“Heathen”: J. Robert Smith revives an old-school religious word, applies it to Barack Obama, and calls for what amounts to a religious war against him

Heathen leftists? Here’s J. Robert Smith in a recent essay for the Rush Limbaugh funded American Thinker:

“We have a president and a party (infested with a cabal of heathen leftists) whose grand design is to bloat the state and, hence, their own power. But the left’s smart plans have come athwart something, that something being the freedom-loving intransigence of God-fearing conservatives and many other Americans (God-fearing as well). What Barack Obama and the left have gotten is what they never expected: a political war — perhaps one on an epic scale that will bring down the House of FDR.”

No. What’s being fomented by J. Robert Smith is not “a political war”—but a religious one. Smith is framing a centrist American president in ridiculously Manichean terms, and heightening the humdrum of bourgeois democratic politics into a religious fight—then calling it a “political” fight. Here’s more from Smith. Notice his use of the phrase “political war” to soften what is, at bottom, a religious appeal to arms:

Providence is no friend of hubris, and there is much foul hubris in the left’s maximum leader, Barack Obama, and perhaps as much in his minions. Whether the Tower of Obama meets the same fate as the Tower of Babel depends on the outcome of the political war underway.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to “Heathen”: J. Robert Smith revives an old-school religious word, applies it to Barack Obama, and calls for what amounts to a religious war against him

  1. mont says:

    Centrist president my ass.

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