Every group (and especially an empire) needs its good or evil spokesperson, leader, or figurehead to focus upon: the embodiment of the particular group or nation. The size of the group is irrelevant: there simply must be a leader that exemplifies the characteristics of the group. History is replete with great leaders, however, benevolence and goodness are not necessarily a leader’s qualities. For every good leader, it seems there are a plethora of those who are self-serving, power-hungry despots whose aims are either not for the people or (the other end of the spectrum) against the people.
To be sure, these bad leaders are usually good actors: able to dupe the people into believing that they are the ones who are fit to lead. In this manner, the leader chosen is a reflection of the people and needs only feed upon the wants and desires in the populace and then manipulate those desires to his advantage. We continue with the last segment but this time in micro perspective: a comparison of the Emperor Nero of Ancient Rome with the “would-be Emperor” and dictator of America, President Barack Husein Obama II.
Behind every evil leader are bad people who are aiding the despot’s rise to power. The Emperor Nero (born December 15, in the year 37 A.D.) was aided to take the throne by his mother, Agrippina, who proclaimed him worthy of it and enabling it in the year 54 A.D., when he was only 16 years old. Agrippina had been married to the Emperor Claudius (her third husband), and probably poisoned him.
With Barack Obama, we saw that he was aided and mentored by convicted terrorists of the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Nero (in his youth) was taught by the stoic philosopher and essayist Seneca, well-known in his time for espousing profound words of a stoic lifestyle while not living up to those words in his personal life. Obama’s mentors in his youth were the instructors in the Indonesian madrassa, teaching him his fundamentals in the Muslim religion. Later he became an “acolyte” of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Check out this quote:
“To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” (Barack Obama)