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Obama The Lightworker

By See-Dubya  •  June 8, 2008 12:17 AM

UPDATE: After you read this, if you’re wondering where this “Lightworker” snake oil came from, go check out Mrs. Peel who may have found the secret fount of Morford’s theology. It’s good for a laugh.

Short answer: video games. H/T to Doubleplusundead, who has more.
The unnerving adoration of the Obamessiah has reached a revolting new depth with Mark Morford’s SF Chronicle column. I won’t even link it.

Ordinarily Morford is a voice of such petulant, venomous bitchiness that he doesn’t bear a response. I had seen a couple of blog posts about Morford’s latest, in which he calls Obama a “Lightworker”. At first I just snorted, because it just sounds like a clunker of a phrase–like he’s inadvertently calling Obama some sort of new-age electrician or something.

But reading the column, I get a little chill:

Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn’t have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity….

Here’s where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

The unusual thing is, true Lightworkers almost never appear on such a brutal, spiritually demeaning stage as national politics….

…we are finally truly ready for another Lightworker to step up.

Morford is careful to disclose he doesn’t consider Obama to be a Messiah, so let me preface this by pointing out that I don’t think he’s Satan. But the Lightworker thing sounded suspiciously like Lightbearer to me. Light-bearer, you see, in Latin is Lucifer–used in Isaiah 14:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…

…Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

It is possible that the Light-Bearer discussed there was actually a hubristic Babylonian king, and that the passage did not refer to Satan at all. Which is exactly my point about Morford’s gushing: if “Lucifer” was a secular king, he was one change-bringing arrogant SOB. And it didn’t work out well for his country. History does not remember Light-Workers kindly.

Of course much of Christian theology, dating back to Church fathers Origen and Tertullian, thinks Lucifer was more than just an earthly tyrant. John Milton in Paradise Lost described Lucifer as the brightest of angels, whose arrogance got him thrown out of heaven:

Know then that after Lucifer from Heaven
(So call him, Brighter once amidst the host
Of Angels than that star the stars among)
Fell with his flaming legions through the deep
Into his place…

Though I may be coweringly religious, I could not help but remember the last time one such Lightbearer “helped us evolve“.

And this Lightworker is helping us evolve already: one of his few legislative accomplishments is a series of unbroken pro-abortion votes that makes even some pro-choicers squirm–including support for the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion:

According to Barack Obama, Gianna Jessen shouldn’t exist.

Miss Jessen is an exquisite example of what antiabortion advocates call a “survivor.” Well into her third trimester of pregnancy, Gianna’s biological mother was injected with a saline solution intended to induce a chemical abortion at a Los Angeles County abortion center. Eighteen hours later, and precious minutes before the abortionist’s arrival, Gianna emerged. Premature and with severe injuries that resulted in cerebral palsy. But alive.

Had the abortionist been present at her birth, Gianna would have been killed, perhaps by suffocation. As it was, a startled nurse called an ambulance, and Gianna was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, weighing just two pounds, she was placed in an incubator, then, months later, in foster care.

As I said above, I don’t think the Lightworker is Satan. But I can think of no more apt word for this part of his agenda than Satanic.

AFTERTHOUGHT: Yeah, this is a weird post. But Morford was the one who started all the spiritual stuff. If there is going to be a spiritual dimension to the Obamessiah’s campaign, let’s talk about it.

{Post by See-Dubya. Obama Dream poster and story here.}

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