The Obamessiah cometh!
No, I haven't said much about Barack Obama. Too much to be said and too little time right now to say it -- and too easy to look ungracious at a moment in history which is starting to look like it would when Moses came down from the mountains.
Because to see the reaction of Obamoids to this historic moment is like witnessing politics as religion -- a sentiment borne out by the messianic "grasping the arc of history" hyperbole.
These people really do seem to think that the coming of The One will heal the sick, calm the waters, and raise the dead. And so does he, apparently. Do you think they might have the wrong idea about what exactly politics does? (The Onion strongly suspects they might.)
And what makes it history? Is it because he's the first president to come from Hawaii? Or is it 'cos he's black -- the first black man in the White House? Let's not fool ourselves, huh: We all know what it is, don't we, and the more everyone talks about his skin colour instead of his character -- including so many of those who voted for him -- we can be clear that forty years after Martin Luther King rang out his famous words, this presidential candidate has been judged not on the content of character, but on the colour of his skin.
That's not good enough.
But what it should be good enough to show is that if a black man can get the White House, then all the arguments for affirmative action and quotas and race-based law collapse overnight - and not just there, but over here as well -- so we really can consign race-based law to the dustbin of history.
I look forward to hearing any arguments why that shouldn't be so,
Anyway, I didn't want to say any more than that just now. I wanted to point you to some good people who have:
- Obama - The Great Black Hope - Cactus Kate
- Obama: New Frontiers for the Republicans? - Callum McPetrie
- My "First Black President" - Michael Vardoulis
- Obama Says: "Shut Down" All Tax Havens - Bob Bauman
- Post Election Market Blues - CNBC
- And so ... - Lindsay Perigo
- Lots of good stuff from Gus Van Horn
- How Big a Change? - Tibor Machan
- and lots, lots more good commentary at this week's Objectivist roundup.