Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. – II Thessalonians 2:3-4
“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal… This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation…” Barrack Hussein Obama, June 3 2008
Jesus warned His followers in Matthew 24 that we should not be deceived, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.”
Jesus was speaking of those that would come to gather a following for themselves, promising the masses everything from bread and salvation to stopping oceans from rising and free health care. Those that preach “change,” appealing to emotion while standing for ideas anathema to the foundations that established us, are nothing but false messiahs.
Oftentimes such false prophets led entire nations to utter ruin. History has shown us this time and again. From Mussolini to Mugabe, the danger that comes from following men promising the sun, moon and stars, or something as simple as on-time public transportation and a renewed nationalism.
Emotional appeals for support of what the people proclaim as a messiah is a danger we dare not ignore. For if we do, we may be deceived to elect the very one who would abolish and endanger what is left of our fragile freedom, and send us on a course to unavoidable oblivion.
Barrack Hussein Obama, the presumptive nominee of the Democrat Party for the Office of the Presidency, is one such danger. Besides promising everything from free health care, to healing the planet, Obama is a pathological liar.
He lies about those anti-American radicals like Wright, Pfleger and Ayers whom he has had long-time associations.
He lies about his own family, and their roles in shaping who he is.
He lies about what he wrote in his books.
He lies about what he said yesterday.
When he is not lying, he speaks from prepared speeches written for him that say absolutely NOTHING of substance, but appeal to every key liberal and Socialist nerve of his extreme Leftist supporters.
Obama sounds like a lamb, but he speaks as a dragon.
Of course all politicians can be charged with these things, but Obama is perceived to be something holy and untouched by the mundane “politics of the past” and every radical Leftist and young person indoctrinated in the Marxist-charged atmosphere of liberal academia is electrified to his calling.
How is it possible that in the Unites States of America, the nation that enshrined the meaning of liberty, republic and freedom, is hypnotized by a radical Marxist that promises to “change” this country?
Could it be that this man who stands for everything contrary to our liberties is being revealed because America’s People themselves have fallen away from our culture, heritage, foundations and purpose?
I certainly think so.
Amazingly enough, so does the NY Post’s Jonah Goldberg.
IS Barack Obama the Messiah? Lots of people have pon dered the possibility. There are Web sites dedicated to the question; Google “IsBarack Obama the Messiah?” and you’ll get more than 35,000 hits. (Enter just the words “Messiah” and “Obama” and you’ll get nearly 10 times that.)
Since Obama declared his candidacy, there have been remarkably few biblical plagues. And lions and lambs seem open to bilateral negotiations.
Obama’s apostles are hard to dismiss. Oprah simply calls him “The One,” because “we need politicians who know how to be the truth.” (Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth.”) Oprah goes on to say Obama will help us “evolve to a higher plane,” which would put Obama in the role of our Intelligent Designer.
The New York Times reports that his volunteers are taught to eschew discussions of the issues and instead “testify” about how they “came to Obama.”
For many, he’s no retro-redeemer, but a 21st century savior, a Matrix-messiah and Neo for our modern-day Nineveh. Self-help guru Deepak Chopra dubs Obama “a quantum leap in American consciousness,” while prominent “leadership coach” Eve Konstantine assures us that, “He’s our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence.”
Obama willing, I’ll never be stuck next to these people on a plane.
Michelle Obama is arguably Obamanity’s greatest evangelist, though she has a streak of Old Testament smiting and wrath to her. She insists her husband has redeemed the entire nation; she proclaims him the sort of leader who will fix our broken souls.
But don’t hope for grace on the cheap. “The change Barack is talking about is hard,” she insists, “so don’t get too excited, because Barack is going to demand that you, too, be different.”
Those of you who thought we had a Second Amendment to keep government from fixing your soul are so 20th century. Evolve already.
And then there’s the Gospel according to Obama himself. In January, he told Dartmouth students that they’ll know to vote for him because “a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack.”
When asked in an interview what sin is, Obama defined it as “Being out of alignment with my values.” (Apparently, the editor failed to capitalize the “M” in “My.”)
