Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Christ.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.
He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself”.
The above reading from Mark 8 wasn’t the only time when Jesus warned us about narcissism — the excessive love of self that expresses itself as selfishness, self-preoccupation, entitlement, and pride. In Mark 9:33-35, too, chastising the Apostles who were arguing who among them was the greatest, our Lord said in no uncertain terms:
“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
The late author Christopher Lasch, in The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations, maintained that narcissism is the disorder of our time. Indeed, the decade of the 1990s is given the sobriquet of the “Me Decade.”
Some are of the opinion that contemporary Western culture itself is narcissistic:
James F. Masterson, M.D., described American society as “signifying the virtual apotheosis of the interested self.”
Psychiatrist Alexander Lowen, in Narcissism: Denial of the True Self, said that in his forty years as a therapist, he (and others in the psychological profession ) had seen a marked change in the personality problems of those who came to him for consultation. Instead of the neurotic guilts, anxieties, phobias, and obsessions of earlier times, Lowen increasingly encountered narcissistic individuals saddled with depression, a lack of feeling, an inner emptiness, and a deep sense of frustration and unfulfillment.
Narcissism being “the disorder of our time” is due in no small measure to the increasing secularization, irreligiosity, and outright satanism of contemporary culture. As Fr. Juan José Gallego, the exorcist for the archdiocese of Barcelona, Spain, explains, the Devil’s favorite sin is pride.
Politics and show business attract narcissists because they feed on the adulation of crowds like vampires feed on blood.
Many politicians are not just narcissists, they are high-functioning psychopaths — charming and glib, amoral users of people, remorseless, and utterly devoid of a moral compass or conscience. In other words, their narcissism is not just excessive self-love and grandiosity, it is malignant. And psychiatrists tell us malignant narcissists have “a tendency to destroy everything that is good.”
It now should be commonplace knowledge that Obama is a narcissist and a psychopath. In 2008, millions of Americans and people across the world fell for his sorcery and, oh, how he drank in their adulation. Remember this?
When experiencing a severe setback (“narcissistic injury”), garden-variety narcissists retreat from the world into a depression. After the narcissist has licked his wounds, he typically emerges from his retreat with his narcissism redoubled.
Malignant narcissists, however, go into a rage that psychiatrists appropriately call “narcissistic rage.” Nursing their wounded pride, malignant narcissists seek revenge — to punish those who refuse to recognize his superiority and reject his wonderfulness.
The warnings are already out there.
Obama was already scary angry when he campaigned for Pat Quinn in Chicago on Oct. 19. Imagine his frightening rage now.
“No matter what the exact outcome of Tuesday’s elections, there is little doubt that President Obama will come out of it wounded. […] Obama will be a lame duck president. Voters will have rebuked him and his policies. […]
But being a lame duck president isn’t the same as being without power. […] If there were anything holding him back up to this point, it was either that he was facing re-election or he was somewhat hesitant to weaken Democratic chances in an election year that would determine the composition of Congress during his last two years in office.
But his name won’t be on the ballot in 2016 and he won’t have to deal with the Congress that gets elected that year, either. This means he has every reason to take more aggressive executive actions.”
For his part, writing for The Washington Times a day after the midterm elections, Charles Hurt warns:
“America now enters the two most dangerous years of her existence — or certainly the most dangerous since the Great Depression and possibly going all the way back to the Civil War. […]
Voters clearly and forcefully rejected the party, politics and policies of President Obama. They slapped his socialist agenda back into the days of Soviet gulags, where it belongs.
His grand visions of mighty government ruling unchecked over desperate ghettos have been snuffed out. […]
And this is where things get very, very dangerous for America. President Obama still has two more years left in his final term.
Already, he has demonstrated again and again that he has no regard for the constitution or the legitimacy of laws when they do not suit his agenda. He flaunts his disregard for the constitutional process, dismisses laws he doesn’t like and rewrites others.
He mocks the powers of Congress. The Supreme Court has slapped him down more than any president in recent times. All of this as he tells us he is an expert on constitutional law.
Now come his very explicit threats to pass more illegal and unconstitutional presidential edicts to grant amnesty to illegal aliens already in the United States. This, in turn, will issue invitations for millions more illegals to come streaming across the border.
It will not end at immigration. Unchecked power is addictive. Disowned by Democrats and made to feel irrelevant in this election, President Obama’s enormous and unjustified ego is deeply wounded. He is frustrated and feels caged, cornered. This is when people like him are most dangerous.
