Friday, July 25, 2014

Barack Obama, America’s Caligula?

That headline reads like an extremist charge but as President Barack Obama’s second term as President draws to its final two years his actions and statements have him tracking into uncharted presidential territory.  The territory of the strange and disconnected.  Israeli psychologist Dr. Samuel Vaknin, the author of Malignant Self Love, caused a stir by suggesting that Obama possesses all the classical traits of a pathological narcissism.  The evidence of self love abounds in just about every action Obama takes.  According to Dr. Vaknin it is usually formed in a person who endures great psychological trauma, uncertainty and dislocation as a child. And Barack Obama’s early years were an example of that; a jumble of family breakups, being relocated to a foreign country and culture hostile to bi-racial people, parental abandonment and finally, settling in with his grandparents to raise him.  

With the notorious Roman Emperor Caligula (given name Gaius), his childhood was just as chaotic.  Accompanying his father Germanicus on military campaigns he earned his nickname “little boot” from his miniature military uniform he wore.  He father was feared as a rival to Emperor Tiberius and was poisoned.  His mother and brother Nero were banished under charges of treason.  Like Obama, Caligula was shunted off to be raised by grandparents (first to live with his great grandmother and after her death, was sent to his grandmother).  Later on, he and his sisters basically became house prisoners of Tiberius.  His childhood featured the lack of stability in his home life, the trauma of parental death (father) and separation (mother) and being shifted about with an uncertain future.  Caligula never knew if Tiberius was going to have him and his family executed or not.  The seeds of his narcissism, malignant and without principle, were sown in Gaius.  

As time goes on Barack Obama has morphed into a strange character, a man that keeps us guessing where his loyalties lie.  This charming handsome man with the big smile and great speaking gift with even bigger promises has suddenly become the house guest we thought we wanted to invite in but suddenly, with great dismay, has become a stranger to us.  His ways are mysterious.  His persona is mixture of deceit, haughtiness, chilliness, rude behind measure, petulant, immature, lacking manners or statecraft, a serial liar, duplicitous, lawless, lacking empathy, and a perpetual slacker who starts most days at mid-morning.  One of the first men in ages that fits the archetype profile of the Anti-Christ to a tee, if not the personage of a Manchurian Candidate.  It is probably the hardest thing for people to comprehend, that we would have a president that would want to do us, the People, harm.  But that is apparently the case judging from the man’s efforts.  The man who promised to transform America has done so, and into a foreign venue those of us that grew up here do not recognize or understand.  

Caligula, as mad as he became, started out a reasonable ruler in 37 AD.  He started by giving generous bonuses to the military, ended the exile of those banished, helped those harmed by the tax system, among many other things.  But that same year he took ill, some think he may be been poisoned, and became a different person.  A ruler emerged that evolved into the insane, cruel and ruthless Caligula we know today.

Barack Obama has emerged a cruel side as well.  When he proposed the Sequester, the Republicans took him up on it.  Mad with them, Obama proceeded to make life tough for people visiting federal lands, such as closing down parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the nasty shutting down of the World War Two Memorial preventing aging veterans from entering a Memorial they sacrificed so much for.  This one act shows the coldness of the man’s heart.  The lack of empathy to score one on his perceived enemies.  

As has been said of him, he is a Caesar at home and a Chamberlain aboard.

The Need To Be Worshipped
As seen in the photo above, the narcissist feeds off the energy of the mob.  Many narcissist leaders, such at Hitler did the same.  As Albert Speer noted in his book, Inside the Third Reich:

“Even during the period between 1933 and 1939, when his position made life easier for him, he was visibly refreshed by the daily procession of admirers who came to pay homage to him at Olbersalzberg.

The rallies in the prewar period had also been a stimulant to Hitler. They were part of his life, and each one left him more incisive and self-assured than he had been before.”

Many talk show hosts remark that Obama is continuously campaigning.  But as blogger Lame Cherry (must give credit where credit is due, even to anonymous writers) pointed out, more likely, he is supplying his bottomless need to get amongst the People to feed off their energy.  Look at the people in the crowd.  The joy on their faces replete with desire to reach out and touch him.  It’s worshipful.  As Dr. Vaknin comments, the narcissist has, “tremendous influence over their fanciers.”  Personality cults naturally form around them.  It matters not that Obama has done little for them.  Life really hasn’t gotten better for the millions of people unemployed, the southern border breaking down, the health care system in chaos, among many other disturbing events currently taking place.  Their Leader knows little of governance or leadership and that is of little concern for them.  The charismatic narcissist does this to people.  They feel good and energized when they have no need to.

