The Damage Done By McConnell’s And Trump’s Political Gamesmanship
Both are neither prodigy or savant. Their extremely vacuous disposition is beyond measure. Both men are driven by this “winning at all costs” ethos. It is ego-driven and not at all based on some pseudo-profound mastery of their role in society. That misapplication however, is shared by the irrational narcissitic supply of voters who have misperceived these two competitively aroused men based solely on the appearance and semblance of beating their democratic opponents.
This phenomena of hyper-competitiveness beguiles our senses and induces our discordance, divisiveness, and inhumanity. In this game of thrones ideology where the winner — who viscerally wants all, takes all, reward their supporters and or fans with: schadenfreudian pleasure; feels of a winner by loosely interpretive non inclusive association; and by the perceived social dominance orientation claimed from playing societally destructive political games.
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That endorsement or vicarious reinforcement of winning by defeat of the opponent presents us with a hyper-competitive sociopolitical culture where success is only perceived as defeating one’s opponent, or what is materially accumulated in the win column. We attribute success in life to the amount of material possessions accumulated, or by attaining or securing positions of power for some duration of time, more pointedly domination.
This is not just a disturbing way to perceive the attainment of success, it a dangerously damaging one. This comes across as a egomaniacal way of claiming success. You wouldn’t know that from the plethora of articles and listicles floating around on how success is achieved. We know that success from those sources rely on deception and the deception begins with your very own self-deception. Keys to success is mind-numbingly mantra centric. One thing that these articles do not speak of is the true costs of these wins, victories, or successes by egomaniacal and narcissistic defeat of one’s opponent.
For McConnell, it’s not really about what he does while he’s in power to address problems or purs[u]e his party’s policy goals, whatever they might be. It’s really only about setting himself up to win the next race, the next election.
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The true cost of Trump’s electorally Pyrrhic victory and McConnell’s usurpation of the Senate is still playing out and will play out in effect for years to come. It has and will result in an insurmountable net loss for our society. The constitutional value of their political performance is vexing as it skews more towards the privileging and entitlement of one group over others — not a democracy.
Furthermore, there isn’t and hasn’t been the actualization of the true cost analysis and estimate to the ongoing collateral damage of the American psyche and physical toll because it would categorically be too revealing an expose or be substantive enough to be seen as criminal in nature. The toll of which can be needless and unproductive as that it breeds resentment, envy, and jealousy. This would be the antithesis of a utopia.
Many are mistakenly or generously giving these competitively aroused men the title of genius. Appalling. Hyperbole only enables and reinforces the narcissist and his suppliers. While Trump simply ingratiates himself to the delight of his fans, McConnell is hailed as some brilliant political tactician.
But calling him a brilliant strategist, or pretending that he’s more clever than his counterparts on the other side, overlooks the fact that it’s easy to win if you’re willing to blow up the rules, if you don’t care about the institution you serve.
You should consider changing your mind about that since you’ve been infected by such lazy rationalizing. Standards or norms that qualitatively inform one to either make value-added decisions or err on the side of caution is abandoned just to defeat the opponent. We see that clearly with the rise of Trump has the Republican’s playbook.
The diminishing value of membership, right to life, equality, inclusiveness, and minority rights are just a few of the principles flouted while these winners who represent select groups are being recognized as inherent, privileged, or entitled as such. Others who oblige them are merely compensated for playing their position on the social hierarchical ladder for posterity and to enjoy some leftover spoils from a vicarious win.
This fixation on beating their opponent, largely viewed as the Democrats, undermine the moral responsibility of governing and is devoid of intellectual reasoning. And since the Democrats consist of a wider coalition of American diversity that is more representative of the population of the United States, it is racialized win as well. And granted, its core constituency more broadly consists of a spasmodic coalition that resists the tyranny of the minority, it nonetheless is a more accurate depiction of the U.S. than the vision Republicans proffer. When Democrats win they exhibit this ethos — that is mistaken as holier than thou — of sportsmanlike conduct with their opponent in regard to the fellowship of their roles in unifying government — for the most part. It doesn’t come off as a stick to them win, or a watch then burn in hell toast.
People who attach success and winning to demagoguery is on a whole dangerous in and onto themselves. They capitalize on the dissension it sows and reaps a Matthew effect of negativity that can be seen as absurd entitlement and privileging typical of a bad winner resulting in what can only be described as unsportsmanlike conduct that we hope to see penalized come November.