The Narcissistic Administration
America used to be famous for its men and women of action. Now? Now we’re governed (ruled?) by a group of narcissists who think that selfies and hashtags equal action:
In the 21st century, we have regressed to the Freudian phallic stage of development, reaching in, back in short pants with our hands all the way down them, which gives one a rather limited impression of the elephant in the room.
The “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign, directed at the fanatical Islamist slavers in Nigeria, has inspired selfies from U.S. senators and the wife of the president of these United States, while State Department spokesman Jen Psaki, the Pippi Longstocking of the diplomatic world, took to Twitter to photograph herself with a “United for Ukraine” placard. To confront the heinous crimes of Boko Haram, a U.S. senator has many options — for example, introducing an authorization to use military force against said terrorist franchise. The U.S. State Department has many tools at its disposal for confronting the expansionist tendencies of Vladimir Putin.
The selfie is not among those tools.
But it seems to be the tool of choice with this bunch. Well, that and deploying hashtags. How utterly useless and embarrassing is it to see our supposed leaders resorting to this sort of self-centered “action”?
Very. Oh, it’s an action – it’s all about the PR for them. It feeds their need to feel superior and show they “care”. Actually do something to address the situation in question? Yeah, that’s hard.
But that’s what we get for “leadership” from this crew:
Imagine, if you can, the abjectly juvenile state of mind necessary to contemplate the hundreds of Nigerian girls taken into slavery by a fanatical Muslim anti-education militia — whose characteristic activity beyond slave-taking is setting fire to children — and, in the face of all that horror, concluding: “You know what this situation really calls for? A cutesy picture of . . . me!” Bad enough when your cousin Caitlin at Bryn Mawr does that — but senators? State Department officials? These are men and (disproportionately, I think) women of power and influence, who have the ability to engage with the world and change it. But they are enchanted by the unique witchcraft of the age of social media, the totemic power of the digital expression of the self. It is not accidental that the only good selfie in the history of world leaders came well before the invention of Twitter from a man with an ego sufficiently robust not to require the constant reinforcement that is the psychic lifeblood of Millennials (and Washingtonians well old enough to know better), without which they find themselves paralyzed.
Can a leadership group take the reins from this group and do worse? Oh you bet. But with the bar set as low as the Obama administration has set it, it would take a real concerted effort to do worse. Of course, there’s Hillary. However the one positive thing the Obama administration has done in its seemingly endless tenure is rescue Jimmy Carter. He is now only the 2nd worst president ever. At least his administration was mostly peopled by adults.