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April 12, 2008

The sigh of the oppressed creature

Allahpundit considers the latest spin on Senator Obama's Kinsley Gaffe* regarding the electorate of Pennsylvania; subject to a false consciousness - "distracted" in Obama-speak - and turning to God and guns out of bitterness against their material condition. If Obama's original statement boiled down to “religion is the opiate of the masses,” says Allahpundit, the Senator is only adding, “and what wonderful things opiates are.”

Which I would add only goes to underline Obama's Marxist train of thought, these opiates being “the heart of a heartless world.” People rarely refer to the extension of Marx' famous aphorism from "Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right" yet given the Senator's proselytizing the voice should sound remarkably familiar nonetheless.

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

* When a politician inadvertently says in public something they actually believe.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 12, 2008 04:17 PM


"religion is the opiate of the masses"

Because it keeps the masses sleepy and passive? Then Obama's chosen religion (see the spewings of Rev. Wright) is crack cocaine which makes people paranoid and violent.

(Of course, Marx was wrong on this, as he was wrong about just about everything, but that's a topic for another day.)

Posted by: pst314 [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 12, 2008 04:53 PM

From the oldest contiguous political party in the world, these are the two they throw up. And I choose my words carefully.

My wife is of the "I love my country more than I hate McCain" variety. For me, as a pessimist Catholic and CLCM* with many, many guns, I still say 'the worse, the better.'**

*Conservative Libertarian Constitutional Monarchist.
**I'd rather my kids see me go down in a hail of Federal bullets than meekly cuffed off to jail. That must be my converts enthusiasm for martyrdom speaking... or the bottle of shiraz I just drank.

Posted by: Clayton Barnett [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 12, 2008 10:16 PM

I'm pretty well convinced by now that Obama is both a closet racist and a classist.

This despite his church's stand against the "pursuit of middle-classness"

Hell, Hillary doesn't scare me as much now as Obama does.

McCain is finally starting to look like an elder statesman. All he had to do was shut up and let Obama talk.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 12, 2008 11:30 PM