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Lemiska: Love Is Blind, In Life And In Politics

By Peter Lemiska

As the election approaches, many wonder why, considering the country’s desperate economic situation, Barack Obama is still able to maintain relatively high poll numbers - much higher numbers, in fact, than past Presidents facing similar conditions. His political opponents are bewildered and frustrated by the tenacious support he enjoys.

A possible explanation may have come from none other than 1970s singer James Taylor. During his performance at the Democratic National Convention, Taylor confessed, “I’m an old white guy, and I love Barack Obama.” Of course the audience cheered wildly, but I found his passion somewhat curious, and wondered how many others were so enamored with Mr. Obama.

Some quick research confirmed what most of us already know. There is a segment of the country that is hopelessly in love with Barack Obama. Those in the entertainment industry, in particular, are spellbound by his charms. Screen star Mila Kunis, as well as lesser known, but better educated actress, Meredith Salenger, have also professed an abiding love for Obama. Even country singer Garth Brooks admitted, “I love President Obama to death.”

We’ve always known that Hollywood has supported Obama from the very beginning, but could it be that their affection runs much deeper than anyone could have imagined? Is that bond so strong that nothing can break it?

And it’s not just Hollywood. The media is also in love with the man. Take Hardball host Chris Matthews, for example. Something, perhaps professional ethics, prevented him from uttering those three little words, but we knew he was smitten when those four memorable words gushed from his mouth. That thrill up his leg dispelled any rumors of his objectivity and has made him the butt of jokes ever since. Others in the media may be less candid, but are no less infatuated.

In fact, love is all around Barack Obama. There are songs and poems about him, T shirts, mugs, and posters emblazoned with “I heart Obama,” blogs that celebrate him, and books that swoon over him. Talk show hosts and late night comics fawn over him, and there’s even some character called Obama-Boy who sings about his crush on Barack.

I know, I know. Liberals have a right to love whomever they want. They’ve told us countless times it’s no one’s business. And yes, Republicans have had their share of beloved Presidents. Lincoln and Reagan come to mind. But at least they accomplished something. Besides, there’s just something unsettling about all this breathless adulation for the man who was elected to lead the country. We love our spouses, our children, family members, perhaps even our pets...but the President?

There are only two things our leaders need to earn from us: trust and respect. But those things are not really essential when you have all that unabashed love, the kind of blind loyalty dictators try to cultivate. Do we want to be governed by a “Dear Leader” in this country? If we get chills whenever the President speaks, how can we fairly judge his actions? Like giddy schoolgirls swooning over Justin Bieber, those who are enamored with the President are simply incapable of seeing anything other than purity and goodness. Obama may be just as charming as young Justin, but the President’s decisions and actions impact all of our lives, and they need to be judged objectively.

Most of us know from personal experience that there’s a lot of truth in the old adage, “love is blind.” Emotional attachment truly does blunt our reasoning and objectivity. It skews our perspective and our thought process. We all accept basic facts, and draw reasonable conclusions from them. Most of us start with the fact that our national debt has skyrocketed over the past four years. We draw the logical conclusion that our leadership is responsible. Obama’s supporters start with the basic premise that their heartthrob can do no wrong. They therefore conclude that our economic woes must stem from some other source, like President Bush. A 2008 report published in the UK by The Independent confirms this relationship between emotion and reason. According to the article, scientists measuring brain waves discovered that feelings of love seem to de-activate large parts of the cerebral cortex – associated with judgment and reasoning.

Yes, that seems to explain everything. Perhaps it’s why so many still adamantly defend Obama, and allow him to blame others for his failed economy. It may explain why they ignore the mind-boggling debt he’s created for our children, the trillions of wasted taxpayer dollars, and the scandals like Solyndra and Fast and Furious. It could explain why they shrug their shoulders at his unilateral and unconstitutional decrees, like those requiring the Catholic Church to contradict established church doctrine. It seems to explain why they readily accept his confusing and evolving stories in a shameful effort to minimize the assassination of an American Ambassador. It tells us why they see greatness where everyone else sees an empty suit.

