President Obey-Me Is Not Being Obeyed
Rejection is no fun, especially if you're a heavenly rock star with a savior complex. When people with narcissistic personalities come into psychotherapy, they often complain that nobody loves them -- and they can't understand it, because aren't they just the most lovable fluffy dolls in the world?
This is not Harry Truman. It's not Herman Cain. It's a guy who loves being worshiped, and he can't accept it when the crowds stop cheering.
Narcissists are not nice. They treat others as puppets on strings. The rest of us get drawn in by their superficial charm, and then, after a while, we figure out that we've been had. As soon as we walk away, the result is a towering rage by the narcissist. We all know people like that.
This is all routine psychiatric manual stuff.
If you can handle a little more, President Obama is an interesting mix of narcissism and "Oppositional Defiant Disorder." No other president in history has actually given his fellow Americans the fickle finger of fate in public, to the cheers and applause of his own followers. This is not Thomas Jefferson or Abe Lincoln. This is immature kid stuff.
So here we are. Our moronic MedioCrats have gotten America stuck with a man who was never tested by adversity. Unlike Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and the other GOP candidates, he isn't used to scraping his knees on the playground and then just going "pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again."
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang "Pick yourself up" in the 1936 hit Swing Time (Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fielding). That was in the depth of the Great Depression. "Pick yourself up" is the song of ordinary Americans who tackle the hard jobs, which is why it was so popular. It's still a great song.
America doesn't sing "Pick yourself up" anymore. All we sing is "I'm a victim! My parents don't love me! I don't want to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again! Help me! Give me free money!" Tens of millions of kids have been raised by moms without dads, and they are mommified -- they expect fulsome flattery just to get out of bed in the morning.
If you doubt that, check out the photos of thousands of rich kids with Apple iPads sitting on Wall Street, trying to figure out what they're supposed to be protesting. The "Days of Rage" are really the "days of narcissistic rage." These kids are as phony and self-indulgent as the Obey-Me administration. If you don't adore them for giving us the finger, there is something wrong with you. And why aren't you paying for their health care for the rest of their lives?
According to Michael Goodwin in the New York Post:
I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.
The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.
Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained ... that they are shut out of important decisions.
The president's workdays are said to end early, often at 4 p.m. He usually has dinner in the family residence with his wife and daughters, then retreats to a private office. One person said he takes a stack of briefing books. Others aren't sure what he does.
If the reports are accurate, and I believe they are, they paint a picture of an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency."
Before saying anything else, please do not forget who sold us this immature Napoleon Bonaparte. It was the power clique of the left, the Democrats and the media, who are just different faces of the same beast. Obama's rage and withdrawal into his private cult was predictable in 2008 and in 2004, when he rocketed to stardom with his Democratic Convention speech. Narcissists are incredibly stuck and predictable -- unless they've been honed and polished by difficult life experiences, that is. If the MedioCrats couldn't spot Obama as a grossly immature, utterly self-centered individual, it is because he reflected their own psychology. It was a hall of mirrors.
We are therefore seeing not just Obama himself. If you look at the over-the-top rage and self-regard of the radical left, they are all little Obamas. Paul Krugman is just another Obama, ranting in his little corner of the NYT op-ed page. George Soros has written (in his autobiography) about his own grandiosity. Hugo Chávez expressed outrage at the "horrible repression" of those thousands of kids camping out overnight on Wall Street, and El Jefe Hugo is just another Obama. He is a generalissimo of the left, like Castro and Putin, Marx, Lenin and Stalin, the whole panoply of towering egos. Malignant narcissism and self-glorification is the mass neurosis of the radical Left.
If you doubt that the "Rage" campers are like that, just listen to their rhetoric. They are "progressives," which means they are way ahead of everybody else. Progressive is a new name for "vanguard of the revolution," the preferred piece of self-flattery until the Soviet Union fell apart.
The left has seen a century of murderous failures by the radical left, and they still don't get the point. They are stuck on stupid, as General Russell Honore said during Hurricane Katrina. Mental fixedness is another marker of the extremist left. Like Woody Allen in Sleeper, slipping on the same giant banana peel over and over again, they can't get out of their own mental traps.
This stuff is all part of the human condition, and it's been around since King Herod the Great and Oedipus Rex. The trouble is when a truly immature narcissist, surrounded by his own tiny inner cult, gets elected to the highest office in the land. Americans have never been dumb enough to do that, though they came close with Woodrow Wilson and FDR.
This time we, the American people, have really blown it.
The result is dangerous. It's not just the incompetence, fraud, and mismanagement, though those are bad enough. What we are facing today is genuine danger to our national security and welfare.
That's the most troubling fact to see, but I'll bet that in major capitals around the world, it is beginning to hit home. If we can see it, you can bet that others -- intelligence agencies and power-mongers around the world -- see the same things.
They will try to exploit our weak and fragile president as much as they can.