Is Donald Trump Just Another Narcissistic Liberal?

After seven years of a narcissistic president, the last thing the nation needs is another four. Donald Trump has all the same outward egocentric manifestations to which we’ve become accustomed. The problem with politicians imbued with such characteristics is that everything they do is all about them, not those whom they are elected to serve–or the Constitution to which they take an oath of fealty.

Dr. Charles Krauthammer, a psychologist by profession, has said it’s clear that the current inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Av. is a narcissist. “This is a guy, you look at every one of his speeches, even the way he introduces high officials — I’d like to introduce my secretary of state. He refers to ‘my intelligence community.’ And in one speech, I no longer remember it, ‘my military.’ For God’s sake, he talks like the emperor, Napoleon. He does have this sense of this all being a drama about him, and everybody else is just sort of part of the stage.”

Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the “Malignant Self Love,” and an expert on narcissism, concurs. Vaknin says: “Obama’s language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest, dearest and nearest suggest that the president is either a narcissist or he may have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves. After listing several 20th century examples, he explains how they all “created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers.”

He elaborated: “For a narcissist no subject is as important as his own self. Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself? [Explaining why Obama had written an autobiography before he’d accomplished anything.] Narcissists are often callous and even ruthless. As the norm, they lack conscience.”

And now we have the bombastic, egocentric real estate mogul from New York mirroring the self-absorption seemingly endemic with our 44th president. And he’s already setting some records with his self-congratulatory rhetoric.

“I’m really rich.” “I’m proud of my net worth.” “I’ve done an amazing job.” “I’m really proud of my success. I really am.” “I’m not doing that to brag because you know what? I don’t have to brag.” But he just can’t seem to help himself! And so Donald Trump self-adulated himself 257 times in his 45 minute presidential bid announcement speech last month. That even exceeded Obama’s 208 self-laudatory references in his 22 minute, 2007 presidential announcement. That’s pretty impressive when you can out-“narcissize” the Narcissist In Chief!

But aside from his egocentrism, the most glaring verity related to Trump’s presidential bid is that he doesn’t belong on the Republican ticket. He clearly is not a conservative, and probably aligns ideologically much more with Bernie Sanders than he does with any of the other 15 candidates on the Republican ticket.

Over the years, Trump has been a proponent for single-payer government funded healthcare, a socialistic step to the left of Obamacare. He’s been a supporter of abortion, has advocated an assault weapons ban, and has even floated the idea of forcing the rich to forfeit 14% of their total wealth to reduce the federal debt.

He has donated heavily to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns, and to the Clinton Foundation. And when he married his third wife in 2005, Bill and Hillary were on his guest list. And his financial support for Democrat House and Senate candidates has far eclipsed what he’s donated to GOP candidates.

According to public campaign disclosures, 21 of Trump’s 30 political donations have gone to liberal Democrats and political action committees. Only seven went to Republicans, and two went to Charlie Crist–who, like Trump, doesn’t seem to know which party he belongs to.

And in 2008, he sounded just like every other progressive in the nation, bemoaning George W. Bush’s presidency, when Trump alleged: “He was so incompetent, so bad, so evil.” Trump went on to call Bush “maybe the worst president in the history of this country.”

In light of his possible xenophobic comments regarding illegal aliens, it’s ironic what Trump said after the 2012 election. He claimed Republicans would “continue to lose elections if they came across as mean-spirited and unwelcoming to people of color.”

Trump’s primary function in the Republican presidential primary process seems to be to function as a media lightning rod. Ninety percent of the media coverage on the GOP candidates is on the Donald, which means he’s literally sucking the air out of the race of the fifteen other legitimate candidates.

So why is Trump polling so well in these early stages of the presidential sweepstakes? It pains me to say, really. But the only logical explanation is that regrettably, even a fairly significant minority of conservatives can be deceived by the grandiloquence and fierce independence of a self-congratulatory narcissist, in spite of obvious ideological contradictions. A couple of pet issues that resonate with conservatives on a populist level, and a strident, even blunt, speaking style, and too many citizens can temporarily allow emotion to supersede logic.

At least let’s hope it’s a temporary condition. What a travesty it would be if someone like Trump became the party standard bearer in a year when so many truly qualified conservatives are on the ticket, or worse yet, if he became a third-party candidate who siphoned off enough votes to give the election to the control freak on the Democrat ticket.

