One of my friends who has the most wonderfully acerbic and clever outlook on life had the following post last Friday on Facebook and it kind of sums up how most conservatives are feeling this week: "I just wanted to beat the liberal media to the punch by making the following announcement – Barack Obama won the debate." Considering that the debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney won't even happen until Wednesday evening, her statement offers an entertaining synopsis of what we can all expect over the next four weeks leading up to the presidential election of 2012.
I recently heard Jonah Goldberg of National Review describe his involvement in covering this presidential race as if he were living in the Matrix – so deep is he in the details of this election cycle that while events speed by the average political consumer, Goldberg experiences an exhilaration of unsurpassed predictability – as if he had seen it all coming from a mile away. Yet I doubt even with this extrasensory perception pulsing through his veins that Mr. Goldberg would go out on a limb and prophesy the winner in November. That's interesting to me because for the mainstream media as a whole, the general meme is that the election is already over. For them, the month of October simply acts as filler until we can have some semblance of a vote and then proclaim victory for the obvious choice.
There's an acute difference there between the philosophies of conventional media types and members of the alternative media. That difference shouldn't go underappreciated.
To our wunderkind border collies in the mainstream media who think it is their moral obligation to herd the masses into adopting their predetermined political outcomes for the betterment of mankind or at least for a better vantage point on our road to serfdom, Wednesday night's debate is irrelevant – white noise. If Barack Obama does well then he has Mitt Romney right where he wants him. If he stammers and umms his way through the most unwatchable debate in planetary history then, by golly, he has Mitt Romney right where he wants him. It just doesn't matter. It's a fait accomplis. A done deal. Another brick in the wall.
So let me recap that for you. It has taken just 158 years, but we have finally managed to evolve as a people into the precisely impotent and susceptible hoard that Woodrow Wilson envisioned when he decreed with haughty banality that "no man can worship God on an empty stomach," (and for the record, man most certainly can worship on an empty stomach – it's called fasting – it's done all of the time and as a matter of fact Christ did it for 40 days. Given the stupidity of President Wilson's statement, I don't think I will ever quite understand why no one ever placed a loin cloth on that naked emperor, but I digress. ) or when he so arrogantly declared, "I have long enjoyed the friendship of Republicans, because I am by instinct a teacher and I would like to teach them something."
"…teach them something," indeed. We'll call that mission accomplished.
We should be duly impressed with the speed and accuracy with which progressivism has redefined our government's purpose from that of protecting our God-given freedoms to making sure everyone has three hots and a cot. Republicans, I hope you have taken Woodrow Wilson's words to heart and actually are learning something worth knowing which would be distinctly different from what he was teaching, but I fear that too many Republicans have merely become apprentices to their more scholarly masters and have failed to grasp the lesson hidden within the failed progressivism of the last century.
158 years. From the Lincoln-Douglas debates which are hailed as this nation's high-water mark in oratory and elocution where a decidedly involved electorate sat through hours and hours of one-on-one arguments between the two candidates in an effort to find the best person for the highest elected office in our land…the person who would eventually lead our nation through the greatest constitutional crisis this country has ever known…
… to a cult of inevitability that comes complete with a resurrection mythos (in the form of a tragic president who hovers at 45% in the polls and ekes out the win because of his raw talent, his eloquence and his problem solving skills) and an apocalypse paradigm where we must reelect a disastrous president or the world will come to an end. The only objective concerning anyone is how to persuade the 60% or so of the population that still remains marginally vigilant that everything that we know to be true is false. That is the only hurdle left in order for this president to achieve re-election.
The Left must, therefore, convince us that alas, our senses are deceiving us. In truth, we are experiencing the greatest economic recovery in American history. World leaders believe that Barack Obama is more savvy and erudite than any other American to ever live. The Middle East just happened to burst into murderous riots over a YouTube video that no one in that region had ever seen or had even heard of before September 11, 2012. The greatest threat to national security and world peace is obesity and the reason our schools continue to underperform is that we are simply not being taxed enough.
Not merely the validity of one's experience, but the very existence of external reality is tacitly denied by the Left's sales job. And do not tell me that our country's growing love affair with atheism has produced generations of faithless cynics. Quite the opposite, in fact. America's drive toward homogeny in the 20th and 21st centuries has birthed a new religion more orthodox than any fundamental belief system we have before witnessed and more at odds with our natural world than any shared hallucination might be. It's downright mystical in fact.
What it all comes down to is that the Left must deify Barack Obama if they are to possibly win the presidency… this man who would have in generations past been committed for such coldly arrogant pronouncements as, "I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Yet here he is actually and credibly seeking reelection for the office of President of the United States.
The mainstream media is proof positive that it takes apostleship and ministry to carry a wandering people through this desert of conceit. That is all that they have going for them through the next few weeks leading up to this election. Within our sterile, deeply temporal, equity-obsessed culture there is no evidence; there is no proof; there is no reason beyond the dogmatic drone of media-driven canticles on the goodness and wonder of the last four years to believe that forward with no change in leadership is the best that America can hope for.
The result of Wednesday's debate notwithstanding, it doesn't seem to matter how either candidate performs and it won't likely change the Left's proclamation of victory. Conservatism requires thought and reason and that really can be hard work sometimes, but hey! If that's not your thing then worry not. There's only one requirement when voting for Barack Obama anyway – and that requirement certainly doesn't include proof of citizenship. No. President Obama asks only for a highly ritualized suspension of disbelief led by his high priests in the MSM and a distrust of one's senses as the evidence of a failed presidency mounts. Faith is believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. If you can do that for this president, submit to the mythology of four more years then you have certainly earned your starting position on that road to serfdom. Here's hoping you get there before the rest of us.
Forward. Forward, I say!