Barack Obama, who today confirmed his candidacy for the '08 presidential election, has seduced Britain's media luvvies but his charms remain lost on me. The BBC treats him as if he was the coming Messiah, as predicted by Slate's Timothy Noah. (Note to Noah: how about Obama as the Twelfth Imam?) I've been wary of Obama since '04 when he advocated bombing Iran to prevent it acquiring nukes. This was his rationale:
"In light of the fact that we're now in Iraq, with all the problems in terms of perceptions about America that have been created, us launching some missile strikes into Iran is not the optimal position for us to be in," he said.
"On the other hand, having a radical Muslim theocracy in possession of nuclear weapons is worse. So I guess my instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling clerics of Iran. ... And I hope it doesn't get to that point. But realistically, as I watch how this thing has evolved, I'd be surprised if Iran blinked at this point." [Chicago Tribune]
But the concept of 'theocracy' is a total fantasy. There is no nation, not even the United States nor Iran, whereover God is the ruler. All governments are anthropocracies. To launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran, not because it possessed nukes but because it was a theocracy that might soon possess nukes, is an irrational policy proposal that would be of disastrous consequence if followed. (Note to Noah: Obama as the Antichrist?) (Note to self: nor do democracies exist - once the demos become the government, they aren't the demos anymore. 'Theocracies' and 'democracies' are both illusions.)
But Barry Obama seems to have a thing about 'theocracies', even though they don't exist. He's been quoted as saying:
"Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion," he says. "I am a big believer in the separation of church and state [sic*]. I am a big believer in our constitutional structure. I mean, I'm a law professor at the University of Chicago teaching constitutional law.
"I am a great admirer of our founding charter and its resolve to prevent theocracies from forming and its resolve to prevent disruptive strains of fundamentalism from taking root in this country."
Nowhere in America's 'founding charter' is there a reference to theocracies or the like - was Obama referring to tyrannies? And he taught constitutional law? He's full of bullshit, like the rest of us. He's not the Messiah; he's just a naughty boy.
p.s. Am I the only loon connecting Barack Obama's name with the creepy 'Dr Brian O'Blivion' in Cronenberg's Videodrome? [Yes - ed.], which also had a baddie called 'Barry Convex'. President Barry O'Blivion, anyone? I mean, have you ever seen him the flesh, except via the New Flesh of the video-screen?
* It's to Obama's credit that he recognizes that America is a religion; but it's to his discredit that he believes in it and in its dogma that religion and politics are separable. If the founders had managed to separate the two, the American civic religion would not have arisen.