Thoughts from beyond the grave of H.L. Mencken on Obama:
The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Update - 21 May 2009: I did some further reading up on this H.L. Mencken, and interestingly enough, he was something of a forerunner of today’s modern liberal secular-humanist elitist (and very likely a godless atheist) who had a bit of an affinity for the authoritarian model of Otto von Bismarck’s Prussia, or any of the other less than libertarian governments of Old Europe.
Not a bit at all unlike many of the far-left of the Democratic Party, whose somewhat ironic name betrays its true bent toward European style Democratic Socialism, where the central government and its many agencies have attempted - with much success - to supplant the Creator (His Name is Jesus) as the granter of rights and liberties, while very successfully relinquishing the electorate and the common citizen of his role as both guarantor and holder of those same liberties and rights.
About a year and a half ago, in late February of 2007, Senator Obama was interviewed by columnist Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times. In this interview, Obama made a rather startling confession that rocked much of the right-wing blogosphere, which naturally lead to deeper digging into Obama’s “supposed” Islamist roots.
While his statement were never debunked as the “myth” of Obama’s “madrassah” in Jakarta, unfortunately, this still does not line up with The Official™ Narrative issued by the Department of Information Assurance™… which states emphatically that Obama is a Christian:
… recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
Note, that Mr. Kristof calls this the “Arabic Call to Prayer”, which is what most people will think of: the muzzein, or the little guy up in the tower (or some fellow using a loudspeaker mounted in a tall spire) five times a day in Muslim neighbourhoods.
If in fact, Obama’s twenty years at a race-baiting, black majority church (Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL) pastored by the now particularly infamous, radical left wing black-liberation theologian, the very Left Reverend Jeremiah Wright … if this can be characterized as being anywhere near the mainstream of Christianity (much less evangelical or Fundamentalist Christianity)… then he simply *must* be a Christian, right?
But the Master warned us:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-16a, KJV)
Much has been said about Obama’s religious heritage: born of a “Christian” mother turned to atheism/socialist agnosticism and a father who was born a Muslim turned and committed to outright African communism… and exposed to Islam as a young boy when he lived with his Muslim stepfather in Jakarta, and ultimately lost in a world of secularism and hedonism in the 1970s as a student at various elite leftist universities… finally coming to a rest at the Left Rev. Wright’s church.
Although in the great majority of Islamic cultures, a son born to a Muslim father is automatically considered a Muslim, with the expectation that the father will raise up the son according to the teachings of Islam. However, the true litmus test for any Muslim, (or true, Bible-believing Christians, for that matter - one of the very few things Islam and Christianity share in common) is the profession of faith.
For a Christian, it is as simple as confessing the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Saviour:
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
(Romans 10:8-12, KJV)
Of course, this confession is also made by faith, and by the testimony and the sealing of the believer by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 John 5:7-8, 12, 20; KJV)
In deceptively like manner, Islam sets no great bar upon those wishing to identify themselves to the Ummah as fellow believers, requiring only that they say a prayer/affirmation known as the Shahadah.
Now listen very carefully to the audio of the following YouTube video - particularly between the time marker from 0:28 to 1:01, and compare it to this transcription of the Shahadah prayer:
Or this one - with subtitles (about the first 30sec of the video:
Hat tip to Dan Riehl, who fights back against the Democratic Smear Machine™ with this bit of Truth to (fire)Power™:
Given a (forgive the pun) bulletproof Democratic supermajority Congress and (in his own mind) Great Leader Obama in the White House, along with some SCOTUS and lower court packing, the effective disarming of the American citizen - the last bastion against an unchecked freefall into dictatorship and tyranny of a sort our forefathers never knew — could easily become a matter of fact rather quickly.
Or should we properly call it “ObamaCon 2008″? Probably not, as that lends it a comic book convention like feel to it.
Of course, this entire travesty of a campaign Obama has been running would have us serfs think that it is all for the glory of a superhero like Obama, who may turn out to be so much more like the Armadillo from the Capital One advert.
And that’s the sort of thing I like about reading VDH’s columns: every so often, he makes one learn some interesting tidbit of the Greco-Roman portion of our Western Culture that helped make us a great nation.
That, and I often have to read it at least twice to fully take in the wisdom of his writing.
h/t to Dan Riehl for his link to this article in the Daily Rubbish Guardian on how Barry “Hugh” O’Bama (he be Irish today, don’tcha know…!) has parlayed his rock-star appeal into various T-shirts, if not convincing the better half of the electorate to vote for him.
Of particular interest to Dr. Who fans might be the uncanny resemblance of one Mr. Kellam Clark, of Brooklyn, NY whose profession as an “artist” and a furniture maker are no less impressive than David Tennant’s credentials as The Doctor, if not their common fashion sense:
Now the next item we will probably see from those fine specimens of journalistic integrity over at the Daily Rubbish Guardian will be comparing the likeness of one Senator McCain to that of a Dalek… a comparison which I believe would actually not be entirely inaccurate at all.
…if Obama is a US presidential candidate, why is he campaigning in Jordan and Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East. Iraq and Afghanistan I could understand for the sake of the troops, but why should he be trying to curry favour with Iraqi politicians or other Middle Eastern governments?
Or is he already so sure of his victory landslide that he doesn’t even care to campaign amongst us bitterclingy gun-toting Bible thumpers anymore?
And finally, how will the MSM convince us that it is fair and unbalanced, now that it is so far in the tank for Obama’s campaign?
Methinkls that if Chris Matthews’ leg tingling gets any worse, they’ll have to amputate.
“Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Tuesday the state’s lethal injection procedure doesn’t provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law.”
A rather ironic thing for a Marxist-worshiping Red of a judge to come up with.
Even more intriguing is his choice of heroes, the ever-iconic communist Che Guevara, alongside the Marxist presidential candidate of the three Muslim names, Barrack Hussein Obama. The only one missing from the trifecta of Marxism would be Uncle Joe himself.