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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Let's hope for a narcissist

When you think about it, the Presidency is really beyond the capabilities of any one man. There is simply no one who is a superb military tactician as well as a compassionate humanitarian, an insightful economist as well as a charming, persuasive personality, a widely knowledgeable historian who has his finger on the pulse of contemporary America, and a stirring orator with the calm and considered judgment to make wise decisions. We want our Presidents to be good-looking, have an IQ of 150+, speak well, be accomplished, and yet somehow remain ego-free.

Impossible? Of course. And if for no other reason, because anyone who thinks he's the man for the job is by definition going to have an ego that's out of control.

Really, the most we can reasonably expect is a compelling spokesperson who's intelligent enough to pick good advisors, who has the good judgment to follow their advice when prudent, and who is by and large honest.

Two of the last three Presidents -- Clinton and Obama -- have been out and out sociopaths. This is not coincidence, as a naturally dissembling personality is far more adept at telling the lies he needs to tell to get elected.

It seems the best we can hope for in a President is that he be a garden variety narcissist, and not a full blown sociopath.

In other words, let's just pray that all we get in 2016 is an egomaniac, and not an egomaniac who's a pathological liar to boot.

Hoping for anything more is simply unrealistic.

8 comments:

Jokah Macpherson said...

"There is simply no one who is a superb military tactician as well as a compassionate humanitarian, an insightful economist as well as a charming, persuasive personality, a widely knowledgeable historian who has his finger on the pulse of contemporary America, and a stirring orator with the calm and considered judgment to make wise decisions. We want our Presidents to be good-looking, have an IQ of 150+, speak well, be accomplished, and yet somehow remain ego-free."

You apparently have never met me before.

John Craig said...

Jokah--
Ha! (You're living up to your name.)

And I definitely look forward to meeting you some day.

PeƱaflor said...

Our extravagant hopes for a President who can combine all of these often incompatible virtues reflect in my view the fact that our political system is broken and our society is dissolving.

As much as I feel a visceral dislike for most of the candidates, and believe that someone like Hillary would be a disaster, I cannot help but feel a bit of sympathy for whoever will occupy the oval office. The country has become ungovernable, and the good will of Huckabee, the eloquence of Rubio, the realism of Rand Paul, and the ambition of Hillary will all get chewed up by the meat-grinder of a rancorous public, ubiquitous ill will, and dissipation and excess that awaits them.

John Craig said...

Penaflor --
All true, and well put. The job is beyond any one man.

That said, we often seem to end up getting the very worst people in the White House.

Anonymous said...

John--I really think that the best candidate would be the Donald, simply because he knows how to run a business and he's a good negotiator. Of course he's an egomaniac but I think he's the best of the worst. What do you think? Brian

John Craig said...

Brian --
I think Trump's ego is so out of control it blinds him to other things, and I also think he's a phony. I've heard from reliable sources that he wasn't successful as a real estate guy, and he's had a lot of businesses go under (Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Air, etc.) These days he mostly just attaches his name to projects other developers take care of. His one successful project on his own was Trump Towers, but that alone doesn't qualify him for the Presidency.

My choice at this point would be Rand Paul.

Anonymous said...

Funny but I was always a Rand Paul supporter except that I doubt that he's electable given his un-presidential appearance and demeanor. But I am predominately a libertarian and I find all other republicans pretty unacceptable--like Rubio wanting to reverse Roe V. Wade, etc. Ben Carson claims that homosexuality is a choice-just shows how he can be a brilliant neurosurgeon and brain dead at the same time. Hillary is looking worse each day but if elected she is probably no worse than Obama or even Bush. Brian

John Craig said...

Brian --
I'm with you there as a Libertarian, and I wish the other Republicans would not have positions like that. And I agree that Paul doesn't have much of a chance, but I don't think it's because of his appearance or demeanor. I think it's because the party hacks are not going to get behind him, as he won't help represent their big money interests, and their hawkish views on the Middle East.