I Missed THE Election

I missed the election!  The excitement of the coverage, the tension of the back and forth, the careful consideration of the alternatives presented.

Maybe I should read Newsweek, or watch the Sunday newstalk shows (like Inside Washington on PBS or Sunday Morning on CBS).  Evan Thomas, a Newsweek editor, seems to be an insider when it comes to the election.  I sure wish, though, that he’d talk more about the details rather than just stating the results.

I am referring, of course, to some election that got Barrack Hussein Obama elected to an office much more important and much higher than the Presidency of the United States:  simply, Obama is now “sort of god.”

On Hardball on MSNBC last Friday night, Mr. Thomas was comparing President Obama’s upcoming D-Day speech to President Reagan’s famous 1984 D-Day speech.  He said, “Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something . . . I mean, in a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world.  He’s sort of god.”

So Obama is not just President of the (parochial, provincial, chauvinistic) United States—he’s above that!  And I missed the election!  Or is it one of those ancient pharaoh things, where the pharaoh is a god—sort of a package deal.  And now, we stand for something.  Wow!

Two days later, Mr. Thomas was talking on Sunday on the PBS program Inside Washinton and said, “We’re understanding what Obama is. He is the great teacher. He is this guy that stands above everybody. There’s some condescension in it. But, he stands above everybody and says, ‘Now, listen. You people have to stop blaming each other unreasonably. You have to get along here and I am going to show you the way.’”

This is some really, high, important gig that Obama is on to.  He gets to stand above everyone in the world and be unashamedly, unobjectionably condescending in imparting all knowledge.  Even Jesus Christ didn’t get to do that.

So Obama has been elected as “sort of” god, which puts him in charge of . . . the world?  That’s where Mr. Thomas was less than forthcoming with the details.  I know that Obama was elected President of the United States, which means that he’s supposed to look out for our (our=citizens of the United States) interests.  But he appears to be in charge of something much higher.  Every country has a leader looking out for their best interests.  When Obama is acting in his capacity as “sort of god”, who comes before him to plead our case?  Who stands for the United States of America beside Gordon Brown and Vladmir Putin and Kim Jong Il and Nicolas Sarkozy and Robert Mugabe and Angela Merkel when the man that we (US citizens) elected to represent us is above them?

I missed that higher election, and I’m sorry that I did.  Were there any other candidates?  What were their views?  Could I have voted?  Did everyone in the world vote?  I overreach myself—maybe there wasn’t an election, maybe he was appointed.  Who appointed him?  George Soros? Is Biden now the President, since there is an obvious conflict of interest between being President of the United States and “sort of” god?  Or are conflict of interest and overlapping powers no longer issues, since Constitutional protections are being obliterated anyway?  I have so many questions.

My questions for Mr. Thomas aren’t just about the election.  Did he get the memo from Obama that said that we should NOT go around imposing our values on others, which is what he is stating that Obama is doing from on high?  Or did Obama tell Mr. Thomas that it was not ok for the United States to impose our collective values on others, but it is ok for “sort of” god to impose his personal values on others?

Another question:  I looked up those big words from the Hardball interview on dictionary.com and found out that according to Mr. Thomas we, the United States, “have or show the manners, viewpoints, etc. considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province; narrow or illiberal; parochial” (i.e., we are provincial).  We are “very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial” (i.e., we are parochial).  I might point out that we are redundant by the inclusion of both of those words.  We also “show zealous and aggressive patriotism or blind enthusiasm for military glory” and/or “show biased devotion to any group, attitude, or cause” (i.e., we are chauvinistic).  I didn’t know we were all that—wow, what diversity we bring to the world with those qualities!  Are we appreciated for all of that diversity that we bring to the world?

I have to stop thinking.  The questions just keep coming and coming.  I am so confused.

The interconnected main media took their cue.  On CBS Sunday Morning, White House correspondent Chip Reid remarked that Obama’s trip was, “A trip laden with symbolism and elegant words, asking the world to look beyond old hatreds and wounds.  In doing so, he hopes to create a world where there never has to be another D-Day.”

If elegant words and hopes for peace had worked, there wouldn’t have been a first D-Day.  If ignoring the Nazis rise to power as nonthreatening had worked, there wouldn’t have been a World War II or a Holocaust.  If asking the Arabs to play nice with Israelis had any chance of working, Israel would be at peace in this, the 7th decade of Israel’s modern existence, and not surrounded by countries whose stated, unswerving goal is to wipe Israel off of the face of the earth, preferably along with all of its inhabitants.

The real heroes of D-Day being honored were not the guys who limited their actions to elegant words about peace, requests for peace, or lectures about how we should all just get along well together.  The heroes of D-Day were guys who realized that sometimes you have to take action, that sometimes words are inadequate.

I am reminded of words spoken by another President of the United States at another cemetery for war dead:

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

I hope that you recognize this as part of the Gettysburg address, given by Abraham Lincoln when dedicating a national cemetery in Pennsylvania.

Which brings me to my most burning question for Mr. Thomas:  If Obama stands as god above the parochial, provincial, chauvinistic United States, then where is our president, that will stand up for—not above—our country?

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