February 08, 2008

I thought everything had been said

Taylor Marsh begins her post, by comparing Barack Obama speech to a con artist/minister's. Later in her article, Obama: Campaign, Cult or Mirage? she precedes to imply that messianic language has been embedded in Obama's campaign.

However, for quite a while something else is floating to the top of the message, and it isn't issues or answers. Oprah used it in South Carolina saying, "I do believe he's the one." Ben Smith entitled his post: Messianic rhetoric infuses Obama rallies. That was just the beginning. Inspiration is one thing. But the messianic language amidst the political reality reveals a fraud.
Ben Smith somehow believes that saying "he's the one" means a messianic person is expected.
In Winfrey's telling, the protagonist – an old woman who had survived slavery and the Civil War – would ask every child, "Are you the one? Are you the one?"

"I do believe I do today we have the answer to Miss Pittman's question – it's a question that the entire nation is asking – is he the one?" Winfrey said. "South Carolina – I do believe he's the one."

According to one academic discussion of the book by Christopher Mulvey, a professor at University of Winchester in the United Kingdom, the passage continues to ask whether the child is the one who will "carry part of our cross," a "messianic figure."
Why doesn't he ask a black church lady instead of an English academic?

If the comparison would go back through slavery, when one says "is he the one?"; it would mean Moses. To lead us out of the legacy of slavery, not to bear our pain. That is what I think Oprah believes, Obama is the leader.

It is interesting that a discussion about Barack Obama can not be complete without some religious inferences. He is either a Gospel of Liberation Christian or a Wahabist Muslim; now, he has become a messianic figure.

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