As Caligula reportedly said, “Let there be one Lord, one King.”  He erected temples to himself to be worshiped as a god.  As stated in his Wikipedia entry, “Caligula began appearing in public dressed as various gods and demigods such as Hercules, Mercury, Venus and Apollo. Reportedly, he began referring to himself as a god when meeting with politicians and he was referred to as Jupiter on occasion in public documents.”  Roman historian, Cassius Dio, said this type of worship was radical even by Roman Emperor norms.

A few days after the 2012 election, at the Soul Train awards ceremony actor Jamie Foxx declared the following:

"It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama."

Foxx would later say it was a joke and never repented or apologized for the comment.  Probably most interesting was Obama’s response–nothing.  He apparently likes being called a god.  Would not a man of humility, who claims to be Christian, not recognize blasphemy when it is uttered and especially in his own name?  

Barack Obama has always been shown a great deal of deference shown no other president.  It started early on when country singer Hank Williams Jr., the voice for the Monday Night Football theme criticized Obama in an interview and was immediately fired.  No one came to his defense. No one offered to boycott MNF.  Imagine any other president criticized in such a manner and the speaker losing a gig.  This sort of capitulation to a national leader is something that happens in a authoritarian state.  It appears as an appeasement to a king, or a king considered divine?  

Then came the rodeo clown with the Obama mask.  How often have presidents been mocked with masks of their likeness?  Every one of them. The King show not be mocked it seems.  And now currently, the Justice Department is investigating a parade float with an outhouse on it listed as the Obama Presidential Library.  The man behind float, Dale Remmich, said that the outhouse represented his frustration with the President’s management of the Veterans Affairs Department.  Political satire is now worthy of a criminal investigation? It used to be, one had to threaten the President’s life to get into trouble, but no more.  

Apparently mocking a Divine King is now considered highly controversial and worth the heavy-handed approach. 

The End Result
Is Barack Obama insane enough to marry a four legged animal as Caligula did?  Of course not.  However, his ongoing psychosis is on constant display.  Regarding his oddly disconnected view of the world, one wonders how far out he can go and never come back.  In public he flubs basic facts about himself that he should know, such as getting his birthday off by months, calling his wife Michelle, Michael, signing the wrong year at the Westminster Abby guestbook, and getting his daughter’s birthdate wrong among many other puzzling flub-ups.  

His lying is pathological.  Does he believe the words that come out of his mouth?  Basically, one has to assume the opposite to whatever he says and therein lies the truth. President Obama is a man who foolishly draws a red line and when his plans go awry, claims not to have said such a thing, and instead claims others did.  I didn’t say that, you did.  It may be the double-speak that he and others in his Administration use to never deal with a scandal or a screw-up.  He is by all accounts a radical left-wing ideologue.  That type thrives off chaos to bring down an established system in order to usher in a new one.  Everything Obama does is to evoke chaos with the solution–more government power and less liberty for the People.  When that is accomplished, create more mayhem for even more power.  Marxists do this in every country they take over.

The main issue with Obama and whatever psychosis he suffers from leads back his abandonment by his parents.  Even Caligula had a better situation with his parents and they didn’t intentionally dump him.  He spent a lot of time with his father before his demise and he was reunited with his mother after Tiberius’s death ended her exile.  With Barack Obama, he only met his father once, a father that rarely even mentioned him as his son on various documents he was required to fill out (college apps, visa apps, etc.).  And he was one of many of children his father sired.  His mother on the other hand, was in his life off and on till she went to work full time in Asia and she had little to do with him, from 1978 till her death in 1995.  

So what did the Romans do with their Crazy King?  They killed him with multiple stab wounds perpetrated by a real conspiracy.  Yes, conspiracies do happen in history.  What will America do with its Crazy King?  Give him a cushiony life with all of his needs taken care of at the Public’s expense for the rest of his days.  He can break any law he wants and what will happen to him?  As things now stand, nothing.  He’s in the class of the Untouchables.  A sad state of affairs and why the great country of America is in decline.   We cannot bring to justice the lawless among us.