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Kudos to Horton

Posted: November 5, 2009 7:50 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
At last, I have to agree with Gary Horton on his column “Time to shut up and listen” (Oct. 21). I hope he listened to Jay Ambrose on Oct. 22: “Hang on to your 1st Amendment Freedoms.”

If he doesn’t get it after reading that column, I would say he is a hopeless case. Quote from article: “Mark Lloyd, chief diversity officer of the Federal Communication Commission, (is) a real danger to open debate, it seems to me. Lloyd is someone who has spoken glowing of Hugo Chavez — who thinks it’s okay to eliminate radio stations that do not support him.”

Why is President Barack Obama surrounding himself with such people on his staff? They tried to put controls on Humana Insurance for informing their members only to find they were wrong and had to remove the gag order.

I ran across an article by an Israeli psychologist by the name of Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the “Malignant Self Love.” Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism. He understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist like no other person.

“Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves,” he writes. “Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of the People’s Temple, the man who led over 900 of his followers to cheerfully commit suicide and even murder their own children was also a narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara, Stalin, Saddam, Mao, Kim Jong-il and Adolf Hitler are a few examples of narcissists of our time.

All these men had a tremendous influence over their fanciers. They created a cult personality around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers, filled their hearts with enthusiasm and instilled in their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised them the moon, but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom. When you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don’t know it until it is too late.”

I have not put a name to this description; I’ll leave that up to you. All I have to say is, if the shoe fits, you be the judge.

I’ll close with Ambrose’s last remark: “Hold on to your 1st Amendment, fellow Americans, this could be a long, bumpy ride!”


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