Amer­ica’s fa­tal at­trac­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - David Lim­baugh

Ex­cuse my mas­tery of the ob­vi­ous, but I have to be­lieve the great­est ob­sta­cle to Amer­ica’s re­turn to pol­icy san­ity is the elec­torate’s cultish ado­ra­tion of Barack Obama.

If it weren’t for this dis­turb­ing phe­nom­e­non — not to dis­count a healthy dose of blind par­ti­san­ship — it is in­con­ceiv­able that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple would tol­er­ate Mr. Obama‘s dis­man­tling of Amer­ica’s free mar­ket sys­tem, his re­turn­ing Amer­ica to a pre-9/11 mind­set against ter­ror­ists, his in­creas­ing usurpa­tions of power, and his cor­rupt ties and prac­tices, from the pub­lic fund­ing of ACORN to the sum­mary dis­missal of the case against the Black Pan­thers to his fir­ing of in­spec­tor gen­eral Ger­ald Walpin ap­par­ently for un­cov­er­ing cor­rup­tion by Mr. Obama’s friends.

I don’t quite un­der­stand how peo­ple, es­pe­cially re­li­gious peo­ple, can place their trust for sal­va­tion in a fel­low mor­tal, but his­tory shows they do, and present-day Amer­ica shows they are. From MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ ad­mit­ting Mr. Obama sends a thrill up his leg to au­di­ence mem­bers’ faint­ing at his speeches to young girls’ kiss­ing his statue like brain­less book­ends, the trend con­tin­ues un­abated.

Even some not en­tranced by his sup­posed charisma are in­di­rectly af­fected by it, ev­i­denced by their un­bounded will­ing­ness to give him the ben­e­fit of ev­ery doubt. They are im­per­vi­ous to his nar­cis­sism, in­dif­fer­ent to his mega­lo­ma­ni­a­cal pur­suit of power, cease­lessly for­giv­ing of his child­ish scape­goat­ing of the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, and obliv­i­ous to his ex­trem­ism.

The main­stream me­dia are his big­gest in­sti­tu­tional en­ablers, drool­ing over his ev­ery ut­ter­ance, ir­re­spec­tive of his many con­tra­dic­tions, his as­saults on the Con­sti­tu­tion and our lib­er­ties, and his spate of bro­ken prom­ises.

“So what?” you say. “The MSM are ends-jus­tify-the­means lib­er­als who be­lieve ex­actly as he does. Of course they ig­nore his un­prece­dented ex­pan­sions of gov­ern­ment, his de­ceit in fur­ther­ance of ac­com­plish­ing a rad­i­cal lib­eral agenda of which they ap­prove, his op­por­tunis­tic breaches of prom­ises, and his nose thumb­ing at the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

True, but there’s more to it than that. The me­dia’s fix­a­tion with Mr. Obama tran­scends their shared ide­ol­ogy, and I’m not just re­fer­ring to Evan Thomas’ de­ifi­ca­tion of Mr. Obama. Did you see the in­ter­view of Chris Matthews (sorry to bring him up again)? I knew he was a Kool-Aid drinker, but this was em­bar­rass­ing.

When the cor­re­spon­dent asked Mr. Matthews whether Mr. Obama still sends a thrill up his leg, he replied: “I have a feel­ing about my coun­try. When he talked about it, I was in­spired.”

Then came the scary part. Asked whether the press should give Mr. Obama more scru­tiny, he said: “I think we have to ques­tion the num­bers […] the amount of money that’s been printed and the size of the deficits and the ad­di­tion to the debt, and that’s pretty scary. Th­ese are huge num­bers. We’re go­ing to have a debt by the end of the first term that’s equal to our en­tire econ­omy. Think about that. That has to be paid off […] (with) tremendous costs to the tax­payer. […] It’s scary.”

The long quote is help­ful to il­lus­trate that Mr. Matthews fully ap­pre­ci­ates — in­tel­lec­tu­ally — the dan­ger to Amer­ica’s sol­vency that Mr. Obama’s poli­cies rep­re­sent. De­spite that, he added this non sequitur: “I love my coun­try, and he talks about my coun­try […] in a way that in­spires me, and he thrilled me. I’m very proud of that. […] I mean it. […] I hope it con­tin­ues.”

So Mr. Matthews is scared that Mr. Obama is spending the coun­try he says he loves into bank­ruptcy but hopes he keeps talk­ing in a way that in­spires him. Can this be ex­plained ra­tio­nally?

Of course not. But that’s the point. Cultish at­trac­tion de­stroys logic, rea­son and sound judg­ment.

Nor can ra­tio­nal thought ex­plain the se­rial ap­plauses from Mr. Obama’s Amer­i­can Med- ical As­so­ci­a­tion au­di­ence as he told them he is go­ing to place the square peg of so­cial­ized medicine into the round hole of im­prov­ing qual­ity and de­creas­ing costs — all without di­min­ish­ing pa­tient choice or physi­cian au­thor­ity.

Then con­sider the Amer­i­can Jewish com­mu­nity, which still over­whelm­ingly sup­ports Mr. Obama de­spite his egre­gious dis­plays of dis­re­spect to­ward Is­rael, its his­tory, its moral po­si­tion and its fun­da­men­tal right to na­tional de­fense. And there are large seg­ments of the Chris­tian com­mu­nity — Catholic and evan­gel­i­cal — that ei­ther lie to them­selves about Mr. Obama’s de­praved, mil­i­tant po­si­tion in sup­port­ing even par­tial-birth abor­tion or com­part­men­tal­ize it into ar­ti­fi­cial ir­rel­e­vance.

And how about rank-and-file Democrats who con­sider them­selves fis­cally con­ser­va­tive? Par­ti­san loy­al­ties notwith­stand­ing, how can they sit by idly as they watch Mr. Obama’s spending hor­ror show un­fold? How can they de­lude them­selves into be­liev­ing this ob­scene and in­sane spending — guar­an­teed to fi­nan­cially, and maybe po­lit­i­cally, en­slave our chil­dren — can ever be jus­ti­fied?

At some point, the spell will dis­si­pate. The ques­tion is whether that will hap­pen in time to pre­vent ir­re­versible dam­age to this na­tion.

David Lim­baugh is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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