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“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
– 1 John 2:16
You can tell a lot about people by what they watch on television.
They say you are what you eat. It’s also true that what you choose to consume with the eye says much about your soul.
That brings me to the subject of Barack Obama’s favorite television show.
It’s a Netflix weekly drama called “House of Cards” featuring Kevin Spacey.
It’s about how corruption is the key to getting things done in Washington.
It’s also explicitly pornographic. You won’t see a single episode that doesn’t include the most ridiculous examples of gratuitous sex, meant only to appeal to the prurient interest of voyeurs.
All that would be disturbing, given the occupant of the White House has become a public promoter of the show. But it’s much worse than that.
Here’s what Obama has said about “House of Cards”: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient. It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man this guy’s getting stuff done.”
There’s no question that Spacey’s character, Rep. Frank Underwood, gets things done.
For those of you who have not seen the show, he gets them done through blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation and even murder.
So I have to ask myself: What is Barack Obama doing promoting this show? Why is he giving interviews saying he wishes things could be done the way Frank Underwood does them? Is it appropriate, responsible and thoughtful for a president of the United States to champion blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation and murder as the best way to do business in Washington?
Not surprisingly, Bill Clinton is also a huge fan of the show.
Now let me add this: I’ve watched most of the first season myself. It is an excellent dramatic show, technically speaking. But it is also repugnant, exploitative, obscene and degrading.
But Obama is shamelessly promoting it without any caveats whatsoever.
Worse yet, he is out there suggesting Frank Underwood – a murderer – is a role model for him.
I want you to try to imagine how the press would react if George W. Bush had publicly commended a show like this – musing about how he wished Washington could emulate the efficiency of a blackmailing, murdering, manipulating congressional leader.
First of all, it’s almost unthinkable that Bush would do so.
Second of all, can you imagine the press treating such a statement as if the president just said his favorite show was “Father Knows Best” or “Leave It to Beaver”?
Make no mistake about it if you haven’t watched the first season of “House of Cards”: Obama has expressed admiration for a character who is a ruthless thug – a godfather-style figure who will use any means necessary to get his way.
Of course, that character is a liberal Democrat – so it’s OK.
None of this surprises me.
Obama is not a virtuous man of character. We know that after five years in office. But he’s not even the least bit self-conscious about proclaiming his admiration for a character who is rotten to the core – a cheater, an adulterer, one who even plans and executes the murder of a fellow member of Congress.
He’s setting a great example for the nation, isn’t he? He’s really raising the bar on expectations of the next generation, isn’t he? Is he going to recommend the show to his own children, even as he publicly extols it to the entire nation without any reservations?
We’ve come a long way since George Washington, haven’t we?
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