Monday, January 19, 2009

Not Partying

If there's anything calculated to test the efficacy of one's new blood pressure medicine, it is this upcoming presidential inauguration.

I can't even keep track of all the breathless idol-worshiping going on in the MSM--but here are a few egregious examples; this first is from CNN:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural address is one of the most anticipated speeches in decades, with many expecting his words to be chiseled into marble some day. (Emphasis added--E.M.)

Obama aides said that the speech will last 18 to 20 minutes and that Obama will emphasize that America is entering a new area of responsibility.

He will say that America has been hurt by a "me first" mentality that has contributed to the current economic crisis, aides say, and call on individuals -- as well as corporations and businesses -- to take responsibility for their actions.

Obama has said he has been studying previous inaugural addresses -- including President Abraham Lincoln's and the speeches President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave as he took office amid the Great Depression.

Given the nation's current economic crisis, Errol Lewis, a columnist for the New York Daily News, was looking for Obama to echo Roosevelt's famous 1933 inauguration address when he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

"He's got to calm the nation. I think he's got to reassure the nation and let people know that we are in it for the long haul. If you look at that 1933 speech, that is pretty much what FDR did," Lewis said.

Oh, please.

I'd like to know whom the "many" CNN is referring to in the section I bolded are, and whether any of them exist outside the media bubble. I'd also like to know whether taking responsibility for one's actions includes admitting to spending nearly $200 million on one's Inauguration Gala Blowout Celebrity Event at a time of national economic crisis--but that's a rhetorical question, isn't it?

And then there's the solemn pontificating about how Obama will be sworn in using the Lincoln Bible:

For the swearing-in of the first African-American President, only a historic Bible would do, so Barack Obama today will borrow the one used by another tall skinny guy from Illinois.

Very carefully, Michelle Obama will be permitted by the white-gloved types at the Library of Congress to cradle the Bible Abraham Lincoln took the oath upon at his first inaugural on March 4, 1861.

Then her husband will place his left hand on the 1,280-page burgundy velvet Bible with gilded edges, raise his right hand, and repeat the words of the oath read by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau said Obama was "deeply honored" to have the first use of the Lincoln Bible since the Civil War to "provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage."

The big secret, next to the "musical selection" that Aretha Franklin will sing, is whether the Bible will be closed or open to a verse selected by the new President.

Inauguration officials said the oath itself is the crucial part, not the Bible. There are no rules for using a Bible at an inaugural Theodore Roosevelt didn't bother.

And once the Obamas have their brief contact with the Lincoln Bible, that's it. Library curators under armed guard will hustle the priceless artifact back to its protective case across the street from the Capitol in the Library.

If the president-elect is still looking for an appropriate Bible verse, may I suggest Deuteronomy 30: 15-20, which reads as follows:

"Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.

If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.

If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,

I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life on the land which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live,

by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the LORD swore he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
Somehow I doubt that pro-choicers like that set of Bible verses, though; it interferes with their "choice" to worship Moloch instead of God.

Of course, given the Messianic tone of this Chicago Sun-Times editorial, maybe the false god being worshiped isn't even Moloch anymore:

Some say that a prophet is a prophet everywhere except in his or her own home.

And some even believe that prophets died out during biblical times.

But you need look no further than the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to know the prophecy that he made 46 years ago has come to pass.

"This is our hope. This is the faith," King said in his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

"With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood." [...]

Dr. King was the prophet who made America fight the battle to save its soul.

Because of his great faith, America is a lot closer to being that land King envisioned when he asked America to "make real" the promises of Democracy.

Obama is the embodiment of that faith.

The torch has been passed.

Wait; I'm confused. Is Obama The One, or is he merely the Second Coming of Dr. King, Jr.?

Don't get me wrong. I know that for a nation that only a little over 149 years or so ago still believed that black Americans were property, had no rights, and were nonpersons, it's pretty amazing to have as our new president a man whose father was from Kenya. But I can't get over the fact that this new president of ours has decided that a whole class of other people, including members of both races to which he belongs, can be put to death for the crime of inconvenient existence; that they are their mothers' property, have no rights, and are nonpersons who can't be allowed to live even when they survive an attempt to kill them.

So with all of the party atmosphere in the pro-death MSM about Obama's inauguration tomorrow, I just can't find anything to celebrate. What some see as the most historic inauguration our nation will ever witness (and yes, media types have been using that kind of hyperbole) I see as a tragedy for the millions of unborn Americans who will die during the next four years, as Obama increases funding for their killings, forces more doctors and nurses to participate in the slaughter, and otherwise pursues his goal of "ending" the culture wars--by silencing the opposition.


freddy said...

Yes, we'll be saying the Sorrowful Mysteries today. God have mercy on this country! God bless this president and open his eyes.

Jennifer @ Conversion Diary said...

with many expecting his words to be chiseled into marble some day.

That is a joke, right? Please, please tell me you threw that in there for humor. Sometimes I think that God made me pregnant during this election/inauguration season just to keep me from becoming an alcoholic.

A new favorite blogger I just discovered had a great post about all this. Loved these lines: "What good is the dream if there is nobody to pass it to?" and "Anyone who enthusiastically embraces the genocide of his own people for political gain is not fit to lead anything, much less a country." Amen.

Red Cardigan said...

Alas, Jennifer, a CNN writer really wrote that phrase.

Thanks for that link, btw--a terrific blog!