Thursday, November 6, 2008

Chicken Little here

Well, I'm reconciled but I can't drop it. I think we have a very dangerous man as our President Elect. He just appointed a man to be White House Chief of Staff who sounds like the equivalent of Goering or Goebbels. The last time the world had a pretender to the throne of Emperor of the World there was the US to take him down. But now the US itself has succumbed to the same spirit and there is nobody to bring him down.

And I don't think it's right to say nothing about that. Though of course there are ways and then there are ways. Being nice and polite and respectful is necessary, and we'd want to show civility, dignity, humanity, restraint and kindness, all the qualities of Christ, but even of the kind of nation we want this to be, in order to make a pointed contrast with the dishonesty and violent tactics of the other side. There must be some people who are not completely under his spell who need to be waked up and simply keeping respectifully silent isn't going to wake anybody up. It's not about us, it's about people who don't know the Lord.

So here I am, Chicken Little again. Sorry, it's where I'm at. I wish I weren't. Some links, and a message board message forwarded from a Jewish friend:

This is part 1 of Scott Johnson's series on Obama. He covers a lot of the familiar territory but there are probably some new items in here you aren't familiar with. I found parts 3 and 4 so far to have some new material (at this writing I'm only part way through part 4 and haven't heard part 5).

I don't think we need the psychoanalytic diagnostic categories, but the personality profile described in the following rings true:

By Ali Sina

...At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful, spoke well, appeared to be confident – a wholesome presidential package. ...However, despite my initial interest in him, I was put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling. His posture and his body language were louder than his empty words.

It is surreal to see the level of hysteria in his admirers. This phenomenon is unprecedented in American politics. Women scream and swoon during his speeches. They yell and shout to Obama, “I love you.” ...The Illinois senator has no history of service to the country. He has done nothing outstanding except giving promises of change and hyping his audience with hope. It’s only his words, not his achievements that is causing this much uproar.

...Listening to Obama ... it harkens back to when I was younger and I used to watch Khomeini, how he would excite the crowd and they'd come to their feet and scream and yell.

I was amused to hear a listener calling Fox News Radio's Tom Sullivan Show, (Feb 11) and saying: "Listening to Obama ... it harkens back to when I was younger and I used to watch those deals with Hitler, how he would excite the crowd and they'd come to their feet and scream and yell."

Equating anyone to Hitler by highlighting the similarities between the two is a logical fallacy. This fallacy, known as reductio ad Hitlerum is a variety of both questionable cause and association fallacy. I believe it is wrong to trivialize the holocaust and the horrors of Nazism by comparing our opponents to Hitler.

However, Hitler, prior to coming to power had not killed anyone. He was insane, but few could see that. Far from it, he was seen as a gifted man and hailed as the savior of Germany. He was admired throughout the world. He appealed to the masses of people – the working class and particularly to women, and did not just inspire them, he “elevated” them. Thousands rallied to listen to his passionate speeches. They shed tears when he spoke. Women fainted during his speeches. To Germans, he was not a politician, but a demigod, a messiah. They envisioned him as truly a magical figure of majestic wisdom and glory. They worshiped him. They surrendered their wills to him. He restored their national pride. He projected himself as their savior. He ran on the platform of change and hope. Change he delivered all right, but hopes he shattered.
Another discussion of the character and mindset of Obama:

As Obama admitted in a 2001 radio interview, he regards the Constitution as deeply flawed because it does not allow redistribution of wealth – the centerpiece of his agenda for America. That won’t stop him; he also refuses to prove that he is a natural-born citizen of the United States, and government officials have shown no inclination to enforce that constitutional requirement.

This summer he declared that “America’s greatest moral failure in my lifetime has been that we still don’t abide by that basic precept in Matthew that ‘whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me,’” citing our nation’s sins of “poverty,” “racism and sexism.”

According to Obama and his mentors Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, the root cause of America’s evil is economic inequality. “Social justice” requires the remedy of redistribution of wealth, the transfer of taxpayers’ earnings to whomever their regime will determine has need.

As Karl Marx said, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” Or as the stealth candidate told Joe the Plumber: “It’s good to spread the wealth around.”

After inadvertently tipping his hand, Obama denies he is a socialist but affirms redistribution of others’ assets is a virtue. Meanwhile his minions on government computers have scrutinized Joe’s records for the purpose of discrediting him.
Joe the Plumber is every American citizen who dares to challenge the Leader. In Obama’s utopia, hard questions are disallowed.

To conceal his Muslim background and cloak his agenda, Obama fabricated the ruse that he is a Christian. In this ruse, one of Obama’s favorite biblical allusions is that “I am my brother’s keeper.” Meanwhile, the millionaire messiah’s own half-brother George has been living in a shantytown hut in Kenya, subsisting on a dollar a month. To his brother in need Obama has given nothing, but in recent years he donated over $20,000 to Wright’s hate-inciting Black Power cult.

