Barack Obama – Israel’s 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.