I’d like to specifically address the recent comment made about LeBron James as well as a more general tide of antipathy toward liberals.
To give you an idea of my political leanings I’ll share some background for you. I grew up in New Jersey in a Republican family. Independent thought was not encouraged. My dad had decided what he believed to be right and wanted control over how his children felt about the same issues. I literally thought Democrats were evil until I went to college and learned about people with much different points of view.
Some might now consider me a liberal and I definitely define myself as left of center. I am registered Unaffiliated (because in my state, at the time of me switching from Republican, Independent was not an option) and I find myself agreeing with Libertarians a lot. I am a gun owner, concealed carry license holder and a long-time supporter of LGBT rights.
Let’s unpack this: If you think LeBron James should shut up and dribble and the Dixie Chicks should shut up and sing, where does it end? Should all celebrities shut up and just do their “jobs”? George Clooney? Sean Penn? Bruce Springsteen? Whoopi Goldberg? Willie Robertson? Dennis Rodman? Jessica Simpson? Ted Nugent? I’m guessing not regarding those last four. One of the great things about becoming famous other than getting attention, money and pussy, is the ability to lend one’s name to certain causes!
But let’s suppose you feel the same way for both conservatives and liberals- who qualifies? All A-list celebrities because they are too loud? Tom Selleck? Tom Hanks? Dwayne Johnson? Beyonce? Bruce Willis? Ellen DeGeneres? Noooo I suspect you wouldn’t have the guts to call them out. How about B-list? D-list?
How about schlubs like me who are nobodies? Should I shut up and drive my son to school? Should I shut up and sell a home? If so, why? Am I misunderstanding what free speech is? Based on an informal poll I took on Quora.com, conservatives are staunch supporters of free speech and seem to have the same definition I have. Conversely, their biggest complaint about free speech seems to be that liberals want to limit it. “If it’s hurtful, don’t say it.” “If it differs from my opinion, don’t say it.” “If it’s a word/phrase/concept that once was acceptable and now is taboo, don’t say it.” And so on….
I would hope you are beginning to see my point. If it’s more so liberal, A-list celebrities you have a problem with then I suspect you only have a problem with them because 1) their viewpoint is different than yours and 2) people are more likely to hear about their viewpoint because they are A-list-level famous and god forbid an assortment of points-of-view be offered as an option as alternatives to the GOP POV.
Oh wait….THAT’s your concern! You are in show business getting paid to spout a particular, conservative point-of-view. So of course you are going to feign a problem with pretty much anything other than conservatism and towing the party line because you get paid to do so. No press is bad press, right? AKA if there is no press, that is bad. And if there is press, regardless of its characterization, it’s good. Because it gets you and your channel ratings. Fuuuck! Well just stamp “sucker” on my forehead and call me Bubba.
Why does this all matter to me? Because this isn’t merely a situation where I’m not a huge fan of a particular politician. This is not sour grapes where my guy/gal didn’t win/get nominated or, among the myriad of choices, Trump was on the bottom of my list. This is a situation where there is something fundamentally wrong with our current president.
One of the things I’ve been frustrated with about 45 is how blatant his narcissism is. I’ve been the recipient of a couple narcs’ venom in the past and it is one of the most dehumanizing events someone can experience. Once you have an experience like that, and you figure out what happened (you might blame yourself or merely call the person an asshole) you NEVER want to experience that again. You will do almost anything in your power to avoid it in the future, if you can. Checkout “gaslighting” if you don’t already know what that is.
The problem? Narcissists are so charming… at first. We’re not talking about fictional characters like Gaston or Voldemort or Miss Piggy who are repulsive from the get-go. So 45 happened to get caught saying something nice to Natasha De Alencar. How about his meeting in January 2017 with executives of Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Merck, Eli Lilly, Celgene, and Amgen? He was described as “flexible and inquisitive, a schmoozer who remembers birthdays and often lavishes praise on their companies.” And furthermore, “‘He said one thing for the cameras and the door shuts and then it’s like kumbaya,’ said one person.” Ever heard of the expression “two-faced”?!
How about his meeting with auto-industry execs? “When Trump entered the Roosevelt Room, he greeted GM CEO Mary Barra with a playful tap on the shoulder as he gently prodded her to add jobs in the United States and later pulled out her chair before the meeting started, a review of the video transcripts of the first part of the meeting shows.” Wow, what a gentleman! 🙄 “He greeted Ford CEO Mark Fields with a ‘Happy Birthday. It’s his birthday ladies and gentlemen.’ Trump said it was a ‘great honor’ to see Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.”
Who cares!? Are you people blind? Either you are inexperienced and ignorant, apathetic and heartless, or conscious but waiting see when the next shoe will fall in order to gauge a more authentic reaction than the ones you’re having now.
In my experience, I think this guy is downright dangerous. Ultimately, everything is all for him. He does not care in the least about We the People and if you think or imply he does, you are either a fool or lack any conscience yourself.
The entire United States does not have to be empaths like me. However, the destruction by a malignant narcissist might stay confined to a romance (like the brief one I had), the entertainment industry (i.e. Madonna, Kanye, Picasso, Beatty) or even business (Enron, Salomon Brothers, Long Term Capital Management); gradually increasing in threat. But what of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jim Jones, or Saddam Hussein?
As far as I’m concerned, full on, malignant narcissists don’t need to be in charge of any country. And that is where liberals and conservatives seem to be parting ways. Don’t even get me started on what is considered real, fake, truth or lies anymore. The entire country is being gaslighted and only half of us realize it.