Dreams From My Father is the 1995 memoir that analysis indicates the communist terrorist Ayers wrote for Obama to launch his protégé’s political career. In that memoir, Obama’s Kenyan aunt Zeituni was prominently featured as a beloved family member. Last week, The Times of London – not the domestic Obama-worshipping propaganda media – broke the news that for five years this aunt has been living in a slum in Boston, just miles from where he gained prestige at Harvard Law School for his charm and racial identity. Like many of his supporters, she hopes that Obama’s presidency will change her life for the better.

Obama’s heartless disregard for his own family members proves that he is an authoritarian, whose real concern is not others’ well-being but his pathological quest for power to control the lives of us all.

The stealth candidate was trained in Marxism at his mother’s knee. She became enamoured of communism in high school where she was taught The Communist Manifesto, and while concealing that Obama boasts: “The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics.” The father who abandoned him was a Marxist, ousted from Kenya’s government when that nation’s socialist president cracked down on communist agitators (Dreams, pp. 214-215). His mother taught Obama that his father “led his life according to principles that demanded a different kind of toughness, principles that promised a higher form of power. I would follow his example, my mother decided. I had no choice. It was in the genes” (p. 50, italics supplied).

To that end, young Barry was mentored by a Stalinist agent of the Communist Party USA, from his adolescence to the time he left for college. To that end, Obama was mentored by Wright whose “theology” provided a religious cloak for his agenda. To that end, in 1995 the communist terrorists Ayers and Dohrn launched Obama’s political career at their home. In 1996 Obama won endorsement from a Marxist group called the New Party, whose newsletter identified him as one of their members.
Under the guise of concern for the poor, Marxists invoke the name of Jesus as a champion of their cause. But Jesus never condemned economic inequality as a moral failure; both Jesus and the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament, recognized this disparity as a fact of life in the world that God created.

This isn't the kind of appointment a man who seeks the unity of the nation would make. [Sorry, that story about Rahm Emanuel is no longer there. I'll have to see if I can find another one.] Here's a better link about Rahm Emanuel, a blog entry that highlights incidents in his career:

[from The Telegraph Nov 08] President-elect Obama had a shortlist of one when it came to choosing his White House Chief of Staff; Rahm Emanuel, a politician so ferocious that even his own mother calls him by his nickname of "Rahmbo".

If the Democratic Congressman accepts the job as Mr Obama's enforcer, Mr Emanuel, universally characterised as a foul-mouthed attack dog who can end the career of anyone who stands in his way, will serve as a perfect counterpoint to the sugar-coated Mr Obama.

Summing him up:

Washinton insider. Failed to stop corruption at Freddie Mac. Used one sex scandal for political gain, tried to cover up another. Plays abrasive, strong man, big money politics.

As David Keene puts it: "You might hire Rahm to blow up the bridge. I don't know if you’d hire him to build it."

Rahm Emanuel represents Washington at it's worst. This is not post-partisan. This is not change. This is not hope.

And here’s what my Jewish friend sent, quoting somebody at a message board somewhere:

I'm just a regular guy, and I have now heard for the THIRD time from people who grew up in Europe, that the situation today reminds them of the 1930's.

Two weeks I heard from two people that the financial crisis reminds them of the runup to WW2.

My grandma, who grew up in Berlin, said this week that the crowds adoring Obama's speeches in which he says nothing.....remind her of Hitler's charismatic speeches when he said nothing of substance but the crowds just gobbled him up.

To Bankman who says this is not Nazi Germany. Speak to anyone who lived in Germany in the 30's, they had a very enlightened democratic society. No one dreamed that anyone would ever kill a jew again. Jews had equal rights. And yet due to the financial crisis, the Germans elected Hitler (who already wrote Mein Kampf) because he promised them that he would help the little guy and he would bring Germany back to it's glory. And the peolpe ate it all up. After he was elected, suddenly the jews began losing their took a couple of years, but it happened.

Will Obama be another Hitler? Hopefully not.

Can he? Absolutely!

Civilian national guard?! Spooky.

Yes We Can.... we can WHAT? Does anybody know WHAT we can do? I have no clue what he means, and neither do the millions who chant it along with him, and the billions accross the world who smile to themselves when they hear those chants.

When I hear 85 year olds (three of them) saying that this eerily reminds them of the 30's, it makes me nervous.

And it makes others nervous too. Check out the passport offices. Jew and gentile alike are "suddenly" remembering to apply for passports....

Wake up! (tshuva anyone
I think I know what "Yes we can!" means: For blacks it means blacks can rise to the top; for Muslims it means to some that they can bring down the Great Satan and convert the world to Allah; for many who have been brainwashed into thinking America -- or the rich, or the hated conservative religious Right -- is a great oppressor, it means they can triumph over the oppressor. It means they can get rid of the "haters" which means everybody who won't go along with the One World We Are The Children Happy Unity program.

Ultimately it means "We can triumph over God and run this planet on our own" which is really nothing less than the reinstatement of the hubris of Babel.

Yes, people need to wake up. The question is how do we accomplish helping people wake up -- or wake ourselves up if necessary? Especially if our own faith is weak? Well, for starters it's time for the most serious prayer we've ever done. We need light from the Lord and we need His strength. Prayer with fasting if possible.