Feb 21 2008

Scariest Thing About Obama Is How He Generates Mob-Think

Published by at 12:00 pm under 2008 Elections,All General Discussions

I wanted to address Obama’s short comings and how his campaign runs on groupies and not serious policy – but someone beat me to it and did a much better job (H/T RCP):

I’m nervous because too many Obama-philes sound like Moonies, or Hare Krishnas, or the Hale-Bopp-Is-Coming-To-Get-Me nuts.

These true believers “Obama-ize” everything. They speak Obama-ese. Knit for Obama. Run for Obama. Gamble – Hold ’Em Barack! – for Obama. They make Obama cakes, underwear, jewelry. They send Valentine cards reading, “I want to Barack your world!”

At campaign rallies people scream, cry, even faint as Obama calmly calls for the EMTs. When supporters pant en masse, “I love you!” (like The Beatles, circa 1964), Barack says, “I love you back” with that deliciously charming, almost cocky smile.

Oh – I’m nervous because it’s all gone to his head and he hasn’t even won yet.

I’m nervous because it’s gone to a lot of other people’s heads as well. Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings introduced Obama last week in Baltimore and said, “This is not a campaign for president of the United States, this is a movement to change the world.”

What makes this (one time?) Obama supporter nervous is the mob mentality that frightens everyone when an orgy of emotion over takes reason and sanity. Idol worship is a dangerous event to watch take over politics. It has led to such great leaders as Hitler – who was idolized by a Germany tired of war and suffering. I am NOT comparing Obama to Hitler – I am simply noting the site of mass hysteria towards an icon is bad enough when it is a British Rock Band touring the US of A for the first time. But when a political leader is the recipient both their mob and themselves lose their minds.

The thing that has been nagging at me with Obama for a while now is how he has become a propaganda fountain of vacuous platitudes, and many desperate souls have swooned in response. Obama is not the second coming folks – he just keeps repeating images of a Nirvana pulled from watching Happy Days as kid, I suspect. But where ever he became entranced with with a simple minded world that resembles Sesame Street more than mains street USA and the mean streets of the Middle East really is irrelevant.

The more his followers act like teenage adolescents, the more serious voters he will lose. And the vast majority of voters are serious voters.

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2 Responses to “Scariest Thing About Obama Is How He Generates Mob-Think”

  1. sherman50 says:

    Unless he’s proposing several amendments to the Constitution he’s not going to change anything. The Founding Fathers designed it so “change” from demagogues like him are difficult or impossible to implement.

  2. MerlinOS2 says:

    I think the closer parallel is the unreasonable support Al Gore enjoys in his global warming role as savior of the planet.

    We are after a president, not an American Idol winner and this is not someone being thrown off the Island.