One of my colleagues at work suggested that I form a support group for disgruntled Obama voters and he would become a charter member. While the Obama Propaganda Machine (White House, MSNBC, New York Times, MoveOn.org) is in full gear trying to smear everyone who expresses their unhappiness with the President as being sponsored by interest groups and the GOP, all they have to do is look at the polls and see that the president’s policies are more unpopular than he is. It’s only a matter of time before Obama owns his policies and becomes as unpopular as they just the unpopularity of the Iraq war tarred Bush.
By attacking dissenters they are making sure that people like my peer at work won’t vote for Obama or his party anytime soon. He’s a smart guy who gave Obama the benefit of the doubt. Now that Obama and the Democrats are proving themselves to be as elitist, liberal and demogogic as conservatives claimed, he’d sooner erase his porn collection and embrace Jesus Christ as his lord and savior than vote Democratic in the next four years (if you knew the guy you’d know how truly crazy this would be).
I wasn’t unique in expecting Obama’s fall. Obama ceased to be a politician in 2004 and became a celebrity of rock star proportions, and as soon as that happened, his presidency was doomed. America builds up its celebrities, then relishes their demises as they fail to live up to their hype.
Obama has been hyped in a way in this nation that I’ve never seen in my forty odd years on this planet, nor historically – from my understanding of history. Obama himself seemed amused by the cult of personality surrounding him, never considering that the cult would eventually wise up and leave him alone after he failed to deliver on his promises.
Obama didn’t promise the End of Days as Joseph Smith jr. had, but he did promise everything to everyone. Now the conservative independents and Democrats that supported him are peeling off after his administration’s detonation of the national debt into the stratosphere. New York Jewish Democrats are fearful over his antagonistic policy towards Israel – the only nation Obama feels that he can bully in the Middle East. Environmentalists watch with horror as the promise of greenhouse gas reductions go up in smoke. Now the grand liberal dream of universal health care seems ready to pop as citizens grab their pitchforks and run to the town halls to face down their elected representatives.
When I saw that the legislation paid for abortion on demand, I knew that the situation was much worse than the administration feared. America is schizophrenic on Abortion – and as an American I am too. As I have written elsewhere on the web, I believe that Abortion is murder, but I also believe that the state doesn’t have a right to force a woman to continue a pregnancy she doesn’t want. Killing unborn babies is terrible, but forcing a woman to be a mother is worse in my view. It’s a lesser of two evils, but both are evil choices. Sometimes the choice isn’t between good and evil, it’s between evil and less evil. It’s taken awhile to for me to learn that.
The idea of national health insurance covering the killings just won’t fly in our society. Yes most private health insurance covers the procedure, but most Americans don’t know that or can’t relate to it if they do. It may seem irrational but it’s not; it’s just an extremely complex reaction to a complex issue.
I’ve opposed Barack Obama’s candidacy since the very beginning. I’ve never liked him; never trusted him, and the cult of personality around him just reminded me of the groupies and assorted hangers-on that followed the Grateful Dead around the country, getting stoned or tripping out and believing that the band played good music. I’d rather listen to an accordion version of Marilyn Manson greatest hits played backwards than hear a single bar of the Grateful Dead because unless you’re so screwed up you can’t find your head with two hands, the band’s music sucks.
But the most potent critics of cults are those that have left them, and Obama’s policy failures are forcing many to tip the dixie cups of kool-aid onto the floor and question the administration. These ex-Obamanistas will be much more effective at taking down the cult of Obama than any right wing organization or blog. My colleague at work is only the first of many, and the legions of those like him will be the forces of “change” in 2012 – not grumpy old conservatives like me.