Sunday, January 3, 2010

“We’re more popular than Jesus!”

In 1966, John Lennon uttered the above-phrase to a good deal of consternation worldwide. Now a Danish newspaper has gone one further: “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.” Wait till you read this. . .

During the election and shortly afterward, a great many losers on the left (if that isn’t redundant) came to see Barack Obama as a religious figure. They spoke of him as a god and genuinely seemed to expect Obama to use supernatural powers to remake the world. Of course, that didn’t quite work out, and, by now, even his most ignorant supporters seem to be struggling with the idea of the Messiah who couldn’t. . . or wouldn’t.

So it was rather strange when, last week, the second largest newspaper in an obscure country called Denmark choose to compare Obama to Jesus. Indeed, in one of the most bizarre and poorly reasoned articles this side of the comments section at Huffpo, the Danes lay bare their incredible power of self-delusion and declared that Obama has a greater legacy than Jesus. Let’s take this one piece by laughable piece:

The article starts by offering a Bible-worthy description of Obama:

He is provocative in insisting on an outstretched hand, where others only see animosity. His tangible results in the short time that he has been active – are few and far between. His greatest results have been created with words and speeches – words that remain in the consciousness of their audience and have long-term effects. He comes from humble beginnings and defends the weak and vulnerable, because he can identify himself with their conditions.
Oh brother. He insists on an outstretched hand? Could they mean to beg China to keep buying his debt? Or perhaps they mean his penchant for obtaining bipartisan agreement? Or maybe they meant the way he didn’t prejudge the Honduras situation?

As for his words “remaining in the consciousness”. . . riddle me this: give me one single Obama quote. Seriously, what has this man ever said that anyone remembers?

But the Danes sure are right about his humble beginnings. Harvard is certainly a humble place, full of the downtrodden. And they’re right about his defending the weak and vulnerable too, if by “weak and vulnerable” they mean HUGE international banks stuffed to the gills with bankers who earn seven figure bonuses. Yep, he sure helped those needy souls.

Next the Danes go in for a little historical revision:
For some time now, comparisons between [Jesus and Obama] have been a tool of cynical opinion that quickly became fatigued of the rapture that Obama instilled prior to and after the presidential election last year. From the start, Obama’s critics have claimed that his supporters have idolized him as a savior, thus attempting to dismantle the concrete hope that Obama has represented for most Americans. The idea was naturally that the comparison between Jesus and Obama – which is something that the critics developed themselves – would be comical, blasphemous, or both.
Yeah, that’s right. It was the right that made the morons on the left speak in messianic tones. Indeed, I personally recall brainwashing a couple of the little darlings into calling Obama “God” and gushing about the tingle up their legs. Yep, that was me. Heck, I probably even made the Danes write this article.

Next, the Danes go beyond historical revision and just substitute fantasy for history:
If such a comparison were to be made, it would, of course, inevitably be to Obama’s advantage.
Really? Obama comes out better than Jesus in a head to head comparison? I can’t wait to hear this. Let’s start with Obama’s ‘accomplishments’:
Despite all the compromises, it has finally been possible to ensure something so fundamental, as the right of every American not to be financially shipwrecked when their health fails them. Add to that the biggest ever financial support package in America’s history, a major disarmament agreement and the quickest-ever re-establishment of American reputation.
Alright my little Danish friends, enough of your Obamanography. First, there is no disarmament agreement. There is an agreement to agree to some nuclear weapons cuts -- far less than were achieved by Ronald Reagan by the way. And, interestingly, while this Danish Messiah dithers the current treaty has expired and the Russians are talking about building new missiles. So contrary to the Danes' assertion, their God is on the verge of creating a nuclear arms race. . . not to mention the one already going on in Korean and Iran that he’s failed to address.

Secondly, that financial support package went to huge banks. . . banks that didn’t need it. . . banks that paid their officers and directors seven and eight figure bonuses with that bailout money. Is that the achievement they’re touting? Oh, and the health care “reform” -- if I may paraphrase my favorite Spaniard, “that reform, I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

And they think that’s better than Jesus huh?
On the other hand, we have Jesus’ miracles that everyone still remembers, but which only benefited a few. At the same time, we have the wonderful parables about his life and deeds that we know from the New Testament, but which have been interpreted so differently over the past 2000 years that it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of his work. Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus – if we have to play that absurd Christmas game.
Give me a break. Now I’m not as historically ignorant as the people of Denmark, but I will try to keep this on a very simple level so as not to frighten any readers from Denmark with too many things of which they are so clearly, deeply ignorant. But here goes. . .

