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  1. 1. Figuring Out the Founders • Can the County Sheriff Save the Constitution? • Premier Polish Patriot October 12, 2009 www.TheNewAmerican.com ThaT Freedom Shall NoT PeriSh $2.95 the Idea Beyond of an Icon
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  4. 4. 10 Vol. 25, No. 21 October 12, 2009 Photo AP Images; Design by Joseph W. Kelly Cover Story The PReSIDeNCY 10 Beyond the Idea of an Icon by Selwyn Duke — President Obama is a media figure and public idol like no other President before him. This fact says much about newscasters, but it says even more about many Americans. FeatureS 17 21 Photo Courtesy of Richard Mack Photo Courtesy of Paul Blair INTeRVIew 17 Aunt Bee, CSI, and Football by Kelly Taylor Holt — Interview with Pastor Paul Blair. LAw eNFORCemeNT 21 Can the County Sheriff Save the Constitution? by Patrick Krey — Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack is calling on sheriffs to reclaim lost freedoms. 24 TeRRORISm 24 Brown Brokers Prisoner-for-oil Deal by Joe Wolverton, II — Evidence is mounting that England’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown played an important role in freeing the terrorist who brought down a plane over Scotland. BOOk ReVIew 29 Figuring Out the Founders AP Images by Joe Wolverton, II — Four recent books are chosen for review, owing to either their scholarship or the reputation of their authors. hISTORY — PAST AND PeRSPeCTIVe 29 34 Premier Polish Patriot by Charles Scaliger — Tadeusz Kosciuszko used his engineering genius on the behalf of both America’s and Poland’s freedom. The LAST wORD 44 Let’s welcome Another Fan of Nuclear Power! by John F. McManus 34 DepartmentS AP Images 5 Letters to the editor 33 The Goodness of America 6 Inside Track 39 exercising the Right 9 QuickQuotes 41 Correction, Please! COVeR Photo AP Images; Design by Joseph W. Kelly
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  6. 6. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Publisher John F. McManus Taste of hope only work in a spirit of charity based on the Editor It does not matter that communism does not truth of God’s Revelation. We’re a long ways Gary Benoit work, nor bring economic justice or happi- from that possibility, so your scary, selective Senior Editor ness. Barack Obama seems not to be con- quotes don’t mean much. William F. Jasper cerned so much with what will work or what JAck hockel Associate Editor will not work, as he is with promoting a uto- Walnut Creek, California Kurt Williamsen pian version of hope. Let them eat hope, he seems to say. Contributors Andrew MAggArd Cap-and-trade Coercion Dennis J. Behreandt Port Haywood, Virginia Unelected bureaucrats are killing our coun- Christopher S. Bentley Steven J. DuBord try. A Competitive Enterprise Institute report states that regulatory compliance costs hit Selwyn Duke Jodie Gilmore Sinister Social workers $1.172 trillion in 2008. Also, it cost $49.1 Gregory A. Hession, J.D. As a longtime subscriber to The new AMer- billion to administer and police compliance. Ed Hiserodt icAn (and previously American Opinion), The total of $1.221 trillion exceeds the 2008 William P. Hoar I am surprised and disappointed that once individual income taxes of $1.2 trillion. R. Cort Kirkwood again I see an article designed to create fear Government regulations add 22 percent to Warren Mass Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. of and discredit the whole profession of so- the cost of every American-made product, Alan Scholl cial work — “ObamaCare Shocker: Send destroying U.S. companies. Ann Shibler in the Social Workers” (August 31 issue). The Obama/Gore carbon cap-and-trade Liana Stanley Child Protective Service workers (Division scheme will finish the destruction of U.S. Michael E. Telzrow of Youth and Family Service workers in my industries and greatly drive up utility costs. Joe Wolverton II, J.D. state) are not social workers. Social work- The non-scientific Environmental Protection Editorial Assistant ers have obtained a professional degree, and Agency (EPA) has ruled that carbon dioxide Denise L. Behreandt have worked the required hours of experience (CO2) is a pollutant. This is ludicrous, as before obtaining their license and title. Many CO2 is necessary for photosynthesis in green Art Director Joseph W. Kelly social workers work in hospitals, schools, or plants to produce the food we eat and the oxy- private therapeutic or clinical settings, and gen we breathe. Over 31,000 U.S. scientists, Research help families every day. We are good listen- including 9,000 Ph.D.s, have signed a peti- Bonnie M. Gillis ers, advocates, networkers, coaches, problem tion (petitionproject.org) contesting claims of Marketing solvers, sounding boards, and collaborators. man-caused climate change and pointing out Larry Greenley The author of the article sounds hysterical the benefits of extra CO2 in the atmosphere. when he says: “Once into your home, they The EPA, created by executive order, Public Relations Bill Hahn will look around and find something, any- works with radical environmentalists to thing, to call ‘abuse’ or ‘neglect.’” Talk about gain and centralize power. Case and point: Advertising/Circulation fearmongering. If you want to criticize Child the EPA worked with the Natural Resources Julie DuFrane Protective Services, then use accurate terms. Defense Council in 1988 to coordinate the Thank you for bringing us the other side false scare of Alar poisoning of apples. Pro- of news. I look forward to reading your fessor David Schoenbrod of New York Law magazine. School confessed how this conspiratorial cynThiA e. chiAriello, lSw game is played in an article in the March Sent via online 1999 PERC Reports entitled “Legislating Printed in the U.S.A. • ISSN 0885-6540 Ideals.” He states, “We wanted new kinds of P.O. Box 8040 • Appleton, WI 54912 statutes that would force agencies to bend 920-749-3784 • 920-749-3785 (fax) www.thenewamerican.com Pope’s Policy society to our timetable.” editorial@thenewamerican.com The August 3, 2009 issue of The new AMer- The EPA is becoming the Green Gesta- Rates are $39 per year (Hawaii and Canada, icAn contained a news item entitled “Pope po; it is now implementing the Biodiversity add $9; foreign, add $27) or $22 for six months (Hawaii and Canada, add $4.50; foreign, add Calls for ‘New World Authority.’” The pope and Global Climate Treaties, even though $13.50). Copyright ©2009 by American Opin- stated this in the context of the need for a the U.S. Senate never ratified either one. ion Publishing, Inc. Periodicals postage paid at change of heart in the way the world views Dr. Schoenbrod admits that environmental Appleton, WI and additional mailing offices. Post- master: Send any address changes to The New economics, technology, bio-ethics, and poli- idealism is a cover for more ulterior motives. AmericAN, P.O. Box 8040, Appleton, WI 54912. tics. He said that current approaches will not “The point of this system is power, not envi- lead to true and integral human development ronmental quality,” he stated. The New AmericAN is pub- lished biweekly by Ameri- until charity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and rec- We must stop the Cap and Trade bill and can Opinion Publishing iprocity are integrated into the world through abolish the EPA. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The John a change in man’s heart. He laid out ideals AdriAn l. Arp, ph.d. in Science Birch Society. (such as a world political authority) that will Twin Falls, Idaho call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 5
