Excuse me, but are Conservatives going to get hood-winked one more time? It would appear so from my point of view. For the first time in a very long time–I’d say since Reagan, we have an opportunity to chose a true Conservative for President. For the first time we can have someone that we really want to vote for, who really understands what Conservatism is. Who loved the Constitution and wants to restore it to its rightful place as the law of the land. Yet if you look at the polls, if you look at what’s happening out in grass roots country, we’re once again going to blow it.
After seven years of a narcissistic president, the last thing we need is another four. Trump has all the outward egocentric manifestations to which we’ve become accustomed. I’ve said this before and will say it till I’m blue in the face. The problem with politicians imbued with such characteristics, is that everything they do is about them, not those whom they are elected to serve, or the Constitution to which they take an oath of fealty.
We all know that the guy at the top right now is a narcissist. Look at his speeches. Even the way he introduces people, it’s all about him. “I’d like to introduce MY secretary of state.” He refers to ‘MY intelligence community.’ In one speech, I can’t remember what it was about but he called the military ‘MY military.’ For God’s sake, he talks like he’s Napoleon. He has this sense that he’s the only actor on stage, and everybody else is just stage props.
Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the “Malignant Self Love,” and an expert on narcissism says this. “Obama’s language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest, dearest and nearest suggest that the president is either a narcissist or my have narcissistic personality disorder. NPD Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves. After listing several 20th century examples, he explains how they all “create a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers.”
“For a narcissist, no subject is as important as his own self. Who would waste his genius writing about insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself. Obama had written an autobiography before he’d accomplished anything. Narcissists are often ruthless. As the norm, they lack conscience.”
And now we have the bombastic, egocentric real estate mogul from NY mirroring the self-absorption seemingly endemic with our 44th president. And he’s already setting some records with his self-congratulations.
“I’m really rich.” “I’m proud of my net worth.” “Ive done an amazing job.” “I’m really proud of my success, I really am.” “I’m not doing that to brag because you know what? I don’t have to brag.” But he just can’t seem to help himself. And so Trump self-adulated himself 257 times in his 45 minute presidential bid announcement. That even exceeded Obama’s 208 self-laudatory references in his 22 minute, 2007 presidential bid. That’s pretty impressive when you can out-“narcissus.” the Narcissist In Chief!
The problem is, as wide from his egocentrism, the most glaring verity related to Trump’s presidential bid is that he doesn’t belong on the Republican ticket. In fact, it seems he’s clearly not a conservative and couldn’t tell you what that was if his life depended on it. He got more in common with Bernie Sanders that any of us. I know, you’re all ready to burn me at the stake but lets call a spade a spade.
Trump has, over the years been a proponent for single-payer government funded healthcare, a socialistic step to the left of Obamacare. He’s been a supporter of abortion, has advocated an assault weapons ban, and has even floated the idea of forcing the rich to forfeit 14% of their total wealth to reduce the federal debt. Does that sound conservative?
He’s donated heavily to the Clinton’s campaign and their foundation. When he married for the third time Bill and Hillary were on his guest list. And his financial support for Dem. candidates has far eclipsed what he’s donated on GOP candidates. I know, he’s a business guy and has to give to both sides. Really? Perhaps if he’d given heavily to our side we’d have won. According to public campaign disclosures, 21 of Trump’s 30 political donations have gone to liberal political action committees. Only seven went to Republicans and two went to Charlie Crist; you know the guy that can’t make up his mind about which party he’s in.
In 2008, he sounded just like every other progressive in the nation, bemoaning George W. when he alleged, “He was so incompetent so bad, so evil.” He went on to call Bush “maybe the worst president in the history of this country.” In light of his possible xenophobic comments regarding illegals, it’s ironic what Trump said after the 2012 election. He claimed Republicans would “continue to lose elections if they came across as mean and unwelcoming to people of color.” Sounds like Jeb.
Trumps’ primary function at the moment seems to be one of a lightening rod. Ninety percent of the media coverage is about him. While the other true Conservatives must battle for every moment of air time they can get. And how many of you say “Yeah I like what he’s saying but I doubt I’d vote for him.” Well, you need to think it through. Especially considering that there are several others running who really aren’t in it for themselves, and who really could make us proud again.
So why’s Trump polling so well in these early sweepstakes? It pains me to say, really. But the only logical explanation is that regrettably even a fairly significant minority of conservatives can still be deceived by the grandiloquence and fierce independence of a self-congratulatory narcissist, in spite of the obvious contradictions. A couple of pet issues that resonate on a populist level, and a strident, even blunt, speaking style and we’re ready to follow the Pied Piper off the cliff.
Hopefully there is a twelve step program available that will cure us of the need to cling onto another self deluded, better than the best in his own eyes, candidate. You know we have to live with the man we chose for four years. And as we’ve all learned four years is a long time. It’s like waking up after the wedding night and realizing the jerk lying next to you is going to be yours for a very long time and you spent too much money on the wedding to divorce him.
Even more worrying, what a travesty it would be if someone like Trump became our standard bearer in a year when so many truly qualified conservatives are on the ticket, or worse that he goes third-party and siphoned off enough votes to give the election to the control freak in the gaudy pants suit. Or even more frightening to Bernie Sanders.
Now that’s a thought that keeps me awake at night and it should do the same for you. Two years down the road when Trump decides he really is for single payer, and illegals make good workers, and having to listen to him spout off about how great he is will we be telling each other we could have had Cruz, or Carley, or Jindal, and instead we choose the Pied Piper?