By Robert A. Vella
One of the trademarks of megalomania is how such leaders battle an increasing number of foes over time. Eventually, they make so many enemies that their circle of supporters shrinks to the point where it can no longer psychologically support their prodigious egos. Abandoned and isolated, the megalomaniac typically descends into utter madness as did Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler.
Why does this happen? Does not the megalomaniac see the error of his ways? The answer is no, they don’t. Psychologically, they can’t. The narcissism of megalomania is so profound, so complete, that it prohibits such self-reflection. They simply cannot admit to being wrong even in the slightest. This is the reason why megalomaniacs are never philosophical ideologues. They cannot adhere to any ethic, moral, or principle superior to their personal thoughts and actions. Megalomania is the archetype of arbitrary rule by decree.
Donald Trump fits this profile to a T. Try to remember or find any instance when this classic megalomaniac ever took responsibility for his actions, admitted any mistake, expressed any guilt or remorse, or candidly pondered any self-reflection about himself. If there have been such instances, they are certainly far and few between. Such persons possess the greatest potential for destruction; and, when politically enabled by the sick people of a wayward nation, that potential can be tragically realized.
Now, President Trump’s combative mania has found a new enemy. Apparently, his aggression towards immigrants, the media, Democrats, officials in his own administration, Muslims, poor people, black people, numerous foreign leaders, Iran, North Korea, and much more, is not enough to quench his insatiable hostility. Last week and over the weekend, Trump found another foe to assail – professional sports athletes, owners, and managerial people who dared to exercise their free speech rights over the issue of racial discrimination in America. If you fail to see the bizarre capriciousness of Trump’s latest attack, go back and research the history of presidential reaction during the Civil Rights Era, and particularly those on Jackie Robinson who famously broke the “color barrier” in Major League Baseball. Comparisons to Trump couldn’t be more stark. Why? Because those presidents, Democrat and Republican alike, were sane.