A day after telling an Ohio audience that Obama's agenda is based on "some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible," Santorum said he wasn't criticizing the president's Christianity.
"I've repeatedly said I don't question the president's faith. I've repeatedly said that I believe the president's Christian," Santorum told CBS' "Face the Nation."
"I am talking about his world view, and the way he approaches problems in this country. I think they're different than how most people do in America," he said in the broadcast interview.
Apparently, Santorum's social conservatism just gets under the thin skin of Progressives. Which is why I could get to like Mr. Santorum more and more.
However much I may disagree with Santorum's personal postions on a number of social issues, I do believe he is entitled to them. And on the idea of Obama having a "phony theology", he happens to be right on.
Remember, this is the Obama who sat in Jeremiah Wright's church for several decades--a church as phony, hate-filled and un-Christian as you can possibly get. This is the Obama who thinks God should be replaced by the State. This is the Obama who styled himself a modern Messiah in his election campaign, who fancies himself as some sort of god, standing before the Greek Temples and promising to halt the rise of oceans and bring peace to the world.
We can all see how that's working out for him.
But, as usual, the crooks and liars and looters miss the point. The ideology of the postmodern political left IS the new theology of many. It is a fervent belief system, with the requisite priests and imams preaching to the faithful; and based on the worn-out and useless ideology of Marx (Karl, not Groucho). The 21st century minions of Marx are just as worshipful of his discredited ideas in this century as they were in the last.
And, even more than his own phony Christianity, Obama fervently believes in all the same claptrap BS the political left has been spouting since the 1960's.
Obama has pushed the "reset" button on a number of fronts, but surprise! We are still hated, only now we are also routinely mocked because Obama is perceived as weak and uninvolved. Over the past two years we have routinely thrown our friends under the Obama bus; while appeasing and bowing to our enemies. We have routinely focused on the less important (to our national interest anyway) issues like Libya and Quadaffi; rather than take a strong stance on Iran, a major and imminent threat, not only to the region, but to our national interests in the region. Time and again, Obama has resorted to his supposedly "magical" rhetoric, as if words without the necessary backbone to stand behind them. When he actually does something like give the order to go in and take down Bin Laden (and, I still believe that all the psychological evidence suggests that Obama had to be dragged kicking and screaming into that action, but when it turned out ok was perfectly willing to take all the credit) many on the left had a hissy fit and rushed to condemn it as somehow being "inconsistent with our values."
It's hard to be consistent with one's values when those "values" change on a daily basis depending on which way the wind blows. Remember, the goal is not reason or truth or consistency to values, but promoting a particular ideology. That is why there the left demonstrates "subjectivism and relativism in one breath, dogmatic absolutism in the next."
For them, their magical thinking is absolute...magic. And a belief in some form of "magic" is the basis of all primitive religions.
Such beliefs make all those unpleasant realities simply go away when they do not fit into their philosophy.
Meanwhile, on the economic front it is undoubtedly clear that there is a considerable amount of magical thinking going on on both sides of the political spectrum when it comes to the economy, but in the last year there have been at least some attempts to start a rational conversation that could address the serious problem with debt and spending this country is faced with.
Paul Ryan, who came up with an Economic Plan a few months ago which called for both tax cuts AND decreased spending started the conversation. Yet, far from using his plan as a starting point to discuss reality, it was instead used for the purpose of villifying any Republican for wanting to deal with entitlements--they are now accused of vile "sins" against the dogma of the left. Ryan was caricatured as wanting to push granny off a cliff).
Meanwhile, in keeping with the magical thinking of the new-left's theology, believers hold onto the idea that doing nothing but listening to Obama's regular chants and incantations on the debt crisis, is a safe strategy (and it might well be from a political perspective in an election year); but reality probably isn't going to agree with the true believers for very long.
Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you--if you're Democrat.
But they are simply following in the phony theology of their President, who believes as fervently as any religious fanatic that his wishes and feelings are more powerful than reality.
[Cartoons by Jerry Holbert]