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Cult of Personality? What Cult of Personality?

The kid of course is merely parroting what he has been told.  The really pathetic thing is that his mother thought it would be great to post this to YouTube.  The production values are very poor.  The last time in western society this type of god-like adoration of a politician was attempted, the production values were much higher:

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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.

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  1. Have you remarked this controversy about the rodeo clown now banned for life from the Missouri State Fair? As we speak, the appended announcer has been compelled to submit his resignation to the fair and is under investigation and facing the possibility of dismissal from his day job. Also we’ve had denunciations issued by the Missouri Fair Commission, the Governor of Missouri, and the White House Press Office. In addition, some sort of sensitivity training is planned for rodeo clowns working in Missouri. Also, the NAACP wants some sort of federal investigation. The former president of Clowns of America International has in addition written an op-ed piece denouncing this fellow for violating their ‘code of ethics’. No word yet on whether the American Psychological Association board will declare the man suffering a mental disorder. How do you spell gleichschaltung?

  2. No sense of humor in evidence from these groups of governmental people, etc. Do these have memory of their more vicious treatment in the recent past as regards George W. Bush or Sarah Palin?

  3. Re Clowngate: see posts under “Various and Sundry 8/14/13.” I still believe the fair commission was within their rights to fire the clown (though preferably they should have simply asked him not to do it again and fired him only if he refused) since the organizers of any entertainment event have discretion over who may perform and what they may perform. However, they should have simply left it at that; the spectacular overreaction of banning him for life (as if he were a threat to public safety on the level of a child molester or drug dealer) and insisting upon sensitivity training for future clowns (!) is clownish in itself.

  4. “Have you remarked this controversy about the rodeo clown now banned for life from the Missouri State Fair? As we speak, the appended announcer has been compelled to submit his resignation to the fair and is under investigation and facing the possibility of dismissal from his day job. Also we’ve had denunciations issued by the Missouri Fair Commission, the Governor of Missouri, and the White House Press Office. In addition, some sort of sensitivity training is planned for rodeo clowns working in Missouri. Also, the NAACP wants some sort of federal investigation. The former president of Clowns of America International has in addition written an op-ed piece denouncing this fellow for violating their ‘code of ethics’. No word yet on whether the American Psychological Association board will declare the man suffering a mental disorder. How do you spell gleichschaltung?”

    Would be god-emperors and their minions tend not to have much of a sense of humor Art. Presidents have been ridiculed ceaselessly beginning with George Washington. That the Obama cultists want a special exemption from this fact of American life for the current incumbent speaks volumes about their attachment to American freedom and their lack of common sense.

  5. Dryden, in his Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire notes, “Augustus, who was conscious to himself, of so many Crimes which he had committed, thought in the first place to provide for his own Reputation, by making an Edict against Lampoons and Satires, and the Authors of those defamatory Writings, which my Author Tacitus, from the Law-Term, calls famosos libellos.” Some jurists were found servile enough to wrest the words “Qui malum carmen incantassit . . .” [If he chants bad songs] in the XII Tables to apply to satires, when the were plainly directed against evil spells.

    Under his successors, this sensitivity was carried to great lengths. Caligula sentenced to death those who were sacrilegious enough to undress before the image of the emperor.

  6. Elaine, the question of what the Fair Commission has the right to do (or the school district putting the announcer through the mangle has the right to do) is not at issue. The question is why the school district, the Fair Commission, the Governor of Missouri, the former President of Clowns of America (who is a childrens’ party clown, not a rodeo clown), or the White House Press Secretary would beclown themselves in the manner they have. This is another canary in the coal mine.

  7. And then there’s the NAACP, that bad parody of the March of Dimes principle. Obnoxious patronage baby Julian Bond has now retired, but the crew he left behind are at least as bad.

  8. “The question is why the school district, the Fair Commission, the Governor of Missouri, the former President of Clowns of America (who is a childrens’ party clown, not a rodeo clown), or the White House Press Secretary would beclown themselves in the manner they have. This is another canary in the coal mine.”

    I agree. I should clarify that I do NOT believe the fair commission or anyone else has any business trying to get the clown or the announcer canned from their regular full time jobs — effectively blacklisting them and interfering with their ability to earn a living; that is way out of line. If they merely wanted him to refrain from the Obama performance at that one particular event, fine, but it should have stopped there. There is also no reason for Clowns of America to get involved as rodeo clowns serve a different function than circus or party clowns (a rodeo clown’s main duty is to distract the horse or bull from attacking the rider if he gets thrown; entertaining the spectators is secondary).

