Barack Obama is a creature of relativism, even though, without logical consistency, this “post-American” president exalts Islam.
The longest chapter in Machiavelli’s “Prince” is devoted to conspiracy. No conspiracy—if it may be called that—is more significant than the one enfolding in the United States under its “post-American” president, Barack Hussein Obama.
Let us try to place Obama in historical context.
The context is one of contradiction. Obama is the creature of rootless modernity and a ruthless Islam. The two have a single enemy, Judaism, the religion of reason. The primary target of modernity, beginning with Machiavelli, was the Bible of Israel. None of Machiavelli’s followers is more insidious than Thomas Hobbes, a closet atheist who, to be “politically correct,” punctuated his seminal work, the Leviathan, with the word “G-d.” What is paradoxical about Hobbes is that he is linked to the Age of Reason, even though he is the most obvious and toxic critic of reason.
According to Hobbes, the primary motive of man is the desire for riches, safety, and glory—or as Harold Lasswell, once president of the American Political Science Association put it, the desire for “income, safety, and deference.” This is one way of saying that all politicians are egoists. Lasswell put Lenin and Lincoln on the same level.
This leveling “reductionism” is rooted in Hobbes’ contention that reason is merely an instrument of the passions. Freud followed suit: man as simply an ensemble of desires—the Id—and reason is only an instrument for determining how to obtain the object of one’s desires. As Hobbes says, “The thoughts are to the desires, as scouts and spies, to range abroad, and find the way to the things desired.” Freud will call this instrumental reason the Ego. And since man regards the objects of his desires “good,” Freud will call this translation the Super-ego. Freud therefore explained the “higher”—say moral values—in terms of the “lower”: what is noble is henceforth explained in terms of what is commonplace. Enter the era of Democratic Man.
This debased or democratic conception of human nature has dominated the social sciences for more than a century. It is rooted in subjectivism—meaning, there are no objective standards of right and wrong, the position of moral relativism. European philosophy via relativism has undermined the cherished beliefs and values of America.
For example, relativism rejects the semi-classical and semi-Jewish concept of the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” affirmed in the American Declaration of Independence. Therein is the source from which was derived our rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
The protection of these rights necessitates limitations on the powers of the State. Ignore those limitations and you get “Statism.” Statism can take the form of fascism, socialism. or the “Nanny” State of “entitlements.” Health care, social security, etc., has been evolving in American society in tandem with the university-bred doctrine of moral relativism.
Barack Obama is a creature of this relativism, even though, without a stitch of logical consistency, this “post-American” president exalts Islam. His mentality may be traced to Herbert Marcuse, who was driven not by logic but by resentment against Tradition. Marcuse deified Change, the mantra of Obama’s first presidential campaign.
Known as the “philosopher of the Left,” Marcuse was an eclectic who combined the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre, the psychology of Freud, and the communism of Marx—all moral relativists. These thinkers produced the mentality of Barack Obama, the first full-blown relativist to become President of the United States.
Obama’s teleprompter has virtually nothing to say that is clearly and logically related to the political heritage of “G-d damn America”—the malediction of his mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama attracts alienated youth, knee-jerk liberals, and people who see only the self-aggrandizing side of Capitalism, but who therefore disregard its creativity and contribution to America wealth. This wealth liberated countess men and women from toil and tribulation.
But the wealth produced by Capitalism has made America the home of countless immigrants—a land of opportunity for the talents of oppressed mankind. America is the universalistic nation par excellence.
Obama calls himself a “cosmopolitan.” Devoid of the learning required to be a genuine cosmopolitan, Obama is really a man without a country. He is ignorant of the blessings of individualism for which America stands; he is ignorant of America’s unequalled contribution to human freedom as well as to Nobel Prizes.
Like his pastor Jeremiah Wright, Obama harbors a deep racial hatred of America. Steeped in racial resentment, and influenced by half-educated left-wing intellectuals, Obama wants to unravel America, which is rooted in the Bible of Israel. Enough to recall Edward Alexander’s article “Obama Demotes the Jews,” which appeared in the April 10, 2009 edition of Commentary Magazine. Alexander writes:
“In his inaugural address President Obama jettisoned the long-established locution that embodies the generally-accepted notion of ‘the Judeo-Christian tradition.’ That tradition, in America, mandates the phrase ‘Christians and Jews’ … Obama, however, said on January 20, 2009, that ‘We are a nation of Christians and Muslims,’ and then, after a slight pause, ‘Jews and Hindus,’ another slight pause, ‘and unbelievers.’
“Later, in his Al-Arabiya interview, he demoted the Jews still further, calling America a country of ‘Muslims, Christians, and Jews.’ Obama’s actions (and inactions) with respect to Jewish concerns suggest that this demotion [of the Jews] is real and not merely verbal.”
It’s hard to say whether Obama is merely a fool or a fraud or a person devoid of any cultural depth or spiritual identity. One thing is quite clear: he hates American supremacy, just as he hated white supremacy. But given his ego-enhancing Arabic middle name—which means handsome—magnified by the arrogance of his unlearned mind, Obama is oblivious of the arrogance underlying Islamic supremacism. It was Islamic supremacism that incited the genocides Islam committed against the race with which Obama identifies.
It will not be easy to undo his “obamanation” of America. His relativism is entrenched in his appointments to the Supreme Court; and his left-wing party has tens of millions of rootless supporters and immigrants—voters who live on the handouts of his “nanny” state.
If America could rightly be called a Judeo-Christian civilization, it is undergoing the fate of Rome.
Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Prof. Paul Eidelberg (Ph.D. University of Chicago), former officer U.S. Air Force, is the founder and president of the Israel-America Renaissance Institute (I-ARI), www.i-ari.org, with offices in Jerusalem and Philadelphia. He has written several books on American and on Jewish Statesmanship. His magnum opus The Judeo-Scientific Foundations of American Exceptionalism: Today’s Choice for the “Almost Chosen People” is in process of publication. Prof. Eidelberg lives in Jerusalem.