Being brought up in the Little Italy of Utica, New York, cynicism was a religion, you strayed from the path at your peril. My crew of guys not only suspected everyone of lying, we assumed they were the minute they opened their mouths and words escaped. We even had a unique response for the product of inveterate prevaricators and pathological liars. It was a derivative of, “Yeah, right,” which we’d already truncated to a disgusted, head-bobbing, “Yeahhhh.” But that wasn’t enough for Italian-American kids who needed a more powerful exclamation of incredulity. We wanted to publicly humiliate the liar, to call him (or her) out at the same time as crushing his individual identity, to make sure that everyone within the sound of our very, very loud voices knew that we knew verbal feces when we heard it and that it was the height of insult for the vessel of that crap to try throwing some in our direction with the expectation we’d buy it. So we took, “Yeah, right,” and “Yeahhhh,” threw them overboard and came up with something new, distinctly Italian-sounding and insanely derisive; a caustic, loud, angry, “DAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!” which means, “You expect me to believe that? You have the temerity to suggest I would be so completely stupid and ignorant of the facts of life in general and your propensity for lying about everything that I would buy into what you just said? It isn’t happening…ever, and now I hope you suffer with hemorrhoids for the rest of your life.”
Over the years of course, age and a modicum of wisdom taught me I must take some people at their word, but always with caution based on a conviction that no matter who the human being is, no matter his or her level of integrity, the quality of their characters, they have agendas and will bend the truth to fulfill them. So, I grade people upon meeting them using a scale of 1 to 5. I do this consciously in a split second, you might do it too. I believe nothing a 1 says to me no matter how eloquent, articulate, logical and convincing he or she may be. I believe most of what a 5 tells me, but only after knowing the 5 for a prudent period of time.
Ones are pathological liars, they simply don’t know the difference between a lie and the truth. In fact, there are those Ones who no matter how often you catch them in their lies, they will never admit they were lying much less acknowledge that what they said was in fact a lie because they don’t believe they’ve lied.
By now you’re expecting me to rail on about how much of a One Barack Obama is, but it is far worse than that. Barack Obama is a 0 because he is incapable of telling the truth. Though he knows the difference between a lie and the truth, he prefers to lie because he believes the truth will somehow make him look bad and a person like Obama cannot live with the idea of looking bad since his substance ends there. Unlike a One who doesn’t know the difference between truth and untruth, Obama indeed knows the difference, but is megalomaniacal enough to think everyone else is incapable of making the distinction. You’ve seen this before, in children.
Little children are entirely self-centered, that’s not news. Their world is the only world, everyone in it is there to care for them. It’s why parenting is a subtle art rather than a craft. Parents need to guide their children into the real world in which there are others with whom they will have to interact. Part of successful human interaction is projecting the needs of others in conjunction with our own and building toward a mutual satisfaction through quid pro quo. In the process of learning how to interact properly, children test their limits while parents push back gently at times, more strongly at others always conscious of the balance necessary for helping a child’s spirit grow rather than over-disciplining and crushing it altogether. A child’s spirit is fragile while at the same time in need of effective guidance.
Some children push without a parent pushing back. They keep pushing and finding no resistance push into forming characters which never grow beyond total self-centeredness. They never develop characters sufficient to value other people for the value they have expectations of receiving in return. Barack Obama is a child who was never taught to value other people. He was taught to value only himself and it is more evident today than ever before.
Totally self-centered people stop growing psychologically, intellectually and morally by the time they are thirteen, especially boys. Their characters are completely formed by then, but they move laterally for the rest of their lives believing that successful manipulation of other people is the same as successful interaction with them. They may do well in school, but it’s usually a function of someone else’s assistance. In short, people like Obama are always looking for a way to fake it, to get over on the system, to game it. They are so practiced at faking it rather than making it, faking it becomes their profession. Their entire lives are phony and they like it that way, it’s vastly easier than working and producing. But at the level of the presidency, faking it is a problem, a very real large and growing problem since there is one thing fakers never seem to figure out before they go down in flames with collateral damage, inevitably, inexorably the fake fails as the impact of incompetence and reality smashes into that fantasy world.
The reason this nation has suffered under Barack Obama is his total incompetence as a president masked by his total competence as a faker. He has been able to fake it thus far with a complicit media whose racist undercurrent should be a source of real hatred for Obama, and perhaps is vis a vis the AP scandal. The fawning media is constructed of the same people who, when they are in the company of black people, try to sound like them. So desperate for acceptance into that fantasy club of chic elites, the media will never bring themselves to face the fact that they put Barack Hussein Obama in office in spite of the fact he was and remains completely inadequate to the task. He has no clue what to do at this level and so what he does is what he’s capable of doing, he makes speeches, golfs and sleeps. He does not how to work because he’s never had to do a day’s worth in his life.
Of course he wasted a trillion dollars in “stimulus” money. Of course we have 50,000,000 people on food stamps. Of course he blew the national debt to $17 trillion and growing. Of course he saddled us with a multi-trillion dollar health plan that is sure not to work. Of course there was Fast and Furious. Of course there was Benghazi, the AP debacle and now the truth about the Internal Revenue Service under this president’s control. What did any thinking, rational human being think was going to happen with a Zero running the show?
He was never the smartest guy in the room and the proof is in the above paragraph. He is a treacherous, nefarious, self-absorbed character who is at the center of all the above and more we don’t know. He must be. No one as incompetent as Barack Obama could do anything other than excel at being a failure.
The child president did what he always did and expected he’d get away with it. He believes looking good somehow equates to working good. He ignored morality, the law and common sense his entire life, so why bother with them now when doing what he’s always done, make a real good show of it all, works? He, as Zeroes usually do, believed his own legend, and why not? All his life he’s been indulged instead of disciplined. He skated on the color of his skin and the fact that no one pushed back when he tested the limits. Barack Obama was bound to end up awash in scandal for one very simple reason, he is an incompetent boob who thinks he’s not.
This administration is so completely rudderless, were Americans, even the lowest of low informationists aware of how out of control government has become under Obama they would be more frightened than if a nuclear bomb was set to go off in their front yards. The ship of state is floundering, not because there isn’t a captain, but because the captain doesn’t know how to steer, he’s never been on a ship before much less captained one.
Mr. Obama, you didn’t know about Fast and Furious? You had no clue about Solyndra and the other companies who gave you campaign money in return for hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars? You had no knowledge whatsoever when four Americans were being shot to pieces in Benghazi? You know nothing about your Justice Department seizing the personal records of reporters? You weren’t aware of the IRS targeting conservative and religious groups in the lead-up to the 2012 election? And all these things hushed up or obfuscated until after it? “DAAAAAAAHHHHHH!”