While exchanging emails with my friend Dan Pucket, he made a poignant allusion to Obama Dead Eyes, equating the monster with The Manchurian Candidate. Indeed.
For those not up on your novels and movies, "The Manchurian Candidate" was a novel written in 1959 by Richard Condon and best-adapted to film in a chilling 1962 version. It is about an ingenious Soviet plan to overthrow the U.S. government by brainwashing the son of a prominent American political family after the son is captured as a Sergeant during the Korean War. The Soviets plan to use the Sergeant to assassinate the president and substitute their Manchurian candidate for the presidency. The candidate, of course, has a dangerous hidden agenda to destroy America -- and so we have the apt allusion to Dead Eyes.
All of which brings me to something I discussed with Dan: Who the HELL is this Offal in the Ovum Office? Who is he, REALLY, this man who has made a long, calculated effort to disguise his beliefs, with random moments of “honesty” and guilt by association. Who is this man who has set out on a course to destroy the very nature of America -- the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Who is this man who presumes to take over businesses and commit larceny against Americans' bank accounts with a hubris not seen since the execrable FDR? Who is this man who presumes to tell us that we have no right to determine our own health maintenance? Who is this man who takes the lead in dictator waltzes? Who is this citizen-manque who maligns the once-praised Horatio Algers of this great country who have earned their riches honestly and forthrightly?
Who is this troll who has the prevarication acumen of Billy Clinton, the economic perspicacity of Jimmy Cottah, the stuttering eloquence of George Bush Sr., the churlishness of LBJ, the greasy smugness of Kennedy, the villainous stare of Stalin, the spine of Neville Chamberlain, the vacuity of Paris Hilton, the pretense of Mussolini?
What lies beneath this emotionless psychopath who has, incredibly, ascended to once was the most prestigious and honorable political position in the history of the world? What lies beneath this fastidious fascist who holds nothing "American" dear?
In deciphering the monster, I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the movie Tombstone. Doc Holiday is explaining to Wyatt Earp why the bandit Johnny Ringo does what he does. Doc says, “A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.”
THAT is Dead Eyes, my friends. He’s an empty vessel, and the means he found to fill it was to become the most powerful person on Earth and make the rest of us pay for his void. His life is not about the pursuit of happiness. It is the pursuit of power, anything that will give him a moment's respite from emptiness enveloping his being. How else does one explain a man, any man, who makes of his life the destruction of all that is good and noble?