Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Trinity According to BHO: Me, Myself and I

Jonah Goldberg - Asked to define sin, Barack Obama replied that sin is “being out of alignment with my values.” Statements such as this have caused many people to wonder whether Obama has a God complex or is hopelessly arrogant. For the record, sin isn’t being out of alignment with your own values (if it were, Hannibal Lecter wouldn’t be a sinner because his values hold that it’s OK to eat people) nor is it being out of alignment with Obama’s — unless he really is our Savior…

The Obama campaign has a postmodern feel to it because more than anything else, it seems to be about itself. Its relationship to reality is almost theoretical. Sure, the campaign has policy proposals, but they are props to advance the narrative of a grand movement existing in order to be a movement galvanized around the singular ideal of movement-ness. Obama’s followers are, to borrow from David Hasselhoff — another American hugely popular in Germany — hooked on a feeling. “We are the ones we have been waiting for!” Well, of course you are.

In Berlin two weeks ago, Obama’s speech was justified solely by the fact that he was giving it. He offered no policy and — not being a president — really had no reason to be there other than to tell people, essentially, “now is the moment.” He informed the throbbing masses, bathing in his charisma the way hippies wallowed in the mud at Woodstock, that the greatest threat facing the world is the possibility we might allow “new walls to divide us from one another.” Nuclear war? Feh. No, walls, walls are the danger. Of course, these new walls aren't real. Some might even say they're just words.

But not Barack Obama.


Swede at Heart said...

It is seriously scary. I'm very worried about this election.

On a lighter note, contact me when you're ready for Mommy jewelry. I swear I won't make you look like Mr. T!

Anonymous said...

Well said! Sadly, the postmodern mentality has creeped into a lot of churches, too. However, it is not about what we feel but about what God is doing but about what He has done in Jesus Christ that is true. -Dana

cristina said...

Truly frightening. Just pray God's mercy on our nation!