THE WORLD TODAY SERIES #14

The Dismantling of the American Republic (continued)

Drs. Haberman and Vaknin are not alone in their assessment of Obama. Barack Obama also has been identified as a narcissist by Dr. Krauthammer, whose articles on the president may be found on the Internet. Obama recently openly displayed his narcissism in front of the entire world through his handling of the massacre of our ambassador in Benghazi and the subsequent senate investigation of the incident. As brought out by Senator Lindsay Graham’s interrogation of Leon Panetta and General Dempsey, the white house simply was not involved in the crises over the several hours of its duration. Obama was disengaged from the affair.

Through a multitude of moves, some subtle and others not so subtle, Obama is displaying his desire to concentrate governmental power in the executive branch at the expense of the legislative and judicial branches. Having helped to bring the Republican legislators into disarray, he is now using their gridlock as an excuse to keep the wheels of government moving through the issuance of an unprecedented number of executive orders. The straightforward use of executive orders to accomplish legislation is prohibited by the U. S. Constitution. But, as Judge Napolitano so ably informed the public in a Fox News interview, Obama has created huge bureaucracies that can perform legislative actions through the back door. He gave an example: Obama can exercise control over guns merely by declaring the lead from expended ammunition an environmental hazard. Then he can request the EPA to step in with a restrictive regulation that is capable of bringing gun manufacturers and users to their knees. Although this method represents a blatant misuse of power, it is legal, and Obama appears to intend to make the most of this and other devious methods to acquire and exercise power.

Another knowledgeable American who is very concerned about Obama’s character and intentions is David Barton, who has appeared on the Glenn Beck show to warn Americans about this man. Dr. David Barton is more of a historian than a Biblical speaker, but well-known and respected for his knowledge of historical facts as well as Biblical truths. In an interview with Pastor Charles Stanley on his program “In Touch”, Barton had this to say about Obama:

“Respect the office? Yes. Respect the man in the office? No, I am sorry to say. I have noted that many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, called upon America to unite behind Obama. Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I am not uniting behind Obama! I will respect the office which he holds, and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him, but that is it. I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term president. Why am I doing this? It is because I do not share Obama’s vision or value system for America; I do not share his abortion beliefs; I do not share his radical Marxist concept of redistributing wealth; I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make $150,000 plus (the ceiling has been changed three times since August); I do not share his view that America is arrogant; I do not share his view that America is not a Christian nation; I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%; I do not share his views on amnesty and giving more to illegals than our American citizens who need help; I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage; I do not share his view that radical Islam is our friend and Israel is our enemy who should give up land; I do not share his spiritual beliefs, or at least the ones that he has made public; I do not share his belief on how to rework the healthcare system in America; I do not share his strategic views of the Middle East; and I certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.

“The bottom line is that my America is vastly different from Obama’s, and I have a higher obligation to my country and my God to do what is right.”

Among the specific things that Obama already has done in pursuit of his acquisition of power at the expense of a destructive transformation of America to a socialistic democracy, the following stand out as indicative:

He has attempted to bypass congress by issuing an uncommonly large number of executive orders.

He appointed an unprecedented number of regulatory czars (45 and counting) to perform the work normally handled by elected officials; he would later begin to use these administrators to implement his questionable executive orders.

Despite patently false claims that he is a Christian, at every Christian venue where he has spoken, he has requested all Christian symbols to be covered up. He has claimed that America is not a Christian nation. He also has claimed that he never practiced Islam. In reality, in school he was registered as Muslim and practiced it daily for 31 years. His wife Michelle made him change it so he could run for office. He also claimed that his grandmother had always been a Christian. Actually, according to Terry Anderson, a black L.A. talk radio host, she made daily Salat prayers. She also had been one of her husband’s fourteen wives. To top off his real religious agenda, he appointed a convert to Islam (John Brennan) to head the CIA.

He has made a number of underhanded, if not illegal, moves prior to his second-term election to consolidate his voter base, including: his abrogation of bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to union supporters; his bypass of congress by executive order to implement the Dream Act in favor of illegal immigrants, as well as his ordering of a secret amnesty program to include those with criminal convictions, to stop their deportation; and he demanded a private company to give $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

His acts have worked against the economic viability of the United States. These include his obstruction of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, for which he was held in Contempt of Court, after which he supported the development of Brazil’s oil drilling; his spending of a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs that don’t exist; his defunding of NASA’s man-in-space programs; and his filing of lawsuits against states he was sworn to protect.