Whether you believe Jesus is the son of God or not, the fact remains that Jesus was a philosopher, much like Plato or Aristotle. Plato and Aristotle gave us ethics. Jesus gave us compassion. He introduced a way of thinking that fundamentally reformed the way the Western World thinks and behaves. At the time, the Romans (like most societies of the era) believed in might and power, and engaged in human sacrifice, blood sport, and blood rituals. Sympathy, empathy, charity, sharing were all considered signs of weakness. Jesus changed that with his words. Which is a heck of a lot more than Barry’s ever done with his.

Jesus’ words directly or indirectly led to the creation of all that liberalism that the Danes take for granted today. Christianity is directly responsible for the creation of hospitals, for the idea that helping the poor is a good thing, and for many of our ideas about charity and community. Christianity gave the West an impulse to work together to help our neighbors rather than to fight for the supremacy of our tribes. What has this Danish Messiah Obama done to compare to that? A few billion dollars handed to rich bankers?

Moreover, the criticism that bad things were done in Christ’s name is as ridiculous as blaming unethical conduct on Aristotle. And if we want to play that game, the Christians have already taken responsibility for most of what was done in the name of their religion. When will the Danish God “Socialism” apologize for the hundreds of millions of people butchered in its name during the Twentieth Century?

The truth is that without Christianity, the world would be a much nastier, darker place today. Without Obama, it would be a better place. A world without Denmark. . . no one would notice.


StanH said...

Well, isn’t that special! Very telling in the vacuous mind of the socialist, who still needs to deify something …so they choose our false prophet Barry the Bumbling Bolshevik. Bear in mind they think Jimmah Carter is a cool dude as well…fools!

AndrewPrice said...

Stan, What I thought was even stranger was that they made this declaration even after most of the world has started to realize that Obama isn't the deity they thought he was. The article reads like desperate, wishful thinking combined with an anti-Christian rant.

Whether you're Christian or not, you have to admit that Christianity has had a massive effect on the world and most of it has been for the better. This newspaper dismisses all of that (or doesn't know it) and instead claims that a guy who gives unremarkable speeches about nothing in particular has had a greater positive impact? That's truly strange to me, almost pathological.

Unknown said...

Andrew: Unfortunately, I do remember one line in one speech of Obama's: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." Nothing he has said before or since was as memorable, or as disastrous.

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, I think it's amazing that liberals keep saying how memorable and "transformative" his speeches are, but they can never remember anything he said. I can remember moments from the speeches of every other President we've had in my lifetime (not to mention their debates). With this guy? Nothing.

Joel Farnham said...


Who said, "I feel your pain."?

AndrewPrice said...

Joel, I'm pretty sure it wasn't Obama! LOL! I believe Obama said, "feel my pain."

Joel Farnham said...


Clinton during a debate.

Who said, "Go ahead, make my day."?

AndrewPrice said...

What is this a test? I knew the Clinton quote, that's one of his most famous (and most parodied) utterings. . . that and "I didn't inhale" and "it depends on what the meaning of 'is' is." The "make my day" quote is Reagan.

Joel Farnham said...


I thought it might be fun to list some of the memorable quotes of presidents.

AndrewPrice said...

We should come up with some sort of test. I'll have to see if there's software that lets me put something like that together.

Writer X said...

Is pot legal in Denmark? Because whatever this Danish writer is smoking, I wish he would pass it around!

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, I don't think this level of fantasy can be blamed on pot, this sounds like pure, uncut politics with a chaser of ignorance.

Pittsburgh Enigma said...

FDR: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

JFK: "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."

Reagan: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Obama: "There's something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up."

AndrewPrice said...

Good one Pitts! Great comparison. LOL! If I were Obama, I would be ashamed by that comparison, but then I don't think Obama feels shame.

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