It goes without saying that we all know who Barack Obama is, but do any of us actually know who the man is?
Many have tried to figure out just exactly what makes him tick — after all, something has to drive his political and personal ideologies, his thoughts and actions, and his overall personality. Everyone, from respected psychiatrists such as Dr. Keith Albow to circus acts like Alex Jones, seems to have an opinion of their own on the matter, but I do not feel that the vast majority of them accurately describe the thing that makes Obama Obama.
What is my take on the Man Who Would Be President? Well, to be honest, it is rather complicated. I do not believe, as many of my right-leaning contemporaries do, that he is a Marxist, crypto-Islamist, or (I have no clue as to how people started believing this one) a Maoist. Obama’s personal philosophy is, in my opinion, far too complex to adhere to one particular school of thought.
Dr. Leonard Peikoff, the highly esteemed former director of the Ayn Rand Institute, recently came to the conclusion that the President is, essentially, an “egalitarian nihilist” who has “no long-range guiding values or theory of society.” He elaborates on his views in his upcoming book, The DIM Hypothesis, which seeks to describe how different thought processes have affected our society. Of all the attempts made to figure out Obama, I must say that Peikoff’s appears to be by far the most rational, logical, and fruitful, as his findings are based on copious research and scientific analysis as opposed to partisan rhetoric and character assassination.
Regardless of exactly who our commander in chief is deep down on the inside, it is undeniable that he and his administration have had a catastrophically negative effect on the United States, from its economy to its national security and virtually everything else in between. Obama most certainly has the right to think and perceive the world around him in the manner which he does, but it would be in the best interest of the American public if he would not be sitting in the Oval Office while doing so.
Hopefully, in the 2012 presidential election, cooler heads, or ideologies, philosophies, worldviews — whatever — will prevail.