  7. 7. Inside Track Taxing Americans Into Good health More U.S. health experts have added their voices to the chorus calling for a tax on soft drinks designed to discourage consump- tion, Reuters reported on September 16. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, nutritionist Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, obesity expert Kelly Brownell from Yale University in Connecticut, and others made their proposal in the New England AP Images Journal of Medicine. “We propose an excise tax of one percent per ounce for any beverages that have any added caloric sweetener,” they wrote. “Much as taxes on tobacco products are routine at both state and opposition because it doesn’t want to lose profits, it would be able federal levels because they generate revenue and they confer a to make a point that soft drinks shouldn’t be singled out. If a soft public health benefit with respect to smoking rates, we believe drink tax is instituted, then a doughnut tax, a candy bar tax, an ice that taxes on beverages that help drive the obesity epidemic cream tax, and a chewing gum tax should also be put into place. should and will become routine.” “Importantly, taxes will not teach our children how to live a The group of experts estimates that “a tax of one cent per ounce healthy lifestyle,” Susan Neely, president and chief executive offi- of beverage would increase the cost of a 20-ounce soft drink by cer for the American Beverage Association, said. But the experts 15 to 20 percent.” They believe this would be enough disincen- who so blithely recommend taxes “for our own good” do have a tive that consumption would drop by 10 percent, and that this lesson they want to teach, and it’s not about healthy living. These would affect an individual’s weight. “A consumer who drinks a experts, whether they realize it or not, see government as the conventional soft drink (20 ounces or 591 millilitres) every day nanny who should benignly watch over us, making sure that we and switches to a beverage below this threshold would consume take care of ourselves for the good of society. approximately 174 fewer calories each day.” The lesson these so-called health experts want us to learn is to Americans Against Food Taxes — a coalition of Welch’s, Pep- depend on government to solve our problems. Are too many citi- siCo Inc., McDonald’s Corp., Burger King Holdings, the American zens making the free choice to overeat and become overweight? Beverage Association, and the Corn Refiners Association — is op- Then they see it as being government’s job to take away some of posed to the soft drink tax. While this industry group may be in our freedom to make sure we aren’t abusing it. Verification of Cap-and-trade’s Costs Documents obtained this week from the U.S. Treasury Depart- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are not convinced. “The current ment reveal the Obama administration’s plans for a massive administration claims to be the most transparent in American global-warming tax through “cap and trade” legislation that has history, yet it’s been hiding a report showing its cap-and-trade already passed the House. The Competitive Enterprise Institute energy plan would cost up to $200 billion every year,” argued (CEI) requested the Treasury documents under the Freedom of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). “American families can’t afford Information Act and was given an edited version of five records a new $1,761 yearly energy tax, and our economy surely cannot that indicated the cost to American taxpayers would be from afford the 1-percent drop in productivity this big-government bill $100 - $200 billion per year. would cause. The best step we can take right now to lower energy This is just an estimate, since the Treasury had blacked out costs, boost the economy, and clean our air would be to rely on a the end of the following sentence: “It will raise energy prices technology we created: nuclear power.” and impose annual costs on the order of....” Opponents of the plan maintain that the average household would end up saddled Taxpayers in new Mexico with an estimated one to two thousand dollars in added energy protest cap and trade. consumption costs annually, costs that are corroborated by the Treasury’s estimate since there were 105,480,101 households as of the last census. Environmentalists disagree with CEI’s conclusions, claiming that Obama plans to use cap-and-trade revenue to cut taxes. Tony Kreindler, spokesman for the Environmental Defense Fund, ex- plained, “That math ignores the redistribution of revenue back to consumers. It only looks at one side of the balance sheet. It would only be true if you think the administration was going to pile all AP Images the cash on the White House lawn and set it on fire.” 6 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTObER 12, 2009
  8. 8. Inside Track Baucus healthcare Plan would “Break Budget,” Increase Costs of Congress: “We also know that with health care inflation on Max Baucus the curve that it’s on we are guaranteed to see Medicare and Medicaid basically break the federal budget.” Baucus’ bill, the America’s Healthy Future Act, replaces Presi- dent Obama’s proposed “public option” with non-profit health- care “exchanges.” It would cost at least $774 billion over the next 10 years and cut the projected deficits by $49 billion from exist- ing projected increases. But if the current Medicare and Medicaid spending trends would “break the federal budget,” would a bill AP Images that would cut that spending trend by less than $5 billion per year make the difference? Probably not, unless you believe President Obama was being less than truthful and overly alarmist in his Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced the first “deficit July 22 statement. neutral” healthcare legislation on September 16, but the bill Baucus’ bill would create a mandate loosely based upon the would increase most people’s healthcare premiums by forc- failing Massachusetts system that requires people to purchase ing private insurers to make up for doctor’s losses through the insurance or face stiff fines on their income taxes, which Baucus Medicare program. And it would still “break the federal bud- initially set at up to $3,800 per American family that fails to pur- get” — if you take President Obama at his word. Obama told chase insurance. Under fire, Baucus later proposed cutting that the American people on July 22 in his speech to a joint session maximum fine in half. FDIC Seeks help From Banks The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is consider- ing borrowing billions of dollars from the very banks it is sup- posed to be insuring against failure, the New York Times reported on September 21. The FDIC has taken control of 94 failing banks since January, depleting its cash reserves from about $30 billion to $10 billion, Sheila not including another $32 billion that has already been set aside Bair to cover banks that are expected