American and Proud posted a Happy Birthday the other day to Robert E. Lee, born on January 19, 1807. Old Bobby Lee is, of course, persona non grata today, unwelcome on the rosters of Politically Correct role models–disqualified by religion, cause, and exemplary character; but AP’s post got me to thinking about personal heroes and how one’s admiration for them reveals something of an individual’s personality and worldview. Take our exalted Chief Executive, for example. Barack Obama has publicly professed high regard for the following figures:
- Abraham Lincoln (president during an American civil war. From Wikipedia: vigorously exercised unprecedented war powers, including the arrest and detention, without trial, of thousands of suspected secessionists)
- Mahatma Gandhi (From Wikipedia: the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. He pioneered satyagraha. This is defined as resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence)
- Nelson Mandela (From Wikipedia: anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the [Ed. Note: pro-communist] African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life in prison)
- Cesar Chavez (From Wikipedia: Mexican American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). He became the best known Latino civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement)
Other Obama icons, infrequently acknowledged, include:
- Communist pornographer Frank Marshall Davis (From Wikipedia: in the opinion of Gerald Horne, a contributing editor to the CPUSA publication Political Affairs, Davis was “a decisive influence in helping Obama to find his present identity” as an African-American. Claims that Davis was a political influence on Obama were made by Jerome Corsi in his anti-Obama book The Obama Nation. A rebuttal released by Obama’s presidential campaign, titled Unfit for Publication, confirmed that “Frank” was Frank Marshall Davis, but disputes those claims about the nature of their relationship)
- The infamous Saul Alinsky (From Wikipedia: American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing and has been compared in Playboy magazine to Thomas Paine as being “one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left”) [Ed. Note: Non-Socialist left??? There is no such animal!].
Obama is a president who looks and sounds “normal”, but whose behavior all points to a variety of pathologies, beginning with narcissism and proceeding through an obsessive attachment to a Marxist ideology, the centralizing of all power, that has been tried and has failed everywhere.
There is, too, the complete inability to accept responsibility for his saying instead that “It’s George Bush’s fault” to “I inherited a mess” to “the Republicans must compromise.”
[…] What was initially described as a cool, detached, and intellectual approach to the office is now beginning to look like a pathological lack of concern for Americans and the nation’s future.
Former President Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, stated that his heroes were “the citizens of this blessed land.”
To experience the difference, please review our current Chief Executive’s remarks on the recent tragedy in Tucson, then listen to these words from the Oval Office following the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. Oh, and remember, if you will–Mr. Reagan found it unnecessary to present commemorative t-shirts to his audience: