Friday, July 17, 2009
The Theology of Obama-as-Retributive-Deity
Roger Kimball assembles the logic behind the necessity of portraying Obama as a deity.
He quotes James Piereson's Weekly Standard essay:
[Between 1963 and the election of Jimmuh Carter] the Democratic party was gradually taken over by a bizarre doctrine that might be called Punitive Liberalism. According to this doctrine, America had been responsible for numerous crimes and misdeeds through its history for which it deserved punishment and chastisement. White Americans had enslaved blacks and committed genocide against Native Americans. They had oppressed women and tyrannized minority groups, such as the Japanese who had been interned in camps during World War II. They had been harsh and unfeeling toward the poor. By our greed, we had despoiled the environment and were consuming a disproportionate share of the world’s wealth and resources. We had coddled dictators abroad and violated human rights out of our irrational fear of communism...
And the Democrat Party then appointed itself to inflict retribution on the United States for its offenses.
Read the Old Testament to better make the link. In alternate, Israel and its enemies were smote by God, sometimes extremely hard, for offenses. (For purposes of the (D) exegesis, it's better to skip over Job and for that matter, all that passion/death/resurrection stuff, too.)
So in the (D) theology of Punitive Liberalism, there must be a transcendent power (god) who is capable of administering punishment for offense.
His name is Obama.
HT: Hot Air