Obama made in a cult

In many societies we can find people who like to worship certain people who are in the picture.

In kingdoms we do find princes and princesses worshipped. For republics the candidates for the presidency make a change to be turned into quite a cult. No difference with the American elections. On one site you have the conservative Christians and Tea Party members being blinded by Mitt Romney.

English: CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Commi...

English: CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee Mitt Romney offering remarks before a curling event (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But the Obama camp does not walk free, also there you can find fan clubs with crazy people who do everything to show others they worship Obama. Fanaticism makes the zealots wild.

All the campaign merchandise and gear you need to show your support, including t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, for Mitt Romney can be found on the Romney-Ryan store,  and for Barack Obama on the Obama for America store. It is a whole merchandise business with a lot of money involved.

If it’s a state that could be won by either President Barack Obama or his Republican challenger Mitt Romney — for example, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Virginia and now Wisconsin — votes from abroad could tip the balance. And there the sympathisers do want to let the autochthons of that country know for whom they are going to vote. In that country it can well be that voters never would like to know the other for whom they are voting for. Belgium as such, has still to go a way forward, to have people openly tell others for whom they shall vote. It is considered a very private matter, but not for the Americans, so it seems. to let the indigenous know who should be the president of the far away United States of America they are proud to wear sweaters or to put bumper-stickers on their car.

Also Anti Mitt Romney or Anti Barack Obama Merchandise can be found. There are Liberal, Democratic and Republican articles against the opponents.

On both camps we can see this year that there is a madness going on. Some, who call themselves Christians, do worship a candidate and spend a lot of money on buying articles and using lots of time to parade with their gadgets in name of that president candidate.

It became really absurd this year. You can kit your life out, Obama or Romney style. If you want to fry some eggs, à la Obama, the supermarkets will be able to offer you your branded spatula. When you prefer to fix up a Martini in a 2012 cocktail glass with the face of Mitt Romney you can drink at the health of Obama, or the other way round. Be sure that when you hold the glass you shall have your nail polished with the right varnish. Bo Blue, Victory White and Red-y to Win is there to convince the Obama supporters.

A selection of Obama merchandise, available from his website.

A selection of Obama merchandise, available from his website.

Rana Reeves, founder of branding agency John Doe, believes buying something, rather than making a donation, appeals to a “younger segment. Young people understand consumerism. They want something back and this becomes a transaction.” While the nail varnish cost around $10,000 to produce, selling product like this is “one way of keeping low dollar supporters engaged with the campaign”, says website Politico. The sets sell for $40 a go. With more than 97% of donations in February’s total of $45m (£28m) coming from small donors, it all adds up. {Obama merchandising madness: where will it end?}

Ron Paul had boasts speakers decorated with his face for sale, Rick Santorum gave away a sweater vest with every donation of $100.

This year there is there’s been a spike in anti-Obama gear.

“Over the first six months of 2012, 45 percent of Obama merchandise sales have been pro-Obama, 55 percent have been anti-Obama,” The Daily Caller’s Caroline May says.

Report: Pro Obama Gear Sales Plummets, Anti Obama Gear SurgesImage courtesy The DC

And even more telling: pro-Mitt Romney gear has been selling far better than the Obama friendly material.

“Over the same 2012 time frame, 95 percent of Romney gear purchases have been pro-Romney — just 5 percent have been anti-Romney,” May reports.

Report: Pro Obama Gear Sales Plummets, Anti Obama Gear SurgesImage courtesy The DC

CafePress is an online custom merchandise shop that tracks its election-themed sales via an ‘Election Meter,’” May explains. “The company believes that such political sales can act as a barometer for electoral success.” {Report: Online Seller Says Pro-Obama Gear Sales Down, Anti-Obama Gear Surging}

Quixotic-911 writes in reply to the Blaze article: “I’m making fake election signs for Obozo. The first will say Obama with the O replaced by a hammer and sickle, the slogan will be “Fear & Envy” done entirely in red and yellow. The second will be similar but the O will be replaced by a crescent moon with a star and the slogan will be “ divide and conquer” I am going to put them at the main intersection in the neighborhood for all to enjoy.”