to fail in the near future. This $10 billion is all that there is to back up $4.8 trillion in insured deposits throughout the United States. The failure of a single AP Images large bank could leave the fund completely depleted. Sheila Bair, the FDIC Chairwoman, has at least three options. First, Bair could turn to the Treasury Department to take advan- tage of an already established but currently unused $100 billion banks, but having the FDIC to blame for the bailout would almost line of credit. Second, she could levy a special assessment on undoubtedly push taxpayer tolerance beyond the breaking point. banks that are insured by the FDIC to raise extra money. And The final recourse for Bair and the FDIC is to borrow enough third, the FDIC could turn to the healthiest banks in America to money from the healthiest banks to stay above water. But only borrow the billions of dollars it needs. down the rabbit hole as told in the tales of Uncle Sam’s Adven- The first option is akin to asking for a taxpayer bailout of a tures in Federaland will anyone find such an upside-down twist. government agency that is insuring taxpayers against losing their “It’s a nice irony,” said Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner money, an option that would garner Bair a lot of negative political of a consulting firm known as Federal Financial Analytics. “Like fallout. “Sheila Bair would take bamboo shoots under her nails so much of this crisis, this is an issue that involves the least worst before going to Tim Geithner and the Treasury for help,” said the options.” president of the Independent Community Bankers, Camden Fine. The FDIC wants to borrow from the very banks it is supposed “She’d do just about anything before going there.” to be insuring. Has there ever been an automobile, home, health, The second choice, to raise money by essentially charging in- or life insurance company that asked to borrow money from those sured banks a special fee, would be unpopular with the banks and it insures in order to stay in business? Raising premiums, yes, but could impact their profits enough to put them in jeopardy. Such a not borrowing. Wouldn’t the prudent policyholder simply cancel course could lead to the FDIC setting up banks for the very fail- the policy at the earliest possible opportunity rather than stay with ures that the agency can’t afford to insure against. Of course, the such a financially unsound insurer who was unlikely to pay out current administration would be only too happy to bail out these in the event of a claim? n www.theNewAmerican.com 7
  9. 9. Extended Inside Track The Largest Tea Party: It still gets scant attention from major media displays, your correspondent didn’t see a single poster of that nature. (Had there been any, I would expect that others in the march would have strongly urged the offenders to deposit them in a trash container.) Nor were there threats of an Obama impeach- ment. These people were well aware of the Democratic majorities in both houses and didn’t want to waste a sign. Most Washingtonians had no idea what was going on when they arrived at a Metro station to find hundreds of people with backpacks and signs — most of whom had on T-shirts or caps espousing themes of liberty — already filling the rail cars to standing-room-only occupancy. Whenever a new group would try to squeeze in, occupants would move together even tighter amidst applause and cheers, until only cheers were possible. Countless versions of “God Bless America,” “America, the Beautiful,” and the National Anthem were sung both on the Metro and during the march. Your correspondent had never been in such a crowd where AP Images everyone was friendly, upbeat, and unembarrassed about raising their voices for the ideals of liberty. Once exiting at the Federal Triangle, the protesters were moved H istorians marvel at the American Revolution, not because of what it was, but because of what it was not. Past revo- lutions had been mostly of the internecine variety where one like a human glacier to the staging area at Freedom Square where the marchers first realized just how many (a continuing question) there were with them. Before your correspondent arrived, the prince might murder his brother as an avenue to the crown. police had become concerned about the overflow and started the Another common form had been the overthrow of the current march to the Capitol over one hour early. government by a government-in-the-wings. In the American Many compare the Washington Tea Party with Woodstock in Revolution, neither was the case. There was no prince or revo- 1969. Indeed there are some common elements, as both were lutionary cabal to assume the reins of the state. There weren’t huge gatherings that were more or less spontaneous. The themes any reins or even any state to take over. The revolution was are quite different though. While Woodstock was about “sex, about an idea that we now see as commonplace, but at the time drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll,” the Tea Party was about “limited gov- was, well, revolutionary — the idea that we were endowed by ernment, free-market capitalism, and individual responsibility.” our Creator with certain inalienable rights. Can this ever be captured again? I think so, and I’m going to The Washington, D.C., Tea Party of September 12, 2009 had be there, but with more bottled water. And God Bless America. n similar non-attributes. Crowds came from across the country — ed hiSerodT not for a festival, sporting event, concert, or other type of entertainment. They came not to lobby for a law, show homage to a politician, or celebrate an historical occasion. They came because they wanted to show they felt the country was being moved in the wrong direction — toward a centralized, totalitarian government. They came because they were worried about the world their children would grow up in if the government continued on its path. They came be- cause they were Americans and wanted their elected representatives to know, by their willingness to sac- rifice days and dollars, they were livid about massive expenditures of tax money for negative returns. The ubiquitous home-made signs showcased the protestors’ beliefs. Most were about liberty and the danger of losing it. Many were directed at Congress, AP Images reminding them that 2010 was just around the cor- ner. While media talking heads alluded to “racist” 8 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTObER 12, 2009
