You may recall that the Egyptian pharaohs, the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar and the Macedonian Alexander the Great were rulers with divine pretensions and armies to back them up.
Emperor worship did not begin with the Roman Caesar Augustus. Nor did it end with him. It has continued in some form or another down through Hitler, Stalin and Mao to lesser lights.
The most recent pretender in this country is Barack Obama, whose origins are mysterious, whose past is emended and exaggerated, whose political agenda is swaddled in lies and advanced by bullies. His groupies ascribe to him a transcendent status and a transformative mission. They will have no other gods before him and will never take his name in vain.
Tragically, this deification of the ruler tends to disappoint the common man’s hopes on its way to violent repression and bloody persecution, which no propaganda can hide or excuse.
Please ponder carefully what I say, even if it offends you at first. I am a fellow American worried about our future together.