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May 7, 2009

Does Obama Raise Your Fears?

Bill Brosius

For the first time in my long lifetime, I fear for the future of my country, the United States of America.


I am not afraid (only concerned) about the massive debt being run up out of all reason. Our grandchildren and their children can pay it off, probably with cheaper, grossly inflated dollars.


I am not afraid of the flap over “torture” (in the George Orwellian “1984” distortion of the word) because we will regain our senses on that. However, there are things I am afraid of.


I am afraid of the sudden rapid move toward socialism (“concerned” is too mild a word). We are rapidly sliding down that slippery slope that will dump us in the morass that was pre-Thatcher England. Thereafter, if not stopped, that slope will take us through the Venezuelan model and then the Cuban model. God help the USA. As China is moving toward capitalism and democracy, we are moving toward socialism.


This one word, socialism, encompasses both the political and economic spheres since it is defined as a “political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. In Marxist theory it is a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.” It is a system where the central government owns and runs the means of production, sales, communication and finance.


If that is our future, it would be worse than you can imagine; worse than 98 of 100 Americans would think possible. A few years ago I lived for six weeks with real Cubans in a real neighborhood in Havana (not in the tourist area). The living conditions were so bad that, when I tell friends and neighbors what I saw, how the Cubans lived, they think I am exaggerating – that things could not be that bad.


They are that bad, and worse. That is socialism to the utmost, practiced for 50 years (1959 to 2009) under the self-avowed communist/socialist Fidel Castro. This “wonderful” system degraded Cuba from the fourth richest country, per capita, in the entire western hemisphere, to the 10th poorest in the world.


I am afraid of President Barack Obama’s messianic appeal. Any person who can attract 200,000 to 1,000,000 people to see him, to hear him speak, time after time, is a potential threat to all. Others in modern times who have had such messianic appeal: Mahatma Gandhi, who, virtually alone, wrestled India and the Far East from the British Empire; Adolph Hitler; Fidel Castro, and Mao Tse-Dong. Such charmers can mesmerize, and historically have so entranced large parts of the population, holding them enthralled until, when the public comes out of their hypnosis, they have lost their freedom, if not their livelihood, or even their lives.


I am afraid of President Obama’s plan to organize our kids into a Youth Corp. He said in his campaign that he would do so, and give them as much in pay and supplies as the military. That is a scary thought, having young malleable minds absorbing the messages and philosophy of the messiah, being taught to follow him in his quest to change our country.


I am afraid of President Obama’s Muslim leanings. It was not accidental that he held his first presidential press conference and gave his TV interview with Muslim stations, or that he bowed deeply from the hips to King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia. In his U.S. Senate days, all of his statements and public actions were invariably on the side of the questions that would favor – or be least harmful – to Muslim governments.


I am afraid of President Obama’s narcissistic personality. We have never had a president so self-centered as this one. The dictionary defines: narcissism |ˈnärsəˌsizəm| noun – excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance. Psychology extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.


“See note at egotism: noun – the practice of talking and thinking about oneself excessively because of an undue sense of self-importance: in his arrogance and egotism, he underestimated Jill. Egotism is a negative term that combines extreme self-preoccupation with a tendency to show off or attract attention.”


Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini were narcissistic. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez are living narcissistic leaders. All enthralled their people and destroyed the freedom of their citizens.


I am afraid of President Obama’s capture of major financial institutions and manufacturers, while presuming to know better than the long-established managers how to run these giants of finance and industry. In fact, when he fired the CEO and five directors of General Motors, in effect taking over what was once the largest company in the USA, the implications of that drove me to despondency – for the first time in my life.


At some later date, I will expand on each of these fears, giving you my reasoning.


May the USA gain good luck, and regain its full economic freedom.


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