In 2005, Michael Savage famously wrote a book titled, Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, the subject of which is self-explanatory. Additionally, Dr. Lyle Rossiter, a board-certified clinical psychologist, wrote a book in which he diagnosed the ideology of the left as a tangible mental illness. Perhaps though, liberalism is not so much a novel mental disorder, but a more cleverly disguised form of illness already widely studied since the late ‘60s – narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Remember – There is an argument to be made that President Obama himself is a narcissistic sociopath.
The Mayo Clinic defines NPD as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.” This seems in tune with the fact that liberals – along with their degenerate offspring asking for “safe spaces” and hiding from chalk – believe their policies and platforms fall in the majority – or the 99% if you will – despite being outnumbered by conservatives in 47 of 50 states.
There are other symptoms that define NPD and the left alike…
Expecting constant praise and admiration
This is a staple of college liberals and their constant ‘look at me’ attitude. The need to feed their pride consumes them, fueling a self-importance that must continue to grow through perpetual media coverage. Protesting sidewalk chalk, protesting topless sunbathing, protesting the right to have a ‘safe space,’ protesting the First Amendment, etc. And all the while they look for support for their protests, they look for praise, they look for admiration – which the media usually obliges.
As this meme demonstrates, what earned praise back in 1944 and what earns praise today is vastly different:
Being jealous of others
The very premise on which the liberal platform of wealth redistribution and social justice are based, is jealousy. They want what others have, and they want it without cost to themselves, either monetarily or based on time. They are envious of those with wealth, health insurance, homes, etc. It is a common attribute upon which all liberal protesters rally around.
Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
Is there anything that personified this more than the Obamacare fight? An Obama legacy measure that was opposed by a wide margin, 54-41 percent. Yet it was still rammed down the collective throats of the American people. Why? Because liberals honestly thought that once the plebeians had a chance to see their ideas, they would go along with it. Proof of this materialized when Nancy Pelosi uttered these famous words: “… We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Setting unrealistic goals
Those crazy college kids we mentioned earlier at one point or another have given us a wide-ranging and varied list of humorous demands that include these deep-seated liberal fantasies.
- Guaranteed “living wage” income regardless of employment
- Free college education
- Open borders migration
- Immediate, across-the-board debt forgiveness for all
The liberal politician’s equivalent of this list would be:
- Extending unemployment benefits ad nauseam, and of course the Fight For $15
- Free college education
- Amnesty for illegal immigrants (DREAM Act and executive amnesty)
- Student loan forgiveness
You’ll notice these are all current platforms with our sitting President, or those on the Democrat side looking to succeed him.
A sense of entitlement
The liberal movement amounts to nothing more than making excuses to legitimize a platform of laziness and entitlements. We’ve seen these in campus protests, minimum wage protests, anti-Wall Street, anti-capitalism protests, and advocates of perpetual welfare. Their solution to counter corporate greed is to steal from those that have worked hard to attain their level of wealth, and give to those who refuse to reach such a work ethic. ‘Tax the Rich’ anyone? Money for nothing, or entitlement, seems to be a birthright for the left.
Trouble keeping healthy relationships
Too easy. Remember the Occupy movement, a bunch of jobless liberals camping out in government-owned parks for weeks? Does this sound like a group of individuals with relationship issues?
- A 24-year-old convicted sex offender involved with a 14-year-old at Occupy Dallas.
- Assaults and instances of groping in New York’s Zuccotti Park.
- ‘Women Only‘ sleeping quarters had to be erected at the New York encampment.
- A permit was yanked in Madison, Wisconsin, due to public indecency.
- A Los Angeles protester arrested for the same reason … in front of children.
All of these symptoms seem to define an individual who is unable to express their frustration in a rational manner – hence the campus protests. The Mayo Clinic diagnosis seems to speak to liberals directly:
“In order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.”
That’s practically a tailor-made diagnosis for Trump protesters these days.
In the end, Savage was right. Liberalism is a mental disorder.
Cross-posted at The Political Insider