BC Liberals

Monumental monumentality

Alex G. Tsakumis, online journalist, describes Gordon Campbell and doing so, provides a text book example of word economy.

When the American Psychiatric Association, which knows naught about word economy, describes Narcissistic Personality Disorder, it may connect more to A.G.T.’s description than we care to admit.

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy as indicated by five or more of the following:
  • has a grandiose sense of self-importance;
  • is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love;
  • believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions);
  • requires excessive admiration;
  • has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations;
  • interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends;
  • lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others;
  • is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her;
  • shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
It can be difficult to establish the line between healthy narcissism and pathological self-importance and political leaders hang toes over the edge often. But, as careers extend, the likelihood grows that lines of demarcation blur or vanish.

Has Gordon Campbell toppled over his precipice? Or, does he only hear people handsomely paid to say:

Indeed, the emperor’s new suit is incomparable! What a long train he has! How well it fits him!”

Dare anyone close say he has nothing on at all?

Many British Columbians believe that he is victimized by the unchallenged regality of his position. One of those people is Gerry Hummel of TERRACE DAILY ONLINE. The artist provides us with his definitive opinion.

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  1. Does this confirm the diagnosis? Written by Vaughn Palmer in the Vancouver Sun Nov 26/09:

    “Premier Gordon Campbell entered the legislature chamber one afternoon this week flanked by a small platoon of public servants. Two deputy ministers. His executive financial officer. His executive coordinator.

    “They in turn were armed with a stack of binders and files, plus four BlackBerrys that were often in play . . .”

    Imagine, all this buzz to avoid answering questions.

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  2. The power of the internet, medical diagnoses from the blogsphere. Why waste time and money on the health care system when its right here.

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