A Cartoon Narcissist
By, Nancy Hammond
Clearly, America has fallen for a narcissist personality but how, what and why? One explanation is found in the nonsense we are devouring in “faux news”. When an attention-grabbing headline stirs up our passion a fire is lit and a narcissist knows it. The concept of faux of fake news is both comical and dangerous and expects the reader to fact-check. The President elect personifies a faux cartoon character. E.C. Segar created the comic strip Popeye in 1929. Due to his growing popularity, “Popeye the Sailor” went on to do films in 1933. If our present-day reality morphed into a comic strip, then America is Popeye the Sailor and Trump is Bluto (alias Brutus.) Brutus is a bully who beats on Popeye for Olive Oyl’s affection. Yes, the culprit, not surprisingly, is a woman. Many of us understand that the only way Popeye succeeds against Brutus is by swallowing a can of spinach. He is depicted as a semi-deformed one eyed sailor. Popeye also suffers from a terrible speech impediment, KK KK KK KK. Auspiciously, the can of spinach instantly builds up his terrific muscles. The spinach is what allows Popeye to dodge the onslaught of sucker punches from Brutus.
Have I lost you? Let’s break it down. In truth America is eating junk food and garbage. Our spinach is infested with GMO’s, E. Coli and salmonella, yet unwittingly we continue ingesting poison. Unlike Popeye we are not getting the nutrients needed to subsist and have therefore become weak and vulnerable to Brutus. Fiction has become non-fiction and the truth is in the eye of the beholder. A bully or narcissist needs to be revered with adulation and praise. Feed me, feed me and love me or else. Through creative imagery the media has made Brutus our mealtime entertainment. In the guise of political rhetoric Brutus boasted, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s like incredible.” Yes, it is incredible BUT almost everyone loves a villain who is both scary and amusing. Incidentally, I never liked Brutus.
Slogans like “Make America Great Again” are genius because they reinforce the notion that only Brutus can fix it. The question remains, when did these lines become so blurred? Enter the master of reality and falsehoods. Our very own narcissist and collective personality disorder, Brutus, a man who seeks gratification through vanity and egotistic admiration. Ironically, while dying a slow death, we will tragically be subsidizing more gold and marble tawdry furniture for the Brutus empire. His use of outrageous lies is how Brutus lands a sucker punch. Meanwhile, Popeye is being pummeled right between the eyes with treachery and contempt. Popeye is an old soldier of long service who fought for his country. He merely wanted to buy a home and raise a family with Olive Oyl. He set an example for us to stay strong and seek the truth. In the spirit of the cartoon, let’s be more like Popeye and graze on fresh spinach.