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Narcissism and Tyranny -- The Consequence of Executive Egocentrism

Self Service Masquerading as Public Service

By Mark Alexander · May 31, 2012
“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” –Benjamin Franklin, 1758

Paraphrasing the ancient Chinese warrior Sun Tzu: To defeat your opponent you must know your opponent and know yourself.

If our generation of Patriots is to succeed in our mandate to extend the blessings of American Liberty to our posterity, then we must both know the depth of our devotion to Liberty and understand its enemies. Indeed, we must fully comprehend those adversaries beyond topical categorization by political and other affiliations.

Our nation was founded by Patriots who devoted their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to Liberty for all. They truly understood the nature of “public service” as opposed to “self service,” the former defined as the giving of oneself for the greater good as opposed to the latter defined as the taking for oneself to the detriment of anyone or anything else.

In our Republican context of governance, the spirit of public service was and remains essential for the advancement of Liberty, while the consequence of self-service has always been irrevocably linked to tyranny.

Our generation of Patriots understands this distinction, and we are steadfast in our fidelity to the higher calling of Liberty. However, this fraternity of dedicated Patriots has always been, and will likely always be, in the minority – which is to say we must each resolve to give our all. As often noted, Samuel Adams wrote, “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

In the generations since our founding, Liberty has suffered excessive insult by the rise of men who, under the banner of “public service,” are motivated principally by self service – and the greater the drive toward self service, the greater the threat to Liberty.

Recent history records the ascension of politicians who were incontrovertibly motivated by self service masquerading as public service – Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Albert Gore, John Kerry and John Edwards, to name a few. All of these men share tragic family histories, which indelibly imprinted them from birth. Each also has a common diagnosis for his behavior: Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).

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Understanding this pathology is key to defeating our opponents who manifest it.

By definition, narcissists are deeply insecure and, consequently, have an unrelenting need to be admired by others. Their low self-esteem is often imprinted from early childhood, and for many it is associated with ineffective fathering or worse, parental abandonment. Narcissists have a grandiose sense of self and of entitlement, and they have an excessive dependence upon others for self-definition and self-esteem regulation. Though they may project an image of great confidence, it is nothing more than arrogance pretending to be confidence in a cover-up of their insecurity.

I certainly would not suggest that all children with tragic family histories are destined to develop NPD. But executive offices in both the private and public sector are frequently occupied by those driven by narcissistic pathology, those whose motivation to achieve is characterized by a lust for power and avarice, rooted in broken self esteem and the resulting obsessive need to be accepted by others.

The most malignant form of narcissism is accompanied by intelligence and charisma, which enables the deception of others in order to secure positions of power and influence.

No executive in American history has provided a more textbook archetypal case study of Narcissistic Personality Disorder than Barack Hussein Obama, who embodied the pathology of the Left and successfully deceived the masses with his intelligence and charisma. Notably, he unwittingly outlined this deception in his second autobiographical book, “The Audacity of Hope,” writing, “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

Like all narcissists, however, Obama’s life is a lie.

To confirm that assertion, one needs look no further than his official White House biography, which begins, “His story is the American story – values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family…” There is no doubt that Obama wanted, and indeed deserved, that upbringing, but to assert that he had it could not be further from the truth.

And to further confirm the audacity of Obama’s narcissism, we need only examine his adulteration of the official White House Historical Association biographies of prior presidents, where Obama has inserted his name and some related “achievement” into the historic narratives of presidents dating back to Calvin Coolidge.

For example, the “Did You Know?” section at the end of Coolidge’s bio has been altered to read, “On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.”

See if you can spot the impostor in these other presidential bios:

“On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.”

“President John F. Kennedy famously suggested the American people: ‘Ask what you can do for your country.’ In 1961, the Peace Corps was created, facilitating service among citizens working toward peace in developing countries. In 2011, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation.”

“In 1973, Richard Nixon created The President’s Export Council, which was expanded and reconstituted under President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Today the PEC continues to work towards reaching President Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s exports by 2014’s end.”

“President Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday; today the Obama Administration honors this tradition, with the First and Second Families participating in service projects on this day. In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.”

“In 2002, President George W. Bush’s State of the Union was the first to be live broadcast on the Internet. In 2011 and 2012, President Obama’s State of the Union speeches were available in an enhanced live stream version that featured infographics, charts and data side-by-side in real time with the President’s speech.”

Of this audacious adulteration, Ronald Reagan’s former Attorney General, Ed Meese, concludes, “What they have done is to spoil the integrity of the historical narrative.”

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In advance of the 2012 election, Obama has framed his tenure in office as “public service.” But he is pathologically incapable of serving the public ahead of himself. In order to spoil the integrity of his narrative, we must fully understand his unmitigated narcissism and thoroughly expose the grave threat that his self-interest poses to Essential Liberty.

