poisoned himself with hatred against our sitting President, he creates an illusion where Obama is the antidote to Bush, when instead he is hair of the dog.

Jesus wouldn't support watching babies die, even in San Francisco. Only someone of far darker values would find holiness there, in the place where Morford worships a false idol as a god.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 6, 2008 03:38 PM

Just so you know, it's "Morford."

And yes, slavish hero-worship is the cornerstone of left-wing thought.

Posted by: tsmonk at June 6, 2008 03:44 PM

eh. fixed.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at June 6, 2008 03:46 PM

tsmonk's observation also explains why so many Left trolls will say, on blogs and list-servs, "All you Republicans who worship Dubya yaddayaddayadda."

Even where the conservatives have been lambasting Bush on everything from immigration to increased domestic spending to the Medicare drug bill.

It's what they're accustomed to doing themselves.

Posted by: Lurking Observer at June 6, 2008 04:15 PM

I just threw up a little.

Posted by: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr at June 6, 2008 04:52 PM

It's just as gushy as the drivel Exciteable Andy writes about Obama. It's clear that he has a crush, sexually or otherwise, on the dude. Objectivity has gone out the window altogether.

Posted by: Aaron at June 6, 2008 04:53 PM

Part of the training of a "lightworker," I've just heard, is to be forced to sit for 20 years every Sunday in the pews of a racist demagogue and pretend to enjoy it. It was such a relief to learn this.

Posted by: Rein at June 6, 2008 05:53 PM

What utter claptrap. Maybe Leader Obama the Lightworker will be high priest of the Global Warming religion.

Geez wonder if we're all going to have to learn the Obamagruss.

Posted by: El Jefe Maximo at June 6, 2008 05:57 PM

Good LORD! I'm with grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... I think I'm going to retch again... Fawning Sycophantic Nauseating... adequete words fail me (esp. since you bar obscenity Bob) to read such drivel...

Posted by: Big Country at June 6, 2008 08:54 PM

who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet

Its 3:00am and there's a problem somewhere on the planet. Who you gonna call to solve it?

Obama the "lightworker" who'll chant and wave a unicorn at the miscreants?

Or the US Marines who will adjust said miscreant's attitude in a more permanent manner?

Posted by: Purple Avenger at June 6, 2008 09:00 PM

I think this is Mark Morford's theme song....

I expect everyone of my crowd to make fun
Of my proud protestations of faith in romance,
And they'll say I'm naïve as a babe to believe
Every fable I hear from a person in pants.

Fearlessly I'll face them and argue their doubts away,
Loudly I'll sing about flowers in spring,
Flatly I'll stand on my little flat feet and say
Love is a grand and a beautiful thing!
I'm not ashamed to reveal
The world famous feelin' I feel.

I'm as corny as Kansas in August,
I'm as normal as blueberry pie.
No more a smart little girl with no heart,
I have found me a wonderful guy!

I am in a conventional dither,
With a conventional star in my eye.
And you will note there's a lump in my throat
When I speak of that wonderful guy!

I'm as trite and as gay as a daisy in May,
A cliché comin' true!
I'm bromidic and bright
As a moon-happy night
Pourin' light on the dew!

I'm as corny as Kansas in August,
High as a flag on the Fourth of July!
If you'll excuse an expression I use,
I'm in love, I'm in love,
I'm in love, I'm in love,
I'm in love with a wonderful guy!

I'm as trite and as gay as a daisy in May,
A cliché comin' true!
I'm bromidic and bright
As a moon-happy night
Pourin' light on the dew!

I'm as corny as Kansas in August,
High as a flag on the Fourth of July!

If you'll excuse an expression I use,
I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love,
I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love,
I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love,
I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love,
I'm in love with a wonderful guy!

Posted by: MarkJ at June 6, 2008 10:41 PM

New motto for Morford - "I Can't Believe It's Not Parody!"


Posted by: Grey Fox at June 6, 2008 11:42 PM

Who can deny Snobama is one of the legion of the Left's lightbearers?

I mean he attended the equivalent of black Nuremburg rallies for twenty years marching with their torch held high! And just as the chorus of brownshirted fanatics yelled for their leader we see the trolls annointing their new leader. Just look at the Snobama posters if you thought Stalinist art work was out of fashion.

All hail the new fuhrer.

Posted by: Thomas Jackson at June 7, 2008 04:47 PM

Remember the name ..

Chance Gardner

.. life imitates art.

Posted by: Neo at June 7, 2008 11:28 PM

Dear Sir,

I wish to take issue with this article in re Bush and the "surge". The surge has been successful because:

1.) A large number of Iraqis switched sides - AQ and the Shiite militias killed a large number of civilians. This has resulted in local support and vastly improved tactical intelligence.

2.) The Iraqi Defense Forces have become minimally proficient and relatively free of infiltrators.

3.) The central government has gradually built its strength and reputation to the point that local power structures have much more confidence in both the intentions and competence of Baghdad.

4.) A large part of the leadership of AQ and the militias have been taken out.

These factors were not realized until the time of the surge. I don't believe the surge would have had nearly as much success if it had been undertaken earlier.

Some things just take time. In the words of Herb Brooks (a giant of the software industry): I don't care how many women you put on the job, it's still going to take nine months to get a baby.


Posted by: Roy Lofquist at June 8, 2008 03:49 PM

Does a Lightworker use a Lightsaber? Sheesh.
For people who make their moral position clear by looking down their noses at "clingy religion" they're pretty far-gone on the stew of a fabulist whole-cloth belief system.

Posted by: DirtCrashr at June 9, 2008 02:25 PM

Dirt, the lefties need something to replace God in their souls... so they turn to the power of government and standard-bearers for same, such as Obama, and deify them.

Posted by: C-C-G at June 9, 2008 05:47 PM

The admirers of Obama would have us believe that he is the messiah and the "hidden Imam" rolled into one. Given his propensity of hiding his middle name, and his penchant for prophecies (cited all to often in a blog by that name) one could be forgiven for assuming that Obama shares more than his middle name with the 12th Imam!Dwelling on Morford's description,here's another lightworker who has dire warningsfor Obamessiah!

Posted by: zeph at June 12, 2008 08:10 AM