Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Now, Farrakhan is infamous as the former leader of the Black Muslim group Nation of Islam, and as such is not within what most people consider the mainstream of political thought. But how about this piece that appeared on Slate over a year ago? Timothy Noah obviously noticed something. Want something more recent? How about NYT columnist Paul Krugman just 2 weeks ago: "I’m not the first to point out that the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality."
“This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better,” he said. “This young man is capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow. If you look at Barack Obama’s audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed.”
Farrakhan compared Obama to the religion’s founder, Fard Muhammad, who also had a white mother and black father.
“A black man with a white mother became a savior to us,” he told the crowd of mostly followers. “A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall.”
Dozens of commentators have remarked about Obama's formidable oratorical skills, his personal charm, and his popular following. Women have fainted at his campaign events, like teens used to for Elvis or the Beatles.
Many other analysts have remarked about how Mr. Obama spellbinds his audiences despite the lack of substance in his campaign promises--the glittering generalities, the populist message of "something for everyone" (except, of course, those evil corporations and rich people). The message of "change we can believe in"--without any indication of where that change will lead.
I'm no end times freak, and I am certainly not implying anything supernatural about Mr. Obama, nor do I suggest that Mr. Obama is evil, but stepping back and looking at all this, it seems to me that these characteristics exhibited by the Senator are more closely associated with the idea of the Antichrist than with the Messiah.