(Be sure to read this to the end.)
I was born in one country, raised in another. My father was born in another country.
I was not his only child. He fathered several children with numerous women.
I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me. My mother died at an early age from cancer. I became close with my grandmother.
Later in life, questions arose over my real name. My birth records were sketchy and no one was able to produce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.
I grew up practicing one faith but converted to Christianity, as it was widely accepted in my country, but I practiced non-traditional beliefs & didn't follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.
I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them. That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and I embarked on a new career.
I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who read my memoirs that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.
I became active in local politics in my 30's then with help behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office in my 40s. They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything. That reinforced my conceit.
I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization. Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me as though I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks.
I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances. This bolstered my ego. At first, my political campaign focused on my country's foreign policy. I was very critical of my country in the last war and seized every opportunity to bash my country.
But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country's economy. I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better and every poor person I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess. It was the free market, banks & corporations. I decided to start making citizens hate them and if they were envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.
I called mine "A People's Campaign" and that sounded good to all people.
I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics & was able to gain widespread popular support. I knew that, if I merely offered the people 'hope', together we could change our country and the world. So, I started to make my speeches sound like they were on behalf of the downtrodden, poor, ignorant to include "persecuted minorities" like the Jews. My true views were not widely known & I needed to keep them unknown, until after I became my nation's leader.
I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easily found out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with. I'm glad they didn't. Then, I became the most powerful man in the world. And the world learned the truth.
Who am I?
I am . . .
WHO WERE YOU THINKING OF? -- Scary isn't it?*
Actually, I was thinking about Barack Obama. History repeats itself, because people never learn from it. The best example I can use is Alolf Hitler and the Nazis. They Invaded the Soviet Union in 1940, and winter came early. Napoleon Bonaparte and his French Army did the same thing around 1800. Both actions had the same result. Czar Alexander in 1800 and Josef Stalin in 1940 burned everything in front of both armies. Supplies were very hard to get in, and both armies were starved into submission. History also repeats itself when it gets lost in the curriculum of our schools. In many High Schools and Universities, History is becoming an afterthought. I had a conversation with a gentleman who just finished his Associates Degree at a Junior College. I asked him a qustion about the leaders in the American Civil War. He could not tell me which general led the Confederate Army. He told me it was Sherman. I could not believe my ears. That was the easiest question that I could have asked him. Robert E. Lee was the leader of Confederate forces during the Civil War, and he one of the greatest generals of all time. I gave him another chance. My next question was about America during the REvolution. I asked him how many colonies there were and to name at least five (5). His first response was 50. I gave him a hint and he correctly guessed 13. He gave me 5 colonies....Virginia, California, Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. Huh? California, Florida? Florida did not become a state until the early 1800s..it was colony of the Spanish until Andrew Jackson's Administration, and California was owned by the Spanish and then Mexico until the end of Mexican-Ameirican War in 1845. It became a Republic in 1848, and then a State in 1850. Do you wonder why History is getting lost in our society? I don't. We better get it back before its too late.