Skip to comments.Parker: President will need good karma to succeed (PROJECTILE VOMIT ALERT)
Posted on 01/30/2009 8:59:08 AM PST by markomalley
It may be time to take a closer look at karmic justice that mysterious quid pro quo by which good and bad acts are rewarded in kind.
One needn't believe in past lives and reincarnation to note that there's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on. Put another way: What goes around comes around.
The most obvious manifestation is the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.
I mention his middle name only because Chief Justice John Roberts did during the swearing-in ceremony, a proper time for proper names. It was wholly karmic that those who have been hissing "Hussein" as though it were a profane indictment of Obama's patriotism should have to hear it pronounced with dignity and respect in the presence of a largely approving world.
It has never been clear to less-fevered minds why the name's association with Iraq's Saddam was more compelling than with Jordan's royal family. King Hussein, now deceased, and his son King Abdullah II have been among our most valuable allies in the Middle East.
But never mind. The name now belongs to the president of the United States, biracial leader of the free world. Karma be praised.
Another karmic image, both tragic and jarring, lingers from the inauguration that of Vice President Dick Cheney being transported from the halls of power in a wheelchair. The man whose long political career has been characterized by erect certitude and who advised Bush through a series of disastrous misjudgments was no longer capable of walking upright because of a back injury.
To the extent that our physical ailments reflect our interior lives, his final public appearance as vice president must have seemed a monument to karmic justice to the least of his fans. Likewise, Bush seemed paler than usual and wan next to a youthful, energized Obama.
Despite his cheerful attitude, it cannot have been easy for Bush to see the Mall teeming with people who had come to celebrate not only a new president, but Bush's departure.
The bad vibes didn't stop there.
After first praising Bush for his service, Obama aimed many of his remarks straight at the heart of Bush's policies. Most piercing was his promise to the rest of the world that America was now ready to lead again.
Obama recalled earlier generations that "faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions."
"They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please."
There's little question for whom that was intended, but Obama was off the mark when he said that "we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders."
Say what one will about Bush, he was not indifferent to the suffering of others. In fact, he is credited with saving millions of lives by allocating billions to fight AIDS and malaria in Africa. He also has been instrumental in helping bring an end to civil war in Sudan and was among the first to declare the atrocities in Darfur as genocide.
By those acts, surely, Bush has accrued a store of good karma, if little public acclamation, to balance whatever justice is his due.
On a lighter note in the annals of karmic history, Illinois first lady Patricia Blagojevich has been fired from her $100,000 job as a fundraiser for the homeless.
And former French President Jacques Chirac was taken to the hospital after being bitten by his pet Maltese poodle.
And now for our turn.
Obama didn't use the precise words, but he implied in his inaugural address that our current crises are karmic justice for decades of self-indulgence, greed and irresponsibility. It's not that we necessarily deserve a collapsed economy, two wars and a warming planet, but we can't place all the blame elsewhere.
Urging a new era of responsibility long the rallying cry of conservatives Obama was essentially invoking ancient scripture: "For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
As presidential mantras go, we could do worse. May good karma be with him.
Ms Parker doesn’t know the difference between Karma and Irony.
What happened to this woman?
She used to be a pretty solid conservative. She caught the BHO virus.
Just another country club republican who craves the approval of the intelligentsia.
Are we even allowed to post articles authored by her here?
Fortunately he has been Karmalized. His popularity isn’t going to fly anymore
She has always been part of that DC & New York cocktail scene, she says what is popular, I doubt she has principles.
OK, I got to about the fourth paragraph before I felt the contents of my stomach looking for the exit sign.
These people are mental beyond belief.
If that Kathleen Parker was still around, it'd be pretty confusing with this one now publishing articles about political issues.
I don’t think that list includes banned authors like Lew Rockwell or David Icke.
I think you should have added a hurl large chunks alert.
KP is dead to me.
Judging from his start, I’d have to say that 0’s karma isn’t going to keep his boat afloat.
Ms. Parker better hope there’s no such thing as karma.
Get me a link and I'll bookmark it. (I'm not being flippant either, I just don't know of a list of banned authors one way or the other. I wouldn't post Rockwell, Icke, or A. Jones anyway...just because I wouldn't...but if there's a list, I'd like to know)
Disgusting worship of Obama...
I’m not sure if there is one, I just wanted to save folks time digging in that one..
Yeah, zero is karma alright. Karma for a nation where many are Godless and have abandoned principles and morals (if they had any to start with). He is karma for a culture that debases life. Unfortunately the rest of us have to suffer through his bumblings.
Totally retarded dude.
His karma may be a problem. And not just the Reverend Wright-Bill Ayers-Frank Marshall Davis-fake birth certificate-missing college records-New Party-wacky mother-Stokely-Carmichael-in-a-JackieO-dress wife trail. Apparently,
his Harry Belafonte mojo is wearing out. Even Peggy Noonan is less than impressed.
This malady must be similar to the one that attacked Arianna Huffington! She also was a fairly conservative talking head at one time. We now know what happened to her!
She’s got “jungle fever”
Karma means “action”, so yeah, Dear Leader chooses his karma along with the rest of us mere mortals.
I think he'll depend more on brute force, myself.
Karma means duty in yoga. You’re karma yoga is the work you do, that you owe, to the world. Karma sort of means justice - God save us from getting what we deserve.
She must have done double-shots at the Obama koolaid bar.
It’s one thing to swoon, but to get into Cheney’s physical back problem, wow, that’s ... moonbatty to the point of cruelty. Hitting a man when he’s down. That’s ... low.