A reader writes in response…

A reader writes in response… June 14, 2012

…to this post:

Despair can cause us to look for hope in anything, much less something specifically crafted to deceive us into investing in a particular hope; and sometimes we get so hurt by being betrayed, we do not have enough strength left to admit that we walked into the betrayal with open eyes. (Sometimes we are so *shocked* by a betrayal that it becomes hard to *remember* we walked into it with open eyes, which is where I suspect a number of Obama supporters now stand.)

These people were thinking that something they’d been taught all their lives was one of the greatest shames (if they were white) or indignities (if they were black) of their nation, the racist disenfranchisement within its history, would be redressed for good and all. They were thinking that finally laws could be put in place to make sure the poor and uninsured got decent medical care; that pilgrims seeking new and better lives would get laws more friendly to them; that women and non-het people would have medical support and legal approval for living independent and sexually fulfilled lives… and most of all, they trusted that Obama & Co. had figured out a way around two things they *didn’t* want to think about: TANSTAAFL, and the Law of Unintended Consequences. How could any decent idealistic person not wax rhapsodic and joyful about such things?

By reflecting on the fact that this was a man who had no moral qualms at all about sticking scissors in a baby’s brain? For some of us, that’s a red flag that all is not as messianic as it sounds.

Also, it’s worth noting that conservatives are every bit as full of despair over Obama as lefties were over Bush and McCain. Yet I’d be hard pressed to think of any conservative who would say of Romney the ridiculous crap that Obama worshippers routinely said of him. Even that species of conservative most likely to regard their hero as a prophet–te Ron Paul devotee–does not invest their hero with this secular messianic new age spiritual claptrappery that was so extremely common from the fools in the Obama camp.

Nope. It’s not a function of “despair”. It’s a function of the fact that a lot of people on the Left, having abandoned God and come to hold Christ in contempt, have instead battened on politics as their ersatz religion and, consequently, don’t believe in nothing, but in anything. In this case, the Anything happened to be Barack Obama and they directed toward him the worship due to God alone–with embarrassing, ridiculous, and deadly results. This is what I mean about the need for Obama worshippers to take full responsibility for their Obama worship and not try to fob it off on somebody else or make excuses for it. It’s not just stupid. It’s dangerous and gets innocent people killed.

The good news for people who have forgotten the truth about the true God and followed strange gods like Obama is that he is merciful and forgiving. And, no, you don’t have to vote Republican to receive his mercy. Just believe in Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.

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  • SDG

    Yup, yup & yup.

    A side note: Presumably at least part of the reason Romney isn’t generating messianic fervor and Obama did is that Obama was a relatively blank slate, a political non-entity onto which it was easier to project Hopes And Dreams than a sadly known quantity like Romney who actually has a track record long enough to make it very clear who he is.

    • Ted Seeber

      The more I look at Romney’s track record, the LESS I know who he is. Almost as bad as that Birther nonsense about Obama, that when you track down all the rumors to their origin, come from self-serving rumors Obama spread about himself in the early 1990s when he was at Harvard.

  • Rosemarie


    You pretty much nailed it. Like you’ve often said, nature abhors a vacuum. If one expels the real Messiah from ones life, one may just feel compelled to invent a fake one to replace Him.

  • Nonymous

    This may be a quibble, so apologies beforehand. But, “How could any decent idealistic person not wax rhapsodic and joyful about such things?” In my book, decency requires sanity. Sanity requires moral sense, experience, and solid thinking. No no sane person can believe that anything so joyful and benevolent will ever proceed from human institutions. Period. That goes for the right, too. There is no Republican Moses who is going to deliver decent, hardworking, patriotic Murkins from the Hand of Pharaoh and into a promised land of moral rectitude, unlimited empire, and universal wealth. The United States is run, and largely populated, by crazy people.

    • ivan_the_mad

      Let me fix that for you. “The Earth is run, and largely populated, by crazy people.”

  • ds

    Perhaps this is not proper despair, Mark, so by all means I told you so’s are completely appropriate to the crestfallen. If anyone is separated from Christ or never knew Him it is of course all their own fault and there exists nothing in this world that could have pushed them away. They deserve to have their noses rubbed in it, and hopefully your attitude will insure that you, Micheal Voris and all the other orthodox comboxers and bloggers can have that fattened calf all to yourselves. Lord knows there will be little enough of it to go around amongst His table as it is!

