MOST POWERFUL ADOLESCENT
Last November when the 60s born Barack Obama defeated the anti-60s John McCain for the 44th presidency it was the triumph of inexperience, immaturity and ignorance over experience, wisdom and age in a country where adulthood is practically dead and the folly and callowness of youth have become the national ideal and cultural rage*. Last week singing legend Michael Jackson, America's perennial Peter Pan, died from a fatal heart attack his skeletal body poisoned and ruined by painkillers and prescription drugs. Once quoted as saying “I want to die like Elvis when it’s time for me to go,” Jackson got his inglorious wish as he exited this life in a pharmaceutical stupor. New Age health and meditation guru Deepak Chopra, a long time friend of Jackson's (who tried and failed to save him), said about his sudden death “it seemed almost fated." Seemed almost fated, indeed. For Jackson's death seemed fated to converge with the early stages of the ill-starred, incompetent Obama presidency; seemed fated to converge with the dangerous trend toward immaturity, mental sloth and moral weakness which elected him president over Vietnam hero John McCain-a symbol of old America, the America of patriotic nationalism and traditional values; the adult ideals that we need to revive if we’re to survive as the economic superpower of liberty and win the War on Terror.
* See Diana West’s superb book: The Death of the Grown Up
I believe that Jackson's shocking death was providentially linked to Obama's failing presidency and his victory over McCain; providentially linked to the counterculture 60s and the adolescent world view that dominates our leadership in Congress and is leading us to doom. But before I venture into this a few words about the similarities between Jackson and Obama:
* Obama like Jackson is a superstar celebrity the only president in history to make the celebrity’s list where he is number one, as Bernie Goldberg says.
Like the dead “King of Pop” Obama, “the new King Tut (the boy-king wonder of ancient Egypt, as some now call him, see)" is a skinny, black, timid, thin skinned, shallow world celebrity*; an immature soul in a grown man's body wearing the empty, clueless vacuous face of youthful innocence and folly. The right man at the right time in history mirroring our country’s collapse into cowardice, femininity and infantilism, our crippling dependence on government and ominous weariness with war.
As was true of the charismatic Jacko Obama is all image and no substance, plastic, inauthentic and unreal; a moral relativist lacking in convictions and firm principles*, equating evil with good and right with wrong; a sensitive, soft spoken, pathetically gentle man who shies away from confrontation and wants to please everyone; a king in the world but no master of himself; an incomplete adult who thinks he’s an awesome being; a man-child detached from reality and everyday life mentally dwelling in a fantasy realm of NEVER NEVERLAND**.
*It seems that Obama’s only political principle is that “government is the answer;” what’s good for the government is good for the country, society, the economy and the world.
**Never Neverland is a fictional paradise where its inhabitants, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys etc., cease to age. As Wikipedia says: “It’s a metaphor for eternal childhood.”
As Jackson made a sickening mess of his life: turning himself into a near repulsive freak; mismanaging his finances, health and personal affairs; burning through an enormous fortune recklessly spending himself deeper into crushing debt; so is our radical leftist president (a political freak of nature) taking a wrecking ball to the economy, spending money like a drunken satyr (an extravagant Jacko on demorol cocktails) unmindful of the woeful consequences to the nation and future generations.
As Jackson's immense ego and narcissism hid from his view the damage he was doing to himself and others until it was too late (and he met with Elvis's fate); so will the malignantly narcissistic Obama, believing that he’s right and can do no wrong, blindly press on with his reckless agenda regardless of the harm and turmoil it will cause to our economy, national security and stature in the world*.
*Obama has already hinted that there might be need for a second stimulus package if the first one fails-which shows us just how intransigent, ideologically driven and childishly ignorant he is.
Now Jackson, the child star who never grew up, was born on August 29, 1958 on John McCain's 22nd birthday in the year that he entered the US Naval Academy; the year when his great story of prisoner heroism began-a story that could never have been lived in a thousand life times by the likes of an Obama or Jackson.