With the aid of liberal, adoring Congress, he implemented a disastrous health care law. After its passage, he defied a Federal Judge’s court order to cease implementing the Health Care Law until its constitutionality was verified. Later, Chief Justice Roberts was the deciding factor in the Supreme Court ruling that determined its constitutionality. From his body language at the time, there is reason to believe that Justice Roberts was criminally compromised in some way, having been induced by force to deliver that decision. Here, in novel form from my book Rearguard, is my personal estimate of how this operation went down:

“It is so good to see you this evening, your honor,” the maitre ‘d beamed at Gerald. “And how absolutely stunning you look tonight, madame. Our modest establishment has been languishing in drab sorrow until you came to illuminate it with your beauty. Please follow me.” Gerald and Mary Robbins followed him to an empty table, which he designated as theirs with a flourish. He helped her with her chair and clapped loudly for the attention of the wait staff, who rushed over with frosted glasses, an iced water pitcher, the waiter and the sommelier.

His clap for attention was superfluous. All eyes were riveted on the Chief Justice’s wife. Younger than her husband by fifteen years, she carried herself with regal grace. Her elegant beauty radiated throughout the busy dining room, bringing conversation to a halt. The attention on Mary wasn’t lost on Gerald, who welcomed it as the capstone of a lengthy, enormously successful career. Despite the large difference in their ages, their twelve-year marriage had been uncommonly happy for both of them. She respected his intellect and the forcefulness of his personality in dealing with other men; he, of course, appreciated her beauty, but he was grateful that along with it came a generous heart capable of an astonishingly earthy passion. She was one in a million and he knew it; despite his own successes, he had been extremely lucky in finding her and persuading her to be his life partner.

Mary put a gentle hand over his. “I have to use the lady’s room,” she said. “I’ll just be a minute. Why don’t you order for both of us?”

Gerald turned to the sommelier as she arose from the table and walked off. “I’ll take your own recommendation for tonight, Ted,” he told him. Make it a dark wine, and rare. I have a big case coming up and I don’t know when I’ll be able to relax again.”

“Absolutely, sir,” the sommelier said, and departed, leaving him with the waiter. “Hi, George,” he began. “Is fresh lobster on the menu tonight?”

“Of course, sir. Not only are the creatures still alive, but they were in the ocean yesterday. May I suggest a rare chateaubriand on the side?“

“Splendid.” He folded the menu and returned it to George as the sommelier hurried toward them with the wine.

Gerald mused on the upcoming trial as he sipped at the wine. He was on his second glass before he became aware that Mary was taking an unusual length of time in the bathroom. He looked at his watch. After ten more minutes his concern morphed into alarm. He got the attention of the waiter, and asked him if he would be so kind as to ask a female member of the staff to inquire as to her presence in the bathroom. The waiter returned a few minutes later. His hands were empty and he was wearing a frown. “I’m afraid the bathroom is empty, sir,” he told Gerald, who began to rise from his chair in distress.

He returned to his chair under the command of a gentle but firm hand on his shoulder. “Mary’s just fine, Mr. Robbins,” he said. “She’s outside talking to an unexpected friend.” The large, cheerful man dismissed the greatly relieved waiter and sat down in Mary’s chair. The matching relief on Gerald’s face quickly fled. “Who are you?” he asked the stranger. “How do you know Mary?”

“The first thing you must do, sir, is to remain calm,” the man replied. Mary will indeed be all right, after a fashion, but only if you stay calm and don’t make a fuss. No police, no 9-1-1. We’re past that. If you do everything exactly as I say, I might not get to know Mary in a way that you’d find quite appalling. Tell me you understand. Quietly, and smile.”

Gerald forced himself to comply. “Okay. I’ll be leaving now, but other people are watching. You don’t know them, but they know you, and if you do anything out of the ordinary, well, Mary will know about it.”

Heart racing, Gerald called the waiter over and paid the bill with the excuse that an emergency meeting had intruded on their dinner. As he left the restaurant, the friendly face returned and grasped him by the arm. “What do you want from me?” he asked the man, his heart racing in panic. “If it’s money you want, just tell me and I’ll be glad to hand it over.” The man remained silent. Presently they came up to a blue Bentley, and the man ushered Gerald into the back seat. When they were alone, the man told him that Mary would be held in custody for a period of time. His stomach dropped with the news and his inability to do anything about it. “You’ll have to explain her absence,” the man told Gerald. “Say what you want, but make it convincing.”

“But for how long?” Gerald was almost weeping.

“Until your case is over. The lawsuit against the White House.”

“Why?”

“The Supreme Court has, in addition to you, four liberals and four conservatives. They’ll be certain to vote in a predictable fashion. You’re the wild card. You figure it out.”

“Will you promise to return Mary if the vote goes your way?”