In a way it is funny to see the same companies offering anti material for both parties, and making lots of money in the stimulation of hatred.

Huge selections of “awesome anti-Obama bumper stickers and other merchandise” can be found everywhere with the saying that the people should “Exercise your first amendment while you still have it!”

“If you’re looking for unique, often outspoken designs on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and lots of other merchandise, you’re in the right place!” many websites tell the visitor. “Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for gifts, we have a wide variety of quality merchandise to choose from; please browse our topics below and see if you find what you’re looking for. ” And for sure if the customers would not be able to find what they want I wonder where they are still looking for. Even animals can be decorated with Republican or Democratic colours and symbols. There are even “Unique and outspoken designs promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle and kindness to animals. Vegan/vegetarian, anti-hunting, anti-fur, anti-rodeo, anti-vivisection and more.” all in the name of one or the other candidate.

“Outspoken–hell, downright Blunt!–anti-Obama merchandise.” some advertise with the note you shall also be able to find “Pro-Hillary Clinton gear, too.”

And for those who want to let the candidates know that they should not be overlooked, they can show off their American pride with a huge selection of military, veterans, and patriotic designs on a variety of merchandise.

There is even “Merchandise for natives and non-natives of the 50 United States.” so that they can let someone in another state know “you love them”, or “show your pride for your home state!”

Worst of all is one of the hottest selling items at the Democratic National Convention. The one who thought of it clearly did not have a good taste. The 2013 calendar titled “Keep the Dream” features 16 flattering photos of the First Family and their dogs. In honour of the President’s birth month, a picture of Obama’s birth certificate was used for August. The caption read “Heaven Sent” and proceeded to quote John 3:16 underneath, as if he were the actual Messiah. This is just going to far for any decent Christian believer, I would say.

The adoration of Obama has often strayed into near deification.
Slate writer Dave Weigel captured a picture of the iconic scripture plastered over an image of Obama and his birth certificate. The picture is the August “centerfold” so to speak, since Obama’s birthday is August 4th, and starts with the words “Heaven sent”:

The calendar’s website explains:

Inspired by his dedication to excellence and deep commitment to the education of African American people, James Hickman begins his newest 2013 sixteen month calendar. With its beautifully designed cover, it remains versatile enough to use for office, school classroom, library reference, or Home.  The predecessor to this innovative product was the “2009 Barack Obama-It’s Been A Long Time Coming” wall calendar that sold over 1 million copies bring widely acclaimed as the hottest, best selling calendar.

Keep The Dream calendar is packed with “well known” and “little known” African American History facts that can be used for a small dose of daily, personal inspirations, it can also be used as a daily treasure trove of impact African American History facts plus the “HBUC” that you can share with friends and loved ones.

Nothing visible on the calendar suggests it is connected in any way to the Obama re-election campaign, but a video posted by Hickman shows him distributing promotional materials for the calendar earlier this year in Atlanta and explaining his adoration for Obama.

“We’ve got to get out and vote for the president,” Hickman states. “We just can’t forget about the last four years and what he did for us. Hey! That’s a hard-working man. I give up love and everything to Obama.”

Hickman’s speech is immediately followed by Obama supporting signs reading “I love you President Obama! God bless you!” and “God has spoken … another 4 yrs!”

“If Hickman thinks that believing in Barack Obama will bring him everlasting life, he’s in for one hell of a surprise,” Breitbart’s William Bigelow quipped.

“The cult of Obama staggers on,” wrote Slate’s David Weigelcomparing the two conventions after seeing the calendar.

Artist Shepard Fairey designed the stylized stencil portrait of Obama that eventually became one of the most widely recognized symbols of the 2008 presidential campaign. After selling hundreds of posters on the street, the image was more widely distributed online and on other paraphernalia. These calendars are a continuation of that, banking on a similar form of exposure.

Would those artist really be aware what their devotion looks like?