  10. 10. QuickQuotes Muhtar Kent Proposal to Tax Sugary Soft Drinks Invites Sharp Opposition “I have never seen it work where a government tells peo- ple what to eat and what to drink. If it worked, the Soviet Union would still be around.” Coca-Cola chief executive Muhtar Kent strongly dis- agreed with a plan to add a tax of one cent per ounce to AP Images sales of sugar-laden soft drinks. Diet drinks would not be affected. Afghan election Results heavily Scrutinized “We think that about 15 percent of the polling sites never opened on Election Day. But they still man- aged to report thousands of ballots for Karzai.” An unnamed senior Western diplomat is one among many who believe the recent election in Afghani- stan was rigged to favor the current President. Naming Diane Sawyer as an evening News Anchor Invites Comment “One female network TV anchor is a breakthrough. Two becomes a catfight.” With Sawyer soon to take over as ABC’s evening news anchor, and Katie Couric holding down a similar post at NBC, two of the top three anchors delivering the nation’s prime-time news will be women, a development New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley found interesting. Gold Price Fluctuation Attracts Attention “The market thinks inflation is coming. With interest rates so low, money is chasing money and the dollar is getting mur- dered.” A trader in precious metals for more than 30 years, Leonard Kaplan believes the price of gold will hit $1,200 an ounce with- in a matter of weeks. If You Believe him, the world Is About to end “Enjoy your camping now, people, because the Sierra forests will be burned up by 2050. Greenland’s ice cap will melt. The oceans will rise 21 feet.” A professor teaching energy at University of California (Davis), Daniel Kammen delivered his dire predictions to a gathering of University of California alumni at a campsite. She’s No Fan of either Fidel or the United Nations “The United Nations has declared misery-inducing, freedom-strangling Cuban dictator Fidel Castro a ‘World Hero of Solidarity.’” Columnist Michelle Malkin couldn’t restrain her contempt for the world body when UN General As- sembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockman announced the award. Constituent Supports his Feisty Congressman “I kind of want to defend Representative Wilson. The president has been trying to shove something down our throats, and Representative Wilson said, ‘Hold on here.’” Lexington, South Carolina, resident Mendel Lindler admired the message sent by the Congressman, even if he didn’t fully approve of the way it was delivered. Wilson had exclaimed aloud that the President was lying during the President’s address to Congress on healthcare. President Jokes About his Frequent TV Presence “I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a re- cluse.” Asked about his intention to appear as a guest on five news shows in one day, plus an interview with David Letterman the following day, President Obama laughed off any suggestion AP Images that he is overextending himself. n — coMpiled by John F. McMAnuS Barack Obama call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 9
  11. 11. The Presidency AP Images the Idea Beyond of an Icon President Obama is a media figure and public idol like no other President before him. This fact says much about newscasters, but it says even more about many Americans. by Selwyn Duke need to worship Him. Worshipping God Caesar erected a statue of himself with the has, among other things, the very great inscription, “The unvanquished god”; and T here has long been a certain objec- by-product of reminding us who God is in the mid 2200s B.C., King Narim-Sin of tion to the divine command that we and, by extension, who He is not: us. This the Akkadian Empire was known as “the should worship God. It is simply: may seem obvious, but history has shown god of Agade.” Why does God need you to worship Him? that this simple fact more often than not But today, in the United States, most It is, really, an eminently fair question, and eludes man. For instance, Egyptian pha- feel very much removed from such things. it has an eminently logical answer: God raohs were considered very important Why, our first president, George Washing- doesn’t need you to worship Him. You gods in their culture; in 44 B.C., Julius ton, not only wouldn’t deify himself, he 10 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTObER 12, 2009
  12. 12. wouldn’t even accept an offer of kingship. part — it’s the tearing apart Yet, also today, we see something very of our nation’s governmental nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan different. We see a man being referred to balance of power. as “the messiah” and “the One,” a man Yet, the scope of the nega- said about then-Senator Obama, “When around whom a seemingly unprecedented tive reaction to the speech is the messiah speaks, the youth will cult of personality has arisen. That man is, not explained by such defects. of course, Barack Obama. In point of fact, traditional- absolutely hear. And the messiah is ists would agree with much absolutely speaking.” Fathoming the Fear of its substance, as Obama Whether you consider these deific charac- stressed accountability, warn- terizations more the work of Obama’s en- ing students that all was for naught unless Even this, though, doesn’t fully ex- emies or his friends, certainly they explain they studied hard and listened to author- plain the spasm of anxiety induced by much of the fear evoked by his administra- ity figures. Rather, what apparently raised his speech. After all, while such a focus tion. And those fears were recently stoked alarm were the lesson plans initially meant on the chief executive would always in- again by an event, the September 8 back- to accompany the speech (which, owing spire criticism, it could be chalked up to to-school speech he gave to America’s to the controversy, were later revised). a misstep by the Department of Educa- schoolchildren. In fact, the opposition to They involved having students write let- tion (which issued the lesson plans) or, the talk was so intense that most schools ters to themselves, explaining how they at worst, a self-centeredness not at all made viewing of the speech optional. could “help the president,” and the materi- unknown in politicians. But with Barack And many others simply refused to air als asked questions such as “What is the Obama, the focus is often viewed quite it. Among these were school districts in president trying to tell me?” “What is the differently. Remember that this is the man northern Texas and even a dozen of them president asking me to do?” and “What is who had transfixed youth like no president in Obama’s home state of Illinois. President Obama inspiring you to do?” The in memory, bringing them to the polls like Of course, there were a few plain va- president-this, the president-that ... it again a pied piper; the man at whose feet people nilla reasons for the great controversy smacks of that cult of personality. In fact, would faint at campaign rallies as if they surrounding it. There was that good one gets the feeling that if Obama had a were slain in the spirit; the man who, un- old-fashioned partisanship, the kind that version of a certain famous John F. Ken- like any president before, was described in made the Left apoplectic over George nedy line, it would be, “Ask not what your messianic terms. H.W. Bush’s speech to youth in 1991. president can do for you; ask what you can Yet, are those who fear Obama just There were also specific defects in the do for your president.” paranoid? speech, such as when Obama was appealing to students to do their part to improve education and said, “I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn.” While this seems innocuous enough, it serves to cement a certain misconception about the federal government and its chief executive’s role: under our Constitution, the president certainly has a right to use his bully pulpit to inspire the peo- ple, and localities certainly have a right to broadcast a presiden- tial speech to their students, but the federal government simply has no legitimate role in provid- ing equipment and supplies for schools. Of course, somebody AP Images sympathetic to Obama might aver that he was simply trying to appeal to kids by emphasiz- media maven: President Barack Obama is such a regular feature of news-analysis programs, TV presidential ing that he is “doing his part.” addresses, and late-night television shows that critics suggest that his primary concern is gaining celebrity But the point is that it is not his status and that he intends to rely on that status, and not the soundness of policies, to pass his agenda. www.theNewAmerican.com 11