Those who shake their heads in disbelief at Obama’s committed supporters should cut them some slack. They’re not necessarily foolish, uninformed, or crazy. They’re just in love.

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Peter Lemiska is a military veteran and former Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service. He holds a BA in psychology, and his commentaries can be found at renewamerica.com and various other political websites. He can be contacted at plemis2@hotmail.com.

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  1. roncdeweijzeComment by roncdeweijze
    October 20, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    We have seen this in Europe too and it is perpetuating in Brussels: what Ann Coulter calls “white guilt” of former slave owners, slave traders, elitists and all those with a bad conscience. By selecting him for president (Pelosi), doing his advertising for him (MSM) and voting for him (liberals and democrats) they can finally pay something back and breathe freedom again.

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  2. agent007Comment by agent007
    October 20, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    It seems a very logical explanation, in addition to the one where people are no longer taught to do critical thinking for themselves, and have become totally disinterested and disillusioned with politics.
    If trying to be an informed voter takes more than listening to a few 30 second sound bites, most Americans switch off these days, sad but true.

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  3. middlegroundComment by middleground
    October 20, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    This phenomenon is not new to human behavior. Plato spoke of the difference between persons of “Wit” and those with “Wisdom” in ancient Greece, and as I remember his distinction the person with great wit and charisma would fit right into today’s political scene, but they might and probably would not have had the wisdom to make the correct long-term decisions.

    I took German from a man who’d been on the speaker’s platform during one of Hitler’s speeches to 10,000 faithful Germans. As he described the event, Hitler started out slowly and with little emotion, but gradually as he spoke the entire audience became his and when he waved his hand 10,000 heads would move in total unison as the speech moved from a simple speech to an emotional almost hypnotic experience where he would blame the British, the French and Wall Street Jews for Germany’s collapsed value of money and for “German guilt”. In Klein’s book the Amateur, the author describes Obama as being tutored by Reverend Wright on how to sway a crowd with an emotional speech and for certain people Obama certainly is able to do a great job of getting them to become totally controlled by the force of his personality. I am, however, surprised at this affecting media people to the extent it has. Obama speaks with the skills of an evangelist and apparently many in this country like to get their “truths” in that manner.

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  4. wedeyComment by wedey
    October 20, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    Because the liberal media are behind him. they interviewed some college kids at some school within the last week, and not one of them even knew about what was happening in Benghazi and never heard of Amb. Stevens. I guess when you bury your head in the sand, you would only hear what he wants you to hear.

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  5. spriteComment by sprite
    October 20, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    This article seems way overdue ! This subject is more important than most people realize,and I think it’s high time we admitted voters often vote for the most shallow or sensless reasons.
    With Obama, “love” is a big factor, just as, unfortunately,hate is for the Republican ticket .
    The country decided long ago ( with the help of the leftist media ) that Mitt Romney was quite hateful and before we knew it that attitude had spread around the world. Now the liberal force is trying to tell us that Paul Ryan is hateful also. You probably have already been a victim of that smear effort yourself and you just don’t know it . Forget what you heard about him . As Joe “sixpack ” Biden would say to an Irish “friend” “Malarcky “

