Charles Chaput Observes Obamessiah Phenomenon — Really a Big Deal?

The observations made by the Denver’s archbishop are hardly anything new or unreasonable, but the Rocky Mountain News reports that his words are stirring up the blogs (which ones? not clear):

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput told a Canadian audience this week that some Catholics are treating President Barack Obama with a “spirit of adulation bordering on servility.”

“In democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs,” he said. [link added]

And:

“Americans, including many Catholics, elected a gifted man to fix an economic crisis. That’s the mandate. They gave nobody a mandate to retool American culture on the issues of marriage and the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion in public life and abortion,” he said. [emphasis added]

As Rossputin ably points out this morning, Barack Obama is far from doing the job we apparently elected him to do. The economy isn’t being “fixed”; instead, investor confidence and consumer confidence have tanked at the inept and overwrought statist intervention in the economy.

If electoral success is to be in their near future, Republicans need to do a better job of offering some commonsense, freedom-based solutions and reforms. Saying “No” to the bailouts and Obama’s other economic plans — or tossing tea into the harbor near 14th and Grant (aka the “Denver Tea Party”) — is only the start.

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