Barack Obama’s San Francisco remarks drip with contempt for the concerns of the average American. According to Obama, the beliefs and concerns of the average (small-town, Rustbelt) American are symptoms of embitterment and psychic damage. For this average American, even religion is a function of embitterment and false consciousness. Obama and his fellow congregants in the church of Jeremiah Wright have “that true religion.” In small-town Pennsylvania they have something that needs Obama’s ministrations. Obama exudes arrogance and disdain.
This past February, Michelle Obama delivered a speech at a hastily assembled UCLA rally. It is a remakable document to which only Hugh Hewitt devoted the attention it deserved. Michelle Obama presented her husband as the only candidate who stood to cure our sick souls. Her claims on his behalf only made express the implications of his own more soothing rhetoric.
In the wake of Barack Obama’s remarks to the San Francisco Democrats last Sunday, Michelle Obama’s preaching of the gospel according to Barack is revelatory:
Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your division. That you come out of your isolation. That you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual; uninvolved, uninformed.
We can only pray that our fellow Americans find the gospel according to Barack Obama to be too good for us.