    I know my vote for Obama was decided when he personally hunted down and slowly inserted the scissors into the brain of that little innocent baby that Jill Stanek so lovingly cradled in her arms in that hospital broom closet.

  • Observer

    Mr. Shea, Ob was thought of as the saviour only for Sister Kee (and other relig. supporters) to find out he needs a saviour (consequence of practicing the wrong evangelism.) Whereas Rom supporters don’t apparently feel he needs one. Result, loud and hard opposition to faith and conscience versus an indifference to it being hardly a reason one ought to choose Rom over O.

    Think of the unavoidable. You can either deal with building the country from the ground up (ah! hence, Democracy.) Or, you can try to build the country from the top (Ah much worse. A dictatorship.) Voting for Rom means, from the pillar to the ground princple, repub’s who favor the same approach as O under different interests. The country doesn’t need marx super-hero’s from moralists or moral relativists.

    Here’s what I think, if O wins the election, then constituents of what used to be conservative representatives (and his own) will actually have to prove to the people (thus relying on their votes) that they’re capable of building up a democracy (passing legislation for the betterment in limited gov’t authority.) Whereas Rom wins, the problems will simply be swept under the carpet, so-to-speak, with executive orders. In other words, the problems will not be faced and all the work around solutions (As O has done himself) will only leave all unresolved issues to the next presidential race.

    Rom means no need for defending relig. since he will do nothing about it (for good or for worse – which goes far and beyond executive orders.) Whereas O means there is a great deal to defending relig. since it’s wrongly aligned to a man who has been greatly mis-directed and wrongly endorsed by his constituents.

  • Stephen J.

    “It’s not a function of “despair”. It’s a function of the fact that a lot of people on the Left, having abandoned God and come to hold Christ in contempt….”

    If abandoning God and holding Christ in contempt isn’t a form of despair, what is?

    But that is not how they would think of it, and not entirely accurate in the sense I was thinking of it either, so your point stands. I should, perhaps, have said *desperation* rather than “despair” — that state of mind that blends outrage, indignation, frustration, and fear in equal measure, and that makes people so eager to find any lifeline out of their current dilemma that when a particularly attractive lifeline gets dropped, they’ve lost the prudence to evaluate its likely sturdiness before they grab it.

    Conservatives don’t tend to the messianic fervour this can produce in progressivists, but we are (like all humans) just as capable of letting our delight in a pleasant surprise trump our prudence about its worth, and on sad occasion our conscience about its licitness.

    • ivan_the_mad

      “Conservatives don’t tend to the messianic fervour this can produce in progressivists”, or at least we’d like to think that we don’t 😉

      • DTMcCameron

        There’s enough division amongst the “religious right” to doubt anyone too largely adored or considered Messianic. The Baptists would never accept a Catholic messiah, and there’s some grumbling even now against the Mormon Romney despite his not being touted as all that.

        Our disunity will save us from…becoming powerful.

  • Observer

    One point of advice, don’t given any mind to O as the G.O.P have done.

    The G.O.P have over-rated O to as an express purpose to an over-reaction towards him (resulting in votin Rom instead.) Worse, they’ve created the hype and an obsession in his name (O’s.) If I recall, repub’s campaigned how foolish people had called him their savior and laughed (in the last elect.) They continually over-rated his influence and viewed all his constituents being somehow persauded to believe voting meant their worship to him.

    Honestly, I don’t know how many actual voters who voted for him actually believed in any sort of worship-fan fare towards him. However, I do know how much a fan-fare has been created for him by what used to be conservative G.O.P. They made a big-deal out of him. While they talked much of needing less gov’t, their underlying involvement has been concern, focus, emphasis, and continual pressing issues as a result of big gov’t (their continual dilemma’s and heart-ache upon the minds and hearts of people to think so much about it!) All in all, an obsession came out of the G.O.P for Obama as a jealous spouse for a man’s wife or woman’s husband. O ought to win as lesson to fake dissidents who really have an awe and worship towards him having made an over-rated deal of his name for purposes as gounds for the successful elect of Rom.