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If Obama really believes in the separation of church and state, perhaps he should stop acting like he’s a god; just a thought for a guy who, apparently, would like to win another presidential term.

Americans occasionally will make sacrifices to false gods, like they did in November 2008 to the Obama of Greek columns and digital halos. But inevitably, the American public grows tired of the gods they make when the gods appear as nothing but mere mortals. And when that happens, look out: They’ll soon sacrifice their idol on an altar that the god himself builds.         

The process of building that altar is continuing in Team Obama’s electoral strategy.

It seems so far the crux of the reelection strategy is to actively seek to offend the greatest number of people, including business leaders, religious leaders and the silent majority who really lead the country by working and living on Main Street.

One of the real, credible strengths of this country used to be that all the decisions made on Main Street, in sum total, counted for more than any decision made by the federal government.

One of the dangers of progressive leadership, including the leadership of a majority of Republicans, is that it has led to the erroneous belief by those in and out of government of the supremacy of government decisions over the power of the individual.

For too long now voters and politicians alike have worked under the assumption that what politicians think of us is far more important than what we think of them.

That’s why there has been a see-saw in election contests between Democrats and Republicans for the last dozen years. Both sides are quite adept at winning elections by allowing voters to vote against the other guy.

And that is real crisis of confidence in our country. 

“In many troubled relationships, both sides deserve some of the blame,” wrote pollster Scott Rasmussen recently, who knows something about elections. “But the United States is a nation founded on the belief that governments gain their legitimacy only from the consent of the governed. In the relationship between the people and the Political Class, that means the voters are right, and the politicians need to change.”

It’s a message that the GOP needs to heed. Because, while Obama’s presidency may be considered a failure now, don’t expect the progressive radicalism that Obama has preached to wane just because he loses an election. It’s here to stay and the most likely result is that the GOP will adopt half-measures that meet the progressives more than half way.              

We used to all labor under the assumption that U.S. Constitution was a document that constrained the power of federal government. But after a century of allowing the federal government to nibble at the edges of our sensibility regarding government power in the name of anything that would buy a citizen’s vote, the breadth of the government power grab- in the name of the constitution- after three years under Obama, is overawing.

Shock and awe? Sign us up.

I’m overawed and I’m not the only one.

Reacting to new rules which would see the Christian churches forced to pay for abortion services, Francis Cardinal George, the Archbishop of Chicago has this to say about the guttural assault on Christianity – and conscience- that is coming from the progressive left: “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”  

It’s clear that under Obama, the U.S. government is seeking the power to regulate every aspect of person’s life, including when they’re born, when they die, what car they drive, what house they can buy, where they go to school, what they are taught in school and which of their religious beliefs will be tolerated by the government. Even God, Our-Father doesn’t claim as much authority in our lives.

So let’s just say that this isn’t just your garden-variety, Jimmy Carter-style, liberal incompetence from Obama. It’s that of course too. In fact, the saving grace of Obama’s administration for the rest of us is their incompetence.

If the administration’s radicalism were a tad more competent, a citizenry that’s given the government the liberty to curtail our own liberties might even allow the persecution of churches, as long as the right type of churches are persecuted.

“Nations and women are not forgiven” wrote Karl Marx, in one of the few things he got right about history, “the unguarded hour in which the first adventurer who came along could violate them.”

Obama's not the first adventurer nor the last in U.S. history. In fact, our mistake is in thinking Obama is the problem, rather than a consequence, or side effect of the corporate individual we have created known as Government.  

Liberty today has been so curtailed by the Government, that it lives only on the razor’s edge.  

We have seen over the last century, the concept of liberty has been so violated that in the hand of the Government it has the power to cut or to cure depending on who wields it.

And in the hands of a god and an adventurer, as the Government would become, it can only continue to be abused.            

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