Psychologists are explaining the phenomenon as an explosion of self-absorption and a growing gap of distrust between national leaders and the general population, but the underpinnings of latter should be more concerning to the civic-minded than the obviousness of America’s narcissism.
Washington, D.C.-based psychoanalyst Michael Maccoby, for example, believes that the world is changing so fast these days that it is making it almost impossible for individual leaders to explain societal problems to people.
“It’s understandable that you have a lot of people thinking they’ve got the answer,” reasoned Maccoby.
Even though some of the filers don’t even use their real names, one applying for the ballot using the alias “Dat Phat A$$”, others such as U.S. Navy veteran Michael Peyto are at least half serious in that they are passionate about some of the issues.
Unfortunately, too many of the 1,500 candidates, including one or two being taken seriously by the mainstream media, are just like Peyto in that they are borderline delusional and would rather listen to themselves talk than study the issues and propose common-sense solutions.
Peyto, for example, is a conspiracy theorist of the lowest order, dishing out nonsense about the IRS, 9/11, and government plans for detainment camps.
Peyto even compares himself to the biblical King David, saying that “words flow from my lips like honey from a hive.”
Indeed, that description fits at least half the candidates in the Republican and Democratic presidential field this election cycle. Running for president has become a shameful exercise in self-aggrandizement at the expense of the country he or she complains is failing those humble Americans who want nothing more than to raise their kids and go to work everyday from 9-5.
At least we know more people are paying attention to the process than they have been in recent memory: in 2012, only 417 individuals filed a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC.
Self-absorbed or civic-minded, nothing can cure the worsening problem of a job that’s become too complicated for one person to handle responsibly.
Outside of systematic change, it’s better we try to see-through the loud rhetoric and physical allure of some of the candidates, and vote for one who understands these inhumane complexities and puts forward a realistic plan to navigate our biggest challenges.
[Reuters] [Photo courtesy Jay Jaxon via azizam1314.blogspot.com]