But such mistakes can be forgiven, for Hillary has been cast out and the nomination is nigh. So we can get cracking on fixing America – and ourselves.
“I am absolutely certain,” Obama proclaimed in his victory speech, “that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs for the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation.”
If you’re under the mistaken impression that sick people had some care, or that a few jobs were to be found prior to June 2008, or that maybe – just maybe – the oceans don’t rise and fall with the election returns, or that America itself doesn’t need “remaking,” you’re not one of the “ones we’ve been waiting for.”
Aside from being offended that Obama thinks that AFTER he is elected god, THEN America will care for the sick and create jobs, I’m struck that since his wife Michelle declared she was “For the first time, proud of America” it would figure that they would also attribute any charity of the nation to themselves.
But I was not alone in being offended at Obama’s hubris. Mark Steyn weighed in with his thoughts:
“‘Heal the planet’? Is this guy nuts?” To be honest I prefer a republic whose citizenry can muster no greater enthusiasm for their candidate than “stilted cheers” to one in which the crowd wants to hoist the nominee onto their shoulders for promising to lower ocean levels within his first term. As for coming together “to remake this great nation,” if it’s so great, why do we have to remake it?
As Mr. Steyn rightly points out – Obama’s own reaction and statements about long-term relationships with anti-American radicals should serve as a warning about how he will act as President:
Nothing in Obama’s resume suggests he’s the man to remake America and heal the planet. Only this week, another of his pals bit the dust, convicted by a Chicago jury of 16 counts of this and that. “This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew,” said the senator, in what’s becoming a standard formulation. Likewise, this wasn’t the Jeremiah Wright he knew. And these are guys he’s known for 20 years. Yet at the same time as he’s being stunned by the corruption and anti-Americanism of those closest to him, Obama’s convinced that just by jetting into Tehran and Pyongyang he can get to know America’s enemies and persuade them to hew to the straight and narrow. No doubt if it all goes belly up and Iran winds up nuking Tel Aviv, President Obama will put on his more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger face and announce solemnly that “this isn’t the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad I knew.”
I shudder to think what the faces of average Americans will look like when the misery of Obama’s true radicalism is visited upon the nation and they say to themselves “This isn’t the Obama I elected.”
Beware of false messiahs America.
UPDATE June 23 – REDSTATE has an interesting blog entry on this very subject:
Obama’s Propagandistic Iconography: the Making of a Messiah
By Warner Todd Huston
A photographic essay of Obama propaganda and the Media’s willing assistance with it
In America we have always been a skeptical people. One of our states even has a skeptical motto. Missouri calls itself the “Show Me State” proving that Missourians don’t imagine they’d be apt to have the wool pulled over their eyes too readily. Consequently, when most American citizens look at their politicians they usually view them through a prism of skepticism and since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, our skepticism has almost bordered on the irrational. (Photo with Obama logo behind by Reuters)
The American press has traditionally been even harder on our politicians and government than even the average American. Since the first days of our country, the press has savaged, doubted, dug up dirt and attacked our politicians, seeming to never believe a word the pols say. From George Washington to George Bush, the press has been at odds with politicians. Yet, for some unexplainable reason, the pretentiousness and presumption of Barack Obama is being allowed to pass uncommented upon. The media especially is allowing him to make all sorts of claims that they should never allow anyone else to get away with. They are unquestioning with his claim to be the candidate of “change” and the candidate that will “reach across the aisle.” Neither claim can be substantiated by the man’s career thus far. He does not reach across the aisle and he is responsible for no great program of change. A properly skeptical press would ask for the proof of Obmam’s claims, but they merely smile and allow him to ramble on as if what he is saying is unassailable.
Read on . . .
