Narcissistic leadership is a common form of leadership.
The narcissism may be healthy or destructive although there is a continuum between the two. To critics, “narcissistic leadership (preferably destructive) is driven by unyielding arrogance, self-absorption, and a personal egotistic need for power and admiration.”
Obama Says Republicans Showing Signs Of “Madness”…
So much for that “civil” tone he called for.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – President Barack Obama accused Republicans of clinging to economic policies that preceded the Great Depression and the more recent economic downturn, saying his rivals are showing signs of “madness.”
Raising campaign cash in Maine on Friday, March 30, Obama said Republicans want to return to economic policies that would let Wall Street play by its own set of rules and allow insurance companies to roll back health coverage.
“We won’t win the race for new jobs and new businesses and middle-class security if we cling to this same old, worn-out, tired ‘You’re on your own’ economics that the other side is peddling,” Obama said.
“It was tried in the decades before the Great Depression. It didn’t work then. It was tried in the last decade. It didn’t work,” he said. “You know, the idea you would keep on doing the same thing over and over again, even though it’s been proven not to work. That’s a sign of madness.”
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities.
One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…
“…any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When your ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…’
“One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.” (pps.127-134)
Article by Phyllis Schalfly titled “Alinski’s Rules: Must Reading In Obama Era,” posted at www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=318470857908277 (2-2-09)
“Alinsky’s second chapter, called Of Means and Ends, craftily poses many difficult moral dilemmas, and his ‘tenth rule of the ethics of means and ends’ is: ‘you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral arguments.’ He doesn’t ignore traditional moral standards or dismiss them as unnecessary. He is much more devious; he teaches his followers that ‘Moral rationalization is indispensable at all times of action whether to justify the selection or the use of ends or means.’…
“The qualities Alinsky looked for in a good organizer were:
- ego (“reaching for the highest level for which man can reach — to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God”),
- curiosity (raising “questions that agitate, that break through the accepted pattern”),
- irreverence (“nothing is sacred”; the organizer “detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality”),
- imagination (“the fuel for the force that keeps an organizer organizing”),
- a sense of humor (“the most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule“), and an
- organized personality with confidence in presenting the right reason for his actions only “as a moral rationalization after the right end has been achieved.’…
“‘The organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems,’ and ‘organizations must be based on many issues.’ The organizer ‘must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.'”