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About Paul R. Hollrah
Paul R. Hollrah is a freelance writer. He is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Knock! Knock! Who’s There?
Paul R. Hollrah
March 15, 2012
Since the day that William Shakespeare included what may have been the first “Knock! Knock!” dialogue in Act 2, Scene 3 of Macbeth, the standard “Knock! Knock! Who’s there?” exchange has always provided the setup for a humorous response. But that may no longer be the case. Imagine the following exchange:

“Knock! Knock!”

“Who’s there?”

“Barack!”

“Barack who?”

“Barack Hussein Obama! President of the United States!”

(Silence)


Funny punch line? Not at all. To suggest that Barack Obama identifies himself as President of the United States may be the greatest joke of all time, but not the kind of joke that would evoke laughter in serious-minded people. Most people find the notion of a Jamaican Bobsled Team or a Siberian Synchronized Swim Team to be a somewhat humorous prospect, but there’s a major difference between those anomalies and the notion of an Obama presidency. A Jamaican Bobsled Team or a Siberian Synchronized Swim Team can’t hurt us; the Obama presidency can mean the end of our free republic as we know it.

If Obama thinks he has been unfairly belabored by having to clean up after George W. Bush... a convenient whipping boy to be hauled out and lambasted on a daily basis... just imagine the task that will confront his successor.

By the time the next Republican president takes office on January 20, 2013 the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will be just two years into its ritual cleansing... convincing the American people that they are fully committed to core conservative principles, that they are willing to admit that the Hastert-Delay era was but an aberration in the history of Republican governance, and that it is they, along with a supporting cast of no-nonsense governors and a dozen conservative “Mama Grizzlies,” who have the cajones to give Democrats what they so richly deserve.

The next Republican president will be confronted with the task of turning lemonade into lemons, of turning omelets back into eggs... and yes, of turning piles and piles of turgid horse manure into sweet-smelling alfalfa hay. It will not be easy. Rewriting and reversing the impact of hundreds of presidential executive orders will be the least of his problems. If, by 2013, the American people come to the full realization that Barack Obama should never have served as President of the United States, the next Republican president will have at least three Supreme Court justices and dozens of appellate court and district court judges to replace.

It will take a man of uncommon ability to steer the ship of state through such stormy waters without precipitating a violent public reaction. It has the potential of being Madison, Wisconsin a hundred times over.

What that means is that Republicans will have to choose very carefully in 2012. The nation cannot afford another wimpy, turn-the-other-cheek, go-along-to-get-along president. That tends to rule out any and all moderate Republicans. Nor can the party afford to nominate another candidate just because he feels it’s “his turn.” Just because a candidate ran in 2008 and lost, and has not stopped running since, that is not reason enough to nominate him in 2012.

The Washington Post, the New York Post, and the San Francisco Examiner recently ran an editorial by Matt Patterson, titled “Obama: The Affirmative Action President.” Patterson wrote,

“Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?”

He continued,

“Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a ‘community organizer;’ a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote ‘present’); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator.”

Sizing up Obama from a distance, Patterson’s description provides a fairly accurate picture of how a reasonable person might see him. But what about Obama? How does he see himself? Putting ourselves inside his skin and inside his head would be a far more interesting and instructive exercise.

Just imagine a young black man living in a family of all white people... mother, grandfather, and grandmother... after having been deserted by his black father. Just as welfare recipients come to resent the hand that feeds them, it is easy to see how a young black man growing up in a white family, his skin color a constant reminder that he was “different,” would come to resent all of the white people in his nuclear family, and by extension, all white people. Obama stressed his race-based struggle with self-identity in his book Dreams from My Father.

Almost everyone will admit that on at least one occasion, perhaps many times in their lifetime, they have been confronted by a challenge that appeared insurmountable, causing them to back quietly away. It is a natural reaction to a challenge for which we feel totally unprepared. It makes all the more mystifying the notion of how a man of Obama’s meager background and experience could believe that he should run for President of the United States. How could a young man, such as Patterson describes, suddenly see himself in that role, knowing that he has no qualification whatsoever for the job?

What must it be like to one day look into a mirror and say to yourself, “Hey! You’re a pretty good looking guy. You were lucky enough to grow up in the tropics, in Hawaii and Indonesia. And even though your parents and grandparents weren’t wealthy, you were lucky enough to go to private prep schools and Ivy League colleges on someone else’s dime. You spent several years as a racial agitator in the streets of South Chicago. Wow! You should run for president.”

Ali Sina, the founder of Faith Freedom International, an organization of ex-Muslims, has written extensively on the subject of narcissism. In describing Obama’s peculiar brand of narcissism, he writes that,

“A narcissist cares for no one but himself. This (2008) election is like no other in the history of America. The issues are insignificant compared to what is at stake. What can be more dangerous than having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world? Many politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others... they are simply self serving and selfish.

“Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him, reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw. Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous.

“Obama’s speeches are unlike any political speeches we have heard in American history. Never a politician in this land had such ‘quasi’ religious impact on so many people. The fact that Obama is a total incognito with zero accomplishment, makes this inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a genius. In fact, he is quite ignorant on most important subjects...”


Because Obama is nothing more than a gigantic walking ego, dressed up in expensive suits and blessed with gifted speechwriters and the ever-present teleprompter, he cannot resist playing to those who adore him most... the African-American community. Because of his family history and his abiding hatred for white people, he cannot resist playing the race card. Ali predicts that “(sometime before 2012), racial tensions will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960s.” The Obama presidency may be a joke, but it is a deadly serious joke.








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