Have you ever considered how much a name influences our thinking and acting process? JFK and FDR immediately jump to mind because of the actions and stands they took or we believed they acted upon. There are others of course, Cesar, Ali. MLK, Hitler, Rocky well you get the idea, there can be a lot of power in a name. Consequently, when I say Barry’s gone it might not seem as significant as the other names I have mentioned. Even Cassius Clay doesn’t mean as much to the world as Muhammed Ali did. Ali represented something, someone to respect because of his sports successes and to fear because of the mystery to the average person behind a Muslim name, or the Islamic religion. There was the clear threat of violence with the Muslim name Cassius had chosen to adopt coupled with the rebellion against our country’s laws regarding military service in this country.
You might ask the question; what does this little commentary on names have to do with the title of this article, Barry’s gone? First I would like to make the point that the individual I’m referencing was known most often to his friends and political acquaintances as Barry, a seemingly innocuous and somewhat common name. Actually, Barry was just that, innocuous until political handlers who saw his potential got a hold of him and gave back his original name. A handsome young man, articulate and of mixed race in a time of emerging political correctness Barry became Barrack Hussein Obama. Due to world events his political advisors quickly had him drop Hussein from his stage name and went with Barrack Obama. The name inferred mystery, fear of his Muslim ties and potential power. Of course, to his closest friends and confidents he remains just plain Barry.
The first hundred days of Trump not withstanding Barry is gone and if you call him Barry and allow his goals and objective of a community organizer to come through you can see he wasn’t as scary as his stage name would imply but the damage he inflicted on our country was and is frightening.