Thursday, June 05, 2008

Barack Obama – Israel’s security is ‘sacrosanct’

Iran may be expecting a different approach from the Democratic nominee for President of the United States of America, but Barack Obama’s first major announcement was on foreign policy during which he pledged his unequivocal support for Israel, and it was declared in decidedly religious language. He has frequently referred to himself as ‘an instrument of God’ and has asked his supporters to join him in creating ‘a Kingdom right here on Earth’. And it seems that Israel has a place in his New World Order of ‘change’ and ‘hope’, and her security is ‘sacrosanct’.

For something to be sacrosanct is to say that it is a holy sacred rite. If it is also ‘inviolable’ and ‘non-negotiable’, the policy is elevated to an infallible level of divinity – it is hallowed, worshipful, revered.

Couching Israel’s security in the language of the Crusades will only serve to inspire the Jihadists further. And since the Senator Obama has also said he would do ‘everything’ to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon, President Ahmadenijad is not going to be too pleased that the Senator is not dancing to his tune.

As it happens, there is no real worry about the Senator’s foreign policy announcements, or, for that matter, his announcements on any matter, for Cranmer does not believe that he will become President. John McCain will have a limitless supply of ammunition to launch against the Obama campaign for the White House, all courtesy of Hillary Clinton’s incisively vicious campaign to become the Democratic nominee.

While it has been interesting to watch how Senator Obama’s religion has been a significant factor in his campaign, it is noteworthy that in order to be credible he has had to distance himself from the Trinity United Church of Christ which has threatened his victory more than anything that was thrown at him by the Clinton camp. The Reverend Jeremiah Wright has been Mr Obama’s spiritual mentor for 20 years: he inspired his politics, presided over his wedding, and baptised his children. He preaches a liberation theology for African-Americans, but his obsession with their dignity and identity has been interpreted as anti-white racism. With sentences like: ‘Hillary ain't never been called a nigger!’ he manifests an embittered resentment, and his sermons have consequently been portrayed as anti-American, hate-filled and divisive.

There are some who might wonder what the ‘nutty, narcissistic antics’ of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright have to do with determining Senator Obama's fitness to be president.

Ever since prophets accompanied Israel’s kings, and popes courted Europe’s emperors (and archbishops have had the ear of England’s monarchs), political leaders have been tarnished with whatever spiritual brush is written down in the history books. The reality is frequently at variance with the perception, but there is no doubting that the anointing of the Reverend Billy Graham upon each US president is the equivalent of the Monarch being crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Through the intercessor is the symbolic submission to God, and Senator Obama therefore had no option but to disassociate himself from the Wright theology.

Yet Barack Obama’s denouncement of his former pastor may have been just as politically expedient for him as ‘not doing God’ was for Tony Blair. In politics, it is a lot easier to be faithful to your god if you do not talk about him; much easier to be devout if that devotion is never made public; much easier to hold a creed if it is never expressed. Mr Blair was a consummate and charismatic actor, and Senator Obama manifests precisely the same qualities. He is the embodiment of style over substance: he will be dancing on glaciers and planting trees, smiling at crowds and talking about everything that is fluffy and pink. And it will work.

It is interesting to note that Barack Obama began his presidential announcement with the phrase: ‘Giving all praise and honour to God’, but he ends his long haul with no mention of his Lord and Saviour. His website is replete with multi-faith ecumenism but Pastor Wright has been airbrushed out of the Obama life story (and so has the Senator’s support from American Muslims – there is not one mentioned).

But Pastor Wright continues to influence the Obama worldview, and this makes the forthcoming general election a true battle of left and right, which is why Cranmer is bemused that the Obama charisma has clouded the judgement even of erstwhile sound and sensible politicians like Daniel Hannan MEP.

Just as Pastor Wright believes that ‘Capitalism as made manifest in the “New World” depended upon slave labour (by African slaves), and it is only maintained by keeping the “Two-Thirds World” under oppression’, Senator Obama is thoroughly of the left – a big-state, corporatist, protectionist, statist interventionist. He opposed the Iraq war, has pledged to withdraw US troops with 16 months, and intends to raise taxes in order to fund universal healthcare (among other things). He is a pathological liberal, and will doubtless make gay marriage an amendment to the Constitution and reverse the Bush limitations on abortion.

