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LETTERS: Narcissist in chief wants to change whole government

Reflecting on the president's State of the Union address, it seems clear that he is out of touch with reality. His actions and words lend credibility to the observations of Sam Vaknin, Ph.D., reputed worldwide authority on narcissism, who writes, "Obama appears to be a narcissist, perhaps with a narcissistic personality disorder."

Vaknin describes a narcissist as "someone who has an obsession for power." His scolding and chiding of the other branches of government for not conforming to his wishes seem more like that of a dictator than a servant of the people. One might describe the president's performance as from his belief in his omniscient and omnipotent wisdom, surpassing that of the collective minds of the legislative and judicial branches of government.

For one who is reported to be a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was president of Harvard Law Review, civil rights attorney in Chicago, and as a teacher of Constitutional law for 12 years, his understanding of the Constitution seems very shallow. His oath of office requires him, among other things, to abide by, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Yet, his actions and words seem to exhibit a disregard, bordering on contempt, for that sacred document.

He has publicly stated that he wants to "fundamentally change that document," simply ignoring the requirements of Article V, which specifically reserves that right to the people, through their elected representatives.

In setting forth the authority and duties of a president, the Constitution reads, Article II, Section 3, "He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such as he shall deem necessary and expedient."

Recommending and dictating are quite different terms. Upon meeting resistance as a result of disunity in the Congress out of concern for the best interest of the people, he continues to lament, "We are not going to quit, and we are not going to give up."

This irrational, disloyal, un-American attitude lends credence to the belief that his ultimate objective is to bankrupt the nation. He attempts to dupe the people into believing in his socialist snake-oil agenda that spending taxpayer funds, or going further in debt, to grow a bigger government is the solution to reviving the economy and creating jobs. Utter nonsense.

Jobs are created in the private sector by producing tangible goods, things you can see and touch. The burden of supporting big government is the reason for the loss of jobs, and why some private sector businesses have failed, or left the country.

The Founding Fathers repeatedly warned about the evils of big, oppressive government. They understood that circumstance very well, because that is what we emerged from. Thomas Jefferson said it best: "Government that governs least governs best."

Until the president and Congress resolve to abide by that truism, the state of the union will surely continue to deteriorate. The people can reverse this trend if every eligible voter is qualified and votes in November to replace those in Congress who support his misguided ideas.

-- Grady Mullins

Conyers