Monday, October 27, 2008

emotional high

The Rocky Mountain News published a picture of Barack Obama surrounded by CSU college students. Their emotional state reminded me of pictures of kids welcoming the Beatles back in the sixties. The Messianic appeal the candidate has to his admirers is frightening. Savanorola, Peter the Hermit,Frank Sinatra and less admirable characters in historical times have stirred similar passions. Perhaps I have missed it in the past, I have been through seventeen presidential elections, but the frenzy of these supporters seems higher than the normal excitement of elections. I think elections have been lowered by media coverage to promotion of personalities. I think that we have entered an era where politics should be labeled entertainment rather than serious business .


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