Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable. Cicero
When the current U.S. president came into office, a large majority of the electorate were scratching their heads and asking, "How did this happen?" There are many answers to that question. The manipulation of the economy, changing demographics, voter disillusionment, and outright voter fraud are all legitimate additions to the basket of reasons.
However, we must focus on those, seemingly intelligent people, who were seduced by the mantra of Hope And Change. Obama, the man was made into a cult figure worthy of Greek Columns. The "Powers That Be" had the perfect smooth talking, pretty faced narcissist to further their agenda.
Bush and his aides had warned of the coming economic collapse driven by the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unbridled, unsecured mortgage loans which were a result of the community reinvestment act (CRA). source Barney Frank insisted that all was well as late as the summer of 2008.
Collapse the system and then rebuild it: Cloward Piven
The perfect storm was created to insure Obama's election when McCain began to pull ahead in the pre-election polls. The shaky financial situation of September, 2008, was hurried along by George Soros, into a meltdown to insure and set stage for mass seduction.
Did Soros cause the problems in the banks and the crash? No! This would have happened anyway because of the bad loans but when Soros and the MFA saw that Obama was losing the election they pushed up the crash by as much as a year by short selling all the banks and crashing the market overnight instead of over a slow period of time.
The agenda of Soros and other short sellers is clear. Their purpose to loot America and any foreign capitalist country. Greece was one of them. Iceland was ravaged and annihilated. The economic crisis was deliberately engineered for profit and political gain and has already resulted in the “looting” of $11 trillion from the U.S. economy. It was the engineered financial crisis that enabled Obama to win the presidency.
Soros wanted somebody that hates the traditional America and its constitution, a left-wing radical like himself, so he chose Obama. Know this because:
Nothing will happen until the American people know what caused the economic crisis and the solution for fixing it. Nothing will happen until the American people know about the Managed Funds Association and their role in engineering the economic collapse. source
An unpopular War, a financial crisis, continued excoriation of Bush and the GOP as either warmongers, fascist or incompetent were all firmly implanted into the American psyche. Most did not know what hit had them or America. The backstage set up had been so thoroughly disguised that when the curtain was raised, shock was the reaction.
Enter the Savior: Barack Hussein Obama. He spoke, and the masses believed...
A lie told often enough becomes the truth: Lenin
We will now explore characteristics and dynamics of the shaping of the mass mind of the American electorate.
Narcissistic Leaders and their Manipulation in Group Dynamics
We now live in a society that promotes self entitlement and selfish pursuits to such an extent that words such as responsibility and compassion no longer apply. Increasingly we are producing damaged people in society who are cut off from their feelings, have no moral fibre, hide behind deceptive images and falsely manipulated personalities in order to control, exploit and abuse others, without remorse. From Facebook to Reality TV “it’s all about me now”, and the ugly consequences of the cult of “I/me” is becoming ever more obvious.
In my companion article Narcissism - Living without Feelings, I outline the basic dynamics, histories, theories and 20 most defining characteristics of the Narcissistic personality. I have been besieged by readers from that article wanting to know more about how the Narcissist often goes about their seduction, deception and betrayal of people in their life. This article will assume that the reader has read my other article, and only a few points from that article will be included here.
One form of Narcissism is a little understood personality disorder which is increasingly showing up in our leaders across political, business, sporting, psychological and spiritual institutions(Behary:2008). Indeed narcissism and narcissistic is increasingly being used to describe the mass cultural shift to a “self” obsessed culture where there is rampant consumerism, the pursuit of power, excesses, and the abuse of others in the pursuit of these ends, notes Martinez-Lewi (2008). We all need a healthy dose of narcissism, as else we would not back ourselves in life, nor have a healthy sense of self. There are healthy forms of narcissism.....
THE 3 TYPES OF POTENTIAL VICTIMS:
In order to understand the Narcissistic world view it will be important to understand how they view and select victims from the circles in which they move. The 3 types of persons mentioned here are referred to throughout this article. Unhealthy narcissists need other people around them to sustain them and feed them resources and narcissistic supplies(Ransky:1998). Authors such as Tucker and Ransky have basically defined 3 levels of affected persons which come into the narcissist’s world:
(1) A potential. A potential is someone who the narcissist has attracted into their world, and must be assessed for exploitation and utility value. Narcissists view everyone only in terms of what value or use does that person have for them. People with a strong sense of self and boundaries are of limited use to the narcissist, and may be only relegated to a role of a colleague, customer, peer, a delegation point, or some ambivalent relationship in the narcissist’s constellation. They may however also be a potential for exploitation for future use and manipulation into one of the next two levels of affected persons. In terms of viewing narcissists from the context of business organisations, and from spiritual and self help groups, then co-workers in organisations, and curious seekers of healing and spiritual insight often are the primary source of “potentials”.