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147 Comments

efffie in Iowa said:

No Christian beliefs and on a mission to destroy this country. Can`t get much more dangerous than this.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Phyllis Loper in Valparaiso, IN said:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Romney needs to communicate…..Make No Mistake……my goal is to preserve, protect and defend the beloved Consititution of the United States, not for my benefit, but for the benefit of all mankind in our wonderful country of the United States of America. I seek nothing in return other than to be instrumental in the preservation of Liberty for one and all.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Pete G. in MS said:

NPD and the compulsion to "Feel good about myself" is prevalent among so many leftists because they know better than any other person on the planet that they are miserable, human beings brimming over with hatred and loathing. They attempt to counteract these feeling by "Helping those who cannot help themselves". The consequences are irrelevant as long as the "feel good about myself" criteria is satisfied.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Ted Bosse in Ellicott City, MD said:

When looking at Obama's insertions into other President's bios you come the conclusion that (In Facebook Lingo) if you have nothing of your own to trumpet simply "Like" what someone else has done.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Ray in Lubbock, TX said:

The left has no moral compass or values. NPD runs rampant through them and the MSM. They firmly believe they are better than everyone else and should be the ones to tell the rest of us how to live our lives. Well, let me tell you, that will never happen. There will be a revolt of unimaginable proportions if they ever attempt to take this country to a place where they are in control.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Elena in Florida said:

Romney needs to set his politically correct 'gentlemanly' persona aside and get down and dirty. He needs make no apology for his Bain work -- there are winners and losers when businesses are re-structured, and the losers need to pick themselves up and succeed again. Romney needs to relentlessly challenge Obama, make him get angry and lose control -- in short, bring out the 'real Obama,' not the fake automatron we see on TV.
It's businessmen and military folks who have made America, not Muslim Marxists with a false-bottom checkbook.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Fred in Spring Branch, TX said:

The trick is to overcome the electorate's consistent apathy and, therefore, ignorance toward complex ideas about the mental health of this president. He is one sick puppy and should never have been elected. That said, it is a rocky road to claim the president is mentally ill; maybe some experts to testify to his behavior and draw a parallel....don't know. However, if he gets four more years, that will assuredly put this wonderful nation out of business.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Robert Carlson in Escondido, CA said:

According to the US Constitution he is not eligible to serve as President of United States. He is not natural born. Some ever question he was even born in US. If he was born in US, why doesn't he produce original birth certificate rather than a computer generated one?

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Tim Downey in Rockville Md. said:

The left suffers from NPD because there's is the generation of Peace Love and Harmony, (read hippy byproducts). They are void of inner strength and other means by which independense relies. They are "Fat" and they are breeding a "HyperFat" generation of clueless, schoolastically indoctrinated folks with no basis to help themselves or anyone else!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Frank S in Palatine, Illinois said:

The real problem is the perverted and biased Media. No one I talk to is "for Obama" but the media reports Obama ahead in crucial states. Are we due for a surprize in November? Couple this with the "dumbing down of America" and you get a fool elected to high office. It is the ignorant electorate [who drank the kool-aid] that are part of this problem.
I work for a chemical engineering company and we are having a hard time finding qualified US applicants with Chemical Engineering degrees. We must employ non-US engineers to get the job done.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Michael Gehri in San Antonio said:

Why NPD? Simply stated, the left must argue from an assumed position of inellectual superiority because there are no facts to support their pontifications. Sort of like arguing with the professor at his/her podium. The professor assumes he/she is correct because he/she is at the podium and the other side is there to learn...

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Bill Stockwell in York, PA said:

The best way is to pose question directly to his narcissism. Example-Mr. President, how can you support windpower when the largest number of wild birds, eagles, geese, etc. are being killed by them? You have squashed the Keystone Pipeline. How can we get on the road to energy & economic freedom by squelching the very jobs that would get us back on the road to growth? Mr. President, you are a wealthy man, how do the loopholes in the current tax code benefit you, are you taking advantage of them, & are they fair to the average income earner? As a wealthy man are you going to "step up to the plate" & contribute more than what you need to to reduce our deficit?
My list could go on...hopefully I've made my point.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

George H. Schryer in Washington, NC said:

They develope this neurosis from birth because they are constantly catered to, given anything they demand and are told from day one they are "special" Doors are opened for them that are not opened for others which feeds their self image of being destined for greatness.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

NavyPilot in Fall River, MA said:

Tell the truth and do not gloss over facts when it is not "politically correct" to do so. Develop an instructional program for the American people that shows how and why Obama is wrong for this country. Don't mince words. Put Obama in his place and give him what he deserves, a boot out of office in November.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Art Cancienne in Memphis, TN said:

Have you ever noticed the symbol Obama uses? The big blue "O", with the red and white stripes down at the bottom of it. It looks to me like the American flag is falling to the ground in from of the Big "O" (Obama). That's what I see everytime it see that emblem - it matches everything he stands for and is the perfect symbol for what he is trying to do - bring down the Untied States "for good". All I can say is, "God help us if he wins another term" - that's if we do actually have another election, which I'm tending to think is not as certain as most people think. This guy is desperate and intends to use desperate measures to stay in the White House - even at the risk of something like a massive national uprising stirred up and fueled by him and his minions.

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM