The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2

While this blog rags on Barack Obama quite a bit, changing Obama or his policies has not and never has been my purpose, as I view that as a lost cause: Obama does not appear to be in any way the kind of man capable of self-reflection and change. Nor has my purpose been really even to vent against Obama. My quarrel, rather, is with the American people.

This is one of my first posts on this blog, explaining how I feel and some of my motivations:

Frankly I am still astonished that such a man could ever become president. Since I am an expatriate, I have not had the full Obama experience, and this may be part of my problem. I have not been seduced by the dulcet tones of his voice. His words of hope and change have never resonated with me. I have never had the occasion to look him in the eye and find myself transfixed by his hypnotic gaze. Though he is about the same age as I, we have nothing in common. It is not as though he is from a different country, or even a different planet. He inhabits an alternate universe where right has become left, where a depression is a terrible thing to waste, and where no ambition, no matter how small and defenseless, will be left behind.
That this snake-oil salesmen of the highest order, this man with a befuddled mind and no clear agenda but himself, should become president says more about modern America than it does about his political skills. Americans are engaged in a flight from reality. Tired of the steady drip of bad news and the constant political infighting, they want to be tucked into bed and told in a baby voice that everything will be “otah”. They want want a leader with empathy, who tells everyone that he feels their pain, who promises to heal their souls and raise the dead. Not a word this man has ever uttered has proven true, yet he is still adored.
I had a boss once who used to say of a bad employee, “Don’t blame him for his incompetence–he’s just following his nature. Blame me: I’m the dumbf**k that hired him!” There’s no use whining about Obama. The problem is not with him: it is with ourselves. Meanwhile, as America chooses willful destruction, the rest of the world shakes its head in wonder.

My goal in blogging about Obama has been quite singular: the American people have entered into a slumber and need to wake up and start taking charge of things again.

Some may say that this is really has nothing to do with Christianity and that this blog is therefore misnamed. I disagree.

Nations were put on this earth by God for man’s welfare, and He stands in judgment of them. As Christians, there is a prophetic call to deal with nations, and not just on narrow questions such as whether or not individuals have professed Christ as their savior, or whether the church is doing enough to feed the poor or counteract sin in society. If God cares about our welfare–and he does–then He will also judge leaders who lead their nations to ruin, and people who stand by allowing this to happen and saying nothing.

Jesus said,

So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10: 26-31

Would a God who cares about every little detail of our life really be unconcerned that America was a nation foolish enough to elect a fool as its leader?

And yes, foolishness and stupidity are in and of themselves evil. If the wise are unwilling to speak, and if wisdom cannot be found in the land, what hope does a nation have?

When I talk about Obama then, it is only to hold up a mirror to the nation, so the American people can see what they are now willing to tolerate, and see what in effect they have become. Americans have been given a wonderful opportunity to decide their own fate. Every person in America is effectively a king. Yet, for every person in America enslavement is peeking around the corner unless they rise up from their slumber and begin to stand.

It is time for Americans to rise from this stupor of foolishness, and walk in wisdom once again.


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3 Responses to The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves

  1. Your beautiful words are filled with wisdom, John. a recent article in of all places the Washington Post that gives me reason for hope assuming it is not already too late. You might find it interesting

  2. Chris Everts says:

    “I fear thou does’t protest too much”. The problem is you are looking for the wrong skill set in a leader. We really need a good competent Kindergarten Teacher, someone who can:
    1) handle petty squables between over inflated egos;
    2) make us pick up after ourselves;
    3) be omniscient and has “eyes in back of their head”
    4) Can change subjects every 5 minutes to compensate for the media’s (and our) short attention span;
    5) Make allowances for when emotion and “opinion” is substituted for lazyness, lack of knowledge/judgement.

    I could go on – but try looking in mirror once!

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