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Please say it isn't so

In the past few months, we have been treated to an incredible one-man display of personality traits that include self-aggrandizing braggadocio; grandiosity; excessive need for attention and recognition; scant ability to bear slights or criticism ...

In the past few months, we have been treated to an incredible one-man display of personality traits that include self-aggrandizing braggadocio; grandiosity; excessive need for attention and recognition; scant ability to bear slights or criticism without retaliatory insults and threats; apparent viewing of others as "losers" and easily manipulated fools, potential victims to exploit for his personal pleasure and advantage; conspiratorial suspiciousness; and overconfident bravado combined with a rather touchy sense of self-worth that seems to require constant attention and reassurance from vociferously adoring fans.

I could easily continue in this vein but I'll spare you further details. The short version is simply this. We have been witnessing a human being who is apparently conscience-free, and seems to have a rather tenuous relationship with truth and factuality. He may even view himself as the answer to our nation's real and imagined problems, and offers as bond for his promises a frighteningly simple, "trust me."

I try to remember that this dismal display is not part of a trumped up TV morality play on an old "Wrestlemania" episode. And, I need to reassure myself that in 2016, this is actually happening in the good ol' U.S. of A. I want to be certain that we have not been transported back to Berlin or Nuremberg during the 1930s.

But sad and disheartening as it is, this is here and now. And it is real.

The portrait I have briefly outlined is not that of just another wealthy and entitled successful failure at living that our superficial and idolatrous society inevitably produces and celebrates with depressing regularity.

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No, this sad picture is of a human being that one political party offers to us as a candidate to become our nation's next president and the potential leader of the free world.

Are you kidding me? Really?

Please tell me it isn't so.

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