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Obama's Great Man Delusion
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:34:00 AM »
March 11, 2014
Obama's Great Man Delusion
By Jeffrey Folks

Amid the Ukraine crisis last week, President Obama spoke several times by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  According to reports, the “conversation” soon devolved into accusations.  Now U.S.- Russia relations are the worst they’ve been since the Cold War; not only are the two nations at odds on policy, but their leaders seem to harbor deep personal animosity toward each other.  What else could you expect when one self-anointed Great Man faces off with another who thinks he is also Great?

Those who suppose themselves Great Men are capable of doing great harm.  That has been the case with President Obama’s health care takeover, green energy fiascos, and failed jobs initiatives.  Now the effects of his mishandling of foreign affairs are coming to light not just in the Ukraine, but also in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and Afghanistan.  Instead of doing the job he was elected to do, Obama seems to have spent the last five years posing as the greatest leader since Napoleon. 

There’s some indication that Obama actually believes he is the greatest leader since Napoleon.  He is “historic”; he is transformational; he is changing the fabric of American society.  He’s a lot like Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, LBJ, and Ronald Reagan combined, only better.  And we’re stuck with him for another three years.

For Obama, the Great Man is the man who refuses to negotiate, the one who advances but never retreats, the one who presents himself as “above” partisanship while pursuing his own ends, the “only adult” in the room.  That all sounds like another disastrous Great Man: when Lenin’s collectivization of Soviet agriculture resulted in mass famine of 1921-1922, that Great Man refused to admit he was wrong and continued to enforce his mistaken policy.  Six million died.

In reality, Great Men like Lenin are only fearful little men, but their megalomania always causes harm.  With his nose raised higher in the air than anyone else in the room, Obama appears to be one of these little men.

Reportedly, Obama’s first words after being sworn in for a second term were “I did it.”  Not “I’m looking forward to serving the American people for a second term.”  Not “I hope we can patch up our differences and work together.”  Not even “The American people have spoken.”  Just “I did it,” with the emphasis on “I.”

The media should have jumped on those three words, but they were too swept up in the celebration of their candidate’s victory to notice.  Their candidate had “done it,” twice.  Now they plan to hand out passes for next three years, then come up with something to call the Obama Legacy.  Maybe it will comprise revised food labeling.

The Great Man complex is this president’s fatal flaw.  Megalomania cuts one off from others so that discussion, negotiation, and compromise become impossible, and without such interaction, nothing gets done.  It’s hard to govern when you’re taking selfies.

Obama’s second term is turning into a disaster largely because the president won’t talk.  His recent budget proposal was DOA, as usual.  Not a single Democrat spoke seriously about passing it.  Even the New York Times called it a “populist wish list.”  Now, a week after it was delivered to Congress, can anyone remember a single new idea in Obama’s 2015 budget proposal?

It seems that Obama absolutely hates negotiating with Congress.  That’s one reason he talks so often about “going around” it.  Just because he has “a pen and a phone,” he thinks he doesn’t have to work with Congress.  Maybe that’s why none of his initiatives since 2010 has passed, and what did pass earlier – including ObamaCare – has been scaled back or reversed in the courts.

In his great book, Crowds and Power, Elias Canetti has a great deal to say about rulers who imagine themselves to be Great Men.  That is because Canetti wrote this important book during the period when Hitler and Stalin rose to power.  Canetti observed these delusional, paranoid, megalomaniacal leaders carefully, and he compared them to so-called Great Men of the past, including Caesar and Napoleon.

According to Canetti, these men’s sense of greatness, especially their instinct to command and survive a great mass of others, is “a dangerous and insatiable passion” (p. 230).  It’s not enough to be president.  One must be emperor, with a pen and a phone.  And what could be more imperial than nationalizing the health care system so as to place the lives of millions at risk?  What could be more Caesar-like than to throw the world into chaos – the Arab Spring, Syria, the Ukraine, and whatever else is coming – and issue threats from on high that there will be “consequences” and “costs”?

And yet, the more Obama postures as the Great Man, the worse things get for America and for his “legacy.”  In the end, those who imagine themselves Great Men always fall from on high.  That is because they have mistaken command for governance.  Just because the president wants open borders and amnesty for illegals doesn’t mean it is going to happen.  Just because he nationalizes health care doesn’t mean it will work.  Just because he warns Putin of Grave Consequences doesn’t mean Putin’s not laughing.

Obama seems to think he can snap his fingers and everyone, including the hard-nosed Russian ruler, will come running.  Maybe he really doesn’t understand that that the prestige and power of the United States have sunk to a postwar low, and that he – President Obama – is largely to blame.  Or maybe he does see it but thinks he can forfeit the Crimea, lose eastern Ukraine, watch the bloody civil war in Syria drag on, and continue to play the Great Man for another three years.  Who can tell?

As Canetti put it, “nobody knows what Napoleon’s real feelings were during the retreat from Moscow.”     

Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books on American politics and culture, including Heartland of the Imagination (2011).

http://americanthinker.com/2014/03/obamas_great_man_delusion.html

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Re: Obama's Great Man Delusion
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 10:50:28 AM »
I would LOVE to see an in depth psychological analysis of Barak Hussein Obama.

We already know that he is as narcissistic as anybody as ever witnessed. It's also quite apparent that he is a pathological/compulsive liar. Is it possible that he is also a full tilt sociopath? He seems to exhibit those tendencies, as well.

Think about the mental baggage that he has been dragging around for his entire worthless existence. Abandoned by both parents, neither of which were any prize to begin with (what kind of parents name their daughter "Stanley"??). Left in the "care" of his maternal grandparents that just happened to be communists. On top of that, little Barak or Barry was allowed to be "mentored" by a self admitted pedophile, Communist Frank Marshal Davis. Tell me that the combination of all of these established factors didn't have a deleterious impact on his mental state.

