Must Conservatives Rally Round the Messiah?

Again, for what reason should conservatives rally round Obama? Will his policies benefit us or the "citizens of the world"? Furthermore, the man has accomplished nothing over the course of his entire career, but some fanatics now propose creating a national holiday in his honor. This is ludicrous and the hysteria that surrounds this unaccomplished man is baffling. Two hundred thousand souls congregated in downtown Chicago to cheer as their messiah became law. Yet the president-elect is merely a strutting, status-emitting alpha male who got lucky enough to discover an electorate in estrus during his run for power.

Of course, except to the shallow and deluded -- for whom race is an indicator of character -- there was nothing unusual about Barack Obama's campaign. Leftists have successfully fooled the electorate by posing as moderates for time immemorial. Our 44th president will be but a stylistically superior version of Jimmy Carter. Yet now we are asked to bow before him.

For their part, the media have no reservations. Like a schnauzer toggling behind its hobo master, the press will weld itself to Obama and lick his hand whenever he sees fit to acknowledge them. Chris Matthews came out of his red-brown closet and declared that he will do everything in his power to make sure that Obama's presidency works. Yet how could his new labors surpass his old verbalizations? Other media sources have deliberately buried evidence concerning their hero's most (more?) alarming associations. Their machinations ensured that the electorate backed a man for whom not only they, but a couple of prominent journalists as well, know little about. Already, the press covers Obama's flank. Manufactured stories about the alleged anger of "right-wingers" and polls documenting the president-elect's soaring favorability ratings have appeared, even though he has yet to complete a day of work.

Should we neglect to rally round the sound bite dispenser, the left will use political correctness as a means to invalidate our concerns. PC mandates that there is only one way to look at the world and this Manichean form of thinking is the root of their pervasive intolerance. James Bowman elucidated the mental gulag to which their perceptions lead: "If something is properly political, then there is no correct view of it. There are those two (at least) sides of the debate that I mentioned earlier. If there is only one side -- i.e., the ‘correct' one -- then the matter has stopped being political and started being moral." And what could be more immoral than standing athwart The One?

What Democrats propose is not politics but submission. Their only acceptable vision for the next four years is of conservatives carrying them triumphantly through the streets on their backs. Obeying their desires becomes less savory with each passing day as Obama's statism has become increasingly prominent. His expressed desire to bail out the auto industry suggests that he no longer merely wants to be on a slippery slope to socialism. His notion of a "Classroom Corps" implies that every American student can soon become his own Comsomol.

If my (current) senator wishes peace and an improvement in the civility of debate, he must first discontinue mislabeling critiques as smears and desist in taking legal action against those who illuminate his history. Should Obama make good on his vow -- "I am not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it's there" -- and cuts the size of government, I will duly applaud him. Unfortunately, all too many Democratic politicians have made the same sensible pronouncements on the campaign trail and promptly abandoned them thereafter.

What is essential is for conservatives to rise above this domination disguised as unity nonsense and oppose leftism wherever it rears its sclerotic head. We must do this out of principle, but, unlike what the left has done to us for the last eight years, our defiance will be honorable and loyal. Yes, right or wrong, Barack Obama will be our president, but we must ensure that his decision-making represents the nation as a whole as opposed to the fantasies of radicals alone.