Idol minds

Odd worship of presidents echoes personality cults of dictatorships

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They remade the presidential seal to include his name. They changed the American flag to bear his likeness and his logo. They taught young schoolchildren to sing his praises. They took photos of their hands over their hearts, with adoring messages written on them pledging allegiance to him.

The news media were no less shameless. Newsweek’s Evan Thomas said he was “standing above the country, above – above the world. He’s sort of God.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews admitted “I felt this thrill going up my leg” after hearing him speak.

He’s been photographed and Photoshopped to have halos on his head. A Newsweek cover depicted him as the Hindu god Shiva – with a headline “God of all things.”

A campaign crowd recently was overheard to chant “Hail Obama!” Voters on Tuesday at a Philadelphia precinct were treated to an iconic mural of him painted on the school’s wall.

This is just some of the unhealthy – and decidedly un-American – idol worship that has gone on over the past four years for President Obama, and which helped him get re-elected.

People like him, certainly; he has an affable persona. But really. This has been just sick. And, in our opinion, it has led people to vote against their own interests.

Hero worship of Democratic presidents is nothing new, of course. Despite numerable peccadilloes, the media built up the Kennedy mystique into a fairy tale they lovingly called “Camelot.” Saturday Night Live, which made its mark mocking Republican President Ford as dumb and clumsy, actually made fun of how smart Democrat Jimmy Carter supposedly was. Then the comedy show supposed that Republican President Ronald Reagan appeared so hapless that it had to be an act.

Bill Clinton was hailed by the media as so hip they referred to him variously as the first black president and Elvis.

But the hero worship surrounding Barack Obama has been nothing short of irrational.

This cult of personality perpetrated by the lapdog media is contrary to everything America stands for. Our forebears risked everything to escape lands where leaders were bowed down to. And the notion of public service in America is just that: these people are supposed to be public servants. Not kings, potentates or gods of all things.

The cultish devotion to a single person is more in line with the kinds of Latin American dictatorships that have long been the bane of this hemisphere. How perilously close America is coming to that model.

We can only hope that Americans’ feet are more on the ground in Mr. Obama’s second term, and that he will be held more accountable for his performance.

We won’t hold our breath, though. The same media that went out of their way to raise him up and shelter him from criticism – and largely ignored the administration’s scandal that got four Americans killed in Libya – has no doubt only been emboldened by their success in getting him re-elected.

Whatever this president does in his second term, the most lasting and lamentable legacy may be the kind of news media he leaves behind.

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/10/12 - 10:34 am
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Look at Augusta demographics and your own current circulation,
Unpublished

and tell me again, with a straight face, that an entire industry is wrong and only you are right.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/10/12 - 10:34 am
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i have seen some of my

i have seen some of my conservative brethern compare obumler united states to hitlers nazi germany....with all the slogans, posters, children singing, a messiah complex driven by him and the media the indoctrination by his accomplices etc. it truly could be scary to any one who has studied history and i can see a little comparison. but is not a fair comparison at all hitler supplied jobs.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/10/12 - 10:46 am
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No prejudice faithson

Based on the past 4 years and Obama's personal history, there is no reason to believe this leopard just changed his spots. Unfortunately, people listen to what he SAYS, and don't pay attention to what he DOES. They are distinctly different. If all I ever did was listen to him talk, I might vote for him too. He talks a fine game, but execution? Not so much. He is demonstrably anti-capitalist and pro- fascist in his initiatives. That is history my friend, not prejudice.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/10/12 - 10:53 am
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another job summit...where

another job summit...where have we heard this b/4...and what could a man who never ran a lemonade stand offer to busness leaders

leawords
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leawords 11/10/12 - 11:10 am
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EEL. . . all you did

was attempt to refute the OPINION posed in the editorial. My "challenge" was in relation to the FACTS in the piece, primarily those of the first two paragraphs chronicling the episodes of idol-worship we have seen in the past five years. You know - facts - those things that can be verified. . . Now, I'm at the beach celebrating my anniversary with my marvelous, conservative husband, and there's a whole world out here that has nothing to do with politics - thank God - no, really - THANK GOD! Ta-ta for now. .. .

