I used to think President Obama’s narcissism played a central role in the severe divisiveness that’s tearing this country apart and that getting someone new in office would offer relief, even if not from my preferred political party.
I’ve changed my mind after reading Daniel Greenfield’s brilliant Youmerica post from his excellent Sultan Knish blog. Don’t get me wrong, Obama’s pettiness in dealing with those that disagree with him, his shallow strawman arguments and inability to admit mistakes has caused enormous damage we will be lucky to undue.
The problem doesn’t stem from President Obama though, it comes from our own narcissist culture that elected him; twice no less! It now also looks likely we will replace one Narcissist in Chief for another via either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
The nastiness and vitriol will continue under either candidate of course, spiraling in to unknown territories of misery.
Greenfield further explains,
“As individual virtues and social compacts break down, selfish squabbles escalate. Tribalism turns into legal civil war. Laws become the means by which one group imposes its will on the other and by which one man seizes the property of another. The people come to view the system with contempt. All virtues and principles are abandoned as neighbor turns on neighbor in resentment and hatred.
Our society has cultivated narcissism as its highest virtue. Even liberalism has become condensed to an identity politics of narcissism in which each victim gets to talk about their feelings for fifteen minutes before crybullying for someone’s head. Political discourse has become an exchange of feelings. And unlike contradictory ideas, clashing feelings of entitlement cannot be resolved.”
Give the entire article a read; it’s highly enlightening if not a bit depressing in its accuracy. He nails so much of what’s going on in our country and why it feels like something important and central to its core is rapidly unraveling.
America is steeped in victimization and entitlement, which politicians actively feed off of. Pit citizen against citizen, create an “enemy” to blame for all of life’s woes and elect me to save “us” from “them.”
I would say we deserve better but really we don’t. A society that rejects its constitutional founding and keeps its eyes wide shut to truth gets exactly the leaders it deserves.