And the founding fathers wrote our basic rules and regulations to encourage demagogery with the idea that if someone pandered to the people they had to jump through hoops *for the people* in order *for the people* to like said individual.
Yes - it is designed to be a popularity contest of brown nosing and ass kissing ad nauseum and ad populum.
"thou shalt not bear idol" is religious and regarding God not people. . . . no one's worshipping Obama to that extent (I don't think) so we're good on that.