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/10/12 - 11:17 am
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EEL

This is Obama to a tee:

"Fascism advocates a state-controlled and regulated mixed economy; the principal economic goal of fascism is to achieve autarky to secure national self-sufficiency and independence, through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.[10] It promotes regulated private enterprise and private property contingent whenever beneficial to the nation and state enterprise and state property whenever necessary to protect its interests.[10]

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Pal 11/10/12 - 11:28 am
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EEL

Thanks for your reply. Thanks also for admitting your responses to Christians are mean-spirited and intolerant. Also, I would fully expect you to feel that your responses are rational--no surprise there. Gotta get to work. Keep it civil and courteous, my friends!

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/10/12 - 11:42 am
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effete elitist liberal11/10/12 - 10:05 am

effete elitist liberal writes: "see? pro- fascist As the Great Communicator once said, there you go again! itsanother, you'd make a fine member of the ACES staff."

And who's to say the poster is not?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/10/12 - 11:45 am
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And Now...

From a mature, intelligent, level headed Republican Lady:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-republicans-under...

She's also pretty, not that it makes a darn, just easy on the eyes. So, I'm a pig, who cares?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/12 - 11:53 am
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Forward

Some don’t understand that Obama represents a complete political, cultural and societal evolution to something greater than simply being President. He has an informal Ministry of Enlightenment with divisions of newspapers, TV, film, theatre, music and literature. They all adhere to the New Party line, “Forward.”

I suggest everyone get on board for your own well-being. The reeducation camps will begin with the entry level being harsh. But work will make you free. You can work your way up to the final camps run by Kim, Kourtney and Khole. For those who don’t pass the reeducation course, there will be international travel to Russia arranged with our comrade Putin around the various Russian archipelagoes to understand what Forward is all about. If that doesn’t work, a final solution, will be completed with a pleasant train ride to populate new areas.

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bubbasauce 11/10/12 - 11:55 am
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Leawords, we would like to

Leawords, we would like to hear more of your comments. Well said!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/12 - 11:59 am
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The Way to Beat the Democrats

I wonder if the way to beat the Democrats is right before our eyes in Richmond Cty? We have conservatives who run as Democrats because the population is easily fooled and has no idea which way up is. Southern conservatives used to be Democrats. Why not EVERYONE just move to the Democratic Party? Win the nominations for offices and the Minister of Enlightenment wouldn’t know what to do.

allhans
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allhans 11/10/12 - 12:21 pm
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Thumbs up, Riverman. (10:59)

Thumbs up, Riverman. (10:59)

allhans
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allhans 11/10/12 - 12:26 pm
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I think it would be safe to

I think it would be safe to say that most of us enjoy what Santa Claus brings...But OUCH! Then the bills come due...

(Whether personal or governmental it is a dangerous cliff from which we fall when we spend more than we can hope to earn...The last resort? Bankruptcy of course.)

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/10/12 - 12:55 pm
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if you think i called obumler

if you think i called obumler a fascist just say so.. my feeling wont be hurt and i wont report you..but you cant because i didnt..when you peel away the cover of national socialism and socialism they are of the same gene...doesnt this worship bother you?

Jake
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Jake 11/10/12 - 01:03 pm
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Great Editorial

Let's see.......Obama wins the election and he is also very popular. Yep, sounds like a reason to be outraged. Why can't he be more like Bush, you know, loathed.

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burninater 11/10/12 - 01:21 pm
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carcraft, the Western oil

carcraft, regarding your 6:18 post -- the Western oil shale lease closures is a complete non-issue, because there is no, and will be no, oil shale development in the Western states until the technology improves. Companies currently hold oil shale leases in those regions, and there is no oil shale development. It is too expensive to compete with current oil derived from other extraction methods. Shell is working on a technology to heat an entire rock mass in a given area to enable cheaper extraction, but even when this technology moves from prototype to production, it will take several years after installation to adequately heat the rock. The idea that western oil shale leases have any impact on present-day domestic oil production is a complete red herring and entirely misleading. If extraction technology of western oil shale becomes cost-competitive and leases are STILL being denied, THEN it will be a real issue. Until then, it is zero impact on domestic oil production.

On the flip side, oil shale production in Texas -- where the material differences make extraction cost-competitive -- has so ballooned under Obama that discussions are beginning on whether or not to lift the ban on the export of domestic American oil.

