What Will The Future Bring Under Obama? (1)
by, 10-09-2009 at 08:45 PM (2803 Views)
Obama ran on the platform of change. Although he never defined that change, he left enough clues so that we can make an educated guess about what that change would entail. The most important clue is his mental profile. We need to understand his mind, the way he thinks and how he perceives the world in order to calculate what he's likely to do.
Mr. Obama most likely suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. It means he fantasizes about unlimited success, power and brilliance, without commensurate talents. Many people tell me, so what? Everybody is narcissist to some degree. Why should Obama’s narcissism concern us?
In view of the fact that there is so little understanding of narcissism and this disorder has caused so much havock, I will explain it first. The darkest chapters of history, nearly all wars, and many religions are owed to this disorder. Narcissism has the potential to wipe out humanity and end life on this planet. No other disease has caused so much death and devastation than narcissism. We must learn about narcissism for our own survival.
It is true that we are all narcissists and actually a healthy dose of narcissism is essential for our well being. It makes us feel good about ourselves, we expect good things to happen to us, believe in our own potential, have a positive outlook at life, be optimistic and happy. However, narcissism as a disorder is an entirely different thing. Let me explain this with a couple of examples:
Blood pressure is a good thing. It is vital. Without it we would die. However, when blood pressure becomes too high, it develops into hypertension and becomes a killer. Take another example: We all have fat in our body. We cannot live without it. But obesity is a killer.
Likewise, a healthy dose of narcissism is necessary. Pathological narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is destructve. For the scope of this article, when I talk about narcissism I am referring to pathological narcissism.
Despite the common misconception, pathological narcissism is not caused by too much self-love, but rather by its absence. It is the result of intense feeling of inferiority.
All humans have feelings of inferiority. From the moment we become conscious of the world around us we notice our own weakness and see everyone else as big and powerful. This awareness causes feelings of inferiority. To avoid it we strive to overcome what causes it. So we learn new skills, triumph over our weaknesses and with each victory our self-esteem and self-confidence grow. The feeling of inferiority becomes the drive behind our successes. To compensate for what we lack, we keep learning new things, acquiring new skills and gaining more mastery as we grow.
For that to happen, it is imperative to have a healthy nurturing environment, particularly during the first six years of our lives. We need love, attention, care and encouragement in healthy doses. That is what must be provided by the primary caregivers, particularly the mother.
What happens if the nurturing during these crucial formative years is not adequate, or is missing, faulty, or smothering? This is more likely to happen when one or both parents are absent, the primary caregiver is too young and inexperienced, or suffers from her own feeling of inferiority. The child does not receive the nurturing and the encouragement to develop the skills that he needs to overcome his weaknesses. Consequently his feeling of inferiority becomes chronic, or in Alfred Adler's parlance, "inferiority complex.”
The feelings of inferiority, or an inferiority complex causes shame. Two things then may happen.
The shame may cause identity disturbance, an unstable self-image and the loss of sense of self. This may result fear of abandonment, unstable interpersonal relationships (idealization and devaluation), impulsivity, engagement in self-damaging behavior (e.g., spending, sex and/or substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating), recurrent suicidal or self-mutilating behavior, irritability, anxiety, chronic feelings of emptiness, and many other debilitating traits. This kind of emotional imbalance is classified as borderline personality disorder (BPD).
Alternatively, you may choose to conceal your feeling of inferiority and your shame. Instead of developing skills to overcome your shortcomings, you become proficient in hiding them. You wear a mask. Your preoccupation becomes how to polish your image and how to keep up appearances. Your world becomes a world of pretense. You become a sleek actor, a magician, a chameleon.
Since you have not developed your own sense of self, you mirror that of others. You become a blank slate upon which others project them selves. Since we all love ourselves, we like those who mirror us, and since you have mastered the art of mirroring everybody, you receive everybody’s love. This is the narcissist’s way of dealing with his feeling of inferiority.
However, deep down inside, you know that you are a failure, an unaccomplished flop, a fraud, unworthy of love and undeserving of the attention that you are getting. You know that you cannot accomplish anything in life because you do not have the skills and your treatment of issues is often partial and incomplete. You get bored, frustrated, and move from one thing to another without accomplishing anything.
But, you have excelled in the art of deception. You wear a mask that makes you look appealing, attractive, desirable, enthralling, fascinating, graceful, seductive, tantalizing, even tempting. You know that once people see through your mask and find out who you really are, you are finished. So you carefully wear your mask at all times and jealously guard it. Despite your ineptitude, you get along in life and do well by deceiving and by cheating.
You become so good in deceiving others that you eventually come to believe in your own deception. Once you see people fall for your lies, you become convinced of them yourself. “How can all these people be wrong?” you wonder, "If they believe me, then I must be right." Your grasp of reality is tenuous. You can't tell the difference between fact and fiction. You come to believe that you must be a gift from heaven, a superior being, with innate grandeur that was waiting to be discovered. You are the One that everyone is waiting for.
