First let me say, with Fantasy Free Economics no one gets to wear a halo. The president is not held in awe. The president gets no respect. No respect is needed in research. The president is not worshiped. The president is just one of the animals. He has special attributes that I will get to, but the president is just an animal acting on the one basic incentive nature provides all of the animals.
Lets start. Is there any reason Pee Wee Herman would never play linebacker in the NFL? Is there any reason that you could never play linebacker in the NFL? Here are some of the common characteristic of NFL linebackers.
1.) Competitive to the nth degree 2.) Much higher than average intelligence 3.) Height about 6’2″ 4.) Weight about 220 5.) Runs the 4o in less than 4.6 6.) Bench presses at least 315 lbs. 7.) Squats a minimum of 445 lbs
I don’t possess even one of the attributes needed to play linebacker in the NFL Somehow I don’t think you do either.
The NFL is highly competitive but still not nearly as competitive as competition to be the most powerful man on earth. Does it not make sense that a job like President of the United States would require some attributes that only a tiny fractions of humans have? I don’t mean attributes for doing the job, just the attributes needed to get elected.
These are the personality characteristics needed to compete and get elected president. These characteristics are not just needed. The successful presidential candidate must have each of these characteristics in an abundance greater than practically anyone alive.
1.) Lack of empathy, 2.) Cold calculating nature, 3.) Shallow emotions, 4.) Narcissism, 5.) Grandiose self image, 6.) Charming, 7.) High IQ, 8.) Manipulative, 9.) Secretive, 10.) Authoritarian
A successful presidential candidate must have all of these characteristics in abundance. At this level of politics, the one who loses has the same political personality. There is no way to win in politics at the presidential level without being 100% ruthless.
How and why did Trump win? Even with no political experience, he won because the level at which he possess these personality characteristics is off the charts. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t the best choice. It is important to remember, Trump ran for himself, not you.
The truth is a hard sell. Fantasy Free Economics gains readers one at a time. Major search engines simply do not list blogs which disagree with their political agenda. As long as folks share the link to this blog and others speaking out against the grain, the truth will at least trickle into the public consciousness.