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Obama & The Human Stain: Or How Political Correctness Gave America a Con-Man President
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The Human Stain, Philip Roth’s seminal novel regarding Political Correctness, racism, and the insipid hypocrisy of leftist morality, is a fitting backdrop to Barack Obama’s improbable presidency. In the story, Professor Coleman Silk, a half-Black Jewish professor, posing as a White man, is taken down by the mechanical application of PC rules to an accidental insult he gave to two African-Americans.
Now, we can introduce the 800-pound donkey in the room. Let’s ask a simple question: Could Barack have been elected president without the doctrine known as Political Correctness?
Or is simply to ask the question an unforgivable act of racism? In fact, the vast majority of Americans realize no person as inexperienced, untested, wildly liberal, or of such questionable past could ever have hoped to be elected without some kind of uncanny boost. But what is the result of this presidency based on nonsensical ideological doctrine? And what can be done to fight off the rise of the unscrupulous, unethical, incompetent and unqualified spore of the PC movement? This is the question addressed in this essay.
I. The Human Stain
In brief, the novel The Human Stain depicts a professor who twists ethnicity to his advantage, then was ironically tagged a racist when he made an innocent remark deemed anti-Black. Here is one writer’s summary of The Human Stain:
Professor Coleman Silk is driven from his position as Dean of Faculty at a small, New England liberal-arts school called Athena College because of a remark willfully misconstrued as racist. Coleman, a professor of classics, wonders why he has never seen two of his students in class. “Do they exist or are they spooks?” he asks his class. The absentees are, of course, black, and a decorous mob of the politically correct immediately launches itself at Coleman’s throat, despite his honest protests that he had used the word only in its primary signification, as a synonym for “ghosts.”
Roth’s tome is well-worth a read. The underlying premise of the story is electric—the implicit hypocrisy of Political Correctness against the backdrop of sin, ie the human stain, making for powerful, topical drama. Barack is like Coleman because both hid their true ethnic roots to gain political advantage. For example, Barack is arguably only half Black. He masks his White roots to gain leverage on opponents.
We are left with the question in The Human Stain, of whether the ambitious and aged Silk could have risen while still sharing his true racial history with his colleagues. Even his own family is unaware of his true identity. Likewise, could Barack have ever been elected without a pro-minority bias, egged-on by a PC media; further—could he possibly retain over 40% support today despite a wholly flaccid and injurious reign? Common sense says, “No!”
II. What is Political Correctness, From Where Did It Arise?
A. Cultural Marxism
The idea behind Political Correctness was hatched by a group of progressive German academics, the Frankfurt School, before WWII when they relocated to America to escape Hitler’s wrath. They realized Marx was wrong—the poor were not ready to revolt and throw off Capitalism for a property-less society. These Marxists decided the only way to create the society Marx envisioned was by subverting its institutions by misinformation, propaganda and seduction of the mentally unformed. Writes one expert,
If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism, the parallels are very obvious.
B. Elements of Political Correctness
William Lind explains the Elements of Political Correctness:
- Both Marxism and Political Correctness are totalitarian ideologies, ie they allow no dissent and claim ultimate truth which people are then forced to follow.
- Political Correctness, aka Cultural Marxism, claims all history is determined by power. Nothing else matters.
- In Political Correctness certain groups are good—feminist women, (non-feminist women don’t exist) blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals. These groups are “victims,” defined as “good” despite how they act. White males are categorized as automatically evil.
- Political Correctness relies on expropriation, ie arm-twisting use of the government to recover what was “stolen” from them.
III. The Obama Presidency, Unfit at Any Speed
A. Our Stillborn Napoleon
Obama’s incompetence has become so well attested, it’s reached apocryphal status. No matter what kind of imbecility is attributed to Barack, the average American would tend to believe it. But how did this transition of perception occur? How did one so touted as a super-competent, “messianic” mega-genius fall so utterly, so quickly?
According to Occam’s Razor, the likeliest explanation is that, whatever his IQ, Barack is, on a practical, real-world level—a staggering cretin. For example, he’s never taken note of the fact that socialism and Marxism always fail, and kill millions of the innocent along the way. How was one elected with all the fanfare of a Heisman winner, yet be such a zero? This can really only be explained by pointing out that Obama’s instinct for incompetence was masked by his lack of real leadership experience, which would have exposed his tragic instincts.
