Ian Rock at American Thinker:
Let's dispense with that regrettable final paragraph first, so we can go on to talk about the more serious point.
Obama fans seem to give you the same general answer. Mostly, it has something to do with this charisma. If you want a good example check out a recent interview George Clooney gave explaining his reason; you get the same JFK personality "thing."
To me, it's like you are all voting for Obama because of some unexplainable aura he exudes. Everyone is swooning over this almost mysterious attraction he exudes. "Electric" is another word I have been hearing. Call it what you will; let's just call it his innate charisma.
I understand that some of you are voting for Obama for reasons other than his charisma. But, as I watch the size of your group swell before my very eyes (literally every refresh shows another five to ten more supporters) I am becoming more alarmed by your thought processes, and less convinced that you know what an Obama presidency will actually look like.
History shows that it was exactly this kind of thinking which allowed charismatic leaders like Adolf Hitler to take power. Extreme? For sure. But, it is a relevant comparison when looking at large groups of people being swayed to act for all the wrong reasons.
Adolph Hitler was quite specific. He had lots of plans. Germans who supported him were not surprised when he re-armed, took a pugnacious tone with France and Britain, and oppressed Jews. Mein Kampf was in the local Barnes und Noble.
But setting that aside, let's talk about Obama "groupies" and what we hope for from Mr. Obama.
What we hope for is an opportunity not to coalesce around a specific issue, but around the idea that we are Americans first. We hope for a chance to demonstrate that we are not merely dozens of interest groups, that we are not this color or that, this religion or that, this ideology or that.
We hope, in short, for an end to the Atwater-Clinton-Rove style of politics. We don't see that as an end, but as a beginning. Do we know precisely where we hope to end up? No. We don't. But we know from where we've been forced to start for many, many decades now. We've been forced to start divided. We've been forced to start fractured, split, manipulated. And we're tired of it. We're sick to death of it.
We don't know where the road will lead. But we know where we want to start. We want to start off Americans first. We want to be together before we are separated again by political differences. Is that really so hard to understand? Is it really so contemptible that we want, at least for a while, to stop being angry at each other, stop despising each other?
Note that I say that, "We don't know where the road will lead." I don't say that we don't know where Mr. Obama will lead us. It's less about what Mr. Obama will do, than what he will allow us to do.
As conservatives point out, it isn't government that makes this country great, it's the people. In recent years governments, both Republican and Democrat, have profited by turning us against each other. Well, we're onto that game. The media has profited by portraying us as little segments, bits and pieces, all angry, all irrational and demanding. We're on to that game, too.
Politics has stopped being about solving problems. It's stopped being about ideas over which we can disagree civilly. Politics has become mean, narrow and trivial, a game of insult and gotcha, a game of deliberate distortion. It has lost all genuine intellectual content. It is sound and fury signifying nothing.
It poisons us.
We want to regroup. We want to remember who we are.
So where we hope Mr. Obama will lead us to is not the promised land, but to the starting line. Given the opportunity, we will take it from there.