Have you ever encountered anyone who converses in the third person?  I’ve known a few self-perceived intellectuals who use the tactic.  It’s quite annoying.

As a writer and novelist, I know a bit about communicating using third person narrative.  It’s not really anything new though; its origins date back to 1580.

A third person point of view is a narrative mode in which the narrator observes but isn’t a participant in the story.  That’s a relative example of how Barack Obama governs.

A great deal of popular fiction these days is written in third person, including “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter.”   Third person narrative can be accomplished in three defined ways, omniscient, limited, or objective.

The objective form of third person limits the narrator’s knowledge of the story to observation of actions or events.  The narrator has no knowledge of the thoughts or feelings of others.  One could say that form of narration is a derivative of the President’s political stance.

Barack Obama is always campaigning, rarely in the office, and that gives off a persona that he’s waging war against a mythical foe of which he politically engages for chaotic manipulation.

When the President wants to boast about his accomplishments, he uses first-person narrative words like “I” or “Me” quite often.  However, when he throws blame on others he uses words like “He,” “She” or “They” for fashionable third-person political gain.

For his first four years in office the Commander-in-Chief said it was his predecessor’s fault for the nation’s woes; for the next four the House Republicans will no doubt be blamed.

Using a third person ploy is the President’s strategy to explain a disconnection when he never knew the Department of Homeland Security released hundreds of illegals, some hardened criminals, from jail until he read about it in the paper.  No one knew where he was either when the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was under attack and Americans were killed.

In 2008, Barack Obama claimed he’d cut the deficit in half, but just the opposite has happened.  He’s created more debt than any president in U.S. history.  Yet, that dilemma was driven by unseen forces he conjured up with a third person narrative.

Before that fabricated sequestration quandary of his creation, the President warned of apocalyptic consequences if the government even slightly quenched their ferocious appetite for spending.   Even with those cuts, the federal government will spend four billion dollars more this year than it did in 2012 – the narrative need be “Government must grow!”

Many in the press are now pointing out that all those dire warnings the President conveyed are nothing more than a vapor.  Some have claimed he’s cried wolf too often.

A glimmer of truth has a way of illuminating such things.

The President has embarked upon a precipice to inflict pain upon Americans to gain a political utopia of retreating opposition.  In reality, the maneuver backfired.  Mr. Obama’s decision to indefinitely shut down tours of the White House has stirred the wrath of children and their parents all across the country.

To say that all the USDA meat inspectors will be furloughed, air traffic will be thrust into chaos, that thousands of students will be kicked out of the head start program, and a score of other political scare tactics didn’t work for the President as he perceived they would.

One could say Barack Obama considers himself a star instead of president.  I can’t say I’ve ever seen a president make the rounds as this one has on “The View,” “Late-night with Letterman,” or degradingly slow jam the news with “Jimmy Fallon.”

Yet there’s a resurrection of old-fashioned American beliefs arising in the land.  It’s called the dissatisfaction with an assault on liberty.

Rand Paul, Kentucky’s freshman Senator, like many fellow Americans, is fed up with the onslaught of socialistic destruction seeking to plague us.

Recently, Senator Paul stood on the floor of the Senate to conduct a 13-hour filibuster, the second longest in history.  In doing so he became a national hero to many, but a sinister nemesis for others in both parties.  His actions have lit a blaze of energy, a stir in the societal tide that will have ramifications far greater than he can imagine.

To live the American dream isn’t some fantasy.  Striving for the stars is lofty, but under this administration it’s difficult to go there when many struggle just for an existence.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.    

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