I remembered it only vaguely, so I pulled out my Encyclopedia Americana and read the following about the pied piper of Hamelin:
According to a German legend he was a magician who promised to rid the town of Hamelin from rats for a stipulated sum of money. He performed his task by playing on his pipe as he walked to the Weser River and the rats, following the music, were charmed into the river and drowned. On the citizens then refusing to pay the money, the piper took up his pipe once more and led the way out of the town followed by 130 children [who] vanished forever.
So, what’s my point?
I see the leading Democrat candidate for the office of as eerily similar to the fabled pied piper. Barack Obama emerged out of national obscurity with an oration at the Democrat convention in 2004, and since then has steadily charmed millions in his own party, and even some Republicans and independents, into thinking he has magical abilities to effect “change” and “unite the country.” Though there’s little in his brief political career to substantiate this notion, and though he has offered little in explanation of how he’d perform this magic, he’s a slick and polished public speaker who has all but vanquished the former front-runner Hillary Clinton and crushed her long held political dream.
Another very sobering, troubling similarity: This Illinois magician seems to have captured the imagination and adulation of a large segment of America’s young. Where he says he’ll lead, they are lining up to follow – though nobody knows where that is. He hasn’t been there himself, but he paints a mystical, attractive picture of a united, harmonious, progressive land where all needs are magically attended by a loving government. Almost socialistic nirvana, though he doesn’t use those words.
Of course, the mesmerized young and the entranced older followers don’t seem to grasp that “big government” is us – the millions of beleaguered, overtaxed, desperately hard-working citizens who will admittedly be taxed even more heavily, all manipulated by like Obama and Clinton, doling out our money to accomplish their ambitions, all the while making us think we’re getting something for nothing. Talk about a magic spell!
The young prospective voters flocking to every Obama rally and screaming like they’re at a rock concert are the very ones the NEA has decreed don’t need to be taught about the original concepts on which our nation was founded. The “history” books in a majority of our high schools and colleges have omitted or skimmed over the objectives and motivations of our Founding Fathers and largely obliterated their intentions to limit government. And God forbid – no, the NEA and many of our judges forbid – that any mention of God or biblical guidelines of morality ever find their way into a school or classroom.
So, to the uninformed and impressionable young, a tall, glib, charismatic politician who reminds them of news clips they’ve seen of another young, glib, charismatic senator from Massachusetts (who also charmed people into thinking he was leading them to Camelot) … well, he’s just irresistible! He speaks hypnotically of “change,” of “unifying” all the disparate elements in our society, of providing universal health care, of tasing the evil rich (the employers of our workers), of repairing America’s tattered image around the world, and above all, of issuing orders – wearing his new commander in chief hat – to summarily bring all our troops home from Iraq. What’s not to like?
Oh, he’s never done anything like this, on any level – but who knows? Maybe he can pull it off; he sure talks as if he could. And to my real dismay, I’ve heard from mature, knowledgeable people, even some Republicans, who are so impressed with the magician’s ability to “involve our young people in the political process” that they’re endorsing his candidacy, all the while confessing that they disagree with him on “many fundamental issues”! What in the heck is going on? Some kind of voodoo?
Hopefully, more hard facts and some revelations will expose the inexperience and sleight of hand imagery of this pied piper from Illinois. I’ve just read a bone-chilling account by Jill Stanek in Citizen magazine of the time she and others lobbying for passage of the state Born Alive Infant Protection Act confronted then newly elected U.S. Sen. Obama about his longtime opposition to the act. It was simple legislation that would require hospitals to care for infants who survive abortion, the process implemented to kill them. Obama spoke against the legislation in 2001 and 2002, and single-handedly defeated it in committee in 2003.
Stanek stood in Obama’s path and told him, “Senator, we are going to pass Born Alive here in Illinois this year.” He smiled smoothly and agreed, “I think you will,” adding, “I would have voted for the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in Illinois had it been worded the same as the federal bill. I think that’s the position the Democrats should take.”
He didn’t mention that he had personally stopped his committee from adding the federal wording. With him gone from the state Senate, the Born Alive legislation finally did pass in 2005.
And now, defending his staunch support for abortion for any woman or girl who wants it, he has uttered, “I’m going to teach [my daughters] … about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby!” His ideas of morality and right behavior don’t include accepting responsibility for “making mistakes,” apparently. No, let the innocent unborn pay the price, not his daughter.
This kind of legerdemain, this “slick Willy” approach to political ascendancy, has already camouflaged Barack Obama’s I.D. as the single most liberal-voting U.S. senator, even to the left of Hillary Clinton. He’s piping a very persuasive, hypnotizing tune. He’s lining up millions of our young, who find him magnetic and enchanting. We’d better demand to know more about where such a pied piper would lead us – before our kids, and our nation, vanish into the river.
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