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  6. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    October 20, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    Love, a simple four letter word, has blinded the masses from the very beginning. The main problem with Love is that it runs rampant over reason, while significantly blinding one to many things which should, and do matter over and above it’s obvious hold on the Heart, but not the mind.
    When it comes to Love, one should certainly pick one of those things to Love, as the United States of America. The Love of it, should easily outweigh the Love for a man who is steadily destroying it, and it’s foundations. If one was thinking with their mind, instead of their Hearts, it would be quite easy for them to ascertain that this man sitting in the Presidents chair is bringing our Country down. He is selling off our freedoms to his Marxist, Muslim ideals, while those who swoon over him fail to see the real damage he is inflicting upon not only our Country, but it’s People as well.
    I Love my wife dearly, and I would die for her, but I could not stand by and watch her bankrupt us by giving away our life’s savings.
    The fact that so many are in Love with this man, alludes me. What is it which makes the Dems, and the Media swoon over him so?.
    He admittedly speaks well, but even this is due mostly to his teleprompters, which are his speech writers words, not his own. He is not what I would describe as great looking, his body is not a shining example of perfection, he hates America, and it’s People, as evidenced by his crotch salute when the National Anthem is played, or the pledge of allegiance said. He is Anti Christian, Anti God, and hates all that either stand for or represents. He has borrowed us into near Bankruptcy, he has given huge sums of money to failed companies, which have been heavy donators to this campaigns. With his last massive borrow from China, he has actually put us, as a Country, owing a trillion plus more than the Government takes in from all sources of income to it.
    He is the most ruthless of all racists, while he and his Administration call anyone who is against them, Racists. So, tell me once again, why it is so many Love him?.
    It is simply beyond my comprehension. Apparently not only is Love blind, but Ignorant and Stupid as well.
    As the elections go, people need to look at the realism of what he has done, what he is doing, and what he plans to do, for and to, our Country and it’s People.
    If his Proxidency shows us anything at all, it is that we will be under rule, not leadership, if he is allowed another term to finish us off as a Country. Love a Puppy, Love your Family, Love your Friends, Love music, Love God, but do not misplace your Love for a man who has absolutely no Love for you whatsoever, and certainly not our Country.
    If the jobs held by Illegal Aliens would all tomorrow, be left open and vacated, America would be well employed, but he wants to keep them in our jobs, and support completely, those who do not wish to work. Mostly for votes, as once the elections are over, his Love for them, and for us, will be non existent. The Illegals come here only to eat up our resources, and get money to send back to their homes, where their true loyalties lie, and where they will retire when the time comes, leaving America behind as a used up Nation. Give credit where credit is due, not to this man who like the Illegals he defends, actually hates our Country, as he and his family also, eat up our resources without shame, while many of us struggle to make ends meet, they are living large on our money. Open your eyes, and put your Love back into your Country, God, or your Deity of choice, not this man.

    TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN NOVEMBER.
    VOTE FOR THE TRUE AMERICAN.

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    • carol34446Comment by carol34446
      October 20, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

      Bravo Freedomfighter, you have nailed it big time. Totally agree.

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    • PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
      October 21, 2012 @ 8:34 am

      Could it be possible that Satan has blinded millions of Americans to the evils of Barack Obama? Obama stated some time ago that America was no longer a Christian nation. Words like this would never be spoken by a Christian president. I find it interesting that Christian people recognized this destroyer of America for what he was prior to the election, but millions of others could not see it. This election represents good against evil.

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  7. carol34446Comment by carol34446
    October 20, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    Liberals have taken over education and history is not taught, or thinking after you get all the facts. Too many schools treat their kids like little robots, and if you think different, you are made fun of by teachers (a few of which if I had kids today I would be in their face), administration and other kids. Too much political correctness, or something you say might offend them. Too bad, truth is truth.
    People would rather watch goofy reality shows than find out what is going on in the world, who gets kicked off island(show) is importnant, not reality of life. Comes with the drug culture.

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  8. marnieComment by marnie
    October 21, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    Excellent post, Freedomfighter! Kudos to you.

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  9. lakeworthcaneComment by lakeworthcane
    October 21, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Two previous readings come to mind.

    The first is a purported copy of a column from a Czech news newspaper that was circulated via viral email. The column asserted that Obama’s foolishness can be undone easily enough; but then it asked: what’s the country to do with such a large population of people who will vote for such a fool as Obama?

    Con artists like Obama seek such populations and shamelessly exploit them.

    That leads to the second previous reading.

    In his “The Road to Serfdom,” economist Friedrich Hayek says, “No less significant is the intellectual outlook of the rank and file in the communist and fascist movements in Germany before 1933. The relative ease with which a young communist could be converted into a Nazi or vice versa was well known, best of all to the propagandists of the two parties. The communists and Nazis clashed more frequently with each other than with other parties simply because THEY COMPETED FOR THE SAME TYPE OF MIND and reserved for each other the hatred of the heretic. The practice showed how closely they are related.”

