The omnipresent leader

posted at 11:00 am on September 27, 2009 by Doctor Zero

Much outrage has accompanied the release of a video showing little kids at the Bernice Young Elementary School in New Jersey, being led in a creepy North Korean-style song of praise to Barack Obama. I like to call this clip “The Best Home School Endorsement Video Ever.” Ed Morrissey posted another example of musical indoctrination on Hot Air today, which he felt was a bit more harmless, although it includes lyrics like this:

Obama is the President!
First African American in history
44th president of the United States
The ground has shifted
The world has changed!

I don’t recall many schoolteachers leading hymms to George Bush when he shifted the ground under Saddam Hussein and changed his world. Something tells me no one in the educational establishment would be leading musical worship sessions for the equally historic President Sarah Palin or President Condoleeza Rice, either.

The great HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” includes a scene where a World War II Army officer is reluctant to salute a superior officer he dislikes. The superior officer gently reminds him, “We salute the uniform, not the man.” Even the less infuriating kiddie sing-along referenced above is offensive to this ideal, because it drills campaign rhetoric about the Historic First Black President into the children. Inducting these kids into the Mickey Mouse Club division of the Obama personality cult will not help them make a reasoned, independent evaluation of his presidency as they grow older. During the later Clinton years, when it became difficult to actually look at the man, the Left lectured us that respect was due to the office he held. Now, we’re told to ignore a tsunami of policy failures, and revere the historic skin color of the man in the Oval Office.

Besides the understandable anger parents feel when their children are used as political props, the Bernice Young sing-along is grating because it’s another aspect of the Obama omnipresence. The guy is everywhere, all the time. He’s been stalking the American voter all summer, muttering the ever-changing details and phony rationale for his health-care takeover plan. Mercifully, he stopped just short of filling our inboxes with spam emails, or dropping pop-up spyware onto our computers. I have a recurring nightmare that the Microsoft Office Assistant will rap on my monitor to get my attention, and start talking about the urgent need for health-care reform.

The omnipresence of our political leadership will only grow worse over time, if we don’t begin scaling back the super-State. Everything in life has become politicized, and politics have become highly centralized. The President, and the majority leadership in Congress, have an increasing amount of influence over every aspect of your daily life – not in a remote theoretical sense, but literally. If the government takes over health care, your body will become property of the State, which will have a vested interest in controlling your diet, exercise, and everything else that might affect your consumption of tightly-rationed medical resources. The cap-and-trade bill puts the federal government in charge of your kitchen appliances and light bulbs. These latest extensions of federal power come after decades of more gradual increases.

Since command economics never work, and statists believe the solution to all problems is more government power, your life will become increasingly dominated by political leaders. Liberals, including most media figures, find this a desirable state of affairs, so they are naturally inclined to revere and worship fashionably liberal politicians. The liberal very much wants the country to be led by a genius who can control the economy, reshape entire industries, and wisely redistribute wealth to achieve social justice. Any Democrat who achieves high office automatically becomes such a genius to them. Of course Barack Obama is a moral, intellectual, and physical superman! He has to be. It’s only natural to feel awed and humbled in the presence of such a being.

The logic of statism assumes that politicians are a superior breed, better suited to run industries than any corporate CEO, and qualified to spend the stupendous amount of money extracted from taxpayers more intelligently than they could. Once the functions of government move beyond essential expenses, such as national defense and border security, the rationale behind every additional tax dollar is based on the greater wisdom of the political class. You cannot be trusted to support the arts, care for the indigent, respect the environment, or do any of the other things Washington spends your tax money on. Soon, you will not be trusted to manage your own health care – in fact, under the Max Baucus health-care plan, you would be jailed for failing to purchase government-approved health insurance. If all of this money is taken from you because you can’t be trusted to spend it wisely, it follows that the people spending it must possess supreme wisdom. Likewise, the displaced private owners of a nationalized industry must be inferior to the politicians who now control it. No rationale for Big Government can escape these conclusions.

The bigger the government, the greater its leaders. The unfortunate citizens of the biggest governments in the last century were told their maximum leaders were demigods. After all, nobody fills their cities with statues and ten-story portraits of ordinary men. Similar cults of personality are forming in modern America… because the democratic election of a government, or the declared benevolence of its nature, do not change the logic of political superiority. People who are intelligent enough to spend half the income of a vast country better than its citizens will naturally seem like fitting subjects for songs of praise, to their most dedicated admirers. Why shouldn’t your children be made to learn those songs?

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And what a perfect time to announce His intention to extend the school day and school year, For the Children®!

More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation

Mmm mmm mmm.

Rae on September 27, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Obama has done nothing to deserve the praise and adulation he has received by Liberals and that is what really worries me, that they can be so thoroughly duped!

