Published: Thursday, Aug. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
So what you're saying is that we shouldn't vote for you?
In other words, you, like Mike Lee don't deserve our votes? Fantastic.
Are there narcissists on the left? Sure. But if you're going to list all
the narcissist politicians, I have no doubt that 98% of them are on the right.
Look no further than Utah's senators. Or the former legislator from
Bountiful, who wants to end a national healthcare plan while he gets his
lifetime of health insurance courtesy of Utah taxpayers.
To "Ernest T. Bass" I hate to break this to you, but the left has most
of the meglomaniacs. Just look at Clinton, Weiner, and the most politically
active Hollywood actors. If that isn't enough, just look at the people who
voted for Obama. They have no shame in declaring that they are entitled to have
Obama pay for the homes, phones, healthcare, or anything else.
Debating which party has more narcissists is a waste of time. It has been
empirically shown that professions like law, medicine, entertainments, AND
politics attract a disproportionately large number of people with NPD.Also, Liljenquist asserts that in a republic "our leaders make a vast
majority of public decisions in private settings." This is undeniably true.
Perhaps a healthy debate should be had about whether this is good or moral. But
for now, I would point out that in a democracy, the elected officials are
ultimately accountable to the citizenry. As the Utah State Constitution states:
"All political power is inherent in the people; and all free governments are
founded on their authority for their equal protection and benefit, and they have
the right to alter or reform their government as the public welfare may
require." (We would be hard pressed to find a better description of
democracy."So, in a representative democracy, or democratic
republic, like we have in Utah and the USA the representatives that we elect are
ultimately accountable to US.
I think it would be very tough to identify a politician who is NOT a narcissist,
our columnist being a supremely illustrative case.
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