Ask­ing some ques­tions about the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - By Yale Jones Wash­ing­ton Post Yale Jones is a res­i­dent of Taos.

Would you want your daugh­ter or sis­ter to marry a man with any or all of the fol­low­ing qual­i­ties? Would you hire him to be your em­ployee? Would you want him as a friend?

Nar­cis­sis­tic Per­son­al­ity Dis­or­der: Nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der is a men­tal con­di­tion in which peo­ple have an in­flated sense of their own im­por­tance, a deep need for ex­ces­sive at­ten­tion and ad­mi­ra­tion, trou­bled re­la­tion­ships, and a lack of em­pa­thy for oth­ers. But be­hind this mask of ex­treme con­fi­dence lies a frag­ile self-es­teem that’s vul­ner­a­ble to the slight­est crit­i­cism.

Peo­ple with nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der may be gen­er­ally un­happy and dis­ap­pointed when they’re not given the special fa­vors or ad­mi­ra­tion they be­lieve they de­serve. They may find their re­la­tion­ships un­ful­fill­ing, and oth­ers may not en­joy be­ing around them. Signs and symp­toms of nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der and the sever­ity of symp­toms vary. Peo­ple with the dis­or­der can:

• Have an ex­ag­ger­ated sense of self-im­por­tance.

• Have a sense of en­ti­tle­ment and re­quire con­stant, ex­ces­sive ad­mi­ra­tion.

• Ex­pect to be rec­og­nized as su­pe­rior even with­out achieve­ments that war­rant it.

• Ex­ag­ger­ate achieve­ments and tal­ents.

• Be pre­oc­cu­pied with fan­tasies about suc­cess, power, bril­liance, beauty or the per­fect mate.

• Be­lieve they are su­pe­rior and can only as­so­ciate with equally special peo­ple.

• Mo­nop­o­lize con­ver­sa­tions and be­lit­tle or look down on peo­ple they per­ceive as in­fe­rior.

• Ex­pect special fa­vors and un­ques­tion­ing com­pli­ance with their ex­pec­ta­tions.

• Take ad­van­tage of oth­ers to get what they want.

• Have an in­abil­ity or un­will­ing­ness to rec­og­nize the needs and feel­ings of oth­ers.

• Be en­vi­ous of oth­ers and be­lieve oth­ers envy them.

• Be­have in an ar­ro­gant or haughty man­ner, com­ing across as con­ceited, boast­ful and pre­ten­tious.

• In­sist on hav­ing the best of ev­ery­thing, for in­stance, the best car or of­fice.

Patho­log­i­cal Liar: A patho­log­i­cal liar is some­body who lies with­out ef­fort, some­one for whom telling a lie comes more nat­u­rally than telling the truth. It can be­come a part of the liar’s ev­ery­day life to the point where that whole ex­is­tence is a fab­ri­ca­tion.

Some patho­log­i­cal liars are “func­tion­ally delu­sional,” mean­ing they be­lieve their own lies and can even pass a lie de­tec­tor test. If they are caught in the lie, they can re-write their mem­o­ries to be­lieve a new lie on the spot.

A per­fect ex­am­ple is the pres­i­dent, who, ac­cord­ing to the has lied or stretched the truth over 5,000 times since tak­ing of­fice. Query whether he is func­tion­ally delu­sional.

Amoral: Lack­ing a moral sense, un­con­cerned with the right­ness or wrong­ness of some­thing.

Racist: Be­lieves in the su­pe­ri­or­ity of one race over an­other, which of­ten re­sults in dis­crim­i­na­tion and prej­u­dice to­wards peo­ple based on their race or eth­nic­ity.

Bully: a per­son who uses strength or power to harm or in­tim­i­date those who are weaker.

Vul­gar: Lack­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion or good taste, un­re­fined, rude, in­de­cent, of­fen­sive, dis­taste­ful, coarse, crude.

Why do peo­ple, most of whom ac­knowl­edge the pres­i­dent’s ev­i­dent nar­cis­sism, dis­hon­esty, vul­gar­ity and racism, con­tinue to vote for and sup­port him?

Why does the pres­i­dent do ev­ery­thing he can to up­set the in­ter­na­tional or­der, the worst ex­am­ple be­ing his with­drawal from the Paris Agree­ment to com­bat cli­mate change, this at a time our planet may have al­ready passed the tip­ping point? Why does he in­sult our tra­di­tional al­lies and toady to dic­ta­tors such as Mr. Putin?

The pres­i­dent is un­bal­anced and men­tally and emo­tion­ally un­healthy. He doesn’t want to be the big­gest dog in the yard. He wants to be the only dog there, ex­cept­ing per­haps Mr. Putin, whom he dearly wants to be his pal.

He is ill-in­formed and dan­ger­ous to the USA and to the in­ter­na­tional or­der. He is as un­qual­i­fied as any­one who has ever held the of­fice. Be­cause the self-in­ter­ested, Repub­li­can-con­trolled Congress has to date been servile, and of­ten syco­phan­tic, to him and un­will­ing to reign him in, the best hope Amer­ica has for dam­age con­trol at this time is to vote Demo­cratic in the up­com­ing Con­gres­sional and gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tions.

Make no mis­take about it: this elec­tion is a ref­er­en­dum on the pres­i­dent and oth­ers who share his think­ing. Ev­ery vote counts! Please vote.

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