Sunday, April 15, 2012
[Cartoons by Michael Ramirez]
In psychological displacement, the focus of psychic attention is shifted from an important element on to another, which is relatively unimportant. Displacement operates in the mind unconsciously and involves emotions, ideas, or wishes being transferred from their original object to a more acceptable substitute. It is most often used to allay anxiety; and can lead to the re-direction of aggressive or hostile impulses to less threatening objects or subjects.
Distraction, OTOH, is the divided attention of an individual or group from what currently holds their attention onto a subject of distraction. Distraction is caused by: the lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention. Distractions can come from both external sources, and internal sources.
What the Obama Administration is doing, deliberately and calculatedly, is to distract and divide American's attention onto issues that Obama and his cronies believe will benefit them in the coming election. By doing this, they hope to redirect and displace Americans' anger, frustration, and sense of hopelessness about the economy, jobs, and the precarious state of the world, AWAY from Obama and focus all our psychic energy onto the manufactured class, race and gender crises over which Obama believes he has the upper hand.
The abysmal record of the Obama Adminsitration on dealing with the economy and on dealing with our allies and enemies abroad hardly matches up with the promises of "hope and change" that the Obamessiah promised.
Even the most devoted of his acolytes have likely begun to suspect that this messiah is a false god; and that his promises are nothing but obvious diversionary tactitcs and attmepts to mislead.
But mis-leadership is really all that can be expected from the pretentious and bullying demagogue who is currently our President.