Trifecta: Was Barack Obama predicted by… Robert Heinlein?
Are you referring to Heinlein’s prediction of the 2012 election, where a racist Christian fundamentalist took over? Somehow, those are shoes I’m not fitting a mixed-race guy who’s often accused of being a Muslim into.
Though Nehemiah Scudder might have called himself a Christian (just like Obama), it’s clear that he doesn’t recognize any higher authority beyond himself (again, just like Obama). Heinlein was talking about cults of personality and state religions and how they can be used to enslave a populous.
In Obama’s case, the state religion is the worship of the state itself, with Obama as its divine prophet. Opposition to the prophet is seen as blasphemy and is punished through the organs of the church (government). Those who follow the prophet enthusiastically, are rewarded by the same church. The analogy is quite apt.
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