Recent remarks by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani caused a minor media meltdown. Rudy made some simple remarks about questioning if the President loved America. This was followed by some grey comments by Gov Walker about Obama's Christianity. As is the case in modern American media, the more psychotic the media reacts, the closer to the truth the accusations are. Conservatives took delight in seeing the hypocrisy in liberals suddenly defending the questionable faith of their dear leader despite mocking Christianity at every turn and pushing an irreligious worldview. There were Twitter hashtags, and a nice rally to O's defense by the foot soldiers. He loves America, and he is Christian. Rudy and Walker are right. The left has to keep up the lie to keep those voters at the margin pulling the lever for Democrats. This little hissy fit reveals a lot about everyone and our current system.
Rudy's comment on Obama not loving America is true, but with a far deeper truth hidden to it. Obama does not love America, no doubt. He does love the America represented in his thede. He is also a bit of a loner so not loving it at all is in play. The deeper truth is that we all love the America that our mind envisions when we say the word. The red state men that make up the strength of our military do not think they're fighting for the progressive buffet when they enlist. They are fighting for girls in gingham tops, BBQ, mudding in a truck, guns and hot days swimming in a river. The blue state SWPLs who started loving America in November of 2008 love the progressive buffet America that resembles post-WW2 western Europe. Blacks love black America, and so on. We all love our specific America, and the fortunate thing of atomizing people and being able to use financial apartheid is that the elite can softly segregate people as they screw them over.
I have written on Obama enough, but it is fun to poke at the myth. Is Obama Christian? Oh God no. He is a secular Ivy trained managerial class man. He is the very type of black that Rev. Wright mentioned in sermons as sent off to Harvard to be brainwashed and turned against his people. Obama was raised culturally in a Muslim home for his formative years in Indonesia. Like lapsed Catholics in the Northeast who retain many of the cultural pieces and mindset of Catholics, Obama must keep some Muslim bits in his warped personality. His 2008 website mentioned five pillars to fixing America just like the old five pillars of Islam. Obama is whatever he has to be for advancement. That is the game the left politicians play. Obama has ended a Cairo speech with "I am one of you". Obama has said he is Jewish "in my soul". He has told gays that he "gets it". He will say whatever he has to for the current crowd in front of him. That is democratic politics.
This is part of the problem with our selection of an executive to be in charge. The inner party, dominated by the media, selects for ideological purity and the symbol of the moment. The outer party has symbolism in their candidates but usually has a record of executive achievement. This is why we get Hillary, Obama, McGovern, Mondale, and John Kerry as their candidates. The con is how the right still thinks resumes and achievement matter when the media is running the show. This still does matter somewhat because Obama and Hillary hide their secular atheism or agnosticism. They know that in a nation where 90% believe in a God and a heavily Christian voting presence in many swing states that to be openly Christian could affect 5%, and 5% would crush them. Getting to the Oval office is not a test of will, ability and achievement. The scary question no one asks is, "Why are California, New York and Illinois not executive springboards for presidential aspirants?" The right cranks them out, the left does not. The answer lies in how awful the governments of those deep blue states are. Exactly what does it take to get to the top there, and how dysfunctional are those states. Who really runs those states? They are dominated by the left, so we see how one-party, leftist governments work. A broken framework in those states combined with blank resumes by national figures should be enough of a historical warning. Past performance should be a predictive guide, but it does not matter in the media's hands. Make up for racism/sexism. "It's time". "Let's see how far we've come. (released November of 2007, Obama and Hillary show up near end)"
One thing that makes Obama particularly suited for these ridiculous statements with no shame and mechanical delivery is his unique life circumstance. He always brings up how only in America could his story be told. He dodges a rather far more unique thing. He is a child voluntarily abandoned by his father, and then voluntarily abandoned by his mother. Due to genetics, he looks like no one around him in Indonesia, and no one in Hawaii. He goes to colleges that have few black students, and those there don't look like him. His entire life he has spent projecting himself to whatever would be useful for the social situation. He has received pats on the head by authorities through the academic system, feeding him validation and acceptance kibble that mommy and daddy never did. Obama has written he loves campaigning more than the other parts of his job. He loves that validation, and despite reaching the mountaintop, he still needs it. This is what drives him to put these stupid statements into each speech. "Jewish soul", one would have to have his unique mental upbringing and odd state to say it with a straight face. Handlers could not build a better teleprompter era, public figurehead.
America the empire is to serve the imperialists. America has not had an isolationist president in decades despite Americans wishing to relinquish the global cop role. The ruling class does not want that. Our culture wars are a steady tug of war between the different Americas imposing their beliefs on the entire sovereign USA or setting up a barrier to change. Who pushes first/ Who changes the status quo? Who sees the change coming and erects a barrier? "Naughty naughty traditionalists, how dare you encode in law time tested beliefs" says the media. It is fun to hear the left and the media freak out over a couple of guys simply stating publicly what half of the country or more thinks. Rudy and Walker are right, and it will only become worse as the left throws up more mediocrities that check off affirmative action boxes and generate turnout. Ivy leaguers of the '80s were a whole lot more religious than the Ivy leaguers of the 2000s. The candidates will get odder and fit less the profile of "America", but they will have the votes.