    If the MO Gov. and/or the POTUS had to get involved at all they should have taken the approach that George W. Bush took with the Dixie Chicks:

    “The Dixie Chicks are free to speak their mind. They can say what they want to say … they shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out … Freedom is a two-way street … I don’t really care what the Dixie Chicks said. I want to do what I think is right for the American people, and if some singers or Hollywood stars feel like speaking out, that’s fine. That’s the great thing about America.”

  9. In re: the rodeo clown controversy – I tend to agree with those who have suggested that this is just another media-manufactured kerfluffle (or, to coin a phrase, a “fake scandal”) designed to eat up air time and column space which otherwise might be at risk of being used to deal with real scandals, such as Benghazi (gunwalking to Syria), Fast and Furious (gunwalking to Mexico), IRS targeting of dissenting voices, et ceteratque nauseum.

    In re: the NAACP – This organization is now a particularly egregious example of an institution which, having seen the purpose for which it was established largely accomplished, now seeks to survive by redefinition and the manufacturing of crises. The first big one was the assault on the symbols of the Confederacy, especially the battle flag(s), which was ginned up at about the time the NAACP was experiencing a decline in membership.

    In re: the life-ban on the rodeo clown – I hope the gentleman has engaged a competent attorney to file a civil (and civil rights) suit against the Clowns of America and other involved parties for their outrageous over-reaction. It would be good if they could strike first before Eric Gunwalker Holder’s Department of Injustice launches their own lynching party.

    Finally, in re: the Clowns of America – perhaps these folks should also be worried about a suit for trademark infringement by inside-the-Beltway ruling class types. Just sayin’. 😉

  10. I do not think he has a cause of action against Clowns of America. Their ‘code of ethics’ is trivial, does not apply to someone in his precise line of work, and their former president worthy of the most severe lampoon. The fact that officers of this silly trade association are willing to join this political pile-on discredits it. They are not ‘over-reacting’. No one is. “Over-reacting’ suggests there was something to which to properly react.

    I think your assessment of the media / Democratic Party complex credits them with a greater measure of Machiavellian self-awareness than they possess.

  11. Vati, Vati, führt das Fuehrer auf diese Weise? (Daddy, Daddy, will the Fuehrer pass this way?) As history repeats itself, he just might.

  12. So much of this is paid for by tax dollars. Remember the tax-paying citizen, the clown included. Hasn’t the clown paid his taxes to have his free speech? The clown thought that he was funny. Isn’t that the clown’s job: to make us laugh at ourselves? A man who does not laugh at himself is…? A citizen does not ridicule the office of President of the USA. A citizen is free to point out the foibles of a citizen sitting in that office.

  13. Too bad Stephan cannot and could not invoke God’s blessing on Barack Obama in the public school or in the public square. Perhaps Barack Obama, with his great and powerful God-given gifts, will make peaceable assembly in free speech to petition government for redress and for Divine Providence a First Amendment civil right in freedom. Our taxes bought and paid for the government. At least people ought to be free.

  14. Sadly, this child will never learn The Truth which would make him free.

    In fact, . . .

    11/5/2012: Walter Russell Mead: “America’s Black middle class is facing a crisis of historic proportions. African Americans were among the biggest losers in the housing bubble; well-intentioned but ill-advised policy changes intended to get more low income families and marginal households into home ownership kicked in just in time to lure African American families into the housing market at the peak of the bubble. The loss of wealth and savings has been nothing short of catastrophic; decades of progress in building net worth for middle class and lower middle class minority families have been wiped out since 2007.”

    And,

    9/4/2012: The Daily Caller: “President Barack Obama was a pioneering contributor to the national subprime real estate bubble, and roughly half of the 186 African-American clients in his landmark 1995 mortgage discrimination lawsuit against Citibank have since gone bankrupt or received foreclosure notices.

    “As few as 19 of those 186 clients still own homes with clean credit ratings, following a decade in which Obama and other progressives pushed banks to provide mortgages to poor African Americans.

    “The startling failure rate among Obama’s private sector clients was discovered during The Daily Caller’s review of previously unpublished court information from the lawsuit that a young Obama helmed as the lead plaintiff’s attorney. [RELATED: Learn about the 186 class action plaintiffs]”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/03/with-landmark-lawsuit-barack-obama-pushed-banks-to-give-subprime-loans-to-chicagos-african-americans/#ixzz25RFSA6or

    P. S. The housing GSE’s (FNMA/FHLMC), without which the housing-bubble-crisis could not have occurred, were massive political contributors to progressive tools. Obama recieved $104,000 in political graft payments from FNMA.

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