    So, says Hayek, authoritarians like Obama–despots who grandly promise “freedom” (from responsibility, not from restraint) and “equality” (in restraint and servitude)–seek a certain kind of mind.

    What kind of mind is it?

    I think that, first and foremost, it’s a mind that worships itself: a mind that worships its feelings, emotions and passions–and worse–a mind that equates truth and reality with its feelings, emotions and passions.

    In other words, it’s an ego out of control: a narcissist. It’s easily identified, manipulated and exploited by despots like Obama. Such a mind will blindly support a con artist like Obama because he’s going to tell it what it wants to hear: that its feelings and desires are truth.

    The United States has a huge population of such minds, eagerly seeking to be exploited.

    We can vote Obama out of office. But we’re helpless in hands of a large population of voters–and I dare say, not all of them are on the political left–who seek not what’s best for the country, or what even makes sense, but who seek to have their feelings validated by the next smooth-talking con with a custom-fitted suit and strong financial backing.

    Solid achievers like Romney eat stuffed shirts like Obama for breakfast. But the problem won’t end with a Romney win.

    Personally, I don’t think it will ever end. Current events and human history show that authoritarian despots like Obama will always be with us because we will always have a population of weak minds who will embrace them.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      October 22, 2012 @ 12:38 am

      I can’t agree that America has a number of minds that wanted to be exploited. Sadly, we have a school system and a main stream media that have been peddling propaganda and covering up the truth about Obama, his background and his agenda. The real question is why?

      Maybe the answer is provided by the way BP was treated by the Obama administration when they wanted 20 billion to be turned over to a government agency to be distributed to people reportedly injured by the spill and perhaps a few others. Perhaps we can recover some of the 5 or 6 trillion squandered by the administration by going after the media and others who concealed and manipulated the 2008 election and are trying to do the same in 2012. They certainly are more culpable than BP was for that quickly gone spill.

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  10. billwvComment by billwv
    October 21, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    In all honesty I have seen wild boars [pigs] I could love more than the Ozero.

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  11. princeyjoComment by princeyjo
    October 21, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    You know we have problems when China wants to take water from the Great Lakes and tank it to China. My daughter in law is on a committee along with representatives from Canada to prove we don’t have water to give them. Whether they will be successful it still to be determined. It seems we are that China thinks they can get whatever they want! Many of the under the table issues going on are never brought out to the general public in black and white. It’s very interesting to me that we give billions to a foriegn country to build oil wells so we can buy oil from them, and yet don’t have the money to fix the Chicamauga Dam which may be closed in a year or two and then the trucks will have to move all the cargo by interstate. I don’t think the public has any idea of how our tax money is used or how screwed up priorities are. Obama’s popularity is based on promised entitlements. There are so many questions that could be asked even of his health care plans. Millions will be added to medicaid – how is this being paid for? What kind of care are they going to get? Why are so many exceptions being given to businesses? Will businesses put more people on part time work or let people go? Will they pay the fine because it’s cheaper than paying insurance. Obama says he will use the money saved from the wars but since this was mostly borrowed money is he saying he will borrow another trillion or two. Twenty more questions could be asked I’m sure, but none of them would be answered. We must be losing millions of dollars to the Mexican drug cartel, besides the money sent back to Mexico by illegals. Gangs in our part of the country are soliciting kids in kindergarten to prime them for gang life. Do you think these kids will do well in school? There are so many things like this that I doubt a book would hold them all so I will leave it at this.

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  12. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    October 21, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    This may be inappropriate, but I received a email today with this information in it, and I am having to use another computer, as mine is down, so I cannot forward this important information as I normally would to all my contacts.
    I thought possibly it might serve a better purpose here, if anyone sees any value in forwarding it to any of their friends, family, etc.
    If it offends anyone, I apologize, but I believe in this forum, that it should be well accepted.

