Americans are not offered major-party candidates who have opposing
political ideologies or ideas. We are presented only with manufactured
political personalities. We vote for the candidate who makes us “feel”
good about him or her. Campaigns are entertainment and commercial
vehicles to raise billions in advertising revenue for corporations. The
candidate who can provide the best show gets the most coverage. The
personal brand is paramount. It takes precedence over ideas, truth,
integrity and the common good. This cult of the self, which defines our
politics and our culture, contains the classic traits of psychopaths:
superficial charm, grandiosity, self-importance, a need for constant
stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation, and
incapacity for remorse or guilt. Donald Trump has these characteristics.
So does Hillary Clinton.
Our system of inverted totalitarianism
has within it the seeds of an overt or classical fascism. The more that
political discourse becomes exclusively bombastic and a form of
spectacle, the more that emotional euphoria is substituted for political
thought and the more that violence is the primary form of social
control, the more we move toward a Christianized fascism.