Cult of Personality? What Cult of Personality?

We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.   

 Hilaire Belloc

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Acts 12:21-23 – 21 And upon a set day Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people shouted, saying, The voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

  2. 2nd Peter 17-20 These people are waterless springs and mists driven by a gale; for them the gloom of darkness has been reserved. For, talking empty bombast, they seduce with licentious desires of the flesh those who have barely escaped from people who live in error. They promise them freedom, though they themselves are slaves of corruption, for a person is a slave of whatever overcomes him.

  3. In 2008, many voted to prove they aren’t racists.

    In 2012, many were given the opportunity to prove they aren’t idiots.

    All of us will suffer.

  4. T. Shaw wrote, “In 2008, many voted to prove they aren’t racists. In 2012, many were given the opportunity to prove they aren’t idiots. All of us will suffer.”

    Those whoe voted specifically to get the first “black” man in as President are by defiinition racist because they voted on the basis of race. As such, they were idiots in 2008 and continue to be idiots in 2012. But yes, all of us will suffer.

  5. PWP: Truth.

    Sadly, the ones to whom you refer could have been other than witless, prejudiced ideologues. They were “disenabled” by programs designed to “help” them, e.g., public school indoctrination.

    It’s not their fault!

  6. “In 2008, many voted to prove they aren’t racists.

    In 2012, many were given the opportunity to prove they aren’t idiots.

    All of us will suffer.”

    Can I quote you? I love that.

  7. T. Shaw has apparently upstaged Hilaire Belloc, my favorite historian, with a truism of his own. My compliments.

  8. Once again, LIving Colour. Betcha they didn’t they’d be prophesying the first black U.S. President when they recorded this song 25 years ago. But unwitting prophesies are often the most prophetic.

  9. Bible VersionsRSVPsalmsPsalm 2
    Psalm 2 (Revised Standard Version)

    1 Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision. 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my son, today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling 12 kiss his feet, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

  10. It was said of Napoléon III that he deceived Europe twice: once, when convinced them he was an idiot and a second time, when convinced them he was a statesman.

  11. Napoleon III was the living embodiment of one of the few things Marx got right:

    “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
    Blanc for Robespierre, the Montagne of 1848 to 1851 for the Montagne of 1793 to 1795, the nephew for the uncle. And the same caricature occurs in the circumstances of the second edition of the Eighteenth Brumaire.”


  12. That Obama has a cult following tells us more about imbecilic cultists than it does about Obama, the witless and prejudiced drone.

  13. Donald R Mcclarey

    I always liked Marx’x description of him: “As a fatalist, he lives in the conviction that there are certain higher powers which man, and the soldier in particular, cannot withstand. Among these powers he counts, first and foremost, cigars and champagne, cold poultry and garlic sausage. “

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