By Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics. Reprinted with permission.
Our parents warned us to always be careful what we ask for because we just might get it. It is sound advice that tends to get ignored, thus leaving us exposed to the unforeseen and unwelcome consequences that follow.
For generations, cynical voters have been asking for politicians who keep their campaign promises. In 2008, their wish was granted. Barack Obama was handed the keys to the Oval Office after faithfully promising the American people that he would fundamentally change their nation.
It is a promise he is keeping with a vengeance. Many of the principles upon which America was built have already been eliminated and those that remain are in his cross-hairs. Obama is now the center of a personality cult that is, with breathtaking speed, transforming us into the Marxist utopia he was so seduced by during his time at Harvard.
It is correctly said that elections have consequences and I can find no better proof of that than the one that gave us Barack Obama. Because of it, we now find ourselves in a precarious situation that threatens the very survival of the country. Even if Obama loses in November, it will take decades of Herculean effort to undo the damage he’s done. On the other hand, if he wins, there will shortly come a time when we will be living in a country that we cannot imagine today and will not recognize then.
The political and cultural ramifications of this are being cussed and discussed by people far brighter than I will ever be. But in the midst of all this, important questions are being overlooked about the long-term effects of Obamaism on the Black population.
First, by now, it must be clear to even the most oblivious of our fellow citizens that this guy is in way over his head. Any way you look at it, we are now in the final stages of a four-year amateur night at the White House. What we don’t know is whether voters will see this as an indictment of Obama, Democrats and liberals, or as a referendum on African-American politicians in general. If that turns out to be the case, we might look back one day and conclude that the first Black president saw to it that there would not be a second one for another 150 years.
Second, polls consistently show that Blacks are far more pro-life and far more opposed to the homosexual agenda than the population as a whole. Yet they broadly support a man who has been the most radically pro-abortion and pro-homosexual president in American history. In the field of psychiatry, this phenomenon is called “cognitive dissonance” and it occurs when people behave in a manner that conflicts with their belief system. Interestingly, this trait is commonly found among members of cults.
Whether Obamaism meets the definition of a cult or not is, obviously, open to interpretation. However, it is hard to imagine that there will not be negative repercussions within the Black community for having blindly followed a man who is so out of step with them on these two core-value moral issues.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, consider the following: since the 1960s, Martin Luther King has been the greatest presence in the African-American community and cast the biggest shadow in the struggle for civil-rights. For more than fifty years, he has been a man among boys and Black families have been able to hold him up to their children as the symbol of what African-Americans can do and can become.
The danger we now face is that Dr. King may soon be replaced by Barack Obama as America’s preeminent Black role model. Should that happen, and it certainly seems plausible that it will, the results will be disastrous for the country in general and the Black community in particular.
Of course, some will not see this as an “either/or” situation and suggest that both can serve in this capacity. Those people are wrong. In reality, this is a textbook “either/or” situation. It is completely illogical to contend that Dr. King’s devotion to the advancement of fundamental American values is compatible with Obama’s advocacy of godless statism and Black Liberation Theology. As a practical matter, the only way for one philosophy to prevail is for the other one to be destroyed.
So whether the country realizes it or not, we stand at a crossroads. To put it simply: Martin Luther King was a unifier; Barack Obama is a divider. And if our fate is for the latter to replace the former as the symbol of Black America, we’re all in deep trouble.