Today hubris – tomorrow, nemesis

We recognize the narcissism of our Commander-in-Chief. It has been the subject of many an article by his detractors. Here, for example, is a harsh assessment of the depth of his pathological disorder by a purported MD psychiatrist (I say “purported”, because the identity of the author is hidden and therefore cannot be verified):

I don’t know enough to properly vet this article from a medical or psychiatric point of view, but enough rings true to be truly worried. We should all worry and pray for the health and well-being of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, for example, who was kicked out of the U.S. embassy in violation of a long history of American embassies providing sanctuary to human rights activists. Why?

The article cited above provides a clue:

Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help
them to reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing
alone and that is power. All other issues are meaningless to them and
they do not want to waste their precious time on trivialities.
Anything that does not help them is beneath them and does not deserve
their attention.

If an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or
another, he has no interest in it. The “present” vote is a safe vote.
No one can criticize him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy
by their very nature because they are not about him.

Sadly, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng serves no purpose for the agenda of our narcissist in chief. He and his family, therefore, are dispensable.

In ancient Greece, narcissism was the handmaiden of hubris. It was a punishable crime, as the Greeks recognized that hubris inevitably led to destruction by nemesis. The author of the linked article worries that, should Obama be repudiated by the American people, nemesis will express itself through a backlash against African Americans, the rise of white supremacists and race wars. I disagree. I believe that we, as a people, are well beyond that.

What we do need to worry about is that a failing Obama, faced with the repudiation of his narcissistic world view by his country, will do things far more drastic to wreak revenge upon his detractors and cement his self image as the man who changed the world. Think a moment about the horrific actions of another pathological narcissist cited in the article, Jim Jones, for example.

I believe that there is a good chance that, despite widespread sabotage of the American electoral system by the Democrats, that Romney will win. What we really need to worry about is the inevitable arrival of nemesis. Let’s hope that our country’s systems of checks and balances, designed by our Founding Fathers, hold fast.

In the meantime, the rest of the world and its human rights activists have good cause to be worried. We live in dangerous times.



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  • Ymarsakar

    So what’s Obama going to do once he is free to do anything, in the few months after the elections?

    Pardon all the black murderers in the nation and release them to get “Justice for Tray”? Give away all our national secrets and military technology to the Russians and Chinese? Release all of our secret intel concerning Afghanistan and Pakistan?

    It’s not like the Democrat Congress will ever prosecute a sitting Democrat President… there is no such thing as the Rule of Law when Americans put tyrants in charge. 

  • jj

    Under ordinary circumstances you’d tend not to go with a diagnosis-by-observation (as opposed to one reached as a result of interaction, sessions, etc.).  But there are circumstances under which you, though it’s difficult to be definitive, can reach at least a preliminary conclusion with a sufficiency of certainty to be able to refer to it as a diagnosis.  This would be in the case of physical markers.  Autism, for example, in some kinds of cases will leave a fairly plain physical trail on the features of the sufferer.  If trained to look for and observe it, you can see it.  It’s clear, it’s obvious, there it is: you don’t need to interview the patient to reach the conclusion.
    This is also the case with some forms of narcissism.  (There is more than one type.  Bill Clinton is also a plainly apparent narcissist, but he’s not, in himself, dangerous, though I realize it would be difficult to explain that to Juanita Broadderick.)  There will be one, or more usually a series of, observable traits.  The chin in the air posture that Obama endlessly pulls is in fact a marker.  When he delivers a speech the chin is in the air, he’s generally looking over the heads of his audience into the great beyond, and it’s plainly apparent that the real audience for his remarks is him: he doesn’t care if anybody else is listening.  It’s only important that he is.  The reactions and feelings of those he’s addressing don’t register with him because those people aren’t important enough to have reactions and feelings.  (In a malignant pathology he would be quite genuinely unaware that they react and feel.  It isn’t – this is the frightening part – that he doesn’t care about their reactions, feelings, and beliefs – it’s worse than that.  It’s that he can’t believe that they have reactions, feelings, and beliefs at all.  You don’t worry about stepping on ants, because after all, they’re ants.  You don’t worry about doing or saying anything to the rest of the world, because they’re ants, too.  You can break their legs, it doesn’t hurt them the way it would me.)  You do not put people like this into positions of power.
    Obama sports a number of physical markers – and he certainly has the background, including the history of possible/probable molestation – to fit the bill.  The less dangerous mental attributes are also pretty plain – who are these insects to demand my birth certificate?  I’m above rules like that, they should just count themselves lucky I deign to be among them and allow them to worship me.  He’s an interest98ing study, though it’s a study that doesn’t really need to take much more than about five minutes.


    Today Hubris – Tomorrow, Nemisis

    Danny,  you have the definitive Obama/Biden 2012 slogan.   😉

  • Danny Lemieux

    Hmmm…Sadie! You’re on to something here. 

  • Charles Martel

    Fox News reporter to a NYU students at Occupy New York: “How’s that hubris working for you?”
    NYU English major: “I dunno. It’s Greek to me.” 
    NYU History major: “Dude, Hubris Horatio Humphrey died years ago. Why bring him into the conversation?”
    NYU Religious Studies major: “Whoa, a mohel named Hugh? Far out!”


    I rather liked this one from IOTW (NSFW)

  • Danny Lemieux

    How can I ever keep my coffee down when Sadie and Chucky decide to have a go at one another?


    Danny, get used to it. 😉 I am hoping Chucky sees this post and gets started on a weekend parody of a parody.   I’ve already got the working title: Weekend with Shaniqua.

          The Life of Julia — Barack Obama


    Good news. Homework for Charles has been cancelled!

    The Many, Many, Many Lives of Julia   

  • Danny Lemieux

    Ah, Sadie, know that my designation “Chucky” for the Hammer is but an expression of deep affection for my friend, but his well-earned moniker is and should always be “Hammer”, for his prose and wit certainly guards the Asgard of our Conservative/Libertarian-dom as deftly as Thor smote the evil serpent guardian of Liberal/Left-dom.

  • Charles Martel

     The Life of Minnie
    A look at Minnie Mouse if Barack Obama had been Walt Disney
    Minnie is born.
    Minnie has her first pregnancy.
    Minnie meets Mickey and moves in with him.
    Minnie kicks Mickey out but receives a housing voucher.
    Minnie has her second pregnancy
    Minnie receives food help at an Occupy tent
    Minnie is pregnant again.
    Mickey returns and Minnie sues him for child support.
    Mickey and Minnie have a frank discussion while Minnie is being banged by Mortimer.
    Minnie builds a nest at a website design studio.
    Minnie is pregnant again.
    Minnie spends free birth control money on licorice.
    Minnie is pregnant again.
    Minnie celebrates her first birthday, applies for education loan.
    Minnie wins child support case against Mickey.
    Mickey arrested in cat-for-hire death plot against Minnie.
    Minnie is pregnant again.
    Minnie has tubes tied, retires to nest in a community garden.


    Charles, bless your soul – you didn’t keep me waiting. :)

    Heedey-hee-dee-hee-dee hee