Cult sure club
I wrote it in the wake of dozens of "no cult here" posts (some snarky, some indignant) which, among other things, conflated Obama's flavor-of-the-month awesomeness with the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr.
As I noted, the denial posts and the ensuing commentary routinely characterized those who smelled the whiff of cultism as GOP stooges and/or corrupt, racist Hitlery minions funded and programmed by the monolithic Clinton machine (so monolothic, it's running out of cash and is no match for Obama's celebrity and politico endorsements).
I concluded the initial post with a Sensible Obama Voter prophylactic (which was routinely ignored by respondents):
People who haven't lost their heads and have come to a reasoned decision to support Obama, this is not about you. The two candidates are awfully similar on policy, and unlike Michelle Obama, I have committed to supporting whichever one wins the nomination. But look at the guy next to you at the campaign rally. He's a little glazy-eyed.
In the 24-hour voting window, 147 users clicked "Recommend" to register their concern about the growing cultism around Obama, making it the highest-rated post on DU.
Ya think that maybe this a real problem? Could people who worry about it possibly be granted the same respect for their opinions that people who choose Obama on the merits deserve and usually get?
Apparently not, since this is what I learned from the Unity crowd:
- Obama Criticism = Hate (too many examples to link)
- Obama Critics = Racists and "Hillary's Harpies!" (post deleted by mods, but here was my reply)
- Correntewire = "a bullshit site which is prone to making unsupportable statements by taking quotes out of context. A leftie Drudge, if you will." (Mind you this was verified by the commenter's rigorous five-minute study, so that's pretty much ironclad.)
My goal, as I've explained before, is to help Obama to run a better campaign. There is a 50% chance that he's the Democrat I'm voting for in November, and I don't want it to be a vote I regret.
A number of the K&Rers responded with sobering examples of cultism and some useful article links. And the deniers just denied and spat, saying that the likes of me hate hope, charisma, and winning elections. I was accused of having ulterior motives, being a mimicker of a media-created meme, and doing Karl Rove's bidding. And, for good measure, I was called an "asshole."
I've never felt so hopeful for change in my whole life, let me tell you.
As the thread wrapped up, I concluded...
One of the disturbing qualities of much of the pro-Obama rhetoric is the unyielding sense that the end justifies the means. Dredge up old Clinton hate and call her unelectable? No problem. Call her and her husband racists? Hey, if it gets us those precious vague promises of "hope," "change," and "unity," yes we can and will!
Likewise, every time he throws progressives under the bus and pisses away our real opportunity to shape the debate, it's always rationalized, and besides, he's doing pretty well in the campaign and will excite those all-fired important Indie and reformable Republican voters, so it's all good. It's not like we've won any elections recently. Well, except the last one. And we're kicking the GOP's butt in the court of public opinion. But whatever.
Well, it isn't all good. That's what we're saying.
Turn a smart, talented man into a demi-God, and nothing good will come out of it. At least that's how some of us see it.