Apparently, Senator Barack Hussein Obama, D-Illinois, is the Messiah. The New York Times reported on Sunday that in Obama's time at Harvard Law School, he "developed a leadership style based more on furthering consensus than on imposing his own ideas. Surrounded by students who enjoyed the sound of their own voices, Mr. Obama cast himself as an eager listener, sometimes giving warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once."
Also on Sunday, the Boston Globe reported, "These days, Obama is the hot new candidate for the White House, trying to end the warring in Washington with a warm message of unity and optimism. But years before taking that message to the national political stage, he was defusing battles large and small from the sharp-elbowed basketball games to the cutthroat classrooms at Harvard Law School." And on the same day, the Los Angeles Times similarly reported, "At Harvard Law Review he showed that -- on a much smaller scale -- he had the savvy to maneuver through turbulent political waters."
Jesus didn't get this kind of Sunday media coverage on Easter Sunday. It is no wonder Slate.com has a running Obama "Messiah Watch" dedicated to "considering evidence that Obama is the Son of God."
What has Obama done to earn such praise? He has no record. But he does have rhetoric -- the kind of rhetoric that makes people all warm and fuzzy inside.
In his much-heralded presidential exploratory committee announcement, Obama noted "how hungry we all are for a different kind of politics." And Obama says he is the man to take us beyond "the psychodrama of the baby boom generation -- a tale rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago -- played out on the national stage. The victories that the Sixties generation brought about -- the admission of minorities and women into full citizenship, the strengthening of individual liberties, and the healthy willingness to question authority -- have made America a far better place for all its citizens. But what has been lost in the process, and has yet to be replaced, are those shared assumptions -- that quality of trust and fellow feeling -- that bring us together as Americans."
This is the kind of rhetoric dreams are made of. Everyone is tired of the conflicts of the 1960s. But the conflicts of the 1960s are not tied to the era of their origin. The conflicts of the 1960s were a conflict between two sets of values: traditional values reflective of pre-1960s America, and the radical values of wholesale leveling and untrammeled libertinism.
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