During the last election, I joked that the scariest aspect of a second term for Obama was the prospect of a third. Now I’m not laughing.
If the president plays his cards right, and manages to keep at bay the deranged demands of the more rabid elements of his party for revenge on the idle rich and ever-increasing rations of bread and circuses, there is a pretty good possibility that the next four years could see a very healthy growth curve. If he could get re-elected with this level of unemployment and this kind of economy, he would be a shoo-in if he could take credit for booming business growth and jobs galore.
Clinton very wisely paid lip service to these same claques while making sure that government stayed largely out of the way, enabling a robust environment for new business formation and economic expansion. Obama is neither as persuasive or as congenial as Clinton, nor does he have the same highly-developed negotiating skills and deftness — but he does have something Clinton didn’t have, and that is the almost mindless devotion of legions who will accept almost any fantasy that Obama projects. Reality is not engaged here. Perception is all, and Obama knows it.
If there is some doubt as to the position Obama holds in the opinions of the faithful, we offer the words of Jamie Foxx on BET’s Soul Train Awards broadcast Sunday night:
First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama.
That’s an election I must have missed, but even something as bold as The Daily Cannibal has seconds thoughts about opposing someone whose followers have literally deified. If our commentary in the future seems more reserved, and we seem to shy from further confrontation with the powers that be, perhaps it is our aversion to thunderbolts hurled from on high, which we previously have taken as metaphorical, but now, in the eyes of some, appear to be as real as death and taxes.
It would of course require a constitutional amendment for Obama to run again. But what is the constitution? Just the words of men. And even though they have stood for more than two hundred years, what are they to the will of God?