But the media is especially compliant where it concerns the Obama campaign’s graphic designs, displays that can be so easily compared to religious iconography or even old style communist propaganda. The overblown, obscenely reverential posters featuring Obama’s upturned face in Jesus-like poses have gone uncommented upon by what should be a hard-nosed, doubtful media. These over-the-top graphic images in the form of posters and campaign literature design are amazing for their obvious propagandistic style, yet the media seem not to find any reason to be off put by the absurdity of these graphics. Nor have they noticed the campaign art’s similarity to communist imagery. One can’t help but wonder why this blatant re-use of the graphic style used by Stalin, Hitler and Mao has raised not the slightest question in the minds of the American media?
Obama’s most recent graphic arrogance took the form of a faux “great seal” similar to the one seen on the podium of the president of the United States. On Friday, June 20, Obama met with a dozen Democratic governors in Chicago. The room featured a nice nameplate for each governor, but in front of Barack Obama was displayed an amazing bit of presumption in the form of a seal saying “Obama for America” and taking the form of an official seal the sort one might find from a government office. (Seal Photo: Alex Brandon/Associated Press)
And the Obama campaign has been inundated with helpful citizen propagandists like Los Angeles-based street artist Shepard Fairey who is responsible for creating the ubiquitous HOPE poster, the poster that started a rash of artists and designers hoping to catch the Obama wave to fame.
The HOPE poster has a companion poster, PROGRESS.
As well as the similar CHANGE version. But there are many others out there.
And all of them seem to evoke the graphic tradition of communist propaganda.
One has but to view a few communist posters meant to keep the people reminded of the god-like status of their communist dictators and oppressors to see the stunning similarity that the Obama posters reveal with their communist progenitors.
It’s impossible to view these communist posters without seeing how they resemble the Obama campaign posters.
Of course, it is one thing that the Obama campaign itself has so easily expressed its inner propagandist, emulating communist graphics. After all, they are certainly free to do as they like with their own image. However, that the media has seen fit not to comment on Obama’s absurd artistic pretensions is bad enough, but to make matters worse, the media has been lending the Obama campaign assistance in turning Barack Obama from mere politician to religious icon on top of the campaign’s own communist inspired graphics.
Let’s take a look at how Cuba’s Fidel Castro was once depicted by his supporters, for instance. Here are two images from a 1959 magazine called “Bohemia” where Castro was drawn in Christ-like poses, face upturned, a pious look upon his benevolent countenance.
One might laugh if Castro’s murderous regime wasn’t so serious.
But the media has also made of Obama a sort of religious icon with magazine covers like Newsweek…
And Rolling Stone.
Of course, it isn’t just magazines that have given Obama the benefit of the look of a messiah. One might possibly excuse a magazine because they are, it might be remembered, in the business of selling magazines. A flashy cover might just make those issues fly off the stands a bit more, of course.
But, what about the news wires and newspapers? Aren’t they supposed to be less interested in pure capitalism and more interested in the real news? Shouldn’t they be less inclined to fall for Obamania?
Sadly, it looks like they are swooning for Barack Obama as badly as the “street artists” and magazine sellers.
So, not to be left out, Reuters, the Associated Press, and various other news services, news papers and media outlets have joined in to portray Obama in all sorts of images that recall religious iconography. Some images seem to show Obama with a halo.
Or preaching from the pulpit.
Surrounded by worshippers seeking his touch as if he were a faith healer.
Juxtaposed with religious symbols.
Or in otherwise ethereal poses.
One has to wonder why an otherwise hard bitten, cynical media establishment is allowing itself to be so used in this way? The obvious answer, of course, is that the media is not an observer, not a “reporter” or commentator on American politics. The media is an active participant and they have chosen sides. They have joined the Barack Obama team and are more than happy to put their normal cynicism aside to help Barack Obama to achieve elevation from a junior Senator with little experience with nothing to sell to president of the United States of America.
I’d love to say that the small handful of photos I’ve included in this report is all there is to the Obamification of the media. Unfortunately what I presented here is but a tiny handful of examples. The media have become the Obama campaign’s propaganda arm in perfect emulation of the most blatant examples of human history. But, for all those other examples, at least they were generally under the thumb of an oppressive, despotic government of one sort or another. This time, it is the supposed free and open press acting the part of propaganda minister.