Once convinced of your own superiority, you expect everyone to acknowledge it too and if they don’t, you get really angry. “How can these miserable crawling ants not see what everybody else sees? There must be something wrong with them. They must be envious of me. There must be some disease in their hearts that prevents them from seeing my greatness. They are dumb, deaf and blind. They are garbage, unworthy people who don't deserve to live.” Thus the narcissist turns his anger on his detractors and comes down on them with his full rage. BPD sufferers direct their anger and destructiveness towards themselves. Narcissists direct them towards others.
As a narcissist you don’t love yourself. You don’t have a sense of self. How can you love something that does not exist? Because you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You treat people like a commodity. You use them as long as they serve your egotistic needs, and discard them when they no longer do.
You are a disaster as a mate, unless you find another narcissist - an inverted narcissist, a co-dependent, who is equally devoid of sense of self, just as needy as you and as hungry for recognition and power. She sees herself as your extension and seeks her greatness in yours. Then you two form a symbiotic relationship that benefits both of you, not based on love, but on need. Together you create a shared psychosis, a folie à deux. Yours is a sick co-dependent relationship, but it works to perfection. When we have this combination, the result can be catastrophic, particularly for others who may become infected by the couple's folly. Behind every successful narcissist there is a co-dependent. The folly then spreads like an epidemy and becomes mass psychosis. The best example is the relationship of Khadijah and Muhammad.
When you do not have a sense of self and are unable to love yourself and others, you also don't have empathy and lack conscience. You will lie, cheat, abuse, and commit all sorts of crimes with no remorse. You will do anything, as long as you can get away with it and your image is not blemished.
The truth is that narcissists are extremely dangerous. The Bible personifies them in Satan. They are charming, charismatic, persuasive, attractive, lovable and believable, but that is a mask that they wear. Beneath that mask, there is a haughty, presumptuous, cunning, deceiving, abusive, cold-hearted, insensitive and ruthless monster. You see the lovely mask and you cannot believe what is beneath it.
Does Obama fit the profile of a narcissist? Let us see how Obama fairs.
NPD sufferers fabricate lies, are secretive, and are megalomaniac.
Obama lied when he said he was never a Muslim. He lied about his 20-year association with his pastor, the racist anti-Semite, anti-American Jeremiah Wright, who claims whites invented AIDS to kill blacks. He lied about his 15-year friendship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, when the truth is that he launched his presidential campaign in Ayers' home. Obama lied about his shady business transaction with the criminal Tony Rezko. He lied about his ties with Khalid Abdullah Tariq Almansour, the Muslim black supremacist who accuses America of committing genocide against blacks. Obama lied about not knowing that his Auntie Zeituni was living illegally in America and had contributed to his campaign. He lied about his uncle liberating Auschwitz. He lied to Ohioans about wanting to scrap NAFTA, telling the Canadians that it was just campaign rhetoric. He lied when he ran for the president of the United States while constitutionally unqualified to do so by virtue of his dual citizenship(s), when in fact he may not even be a 'natural born' American. Obama claimed that he writes his own speeches. The truth is that he has a team of speechwriters, (see also this). He always uses notes and teleprompters, stutters and stumbles through most extemporaneous speechifying, often getting himself into trouble. Obama lies about everything.
Obama told many outright lies about rival John McCain during the presidential campaign, also claiming that he had a greater percentage of small donors than previous candidates, but that too has been proven false. And Obama is constantly shape-shifting his positions and commitments, e.g. refused public financing after committing to take it. He disabled the fraud prevention security features of credit card campaign donations (the supposedly non-partisan FEC has refused to investigate Obama’s campaign donation.
Most importantly, Obama lied when he ran for the president of the United States while constitutionally unqualified to do so by virtue of his dual citizenship(s). He has refused to prove that he is a 'natural born' American.
Another trait of narcissists is that they are secretive and have a lot of skeletons in their closet. Obama hides his college records, his thesis paper, his Selective Service Registration, his medical records, his Illinois State Senate schedule, his law practice client list, (he did not have any clients), his embossed Certification of Live Birth, his Harvard Law Review articles (he has not written any), his University of Chicago scholarly articles (there are none), his record of baptism, his Certified Copy of original Birth certificate, his Illinois State Senate records, his medical records and so on and so forth. Every detail of this man’s life is a secret. Therefore he lies when he says his presidency will be transparent.
All these, combined with his megalomaniac assertions, such as “We are the ones we were waiting for.” and his grandiose claims of wanting to change the world, despite his nugatory life achievements, suggest that Mr. Obama suffers from severe NPD.
Although most people have no knowledge of pathological narcissism and often confuse it with excessive self-love, narcissistic personality disorder is a well-defined science and narcissists are quite predictable.
