“Barack knows that at some level there’s a hole in our souls,”
“Barack Obama is the only person in this race who understands that, that before we can work on the problems we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.” (Mrs. 0bama on the stump for her husband during the 2008 campaign.)
Cult like, devotion to their messiah — these words are used to describe devote followers of Obama. There is a religious undercurrent in the way 0bama uses his Presidential pulpit. Mrs. 0bama gave us a clue to HIS motives and she used religious code words to get HIS message across. At some point in the future we may learn if she has been in control of the man and his message and has willingly taken a backseat — because he can bring her the status she could never win on her own. Or we may learn that he has used her as his way into the back rooms where the deals are made in the Chicago Political machine.
Many of us saw through 0bama from his first entrance onto the National Stage. For me it was his phony evangelistic like delivery of a string of words at the Democrat Convention in 2004. He said a lot of pretty but meaningless and forgettable words. I have known evangelical ministers and some believed every word they said and spoke beautifully using their own words. There were other men (and these ministers were always male) who could speak the words and the congregation would respond — then they would go home and beat their wives (and children). They were — just men — just humans.
Soul — there is a huge religious context in Mrs. Obama’s remark above that no ones seems to have picked up on.
The soul, in many religions, spiritual traditions, and philosophies, is the spiritual or eternal part of a living being, commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; distinct from the body’s physical matter. It is typically thought to consist of one’s consciousness and personality, and is roughly synonymous with the spirit, mind or self. The soul is often believed to live on after the person’s physical death, and some religions posit that God creates souls. In some cultures, non-human living things, and sometimes other objects (such as rivers) are said to have souls, a belief known as animism.
The terms soul and spirit are often used interchangeably, although the latter may be viewed as a more worldly and less transcendent aspect of a person than the former. The words soul and psyche can also be treated synonymously, although psyche has more physical connotations, whereas soul is connected more closely to metaphysics and religion.
Here’s another rant from Mrs. 0bama which needs to be examined. Some of the right-wing blogs are using this to prove that the 0bamas are Socialists. I think that the explanation is far more simple –they are narcissistic thieves.
“Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.”
“Most Americans don’t want much. They don’t want the whole pie. There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a little bit. But that is becoming even more out of reach. The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”
One discussion of her remarks can be found HERE.
How can this woman who has a privileged life as a child of the Chicago political machine have any idea about what any American might want? She cannot know what “Americans” want or what we believe in. I certainly do not want to live in a mansion in Chicago. Nor would I be willing to have a slum Lord help me purchase that house. So right there HER core values conflict with MY core values. As a woman I have the right to vote ONLY because women fought a hard battle for women’s right to vote. Mrs. obama refuses to acknowledge the many women who went came before us and made our way easier. Her core values conflict with MY core values.
Mrs. obama is uninvolved and uninformed about women in America because somehow she doesn’t think of herself as woman. According to her college thesis her only concern is her race –anything else is apparently unimportant.
Shamans are/were religious figures — interceeding with the gods for their people, speaking for the gods. The Shamans still exist in modern cultures — as the ministers. Jerry Falwell was an example of a modern shaman. The evangelicals can still hook in followers and manage to live the lavish lifestyle.
Ronald Glenn writing from the right seems to understand what motivates Obama, as does Arthur Silber writing as a moderate. Silber is reviewing 0bama’s war speech in an essay titled: “A Deadly Liar and Manipulator”. Both Ronald Glenn and Silber see the same sort of person: “Obama’s approval rating is down to 41 percent and will further decline as people begin to wake up from their sleep and slowly realize that Obama is not a shaman but a put-on.” (Glenn wrote this sentence in September).
Shamanism has its roots in the Paleolithic, at least 35,000 years ago. In the present, shamanism has remained viable only in traditional societies on the edges of, not in, modern civilization. Modern society relies on truths that come from outside of itself, like those found in science and philosophy and law. The kind of people I met in the various churches I attended need to understand that a shaman is not part of Augustine’s Spiritual City, he is part of the Earthly City, tricking them into believing his love of self is really a love of truth. Educated western missionaries to traditional societies saw that shamans were exceptionally intelligent liars and tricksters. Obama’s approval rating is down to 41 percent and will further decline as people begin to wake up from their sleep and slowly realize that Obama is not a shaman but a put-on.
Authur Silber ends his eassy on “A Deadly Liar and Manipulator”, this way:
Many of my articles over the last few years have analyzed what I consider to be the great dangers represented by Obama. My judgment of him has been consistently negative in the extreme. But I have to say that I now think I underestimated just how dangerous he may prove to be in time. And in terms of his concluding remarks tonight, what might happen if there were, may God forbid, another attack in the U.S. on the scale of 9/11 or even worse? What would Obama say and, more importantly, what might he propose to do about those who displayed “rancor” or “cynicism” or “partisanship,” or who “poisoned” the “national discourse,” thus perilously undermining national “unity”?
And we are on the Ship of Fools with the captain from the Titanic as da Prez.