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BREAKING: Hillary’s Hopes For The Presidency May Now Lie With Obama’s New Attorney General

The scandal surrounding emailgate — then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account managed on a personal server — has just been escalated to a higher level that could prove extremely damaging to Mrs. Clinton’s hopes for the White House.

The New York Times reports that the Justice Department has been asked to open “a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.”

And it’s not a Republican politician or a conservative watchdog group that’s requesting the criminal probe of Mrs. Clinton’s email practices. It’s two inspectors general working for the federal government who have reportedly asked for the inquiry into whether Hillary included classified information — sensitive government secrets — in the emails she sent. Mrs. Clinton has denied that she ever included any classified material in her many thousands of official emails when she was the country’s top diplomat.

However, as The Times article points out, when Mrs. Clinton turned over to the State Department the digital communications she had held and controlled on her private server, the review of those emails raised serious and troubling questions.

In the course of the email review, State Department officials determined that some information in the messages should be retroactively classified. In the 3,000 pages that were released, for example, portions of two dozen emails were redacted because they were upgraded to “classified status.” But none of those were marked as classified at the time Mrs. Clinton handled them.

So now, President Obama’s new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, will have a huge say in whether a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s controversial email practices will be undertaken. Such a criminal probe would almost certainly further damage Mrs. Clinton’s already shaky image for being an honest and trustworthy person.

Just a couple of days ago, Western Journalism reported on a new poll from Quinnipiac that showed Mrs. Clinton losing serious ground to potential Republican challengers in three key swing states. The survey confirmed what other polls have found in recent weeks — the frontrunner for the 2016 Democrat nomination for president is not seen as particularly honest and trustworthy.

Mrs. Clinton recently drew a fair share of snickers and snide comments when she boasted to a CNN interviewer, “People should and do trust me.” Should Obama’s attorney general decide that a criminal probe is warranted into Hillary’s emails and their possibly classified content, even the presidential candidate herself would be hard-pressed to make that statement again with a straight face.

Should a criminal investigation be launched over Hillary Clinton’s controversial email practices? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Kenya Just Greeted Obama With 2 Words That’ll Have His Critics Freaking Out

Ahead of President Obama’s first trip to Kenya since taking office, there are signs that have been hung to greet him as if he were coming “home.” Obama is traveling to the African nation Friday.

One sign outside of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, which you can see below, simply reads, “Welcome Home President Obama,” with a photo of the president along with the Kenyan and American flags.

“The American President Barack Obama is lucky to have two homes. His first home is the United States and the second one is Kenya,” Dr. Chris Kirubi told allafrica.com last week. Kirubi is one of several businessmen who will be attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi beginning Saturday, where Obama will also be in attendance.

Barack Obama’s father is 100 percent Kenyan. For heaven sake, a child is known to be from where the father originated because the father is the anchor of the family. He can belong to the world, but his gene came from Kenya.

Obama last visited Kenya in 2006, while still a U.S. senator.

After the GES, the president will be heading to Ethiopia, where he will meet with the nation’s leaders and also visit the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Al-Jazeera reported. Obama is likely to discuss security, trade, democracy, poverty and human rights issues.

Elections in Ethiopia sounded alarm bells worldwide when the country’s authoritarian government, headed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, won all 547 seats in parliament last month, USA Today reported. The news outlet added the nation arrested so many political dissidents that 34 journalists fled the nation in the past year, more than any other country, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

h/t: Townhall

What do you expect will happen during Obama’s Africa trip? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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WATCH: If Not For This Report, ‘Nuke Deal’ Kerry Might Have Gotten Away With Lying To Congress

In light of the clearly fact-challenged testimony Secretary of State John Kerry gave to a Senate committee on Thursday, one can reasonably ask three questions about why almost all the news media ignored the easily exposed falsehoods:
1. Have we become so accustomed to lying, deception, and duplicity from the Obama administration that a few more fibs aren’t all that newsworthy?
2. Does the vast majority of so-called “reporters” not have enough perspective or awareness of historical context to recognize lies when they’re told?
3. Are most media outlets so sympathetic to the Obama administration and its aggressive push for the Iran nuke deal that they’re willing to look the other way and not point out when a top Obama official fails to tell the truth to the United States Congress?

