So, there was a rally in D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.
Naturally, for some, the rally became all about Obama:
A marcher carries US flag with image of Obama on it. State worship, meet hero worship. Hero worship, state worship. http://t.co/mKoB7y9wHA
— Kyle Harding (@schmylesmarding) August 24, 2013
We’ve seen this example of the cult of personality before, at Democratic Party headquarters in Lake County, Florida. In that case, the local chairwoman couldn’t see what the problem was. As I wrote at the time:
What bothers me though, is that she didn’t see anything wrong with, in essence, promoting veneration of The Leader. In America, we hold dear the ideas and ideals of our Founding; we respect the offices and the people who hold them, but the officeholders are subordinate to the ideas. We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, to what it symbolizes — individual liberty, constitutional government, the rule of law — not to the man or woman who holds the office.
But, in the demonstration in D.C. as well as in Florida, the flag-wavers were doing just the opposite: venerating the man and not the principle, swearing fealty to a person , not an ideal. This act symbolizes a rejection of reason –constitutionalism, the rule of law, compromise in mutual best interest– and is instead an in-your-face embrace of the irrational, the philosopher-president who can interpret the national will better than the individual and for the good of all.
In other words, liberal fascism. How ironic –and sad– that it should show up at a rally meant to honor one of the watershed moments in the history of American liberty.
RELATED: My blog-buddy ST and I were thinking along the same lines today. One of us is in trouble.
UPDATE: Paul Mirengoff argues we’ve gone from “dream” to “nightmare” in 50 years.