Obama discussing his favorite topic, i.e., himself: "...You know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."
How very true. Obama is quite unlike the presidents on the dollar bills — but in ways that go much deeper than the surface of his skin.
U.S. law, passed in 1866, prohibits portraits of any living person on currency. This reinforced the tradition established by the man who refused to be king, George Washington. Washington was vehemently opposed to displaying his image on coins, as that was what monarchies did. "I am certain it will be more agreeable to the citizens of the United States to see the head of Liberty on their coin than the head of presidents," Washington told Congress shortly after becoming president.
Times have changed.
Now we have a narcissist presiding over a citizenry that hardly values its liberty. Moreover, too many have lost any appreciation for decorum befitting a modern democratic republic. There are millions among us who are like Chris Matthews, Peggy Joseph and Charisse Carney-Nunes. Sobriety has given way to fanaticism.
This is very dangerous.
The ardent support of the NEA notwithstanding, our cities are not yet filled with giant Obama statues and there are no ten-story portraits of our Dear Leader. As far as I know, there are no immediate plans to put Obama on the $2 bill. But our prez does have a cult-like following. Led by their teachers, our school children sing and shout Obama's praises. Journalists are weak at the knees. Women swoon.
To date, Obama has done nothing to discourage any of the irrational, Obama-centric behavior.
Doctor Zero reflects on Obama mania:
The bigger the government, the greater its leaders. The unfortunate citizens of the biggest governments in the last century were told their maximum leaders were demigods.
Must we repeat the stupid mistakes of the 20th century?
The omnipresent leader
Your change has changed. Have you noticed?
The dollar is dead, long live the renminbi.
The National Endowment for the Art of Persuasion?