Some weeks ago I completed my reading of Unmasking Obama: The Fight to Tell the True Story of a Failed Presidency by Jack Cashill, a book published in 2020. As I read it, it sparked my thinking, and I found myself making notes about potential lessons we can learn from everything surrounding Barack Obama.
This was the fourth book I have read by Jack Cashill, and they all have been good. He is a gifted writer, with a prose style that encourages us to keep reading. He has a sense of humor, a good-natured calmness, a willingness to be fair to everyone, and a love of truth. Better yet, he even has a connection to the state of Indiana, having taken his doctorate in American studies at Purdue University.
As I read Unmasking Obama, certain ideas kept popping into my head. I needed to write them down, and eventually to tell my teeming millions of readers what I had learned. Some of the ideas may not have come directly from the text (while some certainly do) but that is what a good writer like Jack Cashill does–he makes you think.
So here are ten takeaways from my reading of Unmasking Obama. They are numbered, for my entertainment and convenience.
1/Mainstream Media’s dishonesty is terminal. They have no love of truth. They have a Narrative in their own minds, and anything that does not fit the Narrative can be and should be ignored, at least according to them. They refuse to search for the truth, when a little digging, and a little common sense, would provide myriad openings to find the truth. These are filthy people.
2/Not only is Mainstream Media dishonest. I think they have lost the capacity even to see their own dishonesty. I don’t think any of them say to themselves, “I am going to lie now.” No, lying has become as natural to them as breathing. Do we think about breathing? No, we just do it. Similarly, these people just follow the Narrative, and the Narrative is obviously the truth, so anything that doesn’t fit the Narrative must be wrong. They have arrived at a state of being that makes them feel happy, and nothing is going to make them give up that state of being.
3/Barack Obama was a fraud from the beginning, but among left-leaning people there was a Need to Believe. To make a hero of a man so without honesty and principle, so clearly an empty suit, bespeaks an emptiness on the part of the people who have raised him up. The people idolizing Mr. Obama are numerous. These people are intellectually and spiritually void. People as ridiculous as Barack Obama are always going to exist. That millions of people honor him is far more terrifying than the existence of one unprincipled sociopath such as Mr. Obama.
4/Conservatism Inc. are not our friends. Mainstream conservative pundits have a lack of courage to tell difficult truths. They have no real principles for which they are willing to stand. They are trying to build careers in the media. We need to start ignoring these people. They offer ordinary people no help.
5/The collaboration of Main Sleaze Media and left-leaning politicians is instinctive, not something they sit down together and formally agree to do. Both have a ridiculous worldview, and warm to each other because of that. There is no conscious conspiracy.
6/The arrogance of our elite betters is off the charts. They know themselves to be morally good, and know the rest of us to be foolish peasants, and any other theory is not worth considering. One might have thought such arrogance was unjustified in view of the results of the leadership of these elite people. But our elites think they are doing very well indeed.
7/Now and in the future, the only type of person who is going to offer us much hope is a person with a centered personality of uncompromising integrity. We need people who will stand for the truth and be willing to accept criticism as they do so. If we think such individual people can’t really accomplish much, given the power of the evildoers and given the carelessness of most other people, then we are too pessimistic. Mr. Cashill provides chapter and verse of how individuals of no fame or wealth or power, have made a tremendous difference for good in searching out the truth. They have been called a “coalition of willing Lilliputians”–the Lilliputians, we remember, were the little people of Gulliver’s Travels–and that humorous name is fitting. One person can always make a tremendous difference for good. This fact should encourage each one of us to strive to become such a highly principled person. Plus it’s just the right thing to do anyway!
8/If the Christian church would reform, the consequences would be enormous. The potential among Christians is enormous, if we have been regenerated and have begun even the first tentative steps of conversion. But to reform, we are going to have to face some painful truths about ourselves. We have not been ready to do that. People who are inhabited by the Holy Spirit have enormous potential, if we love truth and pursue it. Christ promised us that the Holy Spirit would guide us into all the truth (John 16:13). But the evidence is clear: if we don’t care much about the truth, the Holy Spirit doesn’t waste much of His time in trying to guide us. We bear personal responsibility. It seems that if we want only a little bit of truth, the Holy Spirit will acquiesce in our decision. If we want “all” the truth then the Holy Spirit will roll up His sleeves, spit on His hands, and go to work on us.
9/We have lots of deadly poisons in our Christian medicine chest. Among them are pietism, antinomianism, amillennialism, and dispensationalism. We need to march into the bathroom and begin throwing away these deadly poisons, just for a start. We have dosed ourselves with these quack medications for decades. What will replace them? Search the Bible, and maybe some good ideas will begin to crop up. Theological profundity begins with wanting to do God’s will. Jesus Christ said of His own teaching: ‘”If any man is willing to do His [God the Father’s] will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself.”‘ (John 7:17)
10/All the distressing facts we learn about our leaders and our media from reading Unmasking Obama are painful–but learning all this can also be a blessing in disguise. Just from reading this one book, any person of normal intelligence can begin to understand how dangerous is our situation. Awareness of our situation has been lacking, for countless of our normal citizens. Once we know how wretched our condition is, then we will be more likely to act in a manner that changes that wretched condition. We can wake up! We have a lengthy task ahead of us: to rebuild (perhaps even extend) Christian civilization. Think of it as job security. Who doesn’t want job security?
The best price I could find for a used copy of Unmasking Obama today was $11.09 total at AbeBooks (sales tax additional). It is a reasonable price for an informative and thought-provoking book. Jack Cashill, by the way, has dedicated his book to “my fellow Lilliputians.” Lilliputians can make a difference for good.