Marshall McLuhan said: “Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”
One’s image is a powerful weapon. If one can shape their image into anything they desire, not only can they direct the perception of themselves, but they can control the perception of multitudes. In politics, image is a key element in getting elected, and staying elected. Come every election cycle, discussion rages as to who is the most likable candidate; and whose affability could influence the voters in their favor.
When a politician is in dire straits, and needs to course correct, they will often do things that require no real effort, but look enormously disciplined. They will make speeches directed squarely at their base, attempting to sell the fact that they are still dedicated to the promises they made during their campaigns. This is all show, of course; but it often works.
Amidst all the scandal that is plaguing the White House, Barack Obama is losing his constituents. His approval is lower than ever (at 44%), and he is breaking promises left and right (otherwise known as lying). The estimated costs of Obamacare (which were lies to begin with) have been consistently rising as we get ever closer to the start of the program, and he has done little to nothing to quell the cries of the extreme environmentalists that voted for him. Those are just two of numerous broken promises made by the trickster in chief–do I need to mention Guantanamo Bay?
In an effort to raise those sagging poll numbers, Barack Obamaphone is looking to enlist celebrities to speak truth to power in his stead. According to Christian Toto, of Brietbart: “Trevor Neilson, a veteran of the Clinton White House, said he’s in talks with the Obama administration and that his clients are ‘looking at ways to be involved.’“
In addition to this, Obama is beginning to ramp up his “war on coal.” According to Wynton Hall, of Brietbart: “Obama’s plan will crack down on emissions even further, give $8 billion in taxpayer money to fund loan guarantees for energy projects, and allocate $7 billion to finance foreign climate mitigation and adaptation projects, reports The Times.”
1. Coal provides millions of jobs for the United States. Many people will lose their jobs if the Obama administration attempts to take an axe to the coal industry.
2. In the end, what does the destruction of the coal industry get us? What is the benefit? Nothing. Global emissions have risen steadily over the last 15 years, while the average temperature of the planet has remained steady. The theory of anthropogenic global warming has been steadily losing credibility over the last few years (if it had any to begin with), and taking out a hit on the coal industry will not help it regain validity.
3. Taking aim at coal simply helps boost Obama’s image in the eyes of extreme environmentalists, low-information voters, and hipsters; while tearing a chunk out of our economy. It would actively hurt us, while helping Obama.
4. A President enlisting celebrities to help sell a shoddy product is like a doctor bringing out a clown to tell his patient that they have cancer. It’s a distraction; and a pathetic one at that.
5. Why Americans love celebrity endorsements seriously boggles the mind. We have developed a culture that worships people because they are good at acting, singing, and being generally famous. Somehow, a person’s ability in the arts makes them an expert on a variety of policy issues. How about this: instead of listening to the people who have money enough to not worry about the cost of Obamacare, we listen to our own instincts? How about we use our own brains to suss out fact from fiction?
Just like the attack on coal, “Celebrities for Obamacare” is nothing but illusion. We have a president who is losing his base; the people from whom he desperately needs support. With his status among celebrities, the uncanny usefulness of celebrity endorsements, and his destructive move on the coal industry, Obama is trying to direct his public image. Unfortunately, he is so adept at illusion, most Americans will have no idea they are being manipulated.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said: “Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”
Obama’s behavior shows his image to be truly ugly, and despicable. He has no care for the American people; he seeks only to protect himself, and his image as an iconoclast.