Gods Come Cheap These Days
By Chuck Baldwin
When President George W. Bush was first elected back in 2000, I well
remember the way Christian conservatives went gaga over him. They would deny
it, of course, but it was more than hero worship: they acted as if he were a
god. Life-size posters filled Christian bookstores. Religious broadcasters
and televangelists swooned over him like 16-year-old girls used to swoon
over Elvis Presley. Pastors invoked his name almost as a prayer.
The Religious Right acted like they had died and gone to Heaven. In the minds of
Christian conservatives, G.W. Bush could do no wrong. The result of all this
sophomoric silliness was that the Religious Right became blind, impotent
lackeys to a Big-Government, big-spending, Orwellian, and inept
administration--maybe one of the worst in U.S. history.
And all of this was not lost to the political left. They called Christian
conservatives "dupes," "buffoons," "gullible," and a whole lot more. But now
it is the liberals' turn to take a voyage in the vehicle of villainous
First, there was the major media's "anointing" of President Barack Obama.
Yes, I use the word "anointing" on purpose. Make no mistake about it: in the
minds of the major media, Obama was not inaugurated; he was canonized. No
pope, king, or potentate of history received the coronation that Barack
Obama received. To the liberals who dominate the news media and
entertainment industry in this country, Obama is not a President: he is a
For example, did readers see the way NBC newsman, Brian Williams, bowed to
his majesty, Barack Obama? (If you missed it, see it here:
Where are Keith Olbermann's eloquent rebukes of the Military Commissions Act
(MCA), the suspension of Habeas Corpus, and many other Big-Government
intrusions into the private lives of the American people that were first
instituted under George W. Bush and that now continue under Barack Obama?
When he wants to, Olbermann can be a very convincing, articulate defender of
constitutional liberties. However, it seems that Olbermann is only
interested in constitutional government when it is a Republican trampling
it. Since Obama became President, Olbermann has not only muted his criticism
against unconstitutional policies emanating from the White House, he has
joined the chorus of mindless worship of the new President.
(Here are Olbermann's trenchant comments on President Bush's support for the
Military Commissions Act and denying Habeas Corpus--something we will not
see from Olbermann regarding the same policies emanating from the Obama
The list of ways that media and entertainment lemmings fawn over Barack
Obama is almost endless. And just when one thinks he has heard it all, out
comes the blathering balderdash from Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas.
Appearing on last weekend's Inside Washington, Thomas lauded President Obama
as a "brave," "great teacher" who "stands above everybody." But Thomas saved
his most outrageous oratory for last Friday's Hardball program. On Hardball,
Thomas gushed, "I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country,
above--above the world, he's sort of God."
There you have it: according to Newsweek's Evan Thomas, Barack Obama is
"sort of God."
Well, now that God is in the White House, I suppose we don't need the
Constitution; we don't need the Bill of Rights; we don't need Congress; we
don't need the Supreme Court; we don't need individual sovereign states; we
don't need the media; and we certainly don't need Evan Thomas, do we?
There it is, my friends: because Barack Obama is the President, the major
media now worships toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Goodbye resistance;
goodbye objectivity (if they ever had it); goodbye fairness; goodbye
investigative reporting; goodbye accountability (at least for Obama);
goodbye professional journalism; and goodbye free and independent press.
Hello propaganda; hello favoritism; hello yellow journalism; hello
socialism; hello "monarchalism"; hello globalism; hello elitism; and hello
What in the world has happened to us? How is it that otherwise intelligent
and educated people can so quickly forget virtually everything their
principles and values taught them, and become little more than clumsy chumps
for a Presidential administration--any Presidential administration? Are we
that slavish? That childish? That foolish? Apparently so.
As bad as it was under Bush, it will be twice as bad under Obama. Only
because, at least with Bush, the major media's natural liberal bias tended
to want to keep Bush somewhat honest, which meant that Bush would often face
criticism from the media for some of his unconstitutional policies (such as
Olbermann's eloquent repudiation of Bush's policies regarding the MCA and
Habeas Corpus referenced above).
Forget it with Obama. The liberal bias of the major media will tend to cause
them to support anything this guy says or does, and to always look the other
way whenever unconstitutional or illegal activity surfaces.
For eight years, Christian conservatives had "Lord Bush." Now, liberals have
"Lord Obama." Seems to me that gods come pretty cheap these days.
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