When President Donald Trump took office, we sold our souls to the devil. Too bad he’s collecting in installment plans and the juice is running.
Think of this presidency like loan sharking: in brutal cases, uncooperative borrowers are beaten by thugs, forced into robbery to pay the shark who provokes more fear than the law. We’re indebted to him and sometimes debt-ridden families go without necessities to meet the lenders’ harsh and ceaseless demands. Run-of-the-mill collection methods are bad enough but this is the presidency.
Within 14 days of taking office, President Trump outshone God at the National Prayer Breakfast and publicly denounced former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger for his ratings on Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice.”
One hundred and eighty GOP leaders denounced him.
He stirred up Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull by claiming a deal between the two nations on refugee resettlement was “dumb.”
The “dumb” agreement?
During Obama’s administration, the United States agreed to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers held in Nauru and Papua New Guinea processing camps. Tit-for-tat, Australia resettled El Salvadorian, Guatemalan and Honduran refugees.
The No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives Steny Hoyer urged Trump to apologize; while chairman of the Armed Services Committee and Republican Senator John McCain begged him.
President Trump dismisses all backlash.
“When you rattle someone, that’s good. If they’re rattled in a friendly way, that’s a good thing…not a bad thing.”
“Don’t worry about it …”
And, “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote?”
Two term President Barack Obama warns: “They’re rattled by him and for good reason. Because a lot of the proposals that he’s made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of … thinking through what is required to keep America safe. They are surprised by (Trump), not sure how to take some of his pronouncements.”
We, as borrowers of democracy, may be kept in virtual bondage long after this debt has been created.
Here comes the big question: how do you stand up to a bully to whom you gave power?
Even worse, how do you effectively stand up to a bully when it’s been implied that this particular bully is powerful and deranged?
Dr. Phillip Calvin McGraw, or Dr. Phil as you might know him, implied on “The View,” that President Trump has Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM5), this disorder is defined as having a preoccupation of success, power, or brilliance, a belief that he is special or unique, can only be understood by special people, is interpersonally explosive and lacks empathy.
Narcissism is bad enough but this gets worse.
Previous research distinguishes between “vulnerable” and “grandiose” narcissistic types. The first is where there is an outward shell of self-centeredness but inside the person feels weak. The later is where someone believes they are truly great and may have the gusto to do it.
The most ominous form of narcissism is called the “Dark Triad.” Its narcissism coupled with Machiavellianism and psychopathy.
People high in both narcissism and Machiavellianism, enrage us. They make it impossible to achieve goals. They’re “one-uppers.” They’ll steamroll anyone.
Which leads you to a series of impossible choices: stand up to the narcissistic shark, for what you know is decent behavior, go down as a coward, or make serious money while blood is running in the streets?
You—of course—will not be the same.
If you decide to stand up for decent behavior, you must identify which type of narcissist you’re dealing with—as a hint, the grandiose narcissist might be your best ally—provided you can get that person on board with your group’s goals. If not, you’re dead meat.
Then you’ve got to get mad or at least feel the annoyance. Once you feel it, you can do something about it.
You can’t confront sneaky and undercutting behavior head on. You can’t fan the ego, but you can’t squash it, either.
Then evaluate the context. Contextually, this is a big deal. This is far bigger than not getting a job you want where you might feel a little spiteful or vindictive. This is a world power. This is a world problem. The situation made this monster gigantic. He’s in power. We may need help to get out of it. We can impeach him or remove him under the 25th Amendment. His policies are deplorable.
The only thing worse is character.
So, what are you going to do about it?