Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trump---Obama and the Magnificent "IDORU"

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Donald Trump made waves when he started talking about the absence of Barack Obama's birth certificate on ABC's "The View". He is continuing to talk and to make waves.

This week POLITICO reported that Trump has produced his birth certificate and is asking Obama to do the same.

And NPR, not to miss the opportunity yesterday, jumped in, reporting on how the media is trying to "out-mock" the Trump story.

This is significant because Trump is more one of them than he is one of those "birther," non-elite types that have been talking about this issue for some time. The media has marginalized them, but what can they do with Trump?

Trump says, "And I didn't think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it's turning out to be a very big deal."

"All of a sudden," Trump says, "a lot of facts are emerging and I'm starting to wonder myself whether or not [Obama] was born in this country."

There is, indeed, a "big deal" aspect to all of this that even eclipses the birth certificate issue---and that is a big deal. If Barack Obama was not born here, he should not be President.

And will the "facts" that are emerging ever really see a legitimate light of day?

President Obama may well be America's first political "IDORU".

In his State of the Union address on January 25, 2011, many felt he pulled sheep's clothing over his obsessive spending and borrowing and told a country that is approaching insolvency that we need to spend more---not less, to fix what ails us. He called it "investing".

The media followed up the same evening and beyond, making it all sound like it was the right thing to do. The media nodded "yes," and some in the apathetic public said, "Sure, that makes sense."

According to recent polls only 1 in 5 believe the country is headed in the right direction. Not to worry, the media assures us everything is going to be just fine. They are, for their own reasons, among the 1.

Monday evening he left the Oval Office, went to the War College and told the nation and the world why he went to Libya without counsel or consent from Congress. The media said, "Okay that makes sense. Thank you for making that clear to everyone."

John McCain, no stranger to the military, war or politics, heard a different message. He told The Hill, "Gadhafi must be 'somewhat comforted' by Obama's speech."

The media has spent the week supporting the words and deeds of the President.

President Obama is without doubt our nation's greatest real time political celebrity in our history. He mesmerized the American public and most of the Western World during his candidacy. People wept, they fainted, they sang, they prayed, the news media swooned and Chris Matthews at MSNBC said Obama caused a "tingle to go down his leg."

He was seen by many as the "savior," "the one"--- The only person who could create hope and effect change.

Two years later the shine has faded---the mask has slipped. His silence on the important issues is deafening.

The man who voted "present" as a state legislator seems to be everywhere in the media yet absent on all the important issues of our time.

No one really knows where he stands on the issues. It seems he can't quite make up his mind on the important matters.

His initiatives have only generated controversy and failure.

Is he committed to the one or two week Libyan adventure or not? What are we trying to accomplish? What is the end game? Are we in or out? Is Congress to be circumvented or consulted on these matters? Are the articles of the Constitution to be observed or ignored? Is he for natural marriage or for redefining it? Is he pro-Israel or anti-Israel? Why does he support the so-called "democracy movement" in Egypt, but not in Syria or Iran?

And why do the statements from the White House always seem to be contradictory?

If his health care reform is so good, why has he already exempted public sector unions and Congressmen?

Is he for or against the mosque at Ground Zero? Is he in or out of Afghanistan? Does he admire or disapprove of Rev. Wright, his pastor for 20 years?

Is he able to take a reasoned, consistent principled position on anything?

In his book, "The Audacity of Hope," he, if he indeed wrote the book said, "I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views."

More than 10 years before any one had heard of Barack Obama, the introduction to the Obama Presidency may have been written by author William Gibson in his novel "IDORU".

The setting is in 21rst Century Tokyo. Rez, one of the world's biggest rock stars is about to marry Rei Toei, Japan's biggest media star.

The problem is, Rei Toei is an IDORU and exists only in virtual reality. Idoru means Idol in Japanese.

The IDORU was a media creation. A holographic emanation, an entirely virtual media star projected upon an adoring public.

A conversation in the book at a popular bar in Tokyo goes like this:

"Nobody's really famous anymore, Laney. Have you noticed that? I mean really famous? There's not enough to go around."

"We're the media, Laney. We made these (expletive) celebrities. It's a push-me, pull-me routine. They come to us to be created."

"We learned to print money off this stuff---it's coin of our realm. Now we've printed too much; even the audience knows, it shows in our ratings."
When Rolling Stone magazine reviewed the novel they said, "Gibson envisions a future in which the lines between the virtual and the actual are terminally blurred."

David Solway writing on this subject, asks if our President is a "simulated president" with difficulty distinguishing between character and rhetoric---a man with a teleprompter.

Solway asks, "Is Obama real?" or "Is he a virtual creation of a group of spectral manipulators, of David Axelrod, George Soros, Bill Ayers and other tenebrous figures who have combined their talents and resources to seize upon a mediocre legislator with no real achievements to his credit."

Gibson calls such an arrangement a "consensual fantasy".

Solway concludes what Trump may discover: "An IDORU sits in the Oval Office and the only transparency he has brought to American politics is that we can now see right through him."

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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