  13. 13. The Presidency cause of this we needn’t reach back through the mists of an- tiquity to find the deification of leaders. And a mere hop, skip, and jump back in time takes us to the most notorious modern case, the man who seemed to want to be regarded a god but ultimately convinced most he was the devil, Adolf Hitler. I illustrated in the TNA piece “Hitler and Christian- ity” (June 9, 2008 issue) how the Nazi leader had a well-defined plan to destroy Christianity but certainly didn’t intend to leave a void. Instead, he was in the process of establishing a type AP Images of neo-paganism with himself as its godhead. Then, even more Cult of personality: in North Korea, citizens literally prostrate themselves to their “Dear Leader,” Kim contemporary but no less devil- Jong-il, which is to be expected because they are reliant on his graces for their every need. As the U.S. ish is “Dear Leader” Kim Jong- presidency assumes more power, Americans will increasingly either grovel to, or venerate, the President. Il of North Korea, the god wan- nabe with a taste for Hennessy, Doting or Deification? response is: with friends like Farrakhan, blonde women, and the bomb. As Robert His defenders would point out that labels who needs enemies? Yet such sentiments Marquand writes in the Christian Science such as “the One” and “the messiah” are aren’t limited to those who believe in Monitor’s “N. Korea escalates ‘cult of often applied to him mockingly by his op- “mother ships” and numerology. The Kim’ to counter West’s influence,” “North ponents, and this is true. But we also have first dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. Koreans are taught to worship Kim Jong Il to ask where this idea of Obama as god- International Chapel, Morehouse College as a god.... The North exerts extraordinary head came from. After all, Bill Clinton religion professor Lawrence Carter, said, control through deification.... [A Kim-fam- was a reviled leftist president who was “No one saw him coming, and Christians ily deification budget] pays for ideology hounded (and deservedly so) by adversar- believe God comes at us from strange schools, some 30,000 Kim monuments, ies, but — although his playboy persona angles and places we don’t expect, like gymnastic festivals, films and books, bill- should never have overshadowed his de- Jesus being born in a manger.” Pundit boards and murals, 40,000 ‘research insti- structive policies — he was more likely Chris Matthews, describing his feelings tutes,’ historical sites, rock carvings, circus to have been labeled the “the Libidi- toward Obama, was giddy as a schoolgirl theaters, training programs, and other wor- nous One.” The answer is that Obama’s with a crush and gushed, “This is the New ship events.” Unfortunately for the North enemies didn’t make up the messiah Testament. I felt this thrill going up my Koreans, however, Kim does not possess image out of whole cloth. For instance, leg.” Then, just recently I met a dentist the godlike ability to wave his hand and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at a social function who told me that he make these things miraculously appear. said about then-Senator Obama, “When once asked a patient what she thought Instead he spends almost 40 percent of the the messiah speaks, the youth will ab- of Obama. Her response? Among other starving nation’s budget on them. solutely hear. And the messiah is abso- things she said, “He’s the messiah.” And So we’ve seen examples of man dei- lutely speaking.” Of course, the obvious if a February Harris Poll is any indica- fying himself 4,000, 2,000, and 70 years tion, she does not prostrate ago, and in our time, but what about our alone. It asked Americans place? Could such a thing really hap- Obama is certainly one thing: a reflection to name their hero (not their pen in America, the home of “rugged zero), and Obama came individualism”? Well, not only are we of us. Remember, the deification of in first — ahead of Jesus descending into effete collectivism, we him — though encouraged by the media Christ — who occupied also receive no special dispensation from and perhaps campaign image makers the second spot. Clearly, it the laws governing man. And, most sig- seems that the characteriza- nificantly, we see the symptoms, such as — has been effected, ironically, in a tion of Obama as messiah is the presidency taking on a more godlike typically American fashion: by groups and inspired not by paranoia but role as time marches on. No man can ever a negative metanoia. be omnipresent, but the president is ever individuals largely acting autonomously. Also note that man’s na- more present in our lives year by year; ture doesn’t change, and be- no man can ever be all-powerful, but the 12 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTObER 12, 2009
  14. 14. president is ever more powerful with “to be a servant to our president ... and all lead ’em.” It closes with a chorus of “Yes, time’s passage. As Gene Healy wrote in mankind.” The last was toward the end, and we can-can; yes, we can-can....” Yes, we his book The Cult of the Presidency: it was followed by something truly eerie. can ... compete with the North Koreans, it Sounding like brainwashed cult members appears. Isn’t this just a bit too reminiscent The chief executive of the United or Borg-like, mind-controlled cogs in a fu- of how children venerated Hitler in song in States is no longer a mere constitu- turistic science fiction movie, all the actors the 1930s and how children do the same tional officer charged with faithful said in unison, “Because together we can, for Kim Jong-Il today? Doesn’t it strike a execution of the laws. He is a soul together we are, and together we will be bit too close to a place that shouldn’t at all nourisher, a hope giver, a living the change that we seek.” Whatever hap- seem like home? American talisman against hurri- pened to just pledging allegiance to the All this is alarming to many, yet oth- canes, terrorism, economic down- flag? Even the Hitler Youth’s pledge of al- ers will just roll their eyes. They may say, turns, and spiritual malaise. He ... legiance was to the leader and the flag. “You’ve thoroughly ‘Godwinned’ your- is the one who answers the phone Speaking of youth, another video, one self, Duke. How can you compare Obama at 3 a.m. to keep our children safe taken at a Missouri government school, to Hitler?” Yet, in this way of thinking, it from harm. The modern president is surfaced prior to the election. It featured also could be said that I’m comparing the America’s shrink, a social worker, young black teenagers marching like sol- president to King Narim-Sin of Akkad, our very own national talk