Since he emerged on the national stage, Barack Obama has not been the model of American republicanism. This was the case during the campaign, and it continues today. Juxtapose the simple respectability of the White House with these images taken from the Obama-Biden campaign website.
This is why I was not surprised to see that video of schoolchildren being taught to praise President Obama like he is a deity. Ultimately, the campaign that President Obama waged hinted at such ideas. Is it a shock that a few, overly enthusiastic supporters thought it appropriate to proselytize in such a fashion?
That “Progress” picture is easily the most non-republican of the bunch. The image suggests that Obama’s campaign is somehow a source of goodness for the people. From a republican standpoint, the imagery in the picture should be reversed, with the people being the source of goodness from which the candidate benefits.
I had hoped that the President would find his inner republican upon ascension to the office. I have been disappointed. His speeches are too full of references to himself. His omnipresence suggests a disregard for the people’s tolerance levels, as well as for the idea that ours is a limited government and we are entitled to enjoy our lives without these constant executive impositions.
He’s right, but the problem is that our country has changed in this regard.
A lot of that is generational, and I went into detail about that this time last year. For the most part, those coming up look upward–and I don’t mean that in a spiritual sense–for direction and sustenance. Their micromanaging parents put endless “executive impositions” on them. How else have many of them lived? The Obama campaign’s ability to resonate with that was a stroke of genius, and it paid off.
Unfortunately the set-up for this has been coming for some time. Boomers, those perennial rebels, are obsessed with authority, left and right both. Having preached this for so long, it was almost inevitable that someone would come in and tap into that in a secular sense. And someone has. Beyond that, the growth of government has made it a source of sustenance for many of us.
But blind obeisance to authority isn’t what made these United States what they are. “No king but Jesus” states that our only monarch is heavenly, and his yoke is easy and his burden is light; we are free people on earth. The paganisation and secularisation of our culture and society only directs the object of people’s first loyalty earthward.
The Israelites looked at the societies around them (like our elites do today) and demanded a king, and, with updates in the technology, Samuel’s warning is still true today:
“And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:10-20, KJV.