On the watch list were two of my favorites: “Patton” and “Gladiator.”
Normally, one would not draw parallels between the two, however, as quirky as my mind is – I did. In the movie “Patton”, General Patton insists that he is the reincarnated image of famous historical figures. In thinking about it more deeply (and having previously watched “Gladiator”), I started to wonder. While I know full well that Hollywood’s portrayal of historical events are hardly accurate, I was intrigued by the story of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus who were actually were real-life historical figures in the Roman era.
So, I decided to do some reading on the subject and what I found was rather intriguing. As I read the historical artifacts about Commodus, I was stunned at the parallelism between Commodus and what I would call a “modern day Caesar” – Barrack Obama.
Is Barrack Obama the reincarnation of Commodus? Let’s look at some examples.
1.) Lack of Military Training
According to a historical biography of Commodus by author Terry Long:
“Commodus received an extensive education under the direction of what his father called, “an abundance of good masters.” Commodus’s education seems to have been mainly intellectual and as a result he received little or no military training.”
Barack Obama’s lack of military experience is often a political liability that Republicans, in particular, easily capitalize on. Rick Perry, the former Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential election, who served in the Air Force from 1972 to 1977, said that he believed that the men and women in the armed forces would have more respect for a president who had served in the military than one who had not. He pointedly notes Obama’s lack of military service.
“The president had the opportunity to serve his country I’m sure, at some time, and he made the decision that that wasn’t what he wanted to do.”
2.) Currency Devaluation
Upon his accession Commodus devalued the Roman currency. In the view of Dio Cassius, a contemporary observer, Commodus’ accession to power marked the descent “from a kingdom of gold to one of rust and iron” – an infamous comment which has led some historians, notably Edward Gibbon, to take Commodus’ reign as the beginning of the decline of the Roman Empire.
In his “Business Insider” article “Dollar Devaluation, Stagflation, and How You’re Getting Screwed”, author Larry Doyle provides strong arguments against currency devaluation and makes a case for his assertion about Obama’s economic plans concerning the US dollar:
“Going back to the G20 in London last Spring, the Obama administration has attempted to curry political favor with emerging economies, especially the BRIC nations, by ceding dollar sovereigncy as the preeminent international reserve currency in return for support of global economic stimulus programs.”
3.) Narcissism & Elitism
Commodus considered himself a deity and the sole source of Roman power modeling himself after Hercules:
“In opposition to the Senate, in his pronouncements and iconography, Commodus had always laid stress on his unique status as a source of god-like power, liberality and physical prowess. Innumerable statues around the empire were set up portraying him in the guise of Hercules, reinforcing the image of him as a demigod, a physical giant, a protector and a battler against beasts and men. Moreover, as Hercules, he could claim to be the son of Jupiter, the representative of the supreme god of the Roman pantheon. These tendencies now increased to megalomaniac proportions. Far from celebrating his descent from Marcus Aurelius, the actual source of his power, he stressed his own personal uniqueness as the bringer of a new order, seeking to re-cast the empire in his own image.”
There have been nearly numerous charges of elitism, even narcissism on the part of Barrack Obama – from the long, taxpayer provided vacations in a poor economy, the seemly endless list of Golf outings to the “too bad, I won the election” persona.
Conservative thinker and best-selling author George Marlin calls Barack Obama is the nation’s “narcissist in chief” due to his deeply ingrained elitist attitude. And Marlin says that ideological view has condemned Obama to failure.
“Mr. Obama is a man who really never had a job until he became president. He had adoring crowds in Hyde Park who would sit there and hang on every word. He basically lectured people and assumed that when he finished talking you were convinced that he was right.”
4.) Tipping the Balance of Power (In His Favor)
Throughout his life, Commodus repressed any and all attempts at senatorial power within the empire. Unlike his father, Marcus Aurelius, he seems to have had little interest in the day to day affairs of the Empire and tended throughout his reign to leave the practical running of the state to his confidantes:
“He sent out to rule the provinces men who were either his companions in crime or were recommended to him by criminals. He became so detested by the senate that he in his turn was moved with cruel passion for the destruction of that great order, and from having been despised he became bloodthirsty.”
Since his election, Obama has appointed roughly three dozen “Czars”. These are unelected officials who have a huge influence on national policy yet are largely uncountable This situation has tipped the balance of power to the Executive branch over the Legislative branch – a scenario that the original framers of the Constitution never intended.