show diers, dressed identically and wearing Julius Caesar, ancient pharaohs, or any of host. He’s also the Supreme Warlord fatigue pants, and announcing military a thousand kings who would have been of the Earth. style what Obama inspired them to do God. You could also say that I’m drawing and what he would bestow upon the na- some equivalency between all those men. It’s true. The president’s role expands as tion. The video opened with them chanting In reality, though, there are great differ- people clamor for him to reach for the “alpha, omega, alpha, omega...,” which ences among all of them as well as great heavens, blithely unaware that the only could remind one of how “the Alpha and similarities. But even more significantly, taste of the supernatural government can the Omega” is an appellation of God in the whatever Obama is and isn’t, this isn’t offer is a glimpse of Hell. Book of Revelation. Truly eerie, though, about his similarities to such people but was the “Sing for Change” video, featur- our similarities to all people. For Obama is Pledging to the President ing a bevy of fresh-faced children in the certainly one thing: a reflection of us. Re- And it seems this expanded presiden- five- to 12-year-old age range, in training, member, the deification of him — though tial role may now be accompanied by an apparently, to be Akkadians. The hom- encouraged by the media and perhaps expanded president’s ego and expanded age opens with a little girl missing some campaign image makers — has been ef- peasant mentality. For example, there was baby teeth singing, “We’re gonna spread fected, ironically, in a typically American a recent Harpo Productions video featuring happiness; we’re gonna spread freedom. fashion: by groups and individuals largely Hollywood types such as Ashton Kutcher Obama’s gonna change it; Obama’s gonna acting autonomously. that was shown in at least one elementary school. In it they ask viewers to make a Trust, or trust not? in a video, Hollywood celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore humanitarian pledge, and two of theirs are promise “to be a servant to our president,” placing all trust in a man. Our Constitution was “to be of service to Barack Obama” and designed with its cherished checks and balances because no politician should be trusted. call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 13
  15. 15. The Presidency On a pedestal: Through books like this one, children are being taught that Barack Obama is Messiah-like — come forth to deliver an era of peace and justice. This book claims Obama is a “bridge,” connecting all the races, as well as the rich and the poor. God even spoke directly to Obama, telling him: “Look around you. Now look to me. There is hope enough here to last a lifetime.” Sense of Self You see, people tend to believe they’re dif- ferent from the poor ignorant slobs who mucked things up so badly in ages past, but it’s said we can learn from history precisely because man’s nature doesn’t change. The prospect of living in tyranny is no more real to most Americans than the prospect of mortality is to most teen- agers, yet neither group receives a special dispensation from these realities. All peo- ple operate by the same principles, and an unchanging one is this: a decline in faith prostrate people will follow a mes- leads to the deification of demagogues. sianic leader to the ends of the Earth even terton said in Now, given that leaders often pos- if it takes them to the edges of Hell. his classic work The Everlast- sess egos surpassing their mortal status, Whatever you consider Obama — faux ing Man, “A great man knows he is not it’s easy enough to understand why they god, felicitous idol, bad politician, or bold God, and the greater he is the better he would deify themselves. But why would statesman — what is for certain is that as knows it.... Nobody can imagine Aristotle many deify others instead of themselves? we expand any president’s role, our Con- claiming to be the father of gods and men, To grasp this, I think we must explore the stitution’s role contracts. But not only is come down from the sky; though we might utilitarian aspect of faith (this isn’t to say our president neither divine nor someone imagine some insane Roman Emperor that faith is only utilitarian; however, that who enjoys divine right in a kingdom, we like Caligula claiming it for him, or more which is true is also often useful). don’t even have a “presidentdom.” We probably for himself.” It is also correct to Among other things, people find a be- have a constitutional republic. Our whole say that truly great people know that their lief in God comforting. It involves the system is predicated on the idea of having leaders aren’t God, and the greater they ideas that God, or good, will always tri- a balance of power and not an excessive are, the better they know it. umph in the end; that someone is watch- amount of it vested in one man, and this So, ultimately, the warning here isn’t ing over them, cares for them, will help is why we cherish oaths to uphold that about Barack Obama. It is about us. Our them, and will be there for them in the which prescribes that balance of power: tendency to make man into God will al- end. Now, since this human need doesn’t the Constitution. It is also why citizens ways be directly proportional to our disappear along with faith, it follows that are not told, “Ask what you can do for tendency to make God into myth. And people will replace God with something your president.” Rather, if people’s focus whether or not our current president will else when they lose faith in Him. Thus is to be directed toward anything in gov- be found an acceptable god in our minds did millions of Germans cheer Hitler be- ernment, it should be toward our founding or only in his own, or neither, is not the lieving he represented security, triumph, document (which Americans don’t even point. The point is not whether we have economic resurrection, hope, and change. learn much about today), not a man who found our first pharaoh, Akkadian god- And it isn’t surprising that he rose dur- is supposed to be subject to it. And the less king or Caesar. It is that more and more ing the desperate days of the Weimar he is subject to it, the closer we become to we are becoming the kind of people who Republic, with its hyper-inflation and being subjects. need, and will get, precisely that. n hypo-industriousness. It is when people Someone who are desperate that they search for a sav- would accept any ior; when they are brought to their lowest, they have nowhere to look but up. It is degree of deifica- tion is not only eXTRA COPIeS AVAILABLe then that they find either the Deity or a unfit to be wor- ➧ Additional copies of this issue of The demagogue. And when you mistake the shipped as a god, new AMericAn are available at quantity- latter for the former, the danger is pro- he is unfit to be discount prices. To place your order, visit found. For you don’t disobey a god, you followed as a lead- www.shopjbs.org or see the card between don’t question him; a god is infallible. A er. As G.K. Ches- pages 34-35. 14 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTObER 12, 2009
