A kind soul, with the nice-sounding pseudonym TipofTXTeaParty (which reveals that he/she is probably a Texan, deeply involved with the Tea Party), placed this commentary to my June 21st blog “A New Twist in the Obama Cult of Personality”:
Fine post, Alexander. Your perspective on politics in this country is deeply appreciated and sorely needed.
The “mass deification” of Obama you describe isn’t just about the Left’s obsession with Obama. Elevating Obama to deity status in the absence of any achievement worthy of merit trivializes the achievements of actual heroes and cultural icons.
Dear TipofTXTeaParty, thank you for your encouraging words. They give me, I hope, some sort of license to expand on the extremely important theme of the cult of personality, in general, and the Obama cult, in particular.
First, let me state that your concern that the nauseating Obamania “trivializes the achievements of actual heroes and cultural icons” is absolutely legitimate. Still, it’s only one of a multitude of consequences of that sickening phenomenon. The most dreadful of them is this: history shows that leaders who think they possess God-like powers inevitably embark, sooner or later, on reckless adventures that, more often than not, result in costly and bloody failures.
Let’s start with establishing a number of axioms related to the subject:
Axiom 1: Cult of personality of a political leader is a phenomenon that arises when a politician uses all means at his disposal, including the mass media, to create an idealized and heroic public image, mostly through unquestioning flattery and praise.
Messrs. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bob Herbert, Frank Rich, most of Hollywood’s stars, and have and never-have beens, who salivate profusely at the mere mentioning of the words Barack Obama, are all professionals in “unquestioning flattery and praise” that have created the “idealized and heroic public image” of our new Messiah.
Axiom 2: Democratic regimes, as a rule, do not produce leaders who are convinced that they “can move mountains and calm oceans”.