Here's a decent summary of the state of oil shale reserves in the US
http://dailyreckoning.com/oil-shale-reserves/

burninater
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burninater 11/10/12 - 01:26 pm
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And before anyone thinks

And before anyone thinks exporting domestic oil is yet some other conspiracy to destroy America, it is an issue driven by capitalist markets. American refineries are not designed to process the sweet oil coming out of the oil shales in Texas, giving two options: sink costs into modifying domestic refineries to process that oil, or sell it for profit to overseas refineries that are designed for this type of oil.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/10/12 - 01:49 pm
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I almost forgot
Unpublished

Jesus is a Republican. Likes the venture capitalist and wants to get rid of all that support for the poor.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/10/12 - 01:59 pm
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From Jesus:
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Well yes, I just don't trust Bronco, or any other Muslm for that matter. The poor just need to get a J.O.B. I know I was a begger who made disciples leave their jobs and beclome beggars, but really it was for a higher purpose, like banning illegal immigrants. You know, I became an American, and I did it the legal way; got a free pass through daddy! It's all about the money people. If U po then that is yo problem! And all these mimorities, who needs their vote? I know I am not white, but dang I just feel so in tune with the caucasion philosophy that I can't even watch a basketball game. Now, you know I voted for Romney because he loves the money, and wants the poor to quit moaning and groaning, but I guess I don't have the influence I used to have. Dam those catholic priests!!!

loblolly
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loblolly 11/10/12 - 02:04 pm
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Wow Riverman
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I thought you were a republican, but your description of Obama's America provs me wrong. Gosh, and I thought you were pining away for the America of Bush where we lied to start wars, and crippled our economy by selling out to the venture capitalists! Nice to have you on-board.

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chascushman 11/10/12 - 02:17 pm
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“Why can't he be more like
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“Why can't he be more like Bush, you know, loathed.”
Jake, no problem the community organizer is ‘loathed’ by most intelligent people.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/10/12 - 04:18 pm
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" Why can't he be more like

" Why can't he be more like Bush, you know, loathed?"

Because those who despise his politics don't have the power of the press behind them.

burninater
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burninater 11/10/12 - 04:25 pm
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"Because those who despise

"Because those who despise his politics don't have the power of the press behind them."
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Right. Because the most watched news network is some kind of illusion, AM talk radio a myth, and a massive online presence a hoax. There are no non-liberal media outlets. These are not the droids you're looking for.

burninater
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burninater 11/10/12 - 04:29 pm
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In fact, I think a case could

In fact, I think a case could be made that the Right has created SUCH a powerful press and media presence, that it was a major contributing factor to the shock that Romney did not win. That shock would not have existed if a liberal-dominated media created the sole messaging that he wasn't likely to win.

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itsanotherday1 11/10/12 - 04:44 pm
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Fascism

EEL, fascism and socialism are often used inappropriately, myself included. In fact, tight government control over private business is fascist, not socialist. We tend to use socialist (right or wrong) as a description for a nanny government that wants to provide cradle to grave social support services. Obama is both in that regard.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/10/12 - 04:50 pm
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Burn

Fox is the ONLY right leaning major media in this country. Study after study have shown statistically that the right get more negative press than the left, and the left gets the benefit of the doubt more often. The vast majority of media people vote Democrat, so that speaks volumes as well.

How do explain the almost complete lack of coverage of Benghazi by the major media. I watch the big three all the time and they gave the "coverup" angle no time at all. They DON'T WANT the truth if it hurts their guy.

burninater
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burninater 11/10/12 - 06:31 pm
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"Fox is the ONLY right

"Fox is the ONLY right leaning major media in this country."

That simply isn't true. Drudge, Rush, Beck, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, NY Post, American Spectator, Weekly Standard, WorldNetDaily, NewsMax ... that's just off the top of my head.

By numbers of broadcast networks, liberals dominate cable news, that's true. But talk radio is dominated by the Right, and the internet gives all of these other outlets completely equal access online.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm all for the liberal media myth. The more the Right bemoans some imagined absence of conservative media, the less they address the real issues their party faces.

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KSL 11/10/12 - 07:43 pm
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Why do you suppose the right

Why do you suppose the right can control radio media?

Could it be that people on their way to and from work listen, rather than sitting at home, watching TV?

Jake
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Jake 11/10/12 - 09:10 pm
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Bush

I like how Bush was high-profile during this past election for Romney. His riveting speech at the RNC was better than Clinton's at the DNC. He is a much sought after speaker and commands huge sums of money to speak. His "Good job Brownie" was a rallying cry and inspiration during this last hurricane.
Where was Palin during this last election? I mean she is the darling of the GOP, no? Why was the GOP holding back with their heavy hitters during the campaign? Was it because Mitt is a Mormon?

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