There is the deep yearning in their heart. But the door will not open before noon and He will not appear until after that. They file into the arena and they can already feel the Something. Ninety minutes before He will take the stage, unprompted, they begin to chant his name.
Later they repeat “We are the ones we’ve been Waiting for,” over and over in rhythm.
Onstage, following the obligatory opening remarks and announcements, the man at the podium says the Name, and then leaves the stage.
It takes a full 30 seconds before the Appearance. The electricity is almost unbearable. Across the spectrum of political ideas and positions in the minds of the congregation assembled there is dead quiet. There is only anticipation. There is only unnamed, undefined, unrestricted, unleashed excitement from all the hearts and all the minds are entirely subjugated to the emotion.
Finally, the god strides from the wings to the microphone. The noise is “deafening, a long, exultant roar with all the force and overwhelming power of a jet engine before take-off.” And he speaks the words of a transformation.
A woman literally faints, but the son of man reaches out to her, alone. His compassion flows from the podium, stopping the proceedings, reaching down for that single soul.
He returns to speaking, still in cadence, the power growing with the rhythm, and then tears flow as, for this assembled multitude, their decades of discouragement, all the burdens and cares, the frustrations of life, fall off like old leaves. For now all the people are coming together in Unity. He has now given them all, as it were, a single language, the return of hope, “and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”
“Yes, we can.”
A powerful spirit, entirely separate from thought, permeates the hall. This is way beyond any specific position or policy. It is the return of an ancient ceremony.
“If you stand with me, if you vote for me, if you crave the kinds of changes that America is ready to see happen, I promise you this, I will not just win an election, I will not just win, but more importantly you and I together, we will transform this COUNTRY, and WE WILL TRANSFORM THE WORLD!”
Obama, Jan. 25, Florence SC
Feb. 5: “I’ve been following politics since I was about 5, I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. …he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament.”
Feb. 12: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the feeling we have about our country. And that is an objective assessment.” — Chris Matthews, MSNBC
“Obama spoke for only twenty-five minutes and took no questions; he had figured out how to leave an audience at the peak of its emotion, craving more. As he was ending, I walked outside and found five hundred people standing on the sidewalk and the front steps of the opera house, listening to his last words in silence, as if news of victory in the Pacific were coming over the loudspeakers. Within minutes, I couldn’t recall a single thing that he had said, and the speech dissolved into pure feeling, which stayed with me for days.”—George Packer, New Yorker
“I would characterize the Senate race as being a race where Obama was, let’s say, blessed and highly favored. That’s not routine. There’s something else going on. I think that Obama, his election to the Senate, was divinely ordered. . . . I know that that was God’s plan.”— Bill Rush
Obama has the capacity to summon heroic forces from the spiritual depths of ordinary citizens and to unleash therefrom a symphonic chorus of unique creative acts whose common purpose is to tame the soul and alleviate the great challenges facing mankind.
— Gerald Campbell
“Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. . . . He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves.”— Ezra Klein
It’s amazing grace that brought me here… It isn’t enough to tell the truth, We need politicians who know how to be the truth. …it’s a question that the entire nation is asking – ‘is he the one?’ South Carolina – I do believe he’s the one. [he] has an ear for eloquence and a Tongue dipped in the Unvarnished Truth.” …and we’re here to evolve to a higher plane…” –Ophah Winfrey
“Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.” —Luke 21:8
A quantum leap in American consciousness
— Deepak Chopra, “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”
“He walks into a room and you want to follow him somewhere, anywhere,” — George Clooney “
[Obama is ] creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom . . . [He is] the man for this time.”— Toni Morrison
With hunger at her heels, freedom in her eyes,
She dances on her knees, pirate prince at her side,
The hollow idol’s eyes.
Full of Grace,
Savior of the Human Race,
Your cool face.
— Jim Morrison
“Barack Obama is our collective representation of our purest hopes, our highest visions and our deepest knowings . . . He’s our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence.”— Eve Konstantine
“He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians. . . . the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century.” — Gary Hart
“Barack Obama WILL REQUIRE YOU to work. He is going to DEMAND that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation and that you move out of your comfort zone. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will NEVER ALLOW YOU to go back to your lives as usual – uninvolved, uninformed – you have to stay at the seat at the table of democracy with a man like Barack Obama not just on Tuesday but in a year from now, in four years from now, in eights years from now, YOU WILL HAVE TO BE ENGAGED.”
Advertising signs that con You into thinking you’re the one
That can do what’s never been done
That can win what’s never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.
– Bob Dylan, from “It’s alright, ma, I’m only bleeding.”
“This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better… If you look at Barack Obama’s audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed.”— Louis Farrakahn
… a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany … and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama
— Barack Obama, Lebanon, New Hampshire, January 7, 2008.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” –II Cor. 11:13-15
Now the Republican Left, standing, as usual, flat-footed, objects awkwardly that this melding of the spiritual with the political is untoward, as though some strange new thing is happening. The only thing strange has been its absence from American politics, since 1984.
Neither Hillary nor McCain can draw, in their speeches, from wells of spiritual power. Their closest contact with spiritual power is having been seduced by it. Barack channels it.
Barack Obama is the Democrat Reagan, able to touch the spiritual in his constituency. This is the Democrat 1976 and Hillary is their Gerald Ford (that is, a candidate well versed on government and carrying the experience of the Oval Office, without ever having been elected, who is without an ounce of charisma, but who also has the loyalty of the Party hierarchy, and dragging along the legacy of the corrupt administration that gave them power). In the long run It makes little difference if Hillary can keep the Party elite in line and, by them, secure the nomination. Obama is the new leader either way. By the end of his speech at the Democrat National Convention he will own the hearts of the left. If he’s not their nominee, they’ll wish he was.
Charisma notwithstanding, the contrast could not be greater between Reagan and Obama. The one cultivated the moral fiber of the electorate, the Other capitalizes on their worst inclinations. One was the servant of freedom, the Other is the agent of collectivism, subjugation and government control.