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  18. 18. inTerview Aunt Bee, CSI, and Football Former NFL football player and now pastor Paul Blair explains how he became active in the movement to reinvigorate morality and accountability in America and Photo Courtesy of Paul Blair the steps being taken to achieve success. Pastor by Kelly Taylor Holt homa, and attended Oklahoma State Uni- Paul Blair versity in the era of Jimmy Johnson and P astor Paul Blair was reviewing his Pat Jones. After college, I was drafted by sermon notes before one Sunday the Chicago Bears and spent five seasons evening service when he looked in the NFL, mostly with Chicago, finish- of us wanted me to become a up to see Aunt Bee and the church budget ing my career with the Minnesota Vikings. pastor [laughing]! But we prayed about it, committee squabbling over the best use of Unfortunately, knee injuries interfered with and I felt led to submit my name. Another an unexpected budget windfall. You may my plans, and football didn’t turn out to be month passed, and the search committee remember this episode of the Andy Griffith the career I had hoped. I had married, and continued to seek other applicants, which Show — the choir ladies wanted to buy went back to Oklahoma and into business was fine with me. After all, I had done new choir robes, the building committee with my brother. We started Blair Vending all that I could by submitting my name. I to repair the church. Andy, as always, in- and Coffee Company, which still serves the theorized that God was simply testing my tervened with his characteristic common- Oklahoma City metro area, and is begin- obedience and wasn’t really serious about sense compromise, and all was well as the ning its 22nd year. But a little over eight me becoming the pastor. Then, one week episode ended in a happy church service. In years ago I was called into the ministry and our interim pastor was going out of town, juxtaposition only television could accom- consequently take a much less active part and I was asked to fill the pulpit. We had plish, the next image on Blair’s set was an in the business today. I do, however, know great services that day and the question ad for CSI Miami. Paul remembers, “It was what it takes to make a payroll, so I under- was settled convincingly. I’ve been there all fishnet stockings, and blood, and legs, stand the struggle small businesses face. ever since. It really has been a perfect fit. and death, and I thought, ‘How did we get from Mayberry to this?’ It was a bit of a wa- TNA: What caused you to become a TNA: What was your first inkling that tershed moment for me to note how far our pastor? something was wrong in our country? culture had fallen in just one generation. I Blair: Nine years ago, I was serving our Blair: I seem always to have had some don’t want to pass on to my children the church as volunteer youth pastor when the awareness of things, and eventually asked bankrupt culture in which modern Ameri- senior pastor resigned. The search com- myself this question, “Our politicians cans find themselves.” mittee began looking for a replacement can’t really be that stupid — can they?” I Blair, a former Chicago Bears offen- and eventually I felt the Lord beating think back to the 1973 oil embargo, when sive tackle and now pastor of the Fairview me up on the inside to submit my name, we imported about 35 percent of our oil Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, got which was something I’d not considered. from foreign countries. Here we are 36 off the sidelines and into the game in the Being a pastor’s son, I loved pastors, but years later, and our dependency has nearly battle for American heritage and culture never wanted to be one. There were two doubled. If the politicians were really con- in a surprising and refreshing way — one jobs I swore that I would never do, one cerned about protecting our sovereignty, that should encourage us all, especially was bank robber and the other was pas- wouldn’t we have done something about America’s pastors. Our interview with him tor! But my heart ached from the pew, as our dependency on foreign sources for follows. Paul lives with his wife, Cindy, week after week the search committee our energy needs? Likewise, if we were and two sons in Edmond, Oklahoma. updates were announced with no result. I really concerned about terrorism today, was burdened, and mentioned the Lord’s wouldn’t we secure our borders? Over The New American: What is your back- nudging to Cindy, getting a less-than- time, I’ve watched as we did nothing ground? enthusiastic response! We were in agree- about the borders, nothing about energy, Paul Blair: I was born in Edmond, Okla- ment as husband and wife — neither one spent money like a drunken sailor (no of- call 1-800-727-truE to subscribe today! 17
  19. 19. inTerview make them go away. Finally get involved in “dirty politics.” Well, poli- I said, “Wait a minute.” If tics became dirty when Christians aban- “declaration signer and Patriot Pastor there’s an organization that doned their posts. The devil has been glad John Witherspoon understood and stands for protecting the to fill that void for us. It amazes me; every Constitution and maintaining pastor knows the truth in his heart. Ask any believed that civil liberty was dependent the rule of law as established one of them what three institutions God es- upon religious liberty, and religious by our God-fearing Found- tablished on Earth. They will answer “the ers, it’s the JBS. I want to be home, the church, and human government.” liberty upon civil liberty. They go hand in a part of these guys! They will obviously preach that God’s will hand, and truthfully there is no nation on for the home is to be built on the Bible and earth today or in world history that has TNA: How do you combine centered on Jesus Christ. They will agree your faith and activism? that a local New Testament church must one without the other.” Blair: Well, I don’t go look- also be built on the Bible and centered on ing for trouble, but I’m not Jesus Christ. But at that point, we illogically afraid of a scrap. God has conclude that God cares nothing about this fense to drunken sailors) and recklessly always called His men to take hard stands third institution that He created. We have inflated our currency. It seems to me there against immorality and corruption and to abandoned human government to the devil, are those in Washington more concerned proclaim truth. By the fifth chapter in the and now the devil is using human govern- with America becoming part of a global Bible, God found it necessary to raise up ment to attack the home and the church alliance than defending our sovereignty. Enoch to preach to the world about the through ungodly legislation like legalizing This isn’t a surprise. My understanding of ungodliness of that generation and warn homosexual marriage and hate crimes. Scripture is that a one-world, global gov- them of coming judgment. It was not a Knowing the role pastors played in ernment is talked about in the end times, popular message then and still isn’t! America’s birth, it seems to me that our but that doesn’t mean we are to just roll For years now we have been taught only hope is another Awakening led by over and play dead. As a Christian, I’m wrong. Our schools teach atheism and call it courageous, Spirit-filled pastors. But first supposed to spread the Gospel