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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Breitbart, Rush, and the Secular Cult of Politics

By Rick Pearcey • March 3, 2009, 02:57 PM

Andrew Breitbart was on hand for the CPAC shot heard round the world:

Hundreds of revelers packed the Regency Ballroom and hundreds more filled overflow rooms, hallways and stairways to watch [Rush Limbaugh] on wide-screen TVs. It was a rare and much-anticipated public appearance of the man so powerful that President Obama singled him out for destruction in his administration's first days.

Or as Saul Alinsky audaciouly counsels: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." See rule 13 in Rules for Radicals.  

"It was an address that could have altered the election," says Breitbart, "had it been delivered early last fall by any Republican presidential presidential." 

That could well be true. But let us ask: What Republican today would be willing to make that speech? Or could authentically make it -- "without a teleprompter," as Rush likes to say -- if he or she was willing? What is the sound of one hand clapping?

"For more than a generation," Breitbart continues, "the traditional media has tried to build a wall around public sentiment to protect the Democratic Party from articulate critics. Recent election cycles and the emergence of the Internet have only exacerbated the situation. In the past year, media bias has gotten out of hand."

Agreed. And this is partially why modern politics is so very religious in the poor sense of the word. That is, it is more and more a matter of cliches, crutches, personal attacks, blind faith, cultlike devotion -- all of which are beneath the dignity of Man. As such, it is inhumane and sub-Biblical.

This secular cult of politics, protected by the priests of media orthodoxy, is precisely the opposite of what is called for in the information we have from our true Creator -- a properly critical distance and sales resistance to gimmicks, panic buttons, crisis-mongering, hubris, and calls to place faith in a this-worldly president and Kingdom of Washington because he loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives.

Sorry, but in that regard, I'm with Jim Morrison of the Doors: "Cancel my subscription to the resurrection."

False messiahs, even if elected by a majority vote, have a bad habit of not showing up when they're really needed. And when they do, then you're really in trouble. Stock markets falling down may be the least of it.