Talk about a "cocktail" of mental/emotional/psychological abuse and neglect!

I wonder if this individual is loaded to the gills with anti-depressants and other chemicals that allow him to "function" in a seemingly "normal" manner? This sure as hell would not surprise me at all.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2014, 10:51:38 AM by Howie66 »
I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery.  But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes:  If you bleep with me, I'll kill you all.

Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders (Note: Mattis did NOT say "BLEEP". He threw the F Bomb)

I didn't enlist in the Corps just to watch my country become a Third World Communist Shit-hole. Don't know anyone who did.

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Re: Obama's Great Man Delusion
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 10:59:10 AM »
According to the open letter to Obama. Obama with all of his family disfunction was raised like a very wealthy kid. Who financed him?

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Open Letter to Obama on Presidents day.

I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life. I’ve seen things that you could never imagine, and they have made me the person I am today.

Mr. Obama, even though we share extreme opposite views, we have one thing in common, we both attended school in Hawaii. However, that’s where the similarities end. You see, as you attended your exclusive, private school, I would ride my bike to Kaimuki High school in one of the roughest areas in Hawaii every morning and would ride past Punahou, the exclusive private school you attended. I would notice the Bentleys, Maserati's, and fancy foreign cars that all the kids were dropped off in; wow it must have been extremely rough in Hawaii living that life, right? I could only imagine what it was like to have that kind of money. Fortunately for you, not many people are aware of the school and the upper class citizens who attended it. The tuition to attend your exclusive, private school was more than it cost me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona. You talk a big game when it comes to financial inequality, yet I’m quite sure you have no idea what it’s truly like to have sacrifice. You were one of the elitist children in Hawaii.

After High School, we each chose very different paths. You were able to attend Ivy League schools, and I sought out a military career to in hopes of earning a degree. What we have in life as children usually sets the tone for what we will face later in life that will make us successful. I worked to get where I am today, and YOU WERE HANDED IT….Mr. Inequality.

I volunteered to go to Iraq on both of my deployments, and the second time I begged to go even after I wasn’t selected, which ultimately got me placed on the team where I would lose both legs and my dominant arm. I’ve never asked myself was losing 3 limbs in a war worth it, even though many Americans were against it.

I am frequently reminded of the many young Iraqi children who would beg me for water, food, and toys while I was stationed in Iraq. Children, who in all aspects made the poorest of poor American children look rich. You have no idea what it really means to be poor. It’s laughable that you, who would have no idea what it means to be poor would so frequently play the inequality card.

While I was in Iraq, our mission was to liberate the Iraqi citizens from a tyrant and that’s what we did. Never forget, it was your people who sent us there, like the Clintons, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi & Carl Levin. However, since the day you busted onto the scene you’ve been talking about ending the war and pulling the troops out, not understanding the blood sweat and tears that so many Americans and Iraqi’s invested. And with complete disregard for every life sacrificed, every limb lost, and every broken family, you bailed on our mission to pursue an agenda that was completely centered on your re-election in 2012. If you didn’t bail on Iraq you were worried that you may not get re-elected and that’s a fact. Just before elections on Oct 11, 2012 you said “Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.” Look at Iraq now, they are in shambles and the Al Qaeda flag is flying freely. Clearly, you’re unfit for duty as a Commander in Chief. You put your own agenda ahead of America’s agenda, and now you have single handedly ruined and destroyed nearly everything we gained in Iraq. It clearly means nothing to you, because the only thing that you’ve personally invested in that country was a promise to bail on them. However, people like me gave limbs, friends have died, and we’ve watched families destroyed by war’s aftermath.

I’m not placing blame on you for the war, I’m placing blame on you for destroying what we’ve worked so hard to build. You’re not a leader, you’re a community organizer. A leader would have stood up regardless of the situation and put America’s agenda first and that is ensuring a secure Iraq even after 10 years of war. But, you placed Barack first, just as Robert Gates confirmed in his new book. I can’t help but think of those poor kids who I gave water and toys to 11 years ago. They’re probably 15 or 16 years old now, and I can only imagine what it’s like for them to have their nation being torn apart yet again; all because of your poor leadership qualities. Regardless of why we went to Iraq, its water under the bridge. We went there, we waged war, and we not only owed it to our KIA’s but we owed it to the citizens of Iraq. We invaded their country and turned it upside down, and you bailed on them. You bailed on our soldiers and you’ve wasted every death and every limb, it’s all for nothing. And to make matters worse you blame others for your failures.

You’re just another elitist rich thug who’s pretended to live the rough life growing up in the inner-city. You’re only worried about your own agenda and furthering your party instead of taking care of Americans. Your inability to be a leader at some of the most critical points has caused both of our wars to fail. You’ve been a joke to most of our veteran community and we have no faith in your ability to lead.

Senior Airman Ret Brian Kolfage USAF

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When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Re: Obama's Great Man Delusion
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 11:43:13 AM »
What a great letter!

Too bad that the message will be lost on The Stain.
I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery.  But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes:  If you bleep with me, I'll kill you all.

Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders (Note: Mattis did NOT say "BLEEP". He threw the F Bomb)

I didn't enlist in the Corps just to watch my country become a Third World Communist Shit-hole. Don't know anyone who did.

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Re: Obama's Great Man Delusion
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2014, 11:58:39 AM »
What a great letter!

Too bad that the message will be lost on The Stain.

Yeah! Too bad indeed!


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