of Jesus science. We are taught a revisionist view of we have to reacquaint modern pastors with Christ to everyone I can (to be Light) and American history, erasing our rich Christian forgotten truths by providing educational also to stand against sin and that which is heritage. We’re told that Christians don’t opportunities for pastors, civic leaders, po- evil (to be Salt). Declaration signer and belong in the culture. Modern seminaries litical leaders, and everyday citizens. Ac- Patriot Pastor John Witherspoon under- train pastors to become “church builders” cidental ignorance is excusable, but willful stood and believed that civil liberty was rather than courageous watchmen stand- ignorance is not. dependent upon religious liberty, and re- ing on the wall. They’ve produced CEOs Most pastors we’ve exposed to the truth ligious liberty upon civil liberty. They go of little businesses, hiding within the four have caught fire and joined together in a hand in hand, and truthfully there is no na- walls of churches competing for custom- work to make a difference in the state of tion on Earth today or in world history that ers. Rather than confronting the culture in has one without the other. an effort to transform it, we’ve abandoned I learned about government little by it. We are told that little by asking questions. Joe Boyd, a Christians aren’t great evangelist and hero of mine, was supposed to very well-read, and used to teach about the Bilderbergers and behind-the-scenes goings- on. I learned a lot from him. TNA: How did you come to join the John Birch Society, and what part does it play in your efforts? Blair: Clark Curry and Char- lie Meadows (members in Oklahoma) were friends of mine and introduced me to the JBS. At first I thought that I really didn’t have time to join another “organization,” but the Photos Courtesy of Paul Blair attacks on our Constitution are real and ignoring them will not Paul Blair at Oklahoma State University and in the National Football League 18 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTObER 12, 2009
  20. 20. Oklahoma. Our prayer is that God will stir the hearts of pastors in every state to rise up, work together, and reclaim their own respective states to the truth of America’s Christian heritage and the biblical principles that served as the foundation for our Declaration and Constitution. TNA: What do you specifically ask pastors to do? Blair: We focus on four things. Our Photo Courtesy of Paul Blair battle is a spiritual one, so first, and foremost, we must pray! 2 Chroni- cles 7:14 gives the formula, “If my Pastor Paul Blair people, who are called by my name, with his wife and will humble themselves, and pray two sons and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will drives and make available unbiased heal their land.” We pray for God’s mercy voter guides so that our members know TNA: What’s next? and we pray for a spiritual awakening in where candidates stand on the issues. You Blair: We just completed a “Citizens of our land. don’t develop a biblical worldview by Oklahoma Proclamation for Morality” that Second is evangelism. Francis Schaef- listening to some ninny like Keith Olber- we read and signed in the Capitol Rotunda. fer, a great theologian and patriot from the mann. Our members have every opportu- One hundred and forty-eight pastors, el- 20th century, said that “the greatest way nity to be informed of the truth and then ders, civic leaders, and politicians joined to- to contend for the culture is to lead people act on it. gether to sign this proclamation. The ACLU to Christ.” We encourage pastors to lead Fourth is activism. That simply means was all stirred up and started howling about evangelism training in their churches so to do something. Christians in America “separation of church and state.” Let ’em that members of their congregations will are famous for wringing their hands and howl. We have our annual “Reclaiming be capable and comfortable in sharing complaining about how bad things are but Oklahoma for Christ Conference.” Last their faith in Jesus Christ with others. not doing anything about it. For example, year, we drew over 1,200 people. We’re Third is education. Where will truth I go to Washington, D.C., every year with also working together with over 50 Chris- be taught? The liberal news media? The some Oklahoma pastors to a conference, tian organizations from across America try- secular humanism of today’s government and while there we visit our Senators from ing to defeat this hate-crimes legislation. schools? Socialist professors in public Oklahoma. While waiting to see Senator This is a perfect example of the difference universities? Our churches must be light- Coburn one year, I asked his assistant how we can make. With the liberal super ma- houses for truth to our congregations. My many calls they typically receive on an jority in both houses of Congress and with church is well rounded. We have Sunday average bill. The answer was five. I was a socialist President, the hate-crimes bill School and preaching on Sunday morn- shocked that a United States Senator re- was supposed to sail through and be signed ing. I teach through the New Testament ceives so little input from his constituents. into law before Memorial Day. We’ve been on Sunday evening and through the Old One way to be active is to be aware what alerting people about how dangerous this Testament on Wednesday night. On Tues- kind of legislation is being run through bill is and working together to call, e-mail, days, we have evangelism training and Congress and then let your representative fax, and send FedEx letters to Congress let- visitation. We are definitely a biblically hear from you. If your Senator, Represen- ting our Senators know that we oppose it. grounded church. But rather than let our tative, or Governor received 10,000 calls Most of those guys hope to be reelected, building rust out the rest of the week, we from concerned Christians on a particular and even the liberals will listen if enough hope to wear it out! Our church is the home issue, I promise you they would take no- people call. Well, it is now more than four of the Christian Heritage Academy North tice. But this is where working together months past Memorial Day, and they still Campus, and we also provide space for is so important. Our group of pastors in haven’t passed the bill. When you consider cooperative home-school classes. We take Oklahoma is all fundamental, Bible-be- the amnesty bill last year and now the hate- advantage of holidays like Thanksgiving, lieving Christians, but we’re from about a crimes legislation, this should be a lesson July 4, and Memorial Day to teach about half dozen different denominational back- that when “We the People” speak, Congress the Faith of our Founding Fathers and the grounds. Benjamin Franklin addressed will listen. If they don’t, then we’ll promise rich Christian heritage of America. We this very issue over two centuries ago by to help them find other lines of work after address the biblical view of social issues saying, “We must all hang together, or as- the next election. in our culture. We have voter-registration suredly we shall all hang separately.” God bless America. n www.theNewAmerican.com 19
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