    If you have not seen the documentary movie “2016: Obama’s Dream”, you will find the comments by a DEMOCRAT interesting.
    COMMENTS ON THE FILM 2016

    By Bob Correal

    I had the displeasure of seeing 2016 the movie yesterday. But not in
    the way you may think. You would think that as a former Obama fan, it
    would have been a right-wing propaganda filled experience. A waste of
    my time. It wasn’t! It is not about taking over the auto industry or
    banks or any number of things that the Obama administration has already
    done. Some of that may have been needed to fix the mess….

    What the movie does do is lead you through Obama ‘s upbringing, his
    early, impressionistic learning years if you will, how his beliefs were
    formed, by whom and when. I was quite honestly amazed at the many
    things I learned–right from the horse’s mouth, so to speak–from his
    brother, and others who knew him and that the movie interviews and
    shows-you hear it from them. The movie was very well done and very
    factual. It was scarier than any Friday the 13th movie I have ever
    seen.

    There was not a sound in the theater as the movie progressed and when
    it ended, people just sat there, stunned. There was not a nay-sayer or
    heckler in the entire group. I might have been one if them had I not
    been so shaken. It really is a revealing look of who Obama is and where
    he and his handlers want to take our beloved country, now that the
    waters have been tested as to what he can get away with, what it
    reveals his plans for the next 4 years and beyond is, well,
    reprehensible. I voted for this man, I had his best wishes in my heart,
    but he has not returned the favor to the American people. In fact, he
    seems completely unaware of owing Americans anything, blacks, whites,
    Hispanics–they are merely a means to an end: a vote to further his
    agenda would end our America, the way we have known it.

    No matter your political leanings, if you love America, you owe it to
    yourself to see the movie. Why not? This election is not politics as
    usual, and Obama is not the typical Democrat you may have always voted
    for- not by any means! Once you see it, you will understand and you
    will want to do, as I am doing now: encourage everyone to go and see
    it…I promise you, you will no longer want to vote for this man, you
    will want to run from him!

    Now I understand why his school records have been hidden away, why his
    past and papers have been locked away from view…why only what they
    want us to see, have we seen… Obama is NOT what or who you think he
    is. Charming, yes, black, yes–but without any black American history
    or empathy in his blood, smart–not as smart as you think…but he has
    found his pulpit and his blind followers- but I am no longer one of
    them.

    The Agenda: Make CERTAIN Obama does not get a second term which equals:
    4 more years to ignore Congress and ignore what the American people
    want, 4 more years to circumvent our Constitution and bring America
    morally, spiritually and economically to its knees. He’s already proven
    he can and will and HAS begun this process already!

    Even if you do not want to vote for Romney, you WILL want to vote
    AGAINST Barack Obama! I am going to make a statement here; you all know
    I am neither a scholar nor a historian, but: At some point in our
    history books in the future, the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama will
    show him in the same dark light as Marx, Lenin and Stalin–who have
    furthered the misery, suppression and control over their people and
    sought to spread their oppressive philosophy and dominance throughout
    the world… IF AMERICA HAD NOT STOPPED THEM! Think about that.
    Be careful who you vote for, be very careful. Put your love of America
    first- it’s all we have.
    Thanks for listening.

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    • camzComment by camz
      October 21, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

      I doubt if many readers here will heed your passionate plea as most have known what his agenda is. People like Glenn Beck have been screaming about it but everyone thought he was crazy. Turns out, he was much more right than wrong. I am ecstatic that you have seen the light and I hope you can influence any of your democratic friends. If he gets a second term, there will be civil war and a factory re-set. Sure would be nice to avoid that scenario.

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    • freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
      October 21, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

      Camz, I received the email, with this info, and only forwarded that information within it here. I am SOOOOOO not a Democrat, I only forwarded the info written by a Democrat, in hopes that it might get out to others for their review, and possibly pass on to others, should they find it worthy of passing forward.

      TAKE OUT THE TRASH IN NOVEMBER.
      VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN CANDIDATE.
      WE MUST SAVE OUR COUNTRY, BEFORE
      NOBAMA COMPLETELY DESTROYS IT.

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  13. DudleyComment by Dudley
    October 22, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Old news reel footage of Hitler and the adoring mobs in Germany would seem to substantiate this theory.

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