Riddle: What do Barack Obama, Adolph Hitler, and Julius Caesar have in common?
Answer: Food tasters.
That's right. The President of the United States employs food tasters, people who are paid to sample his food prior to his eating it to ensure that he will not be poisoned. This is a prime exposition of one of the major symptoms of paranoia – persecution complex. Paranoids are deathly afraid of other people. They are convinced that everybody is out to get them.
If this symptom is not a result of, it is certainly concomitant with another classic symptom of paranoia – delusions of grandeur. Paranoids are convinced that they are smarter, stronger, and better looking than other people. This delusion empowers them with the belief that they are uniquely equipped and duty bound to direct the lives of those less eminently endowed.
So is President Obama paranoid? Does he continually blame someone else – primarily "Republicans" – for his shortcomings? Does he deny even having shortcomings? Does he ever give anyone else credit, or does he schedule press conferences to announce that "I" got Osama bin Laden? Are his speeches peppered with the only three pronouns he seems to know – I, me, and myself? Does he unilaterally impose "his" ideas on the "less eminently endowed" American People in contempt of Congress, in violation of the law of the land, and with disdain for the wishes and the welfare of the American People who pay his bloated salary?
I rest my case.
The other thing Obama, Hitler, and Caesar had in common was power. In fact, power and paranoia seem to go together like politics and lies. Whether power begets paranoia or paranoids are drawn to positions of power is immaterial. The point here is that the two of them are inseparable.
And it is the paranoia endemic to all positions of power that makes power so dangerous. This realization was the primary motivation of the founding fathers in so vehemently restricting the powers of the federal government.
One of the most dangerous exposions of the paranoia of power is the perversion of politics. Politics is the paranoiac tooth-and-claw no holds barred fight to hold on to power, and whether practiced in or out of government, it is among the most corrosive of influences in any culture. The following definition is from one of my favorite dictionaries.
pol’-i-tics n 1. The art of lying believably. 2. A creature of democracy that prioritizes getting votes as the only significant objective of elected officials. Politics requires that any other considerations – ethics, honesty, or the welfare of one’s constituents – are necessarily subjugated to that primary goal. 3. Generally, the use of lies, scare tactics, bribery, and threats as a means of getting what one wants. 4. In the public arena, the demonization of one’s opponent as a means of proselytizing their voters and distracting attention form one’s own infractions. political science The use of technologically abstruse methodologies, such as pre-programmed computer models, to prove a political hypothesis that is in fact not true, e.g. the global warming hoax. politically correct 1. A liberal euphemism for "propaganda compliant." 2. Oblivious to logic, common sense, or self-preservation in considering if an act or statement could conceivably be construed as discriminatory toward blacks, Muslims, Democrats, or any other enemies of free speech and individual freedom.
Kruckeberg, G. E. (2012-05-26). Conservative Dictionary and Fact Book, Kindle Edition.
Politics, and its progenitor, paranoia, can only be defused by diffusing the common component of both – power. The concentration of power leads ultimately to paranoia and to its progeny politics.
So how do we accomplish the decentralization of power? Not only do we know how, we have a detailed blueprint for the process. It's called the Constitution of the United States.