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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, July 17, 2016

When Will It Be Said And Repeated And Repeated?

Yesterday, the Overgrown Racist Oompa-Loompa introduced his running mate, Indiana hatemonger and Talibangelical, Mike Pence.

As Ezra Klein succinctly put it, that speech clearly demonstrates why Trump should never be President.

The reason is that Donald Trump clearly suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  That this remote diagnosis could be even questioned at this point is ridiculous.  Trump is like a walking exemplar of every aspect of the disorder.

Let's run through the DSM V's definition.

  • Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance 
Yup.  "Everyone loves me.  I'm very popular."

  • Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
Yup.  How many bankruptcies is it?

  • Exaggerating your achievements and talents
Yup. Have a Trump steak while you consider that one.

  • Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
Yup. From trophy wives to the constant refrain of self-adoration.

  • Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
Yup.  He thinks he's smarter than Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

  • Requiring constant admiration
Yup.  And if you don't admire him?  You're fired.

  • Having a sense of entitlement

  • Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
Yup.  His steamrolling of the RNC and the convention platform is a great example of this.

  • Taking advantage of others to get what you want
Yup.  Ask Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich about this.

  • Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
Yup.  I mean, pretty much every word out of his mouth.

  • Being envious of others and believing others envy you
Yup. Certainly the last one, but the first one he keeps hidden.

  • Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner
Yup.  I mean...Yeah.

The Republican Party has nominated someone with a full blown, ten mile high personality disorder - what we might call a mental illness.  I don't want to stigmatize mental illness, I've seen what personality disorders can do and it can be tragic.

But I also don't want to elect someone President who suffers from one.

Never has a tag-line seemed so appropriate.

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