(2) A follower. A follower is someone who has been groomed, seduced or manipulated into the reality of the narcissist, and will be supportive but not slavish to the narcissist. Narcissists work on these persons as they cannot trust another’s independence and free will in areas of concern to them. This level is in an enmeshed or deceived state but as a person is still a separate functioning identity. The person still has a separate operative identity but the narcissist has already started gaining leverage by overturning held beliefs, values, attitudes, and sympathies which are of importance to the narcissist. They have been able to gain a degree of trust and acceptance, and a degree of rapport has been established. The narcissist from their side will have already have identified the strengths and weaknesses of this person, and have commenced the seduction of the person deeper into the reality of the narcissist. This may be a “loyal” co-worker and friend or boss in an organisation, or a regular, committed member of some spiritual or self development group.
(3) “Sidekicks” or blindly loyal pawns. This inner most trusted group are co-dependently engaged with the narcissist, and are overly-loyal, compliant, passive, and unaware they are no longer operating from conscious free-will in areas of concern to the narcissist. They put up with whatever treatment is meted out and will collusively abuse with the narcissist out of acts of demonstrated “loyalty”. They are under some form of emotional and/or mind control by the narcissist. They act for the narcissist when summoned and are often used in organisational politics, rumour and disinformation campaigns, and in both groups and organisations to carry out acts on behalf of the narcissist that could see them come under legal or ethical sanction. The narcissist will establish a degree of separation from the “sidekick” such that if ever caught, the narcissist will disown them to their own fate. The person normally has low self esteem, has a history of putting themselves second to others needs, may be a “caretaker” personality, or only feels loved, understood, supported or important when in the company of the narcissist.
Paul Babiak PHD, in his book, “Snakes in Suits”, notes that narcissists in organisations use a 3 phase game plan when engaging with victims. The first phase is selecting their victim or prey based on assessing the potential victim’s utility value, and identifying their psychological strengths and weaknesses. The second stage involves manipulation of the potential victims with carefully crafted messages plus using constant feedback from the potential victim to build and maintain rapport and control. Phase 3 occurs when the narcissist has finished “devouring” the victim and whose utility value has been exhausted. The drained and bewildered victim is abandoned without remorse as the predatory narcissist looks afield for new victims which equates to more power in their reality.
As I personally found out, another attractive honey pot for narcissists is in religion, spirituality, human potential, and self-help movements or groups within society. The reason this area attracts narcissists is that it is easier to start a religion, a movement, a modality, an institute, and become the leader from the outset. This confirms their grandiose delusion that they should be the rightful leader, and that they have some “special insights”, “vision”, or that they are a practicing “ascended master”, “mystic”, or “guru”, who should be the subject of followers, worshippers, who see their special gifts and importance.
Obama vs. The Constitution
"Generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can't do to you. Says what the federal government can't do to you, but doesn't say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf."
Worded to cloak the true intent below:
Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
The above statements are taken from the list of forty-five declared goals of the communist takeover of the United States....
In order to have a global communist government, all religion has got be eradicated. Marx referred to religion as the "opiate of the masses." Communism seeks to dominate all aspects of human life and expects to be worshiped as "the system." These ISIS jihadists will not submit to the communists and, in the end, they will be dealt with swiftly.
If you do an honest analysis of what is occurring here, you will see that Obama is "purposely discrediting" America to make us look as if we are supporting terrorism at a time when the rest of the world is beginning to stand against it...
We are being played on a massive scale. If you are unwilling to consider the possibility that what we are witnessing is simply a charade, and the agenda is the overall destruction of all religion, then you will continue to be deceived. President Obama knows exactly what he is doing as he continues to release terrorists, fire military commanders, turn our military queer, continually attack Republicans, discredit America and dehumanize her people. Perhaps Obama is loyal to the Muslims after all. However, that does not change the fact that he is a seasoned Communist that has mastered the art of "psychopolitics".
The present administration has elevated the following strategy into an art form.
Divide And Conquer
The phrase “divide and conquer” is attributed to Julius Caesar and has been used by emperors and would-be tyrants ever since. In the age of empires, divide and conquer was used to keep the empires’ subjects from rebelling against the emperor. The Romans used it to keep their conquered neighbours competing with each other rather than their foreign occupiers. The British used it to keep their colonies squabbling along religious, ethnic and sectarian grounds so that the Queen and the British East India Company could more effectively exploit them.
In the age of the nation state and with the advent of republican democracy, the strategy necessarily took on a different form. The idea of a “left” and “right” wing in politics stems from the earliest days of the French Revolution, when the National Assembly divided into supporters of the king on the President’s right and supporters of the revolution on his left. The notion of competing parties within the government was quickly transplanted to the American context, where supporters of Alexander Hamilton united under the Federalist Party, causing Thomas Jefferson to form the Democratic-Republican party.
For those who wish to go a bit further in understanding group behavior here are some definitions with links for further examination:
Collective behavior is the field of sociology that focuses on the sequences and patterns of interaction that emerge in problematic situations. The phenomena studied range from responses to disaster, the disorderly street mob, or the radical social upheaval to the peaceful and comparatively trivial shifts in the orientations of individuals and small groups that, occurring en masse, can produce major changes in taste, fashion, or public opinion. Indeed, subtle shifts of sentiment and opinion, in themselves difficult to detect, are often the first signs of more explosive occurrences such as panics, booms, crazes, psychic epidemics, and revolutionary uprisings.
