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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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151 Comments

MThom in Davis CA said:

Liberalism is driven by the infatuation of self-aggrandisement in perpetuating their worth by the extending of governmental dependence to the masses who they feel are in need of their mis-guided entitilements.

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Jamey in Glen Burnie, Md said:

Its not that Leftists come down with NPD; its that NPD is why they became Leftists in the first place. By definintion, a narcissist beleives in no higher power than himself (even if he claims otherwise). Because the narcissist cannot put his trust in the charity of others or, most significantly, Divine providence, the narcissist feels that the only source of reliable assistance is Big Government.

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM

ned slaps in memphis, tn said:

Nail on the head as usual. The Obama is crazy.

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

2desertrats in AZ said:

Our congress is loaded with narcists and egotists. They just cannot wait till they can appear in front of the tv cameras and spout out garbage that does not make sense. Yet some Americans fawn over them without checking what the heck they are spouting about. But, the party comes first and must be supported.That goes for our make believe president also who does not know how many states are in our Union but swears there are 57 or something like that.. His speaches are full of "I'sms like "I did that, and I found Bin Laden and I and and I" etc. And so it goes. But the prez has to be protected so he can do another 4 years of promise that will never materialize. But he can sure dole out the moola.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Larry in Omaha Ne said:

Romney and friends will not pull the gloves off and will cost us the election and possibly our country. All conservatives and candidates should be demanding the campaign debate these issues as well -as they are a very short window-the critical issues. Nothing else will get fixed if BO is reelected. The truth will not be known if not debated!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Transaction7 in Commerce, Texas said:

It is somewhat dangerous for laymen to diagnose psychiatric conditions, since, typically, neither the person doing this nor most of their audience is that familiar with the DSM-IV criteria that define and limit these diagnoses. As the great psychiatrist Karl Menninger noted, people don't call each other liars or skunks anymore, they use psychiatric terminology. The Left has been trying to promote the theory that conservatives are mentally ill or defective for years. Trust me on this one, you can get branded paranoid, psychotic, delusional, mentally incompetent, etc. even by some psychiatrists, if you discover and dare mention to them, for example, the fact that you have learned, in the course of representing family members of socially prominent and politically and officially powerful officials and politicians palmed off on us by, I'm sorry to say, both parties, that said politicians are, let us say, guilty of the most hideous crimes short of capital murder, and others are guilty of failure to report reason to believe that such crimes had occurred, long before you got off the turnip truck and met any of these people.

Having said that, and using "narcissistic" in its ordinary dictionary rather than its more detailed DSM-IV definition and usage, after over half a century in politics and having known an awful lot of politicians of both parties and across the political spectrum, I respectfully submit that narcissism, thus very loosely defined, is a disease prevalent among politicians as a class, including too many conservatives and Republicans, which might make proving your hypothesis that it is associated with the Left hard to prove, notwithstanding my personal suspicion that you are right. Far more politicians on the Left suffer from the unshakable, ultimately anti-democratic, conviction that they know better than the people how they should be governed and that, in the modern age, we should and must yield our liberty to some "elite" to which they have appointed themselves, overlooking the many, many instances in recent and earlier history where those considered "the best and the brightest" made glaring mistakes in business, politics, war, and life.

Friday, June 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

De oppresso liber in Oregon Coast said:

Here in Oregon we have been seeing Television adds by Obuma attacking Mitt Romney with lies, slander & blatant character assassination. It is so disgusting that I silently blurt out "you lying SOB" and hit mute. The Lewd Left chooses to believe what they want to believe. Truth and facts mean nothing to them. When there is no way for them to deny the truth they reply with "There are many Truths" or some other escapist nonsense. My hope is that Mitt Romney will respond by releasing all of his tax returns and then DEMAND that Obuma release all of his tax returns & "Sealed" records. Mr. Romney should reply with clips of Obuma's Presidential campaign promises then ask why he did not hold to them. Saturate the media with those adds. No name calling just exposing him for what he is. Show him in his own words and then show how he did not do what he promised. Reply to each and every one of his lies and challenge him to show cause why he has not upheld his promises. Expose all of the policies he denies like "Fast & Furious" illegal immigration", etc. Ronald Reagan ask "Are you better off now than you were four years ago"? Then the Clinton campaign ask the same question and I don't think they gave Reagan credit for the quote. That brings up another question, when Clinton was in office and facing all the problems with his carousing, lies & deception the Lewd Left were saying "It's the Economy Stupid". It was OK for Clinton to take foreign campaign money (China) and to have adulterous affairs at least one of which was actually in the Oval Office, lie to Congress, etc. The Rational given was "It's the economy Stupid". OK, Barrack Hussein Obama, it is the Economy Stupid! It is your Anti-American Policies, your Anti-Christian Policies, your Raciest remarks, your lies, your Socialist, Marxist, Communistic closet Muslim actions! The United States of America was established as a Constitutional Republic! Not Socialist, not Marxist, not Communist, not a Muslin Nation and contrary to what you say the United States of America was established on Christian principals as a Christian nation. Anyone who says different is either a liar, an Idiot, Illiterate, and/or has no understanding of the Constitution and its founding principals. If anyone wants the truth start with reading the Mayflower Compact and continue on with the writings of our Founding Fathers. America is now in DIRE Straights. It is the Economy Stupid! Obuma is destroying freedom from the inside by Bankrupting America.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Robert in Florida said:

Since the queston "are you better off today than 4 years ago" is popular during the last few elections, ask those who say "yes" what do they think the answer would be from the 23 million who are unemployed and can't find jobs.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:02 PM

wwlee4411 in Snellville, GA said:

This is there very reason I do NOT believe Obama will surrender the Office of "President of the United States of America!" I will not with draw my statements or suspicions until he is on the plane leaving Washington, DC on January 20, 2013. Once THAT happens, I will relax my guard, but not until. I will continue to porclaim my distrust of the man until then!

Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

msmag in Franklin, Oh said:

I have know this from when he frist ran. I am very concerend where he going to take this county.Every time he opens his mouth you know all your get is more lies. I am very suprised how many supported him this time.

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Don Jordan in Oregon said:

National Sales Tax for EVERY ONE.

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM