Obama Narcissism: Part 1

We all have met “that guy.” He is charming, smooth, seems intelligent, smiles a lot, sounds good, seems to have a lot to offer, but aside from a slight tendency to always talk about himself, seems perfectly amazing. Swept off your feet you revel in the new “wonder guy” only to find out after the commitment has been made, that much of what he says just isn’t true. After a time you realize that you only matter when he is needy and that he doesn’t really care about you (“Players only love you when they’re playing,” Fleetwood Mac).  The more extreme version of the narcissist, the sociopath, is a personality type that many of us have unfortunately experienced first hand.

This is the man who has just been elected to a second term.

David Kupelian, author of the fabulous book The Marketing of Evil, describes President Obama’s behavior as “malignant narcissistic personality disorder.” So I asked the staff at Red, White, and Lori to collect examples of Obama’s over-the-top narcissism and to be frank, this is nothing short of a book project. There are simply more examples of this than we could list in months of columns, so we had to narrow it down to just a few. Even after heavy editing, this will be one of the longest pieces I have posted at Red, White and Lori. Pulitzer prize-winning columnist George Will, pointed out in the Washington Post, “Barack Obama’s intellectual sociopathy – his often breezy and sometimes loutish indifference to truth – should no longer startle.”

Obama’s lies could fill another book! Here is a partial list from only the first month of the Obama presidency, courtesy of my dear friend Chuck Norton who wrote this editorial for a college publication in February, 2009:

You have reneged on your repeated pledges of transparency (1, 2, 3, 4, 5,) and several other issues.

You bragged that your stimulus bill had no “earmarks” yet your own Senator Schumer has stated that the stimulus bill was filled with “porky amendments”. The AP, whose coverage was very sympathetic to your candidacy, has said that you are being deceptive.

You promised to put legislation up on the internet for 2-5 days before it is voted on. Starting with bill number one (HR1) that promise was broken. You promised a new era of bipartisanship and then locked Republicans out of the bill negotiations. The final version only came out a few hours before the vote, but your lobbyist special interest friends got copies of the “porky”, special interest lined stimulus bill before most members of Congress even saw the final version.

Your wife Michelle criticized one of the Bush tax cuts because it returned $600 to the taxpayer. The tax cut (or more accurately stated “your tax deduction table modification” as the tax rate was never changed) you bragged about that was in the “porky” stimulus bill averages out to $13 a week, which totals $676.

According to the analysts from Bloomberg, Fox, universities, and even NBC (1, 2, 3,),  who has been in the tank for you more than any other media outlet, your stimulus program does not do much to create jobs and will cost well over $200,000 per job it does create.

You keep saying that Republicans want to do nothing when you know that every Republican in the Senate voted for an alternative bill that was so good when it was run through the economic model that YOUR administration uses it created twice the jobs with half the money.

You hold a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” and special interests were all over it. You have appointed lobbyists all over your administration after promising not to (1, 2, 3).

Quite a list! And all in just 30 days! The editorial also points out that while Obama runs against “Wall Street millionaires and billionaires” since 2005 Obama has taken more money from Wall Street, Fannie Mae and the defunct Lehman Brothers (2, 3) than anyone.

Nothing speaks like the video:

The lies about Obamacare have been flowing non-stop for three years and continue to this day. Sarah Palin put together a long, fully sourced list of whopping lies that Obama said his health care law would mean for us. The Blaze has a great video about the latest lies from Obama and the left about the disaster that Obamacare implementation has been for working people.

Obama has to lie because his ideas are party line Marxist and the results of his policies have been calamitous to the economy and to our national security.

WANNA TALK ABOUT ME!

Remember when Obama did this to the Presidential seal?

Seal of the President of the United States, with Obama "O" superimposed

And then there are the constant Obama/deity/Jesus references…

Obama with Obama "O" in background to resemble a halo.

Obama flanked by Obama "O" appearing like a halo

This debuted at Union Square in New York:

Obama with crown of thorns and arms spread, as if hanging on a crucifix.

Obama replaces Rosa Parks with…himself:

Split image: Rosa Parks on a bus on the left - Obama on a similar bus on the right.

We have many examples of just this type of display; Obama talking about himself at funerals, tragedies etc. Here he is at the funeral of Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye going into a lengthy description of himself:

David Kupelian’s description of the malignant narcissist really hits home:

  1. A grandiose view of one’s achievements (everything with Obama is “historic”)
  2. The utter inability to handle criticism (everyone criticizing Obama or his policies is attacked as extremist or racist, his White House even condemning Fox News as “not a real news organization”)
  3. A lack of genuine empathy
  4. A person who does not consider serial lying to be in any way immoral or problematic.

This is the stuff that tyrants are made of. The coverage of Obama is really a “cult of personality” similar to banana republic tyrants who put their face everywhere and on important cultural symbols.

Speaking of banana republic tyrants this last example was difficult to ignore:

The Obamacare logo looks very similar to the Nazi Logo.

The truly malignant narcissist will let his sense of superiority lead him to criminal behavior.  More on this and demonstrations of his genuine lack of empathy to follow in Part II.

The orchestrated rage about guns isn’t about safety. So what is it about?

The orchestrated rage about guns isn’t about safety, it is about leftist politics: Disarming honest citizens.

If the left was really concerned about keeping children safe, they would be talking about a million abortions every year. If the left was really concerned about gun violence, they would be calling for a ban on handguns as the number of people killed with other types of weapons in the United States is statistically almost insignificant when compared to deaths via handgun.

shootings in the US 2010
(Note: these numbers include justifiable homicides by civilians and police as well as gang shootings. FBI Uniform Crime Report/The Blaze)

So why is the left not calling for a ban on all handguns? The answer is threefold. First, it is not politically attainable. Second, semi-automatic rifles (i.e.so-called “assault weapons”) give the general population the ability to defend itself against tyranny and for the left this is simply unacceptable. Lastly, the school shooting in Connecticut, by a paranoid schizophrenic, has given the left an excuse for demonizing political enemies such as the NRA, and most gun owners.The left is shamelessly dancing on the graves of the children to advance a political agenda that they had long before Adam Lanza went on his schizophrenia- induced rampage.

You don’t see the media and the White House dragging the ACLU in for a meeting on why they have opposed mandatory treatment for dangerous schizophrenics or how their interpretation of the First Amendment has led to a slew of violent Hollywood movies and television shows? Why? They know who their campaign contributors are.The same Hollywood celebs calling for your guns to be taken away are the same ones who appear in the most violent films: Nothing serious about mental health came out of the “Biden Commission” and this is no surprise as their focus was purely political.

[Editor’s Note: We at the staff of Red, White, and Lori want to be clear, we are NOT calling for a ban on handguns, we are merely pointing out the obvious; that IF the left believes that gun bans reduce crime and really do make things better for the “greater good” than the obvious guns to ban would be handguns.]

The left hopes to demonize semi-automatic rifles by falsely portraying them as machine guns, which of course they are not. They shoot one bullet with each pull of the trigger just like every repeating gun made since the Colt .45 was introduced in in 1911. And in spite of idiotic grandstanding by former General Stan McChrystal about how the AR-15 “shoots a .223 bullet at 3,000 feet per second” the simple truth is that the .223 round was designed for varmint hunting and is essentially an amped up .22 that is designed for low penetration and minimal tissue damage. Such a bullet is ideal for wounding the enemy without killing him (as it takes two men to get a wounded man off a battlefield). This is also why the AR-15 type rifle is so popular with women and people of smaller stature as it is light weight, medium powered and has low recoil.

When a 15 year old Texas boy used his father’s AR-15 to stop multiple assailants who were breaking into his home he shot one of the intruders several times, but he was still able to drive himself to the hospital (Note: the child might not have been able to fend off multiple assailants if limited to ten rounds). The bullet that the AR-15 uses is considered to be too low powered for deer hunting and pales in muzzle energy when compared to the .30-06 round the military used in WWI and WWII.

30 06 vs 223
The .30-06 Springfield (left) and the .223 Remington (5.56 mm NATO)

In the following video you can see Jesse Duff demonstrate the capabilities of the “dreaded” AR-15, the 30-06, the 12 gauge shotgun, 100 year old 9mm and .45 Colt handguns; all of which fire a larger round than the AR-15:

The left rarely wants to talk about crime statistics and gun bans, and engage in gross dishonestly by leaving out fundamental truths about the history of guns and crime.

For example, if guns cause crime than why is Switzerland almost crime free? The Swiss have a gun culture that makes the Unites States appear almost Mennonite by comparison. According to the Swiss Small Arms Survey the United States has more guns in civilian hands than any country in the world, but only ranks 28th when it comes to gun violence.

CNN’s Piers Morgan likes to talk about the relatively low rates of gun violence in England, but what he doesn’t say is that England had relatively low gun violence since long before they banned guns. Morgan also fails to mention that gun crime actually peaked after the ban, and that violent crime via knives, bats and other means is surpassing violent crime in the United States, and even crime dens like South Africa.

The problem when comparing crime statistics is that while one government may report violent crime to be X.Y and Z, another may define it as Q R and X. So the staff here at Red, White and Lori went on a mission to find a single set of statistics, compiled by a single team, using the same definitions, so as not to have an apples to oranges comparison. We were successful.

According to a survey by the United Nations and the European Community (certainly no friends of our Second Amendment) the UK suffers an incredible violent crime rate of 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. The failed and near lawless state of South Africa only has a rate of 1, 609 per 100k. The United States has a violent crime rate of merely 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people (Note: this includes gang vs gang killings).

In England, as in some parts of the United States, violent crimes spike when citizens are prevented from defending themselves with effective means.

We have an estimated 80 million gun owners in the United States, and because of the recent actions of three untreated schizophrenics the elite media and political focus isn’t on mental illness, but on the 80 million people who had nothing to do with it. Think about it – 80,000,000 to 3.

We could fill a book with the statistical evidence as it is simply overwhelming. The demagoguery on this issue was never about protecting children. Rather, it is about the politics of demonization and blame.