Buoyant Republicans will make an effort to engage him.
But President Obama is not a listener. He is not a negotiator. He is not a learner. He will just take what he wants. It is easier that way.
Even before Americans went to our voting booths and gave the Republican Party control of both houses of Congress, there were already warnings that Obama plans to unleash millions of green cards on those who are here illegally.
Matthew Boyle reports for Breitbart, Nov. 3, 2014, that top sheriffs from across the country warn that if Obama succeeds with his plans for an executive amnesty — that is amnesty via a presidential executive order — there will be a flood of new illegal immigration into America the likes of which this country has never seen before. Pinal County Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement provided to Breitbart News, “We already have our hands full because the border is not secure: imagine what the situation will look like when the President gives executive amnesty to those already here. It would unleash a tidal wave of illegal border crossings, overwhelming law enforcement. It will be open season for the cartels. Again: the border is not secure now – to give a presidential amnesty would be to make matters dramatically worse for our officers who are trying to do the job the President won’t.” Maryland’s Frederick County sheriff Chuck Jenkins said that Obama’s planned executive amnesty will turn every county in America into a border county: “In my opinion, based on what I’ve seen, every county in America will become a border county. What we’re going to see from the President’s action is not only the cost to healthcare, social programs, and education, but the increase in criminals coming into our country. You’re going to see increases in crime, infiltration from transnational gangs, the drug trade and human trafficking.” Sheriff Sam Page of North Carolina’s Rockingham County said America should prepare for a “surge” of illegal immigration—and the criminal activity that comes with it. Hidalgo County, Texas, sheriff Eddie Guerrasaid America should prepare for a “terrible situation” if Obama succeeds in his plans:
“We are going to see what I’m seeing here on the border in larger and large numbers, which is a huge increase in illegal immigration coming across our border. An amnesty order is going to create more people an incentive to come into the US. The drug cartel will exploit any opportunity to come into the United States, and this will create the cover for them to continue exploiting our porous border. This will create the opportunity for kidnapping, trafficking, sexual abuse, prostitution, and smuggling.These smugglers have no regard for human life. They destroy private property. They have no respect for law enforcement. They circumvent US checkpoints.” Sheriff Tom Hodgson of Bristol County, Massachusetts, said even states as far away from the border as his Bay State are not safe: “It will dramatically increase the draw for illegal immigrants to come into our country, because you have the President of the United States sending out a message that we have no problem with people ignoring our immigration laws…. It is the worst message you can possibly send. Come in, don’t worry about the laws, don’t wait your turn. You invite people to ignore our laws. We have no knowledge of these individuals’ background or criminal histories. We have minors coming in right now who have confessed to murder. We in these communities are left trying to find out: who are these people? If didn’t learn anything else post-9/11, it’s that we need to know who is in our communities and what they’re purpose is. The President’s planned order is a formula for national disaster and public safety. When the President of the United States is sending a message that he’s not concerned with lawbreaking, those words are the beginning of the destruction of our democracy.” Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus, in a recent interview with Breitbart News and tele-town hall with TheTeaParty.net, promised Americans that if we deliver the Senate Majority to the GOP then Republicans will stop Obama’s planned executive amnesty:
“While I can’t speak for the legislature, I’m very confident we will stop that. We will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen: Defunding, going to court, injunction. You name it. It’s wrong. It’s illegal. And for so many reasons, and just the basic fabric of this country, we can’t allow it to happen and we won’t let it happen. I don’t know how to be any stronger than that. I’m telling you, everything we can do to stop it we will.”
Mr. Priebus and the Republican Party, we are holding you to your promise.
Just 14 hours after a Republican wave swept over the U.S. Congress in an election that largely repudiated his policies, Obama came out swinging on Wednesday, threatening to veto Congress’s bills and hinting at executive orders that will enrage conservatives. He said, “Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign. I’m pretty sure I’ll take some actions that some in Congress will not like.”
Like the narcissist he is, Obama framed the midterm election results as a mandate for Republicans to work with him, instead of the other way around.
At a press conference today, Obama was also very rude and dismissive toward National Journal reporter Major Garrett during his press conference. He said to Garrett, “I’d rather hear it from them than from you. Major, you know, uh… conceivably I could cancel my meeting on Friday because I’ve heard everything from you.”