Obama sculpture, riding a donkey at the Iowa Capitol – Matthew J. Clark

In January, artist Matthew J. Clark paraded a sculpture of Obama riding a donkey and preceded by waving palm fronds, reminiscent of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in the 21st chapter of Matthew as foretold by the prophet Zechariah: “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass.”

Controversial Obama painting: “The Truth” by Michael D’Antuono

Last April, painter Michael D’Antuono had planned to unveil a portrait titled “The Truth,” a 30″ x 54″ acrylic painting on canvas depicting Obama appearing much like Jesus Christ on the Cross, at New York City’s Union Square Park tomorrow, marking the president’s 100th day in office.

The artist chose to cancel the event after being flooded with thousands of emails, phone calls, online blogs and other forms of public criticism, all within 48 hours of releasing the controversial image online.

According to the statement, D’Antuono insists that the work was intended purely as a political piece.

“The religious reference was used metaphorically and not to insult anyone’s religious beliefs,” says D’Antuono. “If that is the effect that my art has had on anyone, I am truly sorry.”

You could think it is all “a joke” but the bad thing about it, is that lots of Americans take this all very serious, and they become very ardent fans of their idols, often not seeing clear any more, but blinded by a person they idolized in their head.

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Read more:

  1. Obama Calendar Touts President as ‘Heaven Sent,’ Quotes John 3:16
  2. As Seen at the Dem Convention: The Calendar That Uses John 3:16 in Reference to Obama
  3. Now it’s biblical: ‘Obama 3:16′ at DNC also posted by Lyn Leaz with subtitle: ‘God sent his Son,’ and we have Hawaii birth certificate to prove it! with her remark: Sickening.
  4. Artist cancels Messiah Obama display

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    One of the questions I get asked these days is whether a win by Mitt Romney or by Barack Obama would be better for the stock market.
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    The best first-term presidential market (at least so far) has come during the administration of … Barack Obama, who has been reviled on Wall Street for allegedly crippling corporate America with insults and regulation, and who has pushed through higher taxes on investment income of upper-echelon households. Yet stocks produced a whopping 95.9% total return from Obama’s Inauguration through Fortune’s mid-September presstime.
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  • The Generic Villain on Cults: Objects of Worship from Exchange of Realities (exchangeofrealities.com)
    So you’ve decided you’re going to use cultists as your minions of choice. Nifty—but you’ve got a lot of work to do. One of the most important elements is figuring out what your cult is going to worship.
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    You can just make your divine being out of full cloth and whatever old stories are lying around; there’s nothing quite like taking a bit of what people already believe, spinning it off in a new and convincing direction, and then tying the whole thing back together with the promotion of your own agenda.
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    Mitt Romney must have really liked his campaign event using coal miners as a backdrop after their employer, Murray Energy, made attendance mandatory and unpaid, though they lost paid work time to attend. Romney liked it so much, in fact, that his new ad attacking President Barack Obama for supposedly being anti-coal uses images of Romney standing in front of those miners as they lose pay to be forced to listen to him.
  • Mitt Romney Thinks Obama Supporters Are All Freeloaders (fidlerten.com)
    Those of us who support Barack Obama – 47 percent of Americans – are all just a bunch of freeloaders who sees ourselves as victims who all think we are entitled, and we take no personal responsibility for ourselves; at least this is what Mitt Romney thinks of us.
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    As far as paying taxes, I am sure many of those Obama-supporting Americans that Mitt Romney slammed pay more percentage wise in taxes than he does.
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    This election we have a clear choice, especially now that we know more about Mitt Romney’s heart; we can choose someone who sees almost half America as being all losers or someone who has a real plan to get America back on its feet again, and it is working.  Let us not trade in the slow train to a better future, under Obama, for a train wreck to a disaster under a Romney presidency.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist. - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog.
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One Response to Obama made in a cult

  1. It might be useful to see who is actually buying the merchandise. Indications from my Mormon friends here are that Romney has the support of about 95% of Mormons, and they are buying anything and everything to support Romney.

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