Dan Liljenquist: Narcissistic politicians need help but not votes

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  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 2, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    I think it would be very tough to identify a politician who is NOT a narcissist, our columnist being a supremely illustrative case.

  • educated_conservative Springville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    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.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    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.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    In other words, you, like Mike Lee don't deserve our votes?


  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 12:28 a.m.

    So what you're saying is that we shouldn't vote for you?