PresidentBarck Obama's latest executive orders are wrong on so many levels, and I am not going to rehash what's been discussed ad nauseam. Rather, I am inclined to think Obama's actions may be more for self-gratification and ego satisfaction than for fundamentally transforming America and lining up millions of future Democrat voters -- desirable consequences in his mind, but by no means primary motivators.
First, let's consider Obama's incompetence. I think his overconfidence, part of his delusion fed by excessive hubris, is the "tail wagging the dog" that often leads to failed results. I never disputed the assessment of Obama as an intelligent, articulate man. He’s definitely not what you’d call an idiot or loose cannon. Rather, he’s often “too smart by half,” as the expression goes. He’s so utterly conniving and manipulative -- both proclivities tied into his obscene narcissism and enormous ego -- that he ends up shooting himself in the foot. As President Jimmy Carter the nuclear engineer demonstrated 35 years ago, high intelligence and impressive book learning do not necessarily make for a successful, effective president.
In the case of Carter, it was an obsessive-compulsive need to micro-manage and overthink every last decision (down to how many paper clips to purchase for the secretary) that did him in. Micro-managing can turn plenty of average Joe’s into basket cases and failures. But what it can do to the president of the United States, the overseer of a gargantuan government bureaucracy, is devastating.
Unlike many other important figures, Obama apparently is not motivated by sex, alcohol/drugs, or blatant money grabs (taking bribes and/or moving from public life into a lucrative lobbying job immediately after leaving office). Rather, he craves adulation, worship and respect. His ego and narcissism are all-consuming.
The president’s executive orders to grease the skids for illegal immigrants, while flagrantly unconstitutional, may well be just a stick-in-the-eye toward Republicans; a melodramatic stomping of his feet. (Or, as the late ABC newsman Peter Jennings condescendingly said about American voters after they gave control of the U.S. House to Republicans in 1994, he had a temper tantrum like a two-year-old).
I suspect Obama's use of his pen is simply an ego-gratifying power trip – the path toward glowing admiration from his cult-like followers who admire brute force as a sign of character. It is his twisted version of machismo, satisfying the double need to A) Make him look tough and resolute; and B) antagonize Republicans and conservatives.
It is truly sad that our nation is led by such a small, petulant man during these troubled times that cry out for character and leadership. But it is what it is.