Only John McCain is sufficiently experienced to be Commander-in-Chief and leader of the not-so-free world.

It is time to begin praying that the United States of America will get the president it deserves.


Anonymous mickey said...

Interesting to read your take on this. Not sure that I would support the Obama/Blair analogy - the latter always seemed to me to be from the (Bill) Clintonian school. Obama looks to be in a league of his own. He's a very impressive guy and I only wish our country could produce leaders of that calibre (and I'm no lefty!).

5 June 2008 at 08:55  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I don't like Hillary Clinton much, but the campaign speech she made in which she mocked the fluff and flummery of his campaigning was a joy to see. She hit the nail on the head. Obama talks the kind of talk that would only fool a baby or the mentally-challenged - it's all kittens and bunny rabbits and rainbows, and no substance. It's management-speak, hype, and only he can possibly believe that when he's finished, he's actually said anything.

However, let's not pray for the leader America deserves, since that is what a democracy gets. Instead, let's pray for the leader it needs.

5 June 2008 at 11:05  
Anonymous Wannabe Anglican said...

He is a pathological liberal, and will doubtless make gay marriage an amendment to the Constitution . . .

Won't happen. But he will appoint judges who will tear up the Constitution and impose liberal orthodoxy.

Please do indeed pray for U.S.

5 June 2008 at 13:44  
Anonymous USpace said...

Great take on Obama, posters about him reflect this puppy dogs, doves and rainbows feeling he peddles.

If Obama can stay pretty clean, do some good things as Senator, and then become Governor of IL, he could be unstoppable in 2012 or 2016.

I would dearly love to see a Jewish, African-American woman as POTUS. It's not race or gender that makes it for me though. It's political beliefs that matter, and socialism is bad for everybody, (accept those high in government or high-level academia) especially poor people, of all races. Obama is a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist, no thanks.

His 'Change', 'Hope' and 'Progress' mantras are actually somewhat self-mocking. Making your own Obama posters is totally addicting.
I laughed so hard I almost had a breakdown. LOL!

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
befriend a bomber

pushing for change at all costs
sacrifices must be made

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
only feel and hope

please force people to change
change can only be good

Make Some Obama Posters NOW!
Appeasement Talk Bothers Appeasers
Help Halt Terrorism Now!


5 June 2008 at 14:30  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

i really just dont understand obama , its like hes forgotten history and wants everyone else to forget it too .
hillary clearly has some useful qualities and would have had at least some idea of what the job entails.

mcain i wasnt so sure of at first , but we havent had much of a look at him , but his most recent speech encouraged me a bit .

i just wonder if the democrats have got this one right , it looks like if obama becomes president , they may be off on an expensive cruise of an uncertain destination .i appreciate in the US idea they make much of comming from humble begginings , but in some ways thats not what is the only right to be president .

5 June 2008 at 17:02  
Anonymous neil hamilton's pet ferret said...

All US Presidential candidates feel obliged to suck up to Israel. Obama has a track record of knowing better. We shall see...

And McCain? As a well-known moralist, your position on humiliating your wife is???

5 June 2008 at 18:01  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace! John McCain? Think whatever you want about Obama and Clinton, Brown, Blair, and anyone else! But John McCain? One can still be a Conservative and recognise that John McCain is a joke! Come on Your Grace, you can't possibly believe in him. You're too clever. It just isn't possible.

5 June 2008 at 18:34  
Anonymous dexey said...

I hope that the world gets the US President that it need. I'm less interested in America getting the President that it deserves.

Since the day the Democrats decided to choose between a woman and a Black man the Presidency has been gifted to the Republicans.

John McCain served a lengthy, and particularly unpleasant, prison sentence in the jail of a country that failed to recognise the Geneva Convention for the treatment of POW's. He kept his honour. That is a truth that MIss S will, no doubt, never understand.

5 June 2008 at 19:20  
Anonymous Mary in CO said...

So many Americans have become passive, intellectually lazy and inattentive to national and international issues; and rarely hold our legislators accountable for representing our needs.

Some go weak in the knees for any candidate with an ounce of charisma, without investigating that person's political platform and intentions.