We here at Red, White, and Lori do believe that some gun law reform is needed, namely the elimination of phony “gun-free zones” which have resulted in nothing but death and misery as so well explained in this short clip from Penn and Teller (warning – language):


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Morality and virtue are not small things

Morality and virtue are not small things. They are the bedrock of Western Civilization and the foundation of what became the greatest country in the history of the world. A country that went from worst to first in just a few generations. A country that is now in a free-fall, just as every great empire fell because they became decadent and abandoned what made them great.

America is unique among the great powers of history in that we are the only country in the world built upon a set of ideas. First among those ideas is that our rights come from God and His Word is the foundation of law. We are “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Historians call the ideas that Western Civilization is founded upon “scholasticism”, which is the blending of the philosophy of great thinkers such as Aristotle with the wisdom of the Christian Bible.

So much did The Founders believe in this idea that they included God in every state constitution and lectured the American people repeatedly lectured the American people repeatedly that our system of government is wholly inadequate without the public observation of His Word. They were clear that without the spirit of The Lord liberty cannot endure.

America’s enemies were paying attention.

We are witnessing the deliberate eradication of the American memory and civic principle and in recent years we have seen example after example of the consequences.

The consequences began with an observable cultural decay, an increase in unwed parenthood, a decline in the birth rate, millions of abortions, and a popular culture that has deified a reprobate mind. Such a mind, without restraint from religious principle promotes an “If it feels good, do it” wisdom, consequences notwithstanding. “You only live once” is now an excuse to make a foolish short term decision.

The consequences can be observed by most anyone who goes to an inner city shopping mall after school, all the way up to (or down to) our President who wound up his campaign with praise from a pop culture icon who raps about pimping out “ho’s and bitches,” drug use, and gratuitous, irresponsible sex acts, as if all these are all good. The American people have twice elected a President whose own preacher of twenty years, Jeremiah Wright, takes pride in his hatred for traditional American “middleclassness” and preaches the values of communism.

This 40 second video gives a stark example of how far things can go in just a single generation:

How deliberate is that eradication of the American memory?

An Indiana University at South Bend publication described it well. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute with the University of Connecticut tested 14,094 students at 50 universities with a 60 question civics exam with half of the students being freshman and the other half being seniors. The results were not encouraging. Not a single senior, based on an average score, passed the exam.

Here are some of the results taken directly from the study:

– Seniors lack basic knowledge of America’s history. More than half, 53.4 percent, could not identify the correct century when the first American colony was established at Jamestown. And 55.4 percent could not recognize Yorktown as the battle that brought the American Revolution to an end (28 percent even thought the Civil War battle at Gettysburg was the correct answer).

– College seniors are also ignorant of America’s founding documents. Fewer than half, 47.9 percent, recognized that the line “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” is from the Declaration of Independence. And an overwhelming majority, 72.8 percent, could not correctly identify the source of the idea of “a wall of separation” between church and state.

– More than half of college seniors did not know that the Bill of Rights explicitly prohibits the establishment of an official [state] religion for the United States.

– Nearly half of all college seniors, 49.4 percent, did not know that The Federalist Papers—foundational texts of America’s constitutional order—were written in support of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Seniors actually scored lower than freshmen on this question by 5.7 percentage points, illustrating negative learning while at college

– More than 75 percent of college seniors did not know that the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine was to prevent foreign expansion in the Western Hemisphere.

– Even with their country at war in Iraq, fewer than half of seniors, 45.2 percent, could identify the Baath party as the main source of Saddam Hussein’s political support.

The most interesting results came from the list of universities where the freshman consistently out scored the seniors, meaning that the longer the students stayed at that university more ignorant of civics they became. Which colleges did the worst? Johns Hopkins, University of California at Berkeley, Cornell, Brown, Duke, Yale, Georgetown, M. I. T., University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan, all displayed negative learning.

As the Indiana University writer observes, what better way is there to destroy the ideas that America was founded upon than to make certain students forget them?

We are witnessing the truism of Abe Lincoln’s warning that “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” None of the Founders who authored the First Amendment would approve of how the First Amendment has been turned on its head to enforce a Godless public education.

“A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district – all studied and appreciated as they merit – are the principle support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.”

– Benjamin Rush

Those who are engaging in this systematic assault on our children and the American memory have a model to follow. Pre-war Germany took exactly the same actions that progressive secular leftists are using against public education and the Church today.

Hitler guaranteed freedom for the churches, so long as they never commented on what the government was doing. His regime banned school prayer, banned public nativity displays and Christmas Carols at schools. The liberals of today have already gotten some public schools to eliminate Christmas programs and replace it with a Winter Solstice celebration, just as Hitler moved Christmas to the day of the Winter Solstice. See more details in the video below:

How tyrants take God out of the public sector:

Ronald Reagan said that we need to re-institutionalize morality and the American Spirit. An informed patriotism is what we need:

We need to work at every level of government to turn back the tide and/or do what several states such as Indiana are already doing: enacting voucher programs to replace failing public schools whose agenda is foreign to the American Cause.

“There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing.”

– Daniel Webster