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Obama is Keyser Soze! March 3, 2009

Posted by Kate Ryan in Barack Obama, Christian Right, Economy, National Politics.
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usual-suspects-spacey_lIn the 1995 film noir, “The Usual Suspects”, Kevin Spacey plays a handicapped small-time hood named Verbal Kint who is captured by the police after a ship explodes in San Pedro, California.  He is the only survivor and tells a tale of the mythical underworld kingpin, Keyser Soze – whom nobody has ever seen – but plenty have seen the effects of his leadership. 

Kint makes a deal for immunity and tells his story to police officer Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri).  Kujan breaks Kint down and gets him to admit that his friend, Dean Keaton, is Keyser Soze.  Kint is released, and on his way out of the station, Kujan realizes that Kint  is Keyser Soze, but Kint is gone.

I was reminded of the film last week, when “The Daily Show” produced a piece on the people that believe that Barack Obama is either the Anti-Christ or the reincarnation of Adolph Hitler.  Jason Jones used references from “The Usual Suspects” in his report.  The piece was smart, and funny, but it was also very disturbing.

Jones interviewed two very non-insane looking religious men; The Rev. Daniel Blair, author of a book entitled “Final Warning”, and Dr. James David Manning of ATLAH World Ministries .  Blair explains that President Obama is the Anti-Christ using references from the Book of Revelation.  Manning thinks that Blair IS crazy; the president is actually Adolph Hitler incarnate.  Manning also throws in that Obama is a bisexual – but that he “has no empirical proof of that.”  What’s worse is that these wing-nuts are getting attention from main-stream media.  Reports have surfaced on CNN and Fox News regarding the allegations, wondering what they mean.

What they mean?  This nation has just spent the last eight years tyrranized by fundamentalist Christianity worming its way into the political arena.  The last thing we need is major media giving credence to these crack-pot theories and myths.  Somewhere in “the real America” there is a triple-C (Crazy, Conservative, Christian) citizen with a second-amendment guaranteed gun that is taking all of this quite seriously.  It is not outside the realm of imagination to think that he or she will believe it is the will of God to take this “evil” out.   

The current Republican Party (as run by Rush Limbaugh) is LOADED with nuts like this.  Don’t believe it?  Just look at who they want to bear their standard in the next go-around.  Mitt Romney, a Mormon who believes that God was a man who came from another planet and that feelings, not facts, make the truth;   Sarah Palin who received an exorcism by an African witch-hunting preacher in her church in Wasila;  Bobby Jindal who performed an exorcism in college; and Mike Huckabee – an ordained Baptist minister who wants to amend the Constitution so that it reveal’s “God’s standards”.

For all I know, Obama is Keyser Soze.  And I don’t care.  I care about my country and if we’re going to hell in a handcart, I’m right on board.

Thomas Jefferson said, “I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.”  He knew that such fables were not adequate to build a government or great nation upon. 

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