Victor Davis Hanson posted a wonderful piece at National Review Online yesterday entitled, “Just Make Stuff Up,” in which he gives a skillful summary of Obama’s broken promises, flip-flops and outright lies. But he just doesn’t seem to know how to put his finger on the explanation for the problem. This is it: Obama is a sociopath and therefore has no core self and no conscience that would require him to be consistent. He cannot be true to himself because there is no one there. This is what allows him to “just make stuff up” because the only reason he ever says anything is to get people to do what he wants. The easiest way to do that is to tell them what they want to hear, so he does, with no intention of delivering on his promises.
I explain this more in the following posts:
Let me say it again: a sociopath’s sole purpose when making a promise is to get something in the easiest and most pleasant way. There is NO INTENT TO KEEP THE PROMISE!!!
Indeed, once the promise has achieved its purpose, if you try to make the sociopath deliver his side of the bargain, you will generally get one or both of two responses. First, delay and fog – you’ll get what was promised, at some time in the future, but only if you do even more of what the sociopath wants, with tiny rewards applied whenever you start to lose faith, as the sociopath leads you on toward an ever-receding goal.
Much is made of Obama’s so-called cool and calm demeanor and how this makes him superior to ordinary mortals who get emotional about stuff, and how this means he clearly has magic powers to keep all of his contradictory and often mutually-exclusive promises because if he didn’t, why, then we would know because he’d act all nervous about what will happen when the jig is finally up and the chickens have come home to roost.
Well, besides Obama’s success in rigging the game in every possible way so that he comes out on top no matter what, so he doesn’t have to be nervous, there’s this: he is missing the vital faculty that would allow him to be nervous and have emotions other than anger, rage, gloating and glee.
Obama does not have a conscience.
God help me, and of all people, Ann Coulter spotted this first in her column, “Obama’s Dimestore ‘Mein Kampf’.”
[Eric] Hoffer explains on p. 138 [of his book, The True Believer] how the media are able to create the grounds for a fanatical mass movement like Obama’s:
It is easy to see how the faultfinding man of words, by persistent ridicule and denunciation, shakes prevailing beliefs and loyalties, and familiarizes the masses with the idea of change. What is not so obvious is the process by which the discrediting of existing beliefs and institutions makes possible the rise of a new fanatical faith. For it is a remarkable fact that the militant man of words who “sounds the established order to its source to mark its want of authority and justice” often prepares the ground not for a society of freethinking individuals but for a corporate society that cherishes utmost unity and blind faith.