Obama is not Kennedy, MLK, or Jesus: Hero worship not good for country or candidates

Juicy Planet has been told that Barack Obama is being given a free pass by the American media and many other citizens. While there has been an increase in cynicism and doubt about Senator Hillary Clinton in the past few months, there has been an alarming and unreasonable lack of scrutiny of Senator Obama.

bill_hillaryclintoncasual.jpgJuicy Planet believes that sexism combined with the puffing up of American youth as a demographic play big roles in the anti-Clinton tide, while racism and the cult of celebrity all play a large part in the do not mess with Obama wave. Both Democratic candidates are sharp-minded and strong in character. Both come from privileged backgrounds, are lawyers who attended Ivy League schools, and sport intelligent and ambitious spouses.

We should not be irrationally sanctifying Obama, nor should we allow the Obama hero fantasy characterization by media to go unchallenged. It is a danger not only to democracy but to the realization of progressive legal, economic, social and foreign policy changes we need, but this kind of Messiah worship is a danger to the man himself. Obama must be held to the same scrutiny as Clinton and McCain, for the highest office in the world. It will make for a more honest and healthy country. The thoughts expressed in this post will expire on March 5, 2008. Go Obama! Go voters!

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Freedom and Understanding; Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

mlking-jr-mall.jpgA nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

King was born on January 15th, 1929. He was murdered on April 4, 1968.

This Monday, January 21st, 2008, is a national holiday to recognize the work and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. But this official recognition had to be fought for by activists for many years. Many U.S. government staff won’t have to work because of this holiday. One way our elected lawmakers can honor King, and the citizens they work for, is by passing legislation that raises the minimum wage, offers health care and college education to all, protects the human rights of its citizens, and keeps guns out of kids hands.

CLICK here to volunteer One Day of Service 2010