Sunday, September 14, 2008

Obama's Woman Troubles:

An interesting read from Savage: 

Obama on the Couch: How Bad
Is His "Woman Problem"?

Barack Obama compared Sarah Palin to a pig with lipstick. This is the beginning of the end of Obama’s campaign. But what exactly is Obama's problem with women? Why have women abandoned his campaign in droves? To find the answer we must return to Obama's childhood and examine his relationship with his mother.

In 1961, Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, married Obama’s father, a man from Kenya. He abandoned the family. Within three years, they were divorced. In 1967, his mother married another man, this time an Indonesian. A few years later she was divorced again. Through all this time, Obama's mother went globetrotting; from Hawaii, to Indonesia, to Pakistan. Sometimes she took her young son. Sometimes she left him behind. 

What appears to have happened to Obama as a result is he developed symptoms of what psychologists refer to as an Oedipal Complex. In an Oedipal Complex, a male child is fixated on his mother and competes with his father for maternal attention. In such cases, a critical point of awakening occurs where the child realizes that the mother has affections for others besides himself. In this case, Obama had to compete with multiple paternal stand-ins and was never fully able to bond with his mother. The result seems to have been a resentment towards women that he has never been able to get beyond.

Furthermore, excessive separation within an Oedipal Complex leads to a sense of helplessness that can in turn lead to patterns of idealized control and self-sufficiency (which shines through in his often arrogant smile.)

Obama’s mother sent him to live away from her when he was 10 and again when he was 14. It seems clear that this excessive separation, in the absence of a father, has led to a pattern of idealized control that Obama has not only imposed on himself, but now wants to impose on the United States of America.

Obama’s mother was a free spirit who traipsed around the world following her own self-interests. And while there’s nothing wrong with that in itself, you can't ignore the effects that such narcissism has had on her children. Especially when one of those children wants to be president.

It seems Obama has a woman problem. He both wants to win their approval and control them at the same time. Unfortunately for him, Sarah Palin is not the kind of woman who responds well to control. Millions of women like Sarah may be traditional in their love for men, but they are feminists in terms of self-reliance. Attacking such strong women to control them has never worked and will not work for Obama.

  • Do you think Obama has a woman problem?

  • Does he have an Oedipal Complex?

  • If you agree that he does, how bad, on a scale of 1 to 10 do you think Obama’s Oedipal Complex is?

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