As a nation, we appear to prize convenience (abortion) over responsibility (a child's life). And we often let political correctness override our individual liberties (including freedom of religion).

Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the US once said, "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." Seems time for us to stand.

Dexey's right. What we need is McCain. Unfortunately, what we deserve is Obama.

Lord, please protect our country. Save us from Obama -- and ourselves.

5 June 2008 at 21:10  
Anonymous Reimer said...

Is there any network behind Obama that could provide something of (non-pathological) substance to an administration he headed? His speech to APAC during which he revealed his discovery of his Inner Jew suggests he'd bend into any wind.

5 June 2008 at 22:24  
Anonymous TexasAnglophyle said...

Your Grace: Please don't pray we get the president we deserve: We need The King. Jesus, come back soon!

That having been said, it is clear should The Saviour delay his return, we are on the downside of the liberal/conservative cycle in the US. Neither of the candidates is "worth a bucket of warm spit" as former VP John Nance Garner would have it.

Those of us who enjoyed the Reagan years have found this to be a most unsatisfactory primary season. Obama is a pathetically unqualified product of the corrupt Chicago Democratic political machine. A President Obama would make Clinton look like a statesman, and would make Carter look wise or even relevant. He would very quickly get us into very high taxes at home and very deep doo-doo abroad. The only positive effect I can imagine he would have is to enhance George W. Bush's legacy by comparison.

McCain is older and wiser, but his pro-big government positions have offended the normal conservatives who are the base of the Republican Party, without whose support he is not likely to win. Being the "lesser of two evils" will probably do no more for McCain than it did for Bob Dole against WJ Clinton.

The only happy note is, if by some miracle McCain wins, he is unlikely to serve more than one 4-year term. If he chooses a young conservative vice presidential nominee, he may be able to get support from the Republican base, who would anticipate having their candidate on the top of the ballet in 2012.

5 June 2008 at 22:45  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Vote for the Maronite!

6 June 2008 at 09:19  
Anonymous MP said...

So the new dawn of American politics has brought us, on day one, what exactly? First off, Obama makes a speech to the American Jews of AIPAC that is such a brazen piece of cynicism as to make one’s eyes water. The man whose support for Israel has hitherto been, let us say, equivocal, who thinks ‘no-one is suffering more than the Palestinian people’ who he therefore thinks are suffering more than the Israelis they routinely murder, whose every foreign affairs adviser is viscerally hostile towards Israel with one of them, Daniel Kurzer, saying last month that Israel should surrender part of Jerusalem to the Arabs, suddenly tells the Jewish lobby group AIPAC in his first major speech after clinching the Democratic nomination that he is Israel’s bestest friend in the whole wide world and insists that

Jerusalem must always remain the capital of Israel and must never be divided.
His number one fans in the Middle East, Hamas, didn’t like that one little bit; nor did that man of peace Mahmoud Abbas. But they needn’t have thrown their keffiyehs out of their prams so quickly. For within hours Obama had backtracked, as the Jerusalem Post reports:

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama did not rule out Palestinian sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem when he called for Israel's capital to remain ‘undivided,’ his campaign told The Jerusalem Post Thursday’’. .. a campaign adviser clarified Thursday that Obama believes ‘Jerusalem is a final status issue, which means it has to be negotiated between the two parties’ as part of ‘an agreement that they both can live with.’ ‘Two principles should apply to any outcome,’ which the adviser gave as: ‘Jerusalem remains Israel's capital and it's not going to be divided by barbed wire and checkpoints as it was in 1948-1967.’
I think this is what’s called ‘change we can believe in’.

How can someone who goes in for this kind of outrageous doublespeak – not to mention claiming that talking to Iran without preconditions amounts to tough and principled diplomacy possibly be considered a serious contender for the American Presidency? The man represents a positive danger to the free world. Are the Americans completely nuts?

6 June 2008 at 10:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Won't happen. But he will appoint judges who will tear up the Constitution and impose liberal orthodoxy."

You betray a complete lack of understanding for the workings of the US constitution, the executive, the legislature and the judicial branch.

Refrain from commenting till you have done your homework...

6 June 2008 at 16:52  
Anonymous neil hamilton's goldfish said...

Blimey! Mad Mel's copying and pasting herself!

6 June 2008 at 18:50  

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