In Doug Engelbart's words, Collective IQ is a measure of how well people can work together on important problems and opportunities– how quickly and intelligently they can anticipate or respond to a situation, leveraging their collective perception, memory, insight, planning, reasoning, foresight, and experience into applicable knowledge needed to solve the problem.
People have been studying group dynamics for decades, seeing crowds variously as sources of madness and wisdom. Theories have arisen about people acting in plural, from the “groupthink” decision-making in the Bay of Pigs invasion to the “collective mind” of the flight operations on an aircraft carrier. But despite that long history, Malone and colleagues could not find an example in which people had asked the relatively simple question of whether groups had intelligence, the same way individual people do.
A striking study led by an MIT Sloan School of Management professor shows that teams of people display a collective intelligence that has surprisingly little to do with the intelligence of the team’s individual members. Group intelligence, the researchers discovered, is not strongly tied to either the average intelligence of the members or the team’s smartest member. And this collective intelligence was more than just an arbitrary score: When the group grappled with a complex task, the researchers found it was an excellent predictor of how well the team performed.
Groups influence individual decision-making processes through ingroup bias, persuasion, obedience, and groupthink.
Group behavior refers to the situations where people interact in large or small groups. People join groups for a multitude of reasons, most frequently because membership satisfies a need of the individual. Group membership can provide companionship, survival and security, affiliation status, power/control, and achievement. There is currently no universal definition describing what constitutes a group, though research has identified a few common requirements that contributes to recognition of a group:
Interdependence -- Members must depend, to some degree, on the output of the collective members
Social interaction -- Accomplishing a goal requires some form of verbal or nonverbal communication among members
Perception of a group -- All members of the collective must agree they are part of the group
Commonality of purpose- - All members of the collective come together to serve or attain a common goal
Favoritism -- Members of the same group tend to be positively prejudiced toward other members and discriminate in their favor
How Groups Influence Individual Behavior
Individual behavior is influenced by the presence of others. Studies have found that individuals work harder and faster when others are present due to what is called social facilitation. An individual's performance can also be reduced when others in the situation create distractions of conflict.
Groups also influence individual's decision-making processes including in-group bias, persuasion, obedience, and groupthink. Individuals will decide to show preferential treatment to members of their group, can be influenced to go against their own instincts, and may conform to group standards.
There are both positive and negative implications of group influence on individual behavior. This influence is often useful in the context of work settings, team sports, and political activism. However, the influence of groups on the individual can also generate extremely negative behaviors, as evidenced in Nazi Germany, the My Lai Massacre, and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
Examples of Group Behavior
Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. It has been further defined as a mode of thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive group, when the members' strivings for unanimity override their motivation to realistically appraise alternative courses of action.
Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints. Several conditions must take place for groupthink to occur . The group must be isolated from outside influences. Group loyalty prevents individuals from raising controversial issues of alternative solutions. There is a loss of individual creativity and independent thinking. The group experiences the "illusion of invulnerability," an inflated certainty that the right decision has been made. Typically the group is under a high level of pressure to make a decision, and it lacks an impartial leader. These factors can lead a group to make a catastrophically bad decision.
The following image outlines the requirements, symptoms, and defects of groupthink in detail.
Groupshift is the phenomenon in which the initial positions of individual members of a group are exaggerated toward a more extreme position. When people are in groups, they assess risk differently from when they are alone. In the group, they are likely to make riskier decisions as the shared risk makes the individual risk seem to be less.
What appears to happen in groups is that discussion leads to a significant shift in the position of the members to a more extreme position in the direction they were already leaning. A group of moderate democrats may shift from moderate to strongly liberal views in a group when together. Republicans may shift from moderate to staunchly conservative views. The theory behind this shift is that the group dynamic allows the individual members to feel that their position is correct or supported, and they will feel more comfortable taking on more extreme views, as other members of the group support their initial ideas. The extreme ideas seem less risky as it appears the view is held by numerous like-minded people.
Deindividuation is a concept in social psychology that is generally thought of as the loss of self-awareness in groups. Theories of deindividuation propose that it is a psychological state of decreased self-evaluation Group behavior refers to the situations where people interact in large or small groups. People join groups for a multitude of reasons, most frequently because membership satisfies a need of the individual. Group membership can provide companionship, survival and security, affiliation status, power/control, and achievement. There is currently no universal definition describing what constitutes a group, though research has identified a few common requirements that contributes to recognition of a group.
As gathered from the preceding definitions, mass belief and behavior can be easily induced either when the time is right, or if events have been shaped in such a way as to make the populace susceptible to a "solution", which is usually a web of deceit.
The question now is, can this miasma be reversed or at the bare minimum cleared enough so that future generations will be able to see through the fog of deception that blinded so many of their elders.
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