One of the feeblest knocks against Donald Trump, one that is densely repeated through walls of self-unawareness, is that he is narcissistic, egotistical, grandiose.
People fling these accusatory arrows at Donald without considering that an arrow is only as sharp as the specificity of the target’s alleged traits; if the barb you fling at someone can just as easily be smeared over other people, including your own candidate, it loses a lot of its sharpness.
We’ve tied up the US election in knots because a rich, old narcissist from NYC fears his own mortality.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 14, 2016
Yes, Donald Trump is indeed a narcissist. And wholly similar to other politicians in this regard.
The problem is, in the United States, and probably the world over, no one wants to be a politician save for a handful of rare narcissistic, egotistical and grandiose individuals whose lust for power places them in a minutely small sampling of the human population; a select group that seeks to live out such character traits in practice (called elective office).
The very desire, and persistence to see this desire become reality, carries with it the root structure of a character set that is usually distasteful, abhorrent, and nothing like most of us.
In a society where entering public service is voluntary, only the scoundrels and egomaniacs will rule. I’ve frequently toyed with the fantasy notion that our national and civic leaders should be “drafted” – ie, involuntarily recruited based on observed personality traits.
For instance: Word has reached the “federal appointers” that a certain John Doe from Springfield, Missouri, would make an excellent Senator, let’s say. What happens next? Why John Doe receives a letter in his Springfield mailbox informing him that he has been drafted into the Missouri Senate for a span of 6 years. It is an order with which he must legally comply.
Our state and national legislatures would be manned by such involuntary servants and the United States would be much better off for it.