CCRWM on September 27, 2009 at 1:12 PM

That is largely because some liberals maybe certainly be intelligent, have you ever met a liberal that had any common sense, or could engage in the critical thought process?

whbates on September 27, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Mmm Mmm Mmm…
Barack Hussein Obama…
Mmm Mmm Mmm…
Those little kids are racists… /sarc

Mmm Mmm Mmm…
I thought we couldnt say Barry’s middle name.

Mmm Mmm Mmm…
It’s just the double standard…

Mmm Mmm Mmm.

cannonball on September 27, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Rae on September 27, 2009 at 5:20 PM

It just never occurs to these numbskulls that it could just possibly be the combination of crummy public school curriculum and lousy teachers, and not the amount of time in school that is the problem.
I married into a family full of public school teachers, several of whom should rethink their choice of occupation.

ZeeMI on September 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM

The Anointed One got rid of charter schools in DC, and they were working too.

He is a tool!

Dhuka on September 27, 2009 at 6:26 PM

I have a recurring nightmare that the Microsoft Office Assistant will rap on my monitor to get my attention, and start talking about the urgent need for health-care reform.

LOL. The sad thing is, though, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they actually figured out how to make this happen. Maybe the next Windows version will feature Obammie, a tiny little Obama who dispenses green living tips, diversity talking points, and daily reminders of His Splendiforous Wisdom and your innate racism if you dare to oppose his Glorious Agenda.

TheQuestion on September 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM

The logic of statism assumes that politicians are a superior breed, better suited to run industries than any corporate CEO, and qualified to spend the stupendous amount of money extracted from taxpayers more intelligently than they could.

One of the things I quickly learned in my father’s business is that the elected politician were the one’s who checks were most likely to bounce, and the most difficult to deal with when they did because of the potential political backlash if you were not nice about it.

If you knew me, you might think that I am highly intelligent and capable, but I know myself and know that under all that people see is someone who is a failure in business and sales of any kind. The reason I mention that is because I could easily be sitting in congress today if I had sold my soul and contined a potential political career.

That potential career began with my joining my teachers union, and the next year becoming my schools representative. From there I was elected or selected to be on advisory boards, committes or more often chair committees; which I was more comfortable with doing. Being on a committee meant that I had to do something, whereas being the chairman meant I only had to delegate the work to others, and take the credit. I was good at choicing people to do the work I delgated to them. Obama does not fool me, I know exactly what he is doing.

When I began negoiating the teacher contracts I discovered the dark side of politics. I represented a thousand teachers and if I was going to get anything for them, I had to play ball like all the other boys. That meant not worrying about breaking any laws and putting on shows at the negoiating table for the press and public to see while we negoiated for what was already a done deal before we got there. Personlly I never engaged in the actual work of negociating, but I was the one that delgated it to others who did it for me. I think Obama calls that “keep the hands clean” approach. Worked for me too.

I called it quits after three years and got completely out of politics because I was not willing or able to be dishonest enough be a politician.

Without getting into how, If I had sold my soul and continued, I could have easily had the support of unions and at least one organized crime family whose influence reached into the governors office. Instead I became a great teacher that often did what others could not and made a difference in hundreds of lives of students and ulitmately their children, but how quailified would I be to run an industry or tell a doctor how he was going to treat his patients. I guess about as qualified as any community organizer to run the country. I was really good at delegating people to do my work and keeping my hands clean.

Franklyn on September 27, 2009 at 7:43 PM

The Anointed One got rid of charter schools in DC, and they were working too.

He is a tool!

Dhuka on September 27, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Apparently, they wanted to sing about being freed from the oppressive yoke of the teachers union.

He’s not keen on that song.

massrighty on September 27, 2009 at 7:46 PM

I have had it with this racism crap. Why? It comes from WHITE people! They use it as strategy, not as genuine feelings. African American are mostly over it; except the radicals that still feel an apology from slavery (talk about therapy and not letting go!)

As a minority I could care less; why? Because more than 70% have a relative or more that are African American. Got nothing against his skin; it’s what he is doing to this country. When a POTUS is not a PATRIOT it smells worse than sewer. It reeks of TREASON.

Since he took office there have been so many terrorist threats that I have been able to count (add to those the ones we don’t know too). And since he took office there have been so many healthcare proposals and amendments that I am as stuck as Chuck Norris! I feel I am welcomed to the club of not having a clue of what’s where.

WE ARE STUCK PEOPLE! Racism/Healthcare. Don’t count terrorism because honestly, we don’t know how Obama will react if we get blown up. What’s the military gonna do? Stay put? Had a dream last night about Iran taking over little parts of our country (strategic offices) and the country in a daze, politically asleep because no rockets were launched. They just infiltrated in.

That was just a dream. Trust no one. As for me he will be impeached next year; for the life of me I cannot fathom a full term neither another Democrat victory.

ProudPalinFan on September 27, 2009 at 10:47 PM