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Thursday, November 30, 2006

When Power Corrupts

Noun: megalomania
1. A psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

You focused so much on macaca and related idiocy, and you went into the voting booth with only one impetus - a need to vote against the incumbent, that you never took the time to get to know who the alternative - the man you've now elected - actually is. His character, or lack thereof, is now being revealed:

Already Too Busy for Civility
By George F. Will, The Washington Post

That was certainly swift. Washington has a way of quickly acculturating people, especially those who are most susceptible to derangement by the derivative dignity of office. But Jim Webb, Democratic senator-elect from Virginia, has become a pompous poseur and an abuser of the English language before actually becoming a senator.

Wednesday's Post reported that at a White House reception for newly elected members of Congress, Webb "tried to avoid President Bush," refusing to pass through the reception line or have his picture taken with the president.

Webb certainly has conveyed what he is: a boor. Never mind the patent disrespect for the presidency. Webb's more gross offense was calculated rudeness toward another human being -- one who, disregarding many hard things Webb had said about him during the campaign, asked a civil and caring question, as one parent to another. When -- if ever -- Webb grows weary of admiring his new grandeur as a "leader" who carefully calibrates the "symbolic things" he does to convey messages, he might consider this: In a republic, people decline to be led by leaders who are insufferably full of themselves. (link) [my emphasis]

You're asking yourself about now: What have I done?

You're a day late, pal. You voted for him. You live with him.

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