*In August of 1968 when Diana Ross introduced Michael and his four brothers to the public and Obama’s Church in Honolulu was shielding deserters from the Vietnam War (see) John McCain began a terrible ordeal of torture and punishment in his hell hole jail. Later on when Tom Hayden and other antiwar loons visited Hanoi to denounce their country McCain, though threatened with greater punishment, refused to meet with them saying that he had no regrets for his bombing runs and would gladly do them over again. Whatever one might think of McCain’s moderation on domestic issues he is a solid conservative patriot on defense and military matters and represents the polar opposite of the mindless 60s “make love not war” anti-military values of the Left.
Michael, the lead singer of the Jackson Five, hit the big time at age ten in 1968 the year of the counterculture youthquake of sex, drugs and rock n roll, where partying, staying young and never growing up became the new un-American ideal; and the one who succeeded best and most famously at achieving this ideal, or surpassing it altogether, was Michael Jackson the great kid performer who mentally never left childhood, who spiritually never matured, whose adult life was an infantile romp through toyland while losing his innocence to drugs and pedophilia.
As if to warn us that Jackson's arrested emotional development, failed personal life and tragic end are emblematic of Obama's misguided presidency with its feminized, adolescent 1960s values-and that McCain’s traditional values and military virtues are what’s needed to reverse our military, economic and moral decline-the King of Pop died 22 weeks into Obama's presidency on the 176th day of the year*. Now what is interesting and seems meaningful here is that the numbers 22 and 176 are related to the number 44, Obama’s presidency number, as a factor and multiple; and that 176 itself is a factor of the number 1936 oddly corresponding to the year of John McCain’s birth**.
* January 20, 2009 (Obama’s inaugural) to June 25 (Jackson’s death)=156 days or 22 weeks. January 1, 2009 to June 25=176 days
**McCain was born August 29, 1936 on a military base in Panama; 22x2=44, 44x4=176 and 176x11=1936.
The days of Jackson’s birth and death relevant as they are to Obama’s reckless juvenile presidency and John McCain’s heroic military career indicates I believe the coming miserable collapse of the political and cultural left and its childish, 1960s, Neverland ideology*. This collapse is coming as sure as night follows day; and as sure as dawn follows night the founding values that made this country great will be revived and flourish again.
*Jackson’s career as a celebrity performer spans the period from the late 60s to the first president born in the 60s. If we add 44 years, Obama’s presidency number, to 1968 the year when the youth movement began and Jackson achieved fame, it brings us to 2012 the year of the next presidential elections; the year when Obama will be defeated for reelection (if he makes it that far) and the Sixties counterculture-progressive left will fall.
Indeed, after the catastrophe of the Three Blind Mice: Obama, Pelosi and Reid the nation will return to sobriety, sanity and reality in the areas where McCain is incontestably conservative and strong: federal spending, government waste, taxation, homeland security, national defense and foreign policy.
Those on the right who are praying for a sudden miraculous maturing of Obama into manhood, into a sensible leader and statesman in domestic policy and foreign affairs, are doomed to disappointment. Character is destiny and Obama can't escape his incompetance and temperament; his mental confusion, immaturity and weak moral nature; he cannot undo decades of leftist, secular-progressive indoctrination-the infantile mental disorder of Socialism-in less than four years. Just as Jackson proved unredeemable beyond anyone’s ability to save*, so is the fatally flawed Obama an unstoppable train wreck in slow motion; the magical mystery tour or Neverland express headed off a steep cliff. In short, the man in the White House is as hopelessly lost in his immaturity and folly as was King Michael in his bizarre and ruinous life. What Chopra said of Jackson is equally true of Obama: he is fated for a tragic end. And for this reason Barack Hussein Obama is the Michael Arthur Jackson of American politics.
*Despite his 20 year friendship with Jackson and expertise in alternative medicine and meditation techniques the compassionate, empathic, caring Deepak Chopra could do nothing for his friend.