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All Hail the Messiah Obama (4 of 4): Unity

Posted on: January 9, 2008

The theme of this four-part blog series is: I want Obama to win the presidency, but I’m not so sure I like the guy. In the previous posting, I wrote:

In short, me, Peter, doesn’t need a messiah. But I firmly believe that this nation does. And I firmly believe that Obama is that messiah.

As I explained in the second posting of this series, I believe America needs a messiah because most Americans are children who take little or no personal responsibility for their own existence. As such, Americans need the guidance of an all-powerful adult. When the “children” look like adults themselves, “all-powerful adult” is upgraded to “messiah”.

But what would this messiah do for us Americans that we need so badly? In short, he would unite us. Unity is a necessary precondition for saving this country.

For the past four years, I have been predicting a coming “doomsday” in America. Although such a day would certainly be painful, it would have the side benefit of uniting us. That is, one of the upsides of really shitty things happening to us is that we find common cause with other people who have experienced the same shit. It’s an eternal human dynamic.

So for fours years, the only uniting force that I could imagine that would bring this nation of 300+ million individuals together as one was the force of mutual calamity. But that thought made me very nervous because calamities by their nature come as a surprise. If calamities weren’t surprising, we could prepare and either avert them, or at least come to terms with them.

But surprised people, especially frightened children, are highly irrational beings. And when those surprised “children” are adults, they can be quite dangerous.

So for four years, I’ve been thinking about how to survive the aftermath of when the majority of this country finally wakes up to the realization that this great nation is f#$&ed. History shows when these sorts of awakenings happen, chaos is loosened for a period, until fatigue sets in, acceptance emerges, and some sense of normalcy is returned. Think New Orleans.

The trick of living during such times is to survive the chaos. The A+ trick is to not merely survive, but to prosper. A failing grade is awarded for non-survival.

Well, when one’s head is thinking that way, one spends some energy toward enhancing self-sufficiency, and strengthening one’s community relations.

But then along came Obama. In Obama, I could see a better way toward unity. A quicker way. A shortcut.

Sure, calamities will unite us. But at what cost? A messiah figure can do the same for us — much quicker and much cheaper. A messiah could bring us together, so that when the unavoidable calamities do come, they arrive as not such a great surprise, and the ensuing chaos is ameliorated.

Now, it’s a whole other blog series to explain this next statement: If Obama wins the presidency, I expect there to be an assassination attempt against him. Not because he is a black man. But rather because he will be the man, like FDR before him, and Lincoln before FDR, who inherited a f#$%ed country off the rails, and did what was necessary to restore order. For his efforts, Lincoln was assassinated, whereas FDR survived the 1933 coup attempt against him.

Should President Obama be assassinated after he had brought this country together, then whatever dark days will surely follow that tragedy, we will be more prepared for them.

So as I said in the first posting of this series: Booyah for Obama for president! I don’t have to like him as a man to passionately hope he wins. I just have to love America.

10 Responses to "All Hail the Messiah Obama (4 of 4): Unity"

Interesting. I can see a pattern in the assassination thing. Were Lincoln and FDR both democrats. Was there any president that unified the country successfully that was not assisinated.

FDR was Democrat, Lincoln a Republican. Back in Lincoln’s day, the Republican party was brand new. It was the anti-slavery party. From the Civil War until the 1960s civil right movement, The Republicans were the party of blacks; Democrats the opposition. This dynamic flipped in the 1960s.

Lincoln and FDR were the only presidents since the country was founded who inherited a country so divided that unity was necessary else the nation would perish. Their presidencies spanned the most horrific days known in America. When the nation emerged from the Civil War, and later from Depression/World War II, the nation was relatively unified. It had been unified by the prior crises. Then over the next 60 years, this brief flowering of unity began to disintegrate. All the way until the doorstep of the next crisis.

So I’d humbly suggest that the relevant question for today isn’t the one you asked. Rather, it’s the following: In the times when America has become deeply divided — culturally, economically, spiritually — and on the verge of an epochal crisis, what happened to the guy who was elected President to fix it? Answer: assassination attempt. History says the assassins are batting .500, but the data pool is sparse. Hard to tell how they’ll do with Obama. I can imagine though, that there will be extraordinary precaution taken on this score should Obama win. Hell, he already travels surrounded by a football team of Secret Service agents.

Wow. I could never live life surrounded by people trying to protect mine. Yuk. To be a person who lives like this, you would either have to have an incredible love of power (why you don’t like him personally), or you would have to believe so strongly in an ideal and your ability to make things better (why you like him for president). I dunno, that seems pretty schizophrenic to me. 🙂

Why not both? I don’t see idealism and personal aggrandizement as necessarily inconsistent. Watch the video to which I have now linked in Part 3 of the series. I just watched it again to find and cite the passages to which I was referring in my posting. Watching the video for the up-teenth time, tears welled up in my eyes again. I don’t doubt the man’s idealism. But nor do I doubt his identification as the messiah.

One other thought occurred to me on what I just wrote. In the brains of organized sexual serial murderers, violent aggression and sexual arousal has merged. Some of these guys can’t even get an erection unless they are choking their victim and can’t ejaculate unless she’s dying. Seems strange. Inhuman to me. But if that’s possible, then it seems entirely possible for a person to fuse his personal belief that he is the messiah chosen by God to transform a nation, with a belief that the nation needs transforming. Hell, that just describes a cult leader — all of whom I’ve read about are Sevens.

They may not be inconsistent, but how then does healing happen? What cult leaders do you know that actually helped heal a group/nation of people?

The word “cult” connotes an organization in which the members have devoted themselves almost completely to the group. The members grant the group most of their money, and their free will. People who leave cults talk about being “brainwashed”. I’m not saying Obama is a cult leader. He’s not. What I’m saying is that the difference between a charismatic leader like Obama and cult leaders like David Koresh, L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Hare Krishna, etc., is a matter of degree, not kind. That is, there is a continuum running from needed, wonderful leaders like Obama, all the way over to destructive leaders like the latter. The common thread is that all of these charismatic leaders suspect themselves to be the messiah. The difference is that for historical leaders like Obama, the argument to debunk messiah-ness is more subtle and difficult to make.

Oh I see. It’s a matter of degree. So if we looked at all the subtlies in life, none of us is perfect, nor altruistic, nor competent, etc. We are always less than the ideal, but more than the opposite, because we are alive. We are all in a continuum between dead and alive, and that’s called life, and the subtleties are our indiosyncrasies. Maybe Obama wouldn’t be as good a leader if he didn’t have a subtle messiah complex? Maybe he wouldn’t even run for president?

“Maybe Obama wouldn’t be as good a leader if he didn’t have a subtle messiah complex? Maybe he wouldn’t even run for president?” I’d say yes, and yes. That’s the nub of this blog series. The thing that makes him a guy I don’t much care for personally (btw, he’s a smoking addict too) is the very thing that makes him an historically needed president of this country. At least at this point in history which I see as the apex of individual and corporate irresponsibility (ie. extreme social unhealth). Maybe at some future healthier time, leaders who are more emotionally healthy will be needed.

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