The article quotes Lincoln: "We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country."
Thrall is precisely what swept Obama into office for a second term. Thrall, starry-eyed emotional hero-worship without the heroism.
Such self-deception fades eventually, even in the best of circumstances. It fades much faster when what is worshiped falls from grace, or from the exalted illusion manufactured in the minds of those who want it. The trouble is, when that happens, the disaster that triggers it will take the rest of us with it.