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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Obama's Offensive Portrait

The preposterous portrait (say that 10 times) of Obama, unveiled this week, has been effusively praised by the usual sycophants in the MSM while getting panned by sane commenters on social media.  The universally undeniable fact about this portrait is that it is, um, different.  I regard it as positively offensive.

In America, the president is a servant of the people he represents and that voted him into office.  It is an office constitutionally limited both in terms of its power and duration.  The office represents the American spirit of limited government exemplified magnificently by George Washington, the first president.  In other words, the office is bigger than the man who holds it.  A portrait should reflect reverence for this fact, and while I'm sure many presidents were actual scoundrels, the office of the American president and its symbolism is significant for this reason. 

Historically, the presidential portrait has certain norms including a background of an office, the capitol, or something neutral.  While there is and should be a sense of the individual, these portraits have an authentic sense of dignified austerity.  This makes sense given the nature of the American system, and it stands in stark contrast to the self-aggrandizing monuments so common under old monarchies or in modern dictatorships. 

Rather than join the pantheon of American presidents who chose simpler, humbler portraits befitting the symbolic dignity of a freely elected American president, Obama's portrait is an attempt both to upend this tradition and to elevate himself above the office.  It begs and shocks the viewer, screaming, "I am what is important - I'm different - look at me!"  In his central planner mind, his goals and the visions of his cabal of philosopher kings are to be the primary in your life - don't you forget it!  What it says to me is, "I do not understand what it means to be an American," which, sadly, is the theme of his presidency. 

Could I be reading a little too much into this?  I don't think so, particularly considering not only his progressive agenda but also what is now coming out about his administration and his attempts to politicize and weaponize his intelligence and law enforcement agencies.  This was a man who, given enough time, sought to turn America into a banana republic with a full fledged secret police force by which he could harass and intimidate his opposition.  

Don't all presidents do stuff like this?  Yes, but I believe Obama did it shamelessly and to the cheers of the liberals in the mainstream media.  In other words, he acted this way on principle.  How dare those pesky Republicans and these gun-toting flyover state rubes stand in the way of Dear Leader's plans for "progress?"  The progressive mind cannot even contemplate any kind of legitimate opposition to their ideas.  If you oppose them, they believe that you must be either an immoral Nazi or a dimwitted pawn of Fox News and talk-radio.  In their mind, there can be no other explanation.    

One other observation in this regard.  Recall Hillary's campaign slogan "I'm with Her" as compared to Trump's "Make America Great Again."  Note that Hillary, like Obama, emphasizes that she is the center of gravity around which you orbit.  She is not with you - you are with her.  She does not represent you or your aspirations, rather, you must pledge your fidelity to her views and her plans for your future.  Trump's slogan does not connote passive obedience but, rather, positive action.  He, with your help, is going to "make" something happen - for your benefit.  I doubt many people overtly made these connections, but these messages likely get conveyed on some deeper subconscious level.

These seemingly innocuous portraits and slogans often reveal subtle clues to the choices before us.  And as we now unravel the brazen duplicity and Machiavellian scheming of the Obama and Hillary political operations, the takeaway, as always in politics, is pay attention to everything.