We’re governed by people who lack the virtue of humility and the capacity to feel shame.
What brought it home for a lot of us was the Obama campaign commercial giving him all the credit for killing Osama bin Laden as if he’d rappelled into the Abbottabad compound from a chopper – machine gun blazing and a Bowie knife clenched in his teeth.
That, plus the world’s longest Ickey Shuffle, a 27,000 mile ain’t-I-great trip to and from Afghanistan.
We should have seen it when he took office. “Now the oceans will stop rising,” as if he was planning to upstage King Canute.
Shameless and without humility with a double helping of self-righteous sanctimony is as good a definition of a**hole as any.
But I suspect that our President has gone beyond a**hole all the way to malignant narcissist (MN). At least a dozen of these “Twenty Traits of Malignant Narcissism” fit him to a T: Twenty Traits
By himself, he wouldn’t even be a footnote. But he’s not by himself.
He’s surrounded by enabling a**holes and MNs: his wife, his preacher, his advisors, his mad bomber dinner companions, his czars, his cabinet, the vice-president, most of the senate, a lot of the house, useful idiots in the media, preening Hollywood know nothings, ivory tower cretins in academia, union thugs, big biz cronies and Armani-clad beggars with their hands out. And that’s just at the Federal level.
Trickling down, we find three of our formerly great states – California, Illinois and New York – completely in thrall to a**holes and MNs and states like Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Hawaii, Maryland, and Rhode Island not far behind.
Cities, too, led by the moribund Detroit, the nanny-city of New York, the egregious Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and even little Stockton, poster child for civic kleptomania.
Huge chunks of the country are now under the heavy thumbs of micro-regulating, energy-destroying, wealth-job-family-destroying, Constitution-ignoring, a**holes. Their hallmarks are incompetence, corruption, lies, cronyism, ad hominem nastiness, race and class warfare, and polarization.
It’s not that they’re dumb. They’re bright and educated. They know their “ideas” can’t work, have never worked and will never work. They know what will work but they can’t allow it because the real world doesn’t need people like them. And they just can’t stand it. So they’ll enjoy themselves while they destroy everything worthwhile. That’s what malignant narcissistic a**holes do.
Who votes for these people?
A**holes, of course.