We all know that talking about politics and religion is the fastest track to sparking debate and at times conflict. However, for months I have struggled with the concept and have decided that in the end what is happening in our country is not a political issue but rather a moral issue.
We are the greatest country in the world. The land of the free and the home of the brave. We pledge allegiance to a flag that stands for “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” Unless, of course the “all” refers to women who are Bimbos, Mexicans, Blacks, Hispanics, Gays, people with disabilities, and the list goes on.
It is the year 2016 and we actually have a person running for President, Our President, somebody who will be Our face, Our voice, Our leader in the world who cares about only one thing—himself. And more frightening to me is that my fellow citizens and human beings are standing behind him, saying, “Yes, we support your bigotry, hatred and ignorance.” How did we get here?
A review of history clearly demonstrates that leaders rise to power when they are effective at doing two things. Exploiting people’s fears and increasing anxiety about all that is not going well for them and then assigning blame for their problems. Hitler was the master of this technique. He convinced human beings to systematically exterminate other human beings for a greater purpose. And he succeeded because he planted seeds of fear that it was the Jews who were to blame for their economic struggles. It was an intelligent and well-crafted message that was very successful.
“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small but their power of forgetting is enormous. Consequences of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” Adolf Hitler.
How can we be drawn to, supportive, clap and cheer for a “leader” who is bigoted, cruel and ignorant? Is it simply that as a country we have become so sick and tired of the stale politics and corruption that exists in government and we want change? Maybe. Is it that we like the “shock value” of somebody who “tells it like it is” because we believe different will set the stage for change? Perhaps. Or maybe it is that a pathological narcissist knows how to manipulate us for their own gains.
A narcissist is somebody with a pathological sense of self-importance who tends to have a significant preoccupation with unlimited success, power and brilliance. They require excessive admiration and they view themselves as incredibly special. What is often viewed as confidence is actually a sense of entitlement and a belief that he does not have to follow the rules that others follow—they simply do not apply to him.
When it comes to others, a narcissist tends to use others to achieve his own needs and goals. They tend to lack empathy for others as the needs and concerns of others is essentially irrelevant. They are seldom able to receive any criticism or hear opinions or ideas that are contrary to his own. In the end, the ideas of others are irrelevant as he believes he knows the right way.
The danger of of pathologically narcissistic leader is their ability to identify those who are angry, biased and scared and then they strategically point them in the direction of who is to blame. The propaganda draws attention away from issues and strategies to unite and solve problems and puts the light on Fear. Fear is the seed of hate and aggression. Mr. Trump has been successful at sparking that Fear and has successfully risen to power with millions following and chanting and spreading his messages of hate. However, American can NEVER be great when hate is at the core.
In the words of my dear friend and Holocaust Survivor, Rena Finder, “It takes Moral Courage to stand up to hate and indifference to be an Upstander for all.”
I choose Moral Courage. I choose to say, ‘Mr. Trump you may represent and be followed by people who are biased, hate filled, prejudice and bigoted –but I hold tight to my faith in humanity that in the end this country we will not support Hitler propaganda.”