'Obama messiah' creator: How far will 'cult' go?|
Satirical website with serious aim hopes media gets over 'childish infatuation'
By Jerome R. Corsi
Posted: March 27, 2008 11:40 pm Eastern
creator of a satirical blog that asks whether Barack Obama is the
"messiah" says he has a serious purpose, hoping the mainstream media will
"work through its childish infatuation" with the front-runner for the
Democratic presidential nomination.
As WND reported, Christopher Blosser's website
asks if Obama is leading a "messianic movement," "a cult of personality"or
just engaging in "good ol' fashioned politics?"
By simply highlighting media reports – including WND's
account of an Obama rally in Seattle – Blosser's website has captured
the wave of euphoria that has followed the Democratic senator's remarkable
rise to the brink of the party's presidential nomination.
"I think the beauty of the website is that the content more or less
writes itself," Blosser said. "The website should be judged independently
of my own personal bias."
Blosser, a web designer by profession, describes himself as a political
independent that leans somewhat conservative.
"While less than satisfied with John McCain, I'd honestly prefer him to
either of the alternatives," he admits.
He rejects the argument that a President Obama would enact a rigid,
thoroughly controlled state ruled by political correctness.
"I certainly don't envision that the Age of Obama will be something
akin to Big Brother, with mandatory periods of 'Two Minutes Hope' and
Thought Police rounding up the Cynics for re-education," he said.
At bottom, Blosser is concerned Obama will turn out to be just another
politician, especially if he were to be elected president.
"On a basic level, my concern is that Obama will ride the wave of
emotion and mob-enthusiasm to office," Blosser wrote. "With the challenges
(and inevitable compromises) that come with the job, illusions are going
to fade and dreams are going to crumble."
Blosser is concerned voters are projecting onto Obama expectations that
will be impossible to fulfill.
"People talk as if this man will bring the troops home and end the war
within his first year of office," he noted. "That's a pretty naïve hope,
considering the global jihadists' threat."
"People talk as if this man will usher in a new era of politics in
which everybody, regardless of their opposing (and very real) political
and moral convictions will join hands in some vague approximation of
unity," he continued. "This will literally spell the end of politics as we
Blosser has cautious appreciation for the emotion Obama's campaign
engendered from supporters.
"Obama's campaign seems to be predicated on the assumption that he has
somehow transcended 'power politics,' that he is in fact the
anti-politician," Blosser stressed. "Call me a cynic, but I have the hunch
when you peel off the hope-saturated façade and get down to the hard
business of running this country, you will find Obama is a politician,
much like any other."
"How that will affect the masses will, of course, depend on the degree
to which they were taken in," he added, noting the potential for let-down
Obama has created by raising expectations.
Blosser admitted to WND his goal was "to chronicle what I thought was
the curious, yet troubling, phenomenon of the "cult of personality" and
elements of "secular messianism" that he has seen surrounding Obama's
"On one hand, every political race has some degree of enthusiasm," he
admitted. "That is to be expected. But what I've chronicled on the website
is something else entirely.
"The left has typically decried the mixing of faith and politics among
the right, and yet there are those who have embraced Obama with a fervor
that can be aptly described as 'religious.'"
The website prominently displays a photograph, taken by photographer Michael
Edwards, which the website proclaims as "Obama – the
The photo shows Obama standing elevated, on a central staircase that
ascends upward, framed by a dark window open on the staircase landing
above Obama's head.
The shot appears taken in a triptych mirror, showing Obama with a
microphone held by his right hand, with his left hand extended palm
outward in a speaking gesture.
George Soros is clearly seen sitting at the base of the staircase to
Obama's immediate left.
The website archives "Obama Conversion Stories" as told by pop-culture
luminaries, including actress Halle Berry, new age guru Deepak Chopra and
Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
"Overall, the site is intended to be parody," Blosser acknowledged.
"But at the same time, I hope the website will provoke some of Obama's
more ardent disciples among the masses and, sadly, the media, to
re-evaluate their behavior."
Blosser said he's concerned about "the degree Obama, or anybody, could
be carried into office by mob-passion and idolatrous hysteria," he
"I'm concerned about political 'rallies' that are consciously
orchestrated along the lines of a rock concert," he continued. "I'm
concerned when a candidate breaks out a hankie and blows his nose – and
the crowd breaks into applause.
"I'm concerned when ambiguous talk of 'unity' and 'change' and 'yes, we
can!' carry the day with precious little discussion of how this man
actually intends to bridge the gulf between ideological and philosophical
convictions," Blosser continued."
"To suggest that 'there are no red states or blue states sounds good,
but I wonder if the intention is not simply to pave over sincere moral
convictions held between the two parties with flowery rhetoric," he said.
"If so, people are definitely falling for it."
Blosser grants that Obama's campaign website details positions on a
range of public policy issues.
"Still, it's very questionable how many of the 20,000 screaming,
crying, chanting and in some cases fainting fans in any one politically
rally actually read and are aware of his positions," he said. "And how
many simply attend for the Obama experience, to 'witness history in the
making,' and might end up voting for him for that reason alone."
Blosser also admits the Obama quotation he put at the top of the
website was meant to suggest Obama himself is partly to blame with
encouraging the "Obama Messiah" phenomenon.
Right after the website title, "Is Barack Obama the Messiah?" the
reader next encounters an Obama quotation from a Jan. 7 campaign rally in
Lebanon, N.H.: " … A light will shine through that window, a beam of light
will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will
suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama."
Original article: World Net Daily
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