As the website NewsBusters points out, Fox News’ Special Report was the only major news show to focus on Kerry’s misleading testimony Thursday to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The nation’s chief diplomat appeared for several sometimes contentious hours before the panel as he tried to defend the Iran nuclear pact that’s come under bipartisan fire.

While English-networks ABC and NBC combined with Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision on Thursday night to skip testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry in a Senate hearing on the Iran deal, CBS covered it in a news brief, but only summarized it and ignored false statements by Kerry as he faced criticism from both sides of the aisle.

In contrast, the Fox News Channel (FNC) program Special Report not only had a full segment on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing from chief Washington correspondent James Rosen but a takedown of three claims from Kerry.

By clicking on the video above, you can see for yourself how the Fox News reporter exposes the trio of Kerry lies by showing what the secretary of state told the senators, then sharply contrasting Kerry’s statements with what’s been previously said about the Iran deal.

Given John Kerry’s obvious and apparently purposeful falsehoods, one must ask if the Capitol Hill lawmakers to whom he lied will call him out for trying to do to them what one senator said Iran did to him regarding the nuke deal — will Kerry be called on the congressional carpet for attempting to “bamboozle” the United States Congress?

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RINO McCain Cost Us Four Years Of Obama…How Heroic Is That?

It didn’t take the Republican establishment—which already hates Donald Trump—long in declaring the end of his candidacy when he said about John McCain what all of us have been thinking for years.

McCain’s war hero status does NOT qualify him to be President.

Fox News is upset; Britt Hume is in high dudgeon; CNN hosts have worked themselves into orgasmic paroxysms chanting Trump’s candidacy is dead. The broadcast media is only slightly more circumspect because they are all making money covering the show, and they want the show to continue for a while.

There’s one radio talk show which even suggests that Trump will lose the GOP primaries and then endorse Hillary.

I’ll take the Vegas odds that he stays at number 1 for a while longer.

When CBS News quotes the Des Moines Register telling Trump to drop out of the show, you know that, in the words of the late Ed Sullivan, it’s a really big show!

Here are the facts:

Being a less-than-great fighter pilot and getting shot down over Hanoi does NOT make you any more of a hero than a GI who enlisted and defended the perimeter during the Tet Offensive, or someone who was called up from his or her Guard unit from their quiet life and sent to Iraq. Everybody who has served honorably is, by definition, a hero.

John McCain, however, used his POW status and the undeniable (and highly admirable) fact that he refused the North Vietnamese offer of an early release to lever himself into a Congressional career where he has lined up with Democrats enough to make about 4,000,000 Republican voters sit on their hands when he ran for President in 2008.

The point that Trump was inartfully making was that such behavior does NOT qualify one to be President.

And the Washington Hackockracy went nuts because they thought that this was their chance to rid themselves of Trump.

Ummmm. Don’t think so.

You see, all of those people who either held their nose and voted for McCain or sat on their hands and stayed home are just as frustrated with Washington political hacks today as they were then. Maybe, after two terms of Barack Obama, more. And, like it or not, Trump is talking to them, singing their song.

Can he win?

My guess is still no. But I could be wrong. And, at least he is engaging people who were fleeing the party in droves.

It was enough for the tea party folks to take over the House and have a significant tea party influence on the Senate.

Trump is not a long-time conservative in the mold of a Ronald Reagan or a Barry Goldwater. But he’s a pretty smart businessman whose strength is diagnosing and solving problems.

The baggage he carries is his public persona; but, for the moment, it is that very persona which is keeping him on top despite the media—the entire media including Fox—waging all out war on him.

I would not be surprised to see Fox try and keep him out of the first debate.

The Huffington Post refuses to cover him in their political section–although their entertainment section, where they do cover him, is always more interesting and a better read than what they call their political section.

I suspect that the only reason Fox doesn’t dare to exclude him from the debate is they would lose viewers in droves to the new Newsmax network.

At the end of the day, what you read, see, and hear has nothing to do with what voters actually want or think. It has to do with money.

When you see a Republican commentator screaming that Trump is a clown show who should be drummed out of the party, rest assured, that’s just part of the big media show. As long as people watch, as long as Trump’s ratings are good, the show continues. If the American voter tires of him and his message, then, in his own words, he’s fired.

If that doesn’t happen…

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