Ed Driscoll

Jamie Foxx: 'Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama'

“Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx recently called Barack Obama ‘our lord and savior,” Noel Sheppard writes at Newsbusters, adding that this moment of Hollywood hilarity “occurred at the previously recorded Soul Train Awards broadcast on BET Sunday.”

Click over to Newsbusters for the video.

A few observations though, before you go: Didn’t the first-round of “Obama is God” (and at times BHO himself and his Pangaea-sized ego didn’t seem to argue with the notion) peak in early 2009 with then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas’s shark-jumping quote on the subject? Since then, most liberals — particularly at the Washington Post, oddly enough — constantly ran the man down as just another hack, centrist politician.

And the above quote from Foxx brings to mind Umberto Eco’s observation in 2005: “G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: ‘When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.’ Whoever said it — he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.”

Plus this passage from Jonah Goldberg’s recent book, The Tyranny of Cliches:

When man loses God he sets about to make new gods. Or as the philosopher Eric Voegelin puts it, “[W]hen God is invisible behind the world, the contents of the world will become new gods; when the symbols of transcendent religiosity are banned, new symbols develop from the inner-worldly language of science to take their place.”

Likewise man creates dogmas because man needs dogmas. The light of reason illuminates the darkness and science provides us compasses to find our way. But it does not provide us with reasons to get out of bed in the first place. As John Dos Passos said, “The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave webs.”

Or as Dennis Prager has written, ‘Leftism is a Religion.’

And not just in the west: “Egypt’s Morsi Proclaims Himself Pharaoh,” Michael Totten writes today:

Almost two years after Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak was removed from power, Cairo’s Tahrir Square is still an epicenter of protest and violence. It’s an epicenter of protest and violence because Egypt is again ruled by a man who has declared himself dictator. The country’s new president, Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, announced that “constitutional declarations, decisions and laws issued by the president are final and not subject to appeal.”

He’s already being called the new Pharaoh. It makes no difference that he was elected. Democracy isn’t just about getting elected. A democratic election is not a one-time plebiscite on who the next tyrant is going to be. Democracy requires individual and minority rights and the separation of powers. Winners cannot oppress losers, nor do losers get to wage war on the winners.

Some of us are more surprised than others by this development, but the Muslim Brotherhood was never a democratic political movement. It’s not even a close call. You don’t have to be a cheerleader for Hosni Mubarak to recognize its inherent authoritarianism.

More Ominous Parallels spotted here, which the Professor linked to last night, writing, “Just don’t make inconvenient extrapolations to the USA.” But then, that was before Hollywood’s Jamie Foxx and Egypt’s Mohammad Morsi decided to keep piling them on.

Update: Twitter users rain down biblical proportions of snark on Foxx, as inspired by Chapter Five of the Ancient Book of Saul.