After reading Greg Lewis’ article, Did We Elect a Beta Male?, and agreeing with his analogies and conclusions, it got me to thinking about what might that mean for America and our future. I’ve also been reading some of Dave Grossman’s works, and frankly, the synthesis of these two ideas is rather disturbing.
First of all, I would argue that Obama is not the first Beta Male as President in my life time. I would argue that Jimmy Carter was one too. His handling of the Iranian Hostage Crisis and his active direction of the failed hostage rescue attempt are just 2 of many examples. Those of use who were around back then know how that turned out. Carter was a very weak president and the country suffered greatly. Now Obama is setting us up all over again.
Lately, I’ve been reading some of Dave Grossman’s works and I think that it’s given me a little more understanding into the psyche of the Beta Male. Basically, Grossman believes there are 3 kinds of people in the world: wolves (predators), sheepdogs (Protectors) and sheep. I contend Beta Males fall into the sheep category. Sheep are people who are constantly in denial about the true state of the world around them. They believe people can live together in peace and harmony because there is no evil in the world. Actually, deep down, they know better; however, remember, they are in denial.
Sheepdogs know there is evil in the world and they have made the conscious decision to be prepared to take on the wolves of the world and protect the sheep. Since the sheep are in denial and the sheep dogs look similar to wolves, the sheep, in times of little or no trouble, believe they can live without the sheepdogs. That is, until the wolf strikes. Then the sheep’s world is crushed because the sheep is in denial.
On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
(From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)
Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: You didn’t bring your gun; you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by fear, helplessness, horror and shame at your moment of truth.
The part I find really disturbing is that I think Obama is a sheep surrounded by wolves. William Ayers, Rev. Wright, Tony Rezco, etc. These wolves have guided Obama to where he is today and, in essence, they are using him to feed on flocks of sheep. However, there are other wolves in the world today that are far more dangerous. I believe Obama is in denial of this fact and that if and when those wolves strike, I fear greatly what Obama’s reaction might be.
We have a sheep as president. The sheepdogs better be prepared.