Friday, May 8, 2009

Star Trek is the First Blockbuster of the "Obama Age"

This sub-title from a Slate internet magazine article this morning, referring to a new Star Trek movie showing the Kirk-Spock led crew when they much younger, impels me to put into print something that I, and surely others, have been thinking for some time now.

The president, in office for less than four months, with no major legislation passed nor programs begun, is viewed by many of his legions of fans as absolutely the greatest president that the United States has ever had --- greater than Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan, etc. Maybe all of them put together, if you would believe some people.

Canadian Marshall McLuhan forty-five years ago wrote that "The medium is the message." Obama's media are his ability to read messages written by others off of a teleprompter and to spend money the country doesn't have given to him by a willing Congress to purchase and subsidize banks and corporations, ending any concept of the existence of free enterprise in this country. And folks are cheering him on. We are in the middle of a revolution.

Will it succeed or will it fail? What will life be like in the "Obama Age?"

I am surprised that in an age where money, materialism and amusement have more influence on our lives than does faith, mention of the antichrist doesn't come up more often.

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