For example, Hitler was a pathological narcissist.
James Laxer writes:
In our collective memory, we have created a space, or an abyss, for Hitler and the Nazis that removes them from historical analysis. Hitler, the Third Reich and the Holocaust have become absolutes, synonymous with the extreme negation of all that is human.
It is regarded as outrageous, even unforgivable, to compare any contemporary political movement, party, or political leadership to the Nazis and Hitler. One runs the risk of being accused of monstrous exaggeration on the one hand or of cheapening the memory of the Holocaust and the full range of Nazi evil on the other.
As a consequence of this way of thinking, we fall prey to failing to pay attention to what gave rise to Hitler and the Nazis, and so are less able to recognize those forces in the contemporary world that contain within them the potential for extremes of inhumanity.
Seventy-five years after Hitler’s rise to power, we should not imagine that in our time extreme inhumanity will come bearing the Swastika.
Instead, those who would negate humanity or very large parts of it, will come dressed in the garb of the 21st century.
There are many similarities between Obama’s rise to power and Hitler’s. Both lied and used aggressive propaganda. Both appealed to the working class and the poor while they were financially backed by the wealthy. Both came to power in the midst of economic crisis, depression and general discontent. Both gave promises of drastic change. The list of similarities is long. The same can be said about Khomeini and other revolutionary narcissistic leaders who came to power through demagogy and with the acclaim of the masses.
People supported Hitler because he told them what they wanted to hear. If today Hitler came to America, his message would be different. He would not speak against the Jews because that would not be accepted. On the contrary, he would hide his hatred of the Jews, would go to Israel, would meet with Jewish businessmen, would cast himself as a defender of the Jewish state.
Hitler made the Germans believe that the Weimar Republic had no idea how to solve the problems of the Depression, while he had all the solutions. Germans felt humiliated for signing the treaty of Versailles, for being forced to admit that they had started the war, and for having to pay reparations. Hitler promised to make them proud again. He pledged something to everyone.
This is what narcissists do best. They give vacuous promises, paint their own bogus world in all the colors of the rainbow and hype their audiences with false hopes. If you are an Arab living in a desert and all you can think about is sex and gluttony, they will promise you a paradise of orgy and debauchery with rivers of milk, honey, water and wine. If you are a proud German, defeated and humiliated, they will promise you mastery over all the other races. If you are an American, have everything, are bored with opulence and do not know what you want, they promise you change without telling you about the nature of that change. As long as it is change, you don’t care one way or another. To Iranians, Khomeini promised democracy. That is what they actually wanted. What a rude awakening they had! I wonder whether other species are as stupid as we humans are? Animals don’t seem to be so enthusiastic about their own self-destruction.
Obama has described himself as “a blank screen, on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” Sometimes all we have to do is to listen and the truth comes out. This is the most telling revelation that he is a narcissist. You can’t describe narcissism in better words.
Obama portrayed America as a country falling apart, so bad that no one would want to come to it. He promised that he would change that. Looks like his Auntie Zeituni did not hear about this. She left her “luxurious” mud hut in Kenya and is living illegally in subsidized public housing in America though her application seeking asylum was rejected four years ago. Of course Barack and Michelle would have told her that America is a crappy country which they have never been proud of, but they did not know that she was here!
There was no dearth of gullible souls to gobble up all this mindless drivel. Millions of people went to his rallies and were dazzled by his speeches, but Obama's measly life achievements are proof of what he wrote in his autobiography: “My treatment of the issues is often partial and incomplete.” Sometimes narcissists do tell the truth. They are persuasive talkers, good charlatans; that does not mean they can run a country!
To understand what changes Obama will bring, we have to study the rise to power of other demagogic narcissists like Hitler, Mussolini, Khomeini, Mao and Castro.
Obama will bring sweeping changes to America. He will be a populist president. During the first years most of his changes will be welcomed by the majority of people and his popularity will grow. That is what all revolutionary leaders have done. Hitler set up soup kitchens for the dispossessed and he created lots of jobs for the unemployed (mostly in the army and in the arms industry). This brought Germany out of recession. Khomeini did the same. He sent food to the houses of the needy people and distributed food coupons in the mosques. Castro made health care and education free for all Cubans. All revolutionary leaders do things to endear themselves with the people and thus strengthen their grip on power. This allows them to discredit their opponents and get rid of them as traitors and 'enemies of the people.'
Obama will likely start universal health care. The majority of Americans will like this and frankly it is overdue.
He will restrict the sale of guns, which will be also welcomed by a great many people.
Then he will start with his Marxist agenda that he has been indoctrinated with all his life and will pass laws to redistribute the wealth. This will change the face of America forever. It will make lazy people and millions of illegal immigrants very happy. They will become his base and will defend him with all their might. His popularity will skyrocket.