A.J. Castellitto
Devoted Democrats duped by the cult of personality
By A.J. Castellitto
February 16, 2015

"Please join us tonight as we show our love and appreciation for President Obama #ILoveObama! " – a devoted Obama supporter on Twitter, 2/15/15

I exploit you; still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three
I'm the cult of personality

I will never understand the Obama Fan Club. It must certainly be true that if liberals are from Venus, we conservatives are from Mars. I can't see the two sides coming together any time soon. President Obama has become quite the lightning rod, vividly illustrating the depths of the divide (and the current holes in our political system).

With his approval rating hovering around 50 percent, president Obama continues to reap a surprising and somewhat alarming level of popularity and support. I guess it's a phenomenon similar to the conservative support given to George W. Bush..... Or maybe not?

Nevertheless, Obama seems to be filling some sort of need for a significant majority of the American population. Obama continues to represent 'Team Underdog,' as the devotion seems tied to a public perception of empathy, equality and liberation. Obama has become a symbol of mercy to the refugee, hope to the oppressed, empowerment to the weak and justice to the wronged.

Everybody loves the underdog – true or false, right or wrong, fact or fiction, for better or for worse – Obama continues to represent a resurgence of sorts for the nationally disenfranchised and disenchanted among us. The Republicans are perceived, somewhat justifiably, as Team Evil while the Dems continue to wave the banner of progress to be fully realized in the culmination and legislative reformation of a brighter tomorrow.

We, by nature, identify with what appeals to us and we apply our own projections to mentally mold our guy into something wholly adequate to fulfill our dreams. No amount of reason or sound persuasion can tarnish such a perfectly conceived image. Ultimately and tragically, as its leader goes, so goes the cult (and all its members right along with it!)

Neon lights, Nobel Prize
When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set you free

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