HOW IS an American patriot to get through tomorrow’s coronation of King Hopenchange I without puking?
While the masses gather already to acclaim the man who will make them happy, what a splendidly apt demonstration of the betrayal of the American purpose this nauseating show isturning out to be. The relationship between the American people and their representatives turns on the fulcrum of the Constitution of the United States of America. It does not merely define the powers of government, it is a libertarian statement. Vast areas of human behaviour and civil society are ruled beyond the clearly defined limits of state power.
It implies and promises the irrelevancy of politicians and state power in much of American life.
Yet just 222 years after that Constitution was adopted, Barack Obama will be presented amid the backdrop of the Capitol and receive ovations that would make a Roman Emperor blush. Since no normal person can take such affectations seriously he may as well wear purple and smirk throughout.
I’m long beyond hope of the media discovering a healthy cynicism for good reason – I lived through the Blair era. When Sky News presenters shamelessly suggest “How can you not smile at the prospect of President Obama?” as happened over the weekend, and when even supposedly reactionary rags such as the Daily Telegraph abandon any seriousness, why bother with them?
The hopelessly uncritical reception giving to Obama and resulting open fauning ought to make any sane adult squirm and despair for the future. How then can he come so far on the back of absurdly empty language if many Americans and much of the West hasn’t lost all sense of reality? Let’s not delude ourselves further that Obama is any rhetorical master; in the modern political age Churchill and JFK were such men, from Obama there are only platitudes and meaningless drivel, however confidently delivered.
Enjoy tomorrow if you can. Feast your eyes on a spectacle apparently costing north of $100million. If it makes you happy, vest your hopes for yourself in a man of limited ability who doesn’t know you exist and probably couldn’t care that you do. Wave him off to the absurd White House and ludicrous ‘Air Force One‘. Just don’t go for a stroll through the American capital city; many areas will be off limits and you’ll be fortunate to avoid some very rude and heavily-armed undesirables.
The Founding Fathers would have been sick.