“No. But I’ll promise you this: if the vote doesn’t go our way, Mary won’t be coming back. And don’t think that you can cry foul once she is returned to you, if that ever happens. Or if you never see Mary again. You’re up against some people who are infinitely more successful than you. And infinitely more powerful besides. You and Mary take your next breaths at the pleasure of these people. You’d just be going through this all over again, only for a very short period of time.”

To what end have Obama’s destructive policy directives been generated? Without attributing to him a hunger for power that transcends the presidency of the United States, the reasoning behind many of them are hard to fathom. Attempting to restrict U.S. oil production while supporting the same in Brazil can’t help our frail economy. What’s with that? And what’s with the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun-running scheme? And the loose border policy at a time when the government is supposedly so worried about terrorism? They certainly aren’t for the benefit of the United States or its citizens.

What about Obama’s cynical claim to be a Christian when his past associations and present attitudes shout that he’s anything but? He’s not a Christian; nor is he a Muslim, despite his kowtowing to Muslim heads of state, which was an equally cynical ploy. He has amply demonstrated his true religion, humanism, a faith that endows him with his own godhood.

One can see the vision behind this apparently absurd governance only through the lens of Machiavelli and the brutal heads of state who followed his repulsive advice. I had read Machiavelli’s The Prince years ago in short bouts, interrupted frequently by disgust and depression. I forced myself to re-read this singularly ill-conceived tome two years into Obama’s first term in an effort to get a handle on what’s really happening to America. One thing that I took away from that second reading was the observation that one of the most effective tools in the acquisition of power is the use of methods so outrageously disgusting that only a madman would be capable of thinking of them, let alone actually putting them to use. Such methods would be so terrible that the mere accusation of having used them would expose the finger-pointer to sharp and vicious charges of hyper-intense and insane conspiracy theorism.

For a short time, permit me to make an excursion into a hypothetical Machiavellian scenario wherein an admittedly fictional president may privately think the following:

“I, as a second-term president, am driven to think ahead to yet more power and glory. The current law doesn’t permit me to seek another term as president, but it would be ridiculously easy to change that law.

No, I don’t care about another term anyway. What I really want is to have a larger venue for my presidency. Like the world. This might well be a doable objective if the United States were first to be subordinated to a higher power like the United Nations, after which I could be “persuaded” to be its permanent head. Maybe that would be too much too quickly. Perhaps it could come about in stages. After all, I’m still young, and the climb itself is exhiliarating. What if the world happened to be divided into regions with North America, consisting of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, being one such region. Being head of three countries would be better than leading just one. I’d be okay with that. For a while, anyway.

So the first objectives would include the economic integration of Canada and Mexico into the U.S. Which also would entail some social engineering – the acceptance of our south-of-the-border friends into mainstream American society.

There’d have to be much tighter control over the population. America would have to lose its concept of uniqueness. We’ll have to take away their guns for starters. Create some incidents, and then let the people themselves, with a little encouragement from us, of course, demand more gun control. How about supplying our Mexican drug friends with a whole bunch of guns, and then when the violence hits us, speak out for stricter gun laws? No, we already tried that and got caught in a screwup. Oh, I know! The CIA has a long history of tampering with minds. I remember hearing about what they did with LSD in the ‘70s to create zombies capable of assassinations. Now there are drugs to turn mental patients into super-paranoid crazies bent on mass murder. Now that I have someone I own there, I’ll just have him select a few crazies to murder schoolkids. The great thing about that is that it’s so over-the-top that even if somebody suspected what happened, they’d be laughed out of town if they dared to make an accusation about it. Then I’d feign outrage over the mass murder and use it to start taking the guns away. If there was a threat to my agenda from the Judicial Branch, I could simply use some goons to threaten the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with something like the torture and slow death of his wife. As a matter of fact, I could do that to key opponents in Congress.”

Enough of that. It’s time to come up for air and shake off the disgust and depression. But is this really so far-fetched? Admittedly, it would require the president to have a sociopathic personality disorder, one whose self-indulgent narcissism is so pronounced that he lacks a soul: moral conscience and compassion are missing from his personality. But, as we’ve seen, more than one well-known person has suspected Obama of just that condition. Looking back into history, Obama is simply one of a large number of brutal dictators of the distant past up to the present, a multitude of whom were at large and creating havoc in their countries during the twentieth century.

Despite the dark situation that America finds itself in with Obama at the helm, he’s not our root problem. Our present situation came about because our complacent attitude toward God. It was through the indifference of America’s Christian Church at large, and the subsequent inroads that humanism made, first in our seminaries and then in our educational system, that God was given the boot from our society. There is ample historical evidence to support Scripture’s claim that God is the One who establishes the leaders of our world.

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