B. The Secular “Messiah”
How on earth did the Intelligentsia ever come to the conclusion Barack was anything more than a conceited, unenlightened, journeyman political hack? The fact Obama was a dyed-in-the-wool liberal/ Marxist made his elitist backers think of their own genius. Barack’s visceral socialism merely proved to the Ivy Leaguers and media drones he was a fetal Aristotle or freeze-dried Isaac Newton. Just add a presidency, and out would wriggle Obama Buddha from his Harvard Law Review chrysalis, ready to rule the world.
But, having been coddled and given every advantage by the establishment, Barack responded not by growing into each task, but by learning to be a con artist. That is, for every special position or opportunity Obama was handed, instead of seeing it as a challenge and chance to grow, he responded by raising his con-man act another notch. So by the time Barack reached the US presidency, 100 days after election to the US Senate, he was qualified for only a few things. These were: Speechifying, with a special emphasis on moral outrage; Marxist logic, in all its anti-intuitive convolution; and doing his con-man job of pretending to know everything as the African American Buddha.
Politically Correct special status belongs to such meritorious individuals as women, Blacks, or gays. Barack’s inclusion is described in a Los Angeles Times’ op-ed penned by a liberal writer trying to explain Obama’s come-from-nowhere appeal:
Obama is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination—the “Magic Negro.” The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture..“He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist.”
He’s there to assuage white “guilt” (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest.
This op-ed also fostered an irreverent spoof by Rush Limbaugh.
IV. Obama & Herman Melville’s The Confidence Man
A. Melville’s Confidence Man
Herman Melville, in his last major work: The Confidence Man—His Masquerade, well plumbs the psyche of the professional trickster. Melville tells a colorful tale of a con-artist traveling aboard a riverboat in the mid-19th century down the Mississippi. The protagonist first charms, then cheats his fellow passengers. The Confidence Man begs the question: In whom can we safely place our confidence?
The story may have been written after Melville read the New York Post account titled Arrest of the Confidence Man, of “William Thompson, whose brazen deceptions ushered the term “confidence man” into the American vocabulary.” The story ran in 1849, a few years before Herman’s publication date of 1856.
Melville’s story is more a study of how the con-man’s victims react, than the criminal himself. Each person is psychologically sized up, won over to the evil doer’s confidences, and then robbed. And much like with Obama, the scam could not be pulled off without well-meaning, but fatuously naive people ready to be conned.
B. Sam Vaknin’s Diagnosis of Obama’s Malignant Narcissism
Dr. Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love—Narcissism Revisited. He famously diagnosed Barack as having a serious mental disorder, being a full-blown malignant narcissist. (A fascinating interview with Vaknin on Obama is found here: one, two, three, four, five) His description of the Narcissist:
Feels grandiose and self-important; Is obsessed with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence, unequalled brilliance; Firmly convinced that he or she is unique; Requires excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation—or, failing that, wishes to be feared and to be notorious; Feels entitled. Demands automatic and full compliance with his unreasonable expectations for special priority treatment; Devoid of empathy. Is unable or unwilling to identify with the needs of others; Behaves arrogantly and haughtily. Feels superior, omnipotent, omniscient, invincible, immune, “above the law”, and omnipresent (magical thinking). Rages when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted by inferiors.
So, Americans have the worst of all possible worlds. First, the poseur Barack was able to slip into the world’s highest office on the wings of a false, Marxist creed, Political Correctness. Second, Obama had spent his entire life learning how to pretend he is competent, effective, and even brilliant—while being continually advanced. But, instead of learning how to lead, he merely aped the outward traits of successful people. This left him particularly vulnerable to crises, since during normal times his leadership might go unnoticed, whereas during times of peril a leader’s quick decisions can make the difference between life and death. And so we observed Barack play golf while the Gulf Oil Spill hemorrhaged petrol for months.
Obama’s propensity to pretend he was qualified for various posts, despite any training, developed until he was a full-fledged con artist. This was perfectly symbolized by accepting the Nobel Peace Prize after 11 days of presidential eligibility, unaware this exposed him as a habitual fraud. But even his most recent actions, after two years of ineffectual service, were inane. He backed a radical Islamic sect, who favors Shari’ah Islamic law—the Muslim Brotherhood, after abandoning one of America’s most important allies in the Middle East, in the name of “democracy.” This reinforced perceptions of suspect analytic skills, a perpetual orientation towards radical Marxism, and default towards reactionary Islam.
Finally, Obama’s likely categorization as a Malignant Narcissist is unnerving because when conditions are most dire, we can expect the worst from Obama as a leader. We have already seen, even after getting repudiated in a gruesome election, Barack still demands hard leftist policies. And for all these reasons, he must be impeached from office for the survival of the American Republic.