April 25, 2016

Adventures in narcissistic stupidity, starring Justin Trudeau

Murray SoupcoffRebel Blogger

We recently passed the three-year anniversary of one the most regrettable days in Canadian politics:

On April 14, 2013, Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the party of Chretien, Martin, and Canada’s socialist Socrates and his father, Pierre Trudeau.

Indeed, Justin's "qualifications" for becoming Liberal leader included having been a teacher, boxer and actor – and of course bearing the same recognizable last name as PM Pierre.

If that isn’t an example of narcissism and "ambition exceeding ability," what is?

I use the word "narcissism" here because although I'm not a psychiatrist, I earned my Ph.D-equivalent graduate degree as a sociologist many years ago, which included a full practicum with the psychiatric department of the University of Toronto medical school.

It's what Swiss psychoanalyst Alice Miller, author of the classic monograph on narcissists, “Prisoners of Childhood,” would have described as Justin Trudeau’s “As If” behavioral patterns: acting as if he had accomplished his grandiose ambitions for himself, even though he hadn’t!

And what about his current self-described “accomplishments” as Prime Minister already?

Let's make our point the simplest way, by comparing the historically unique achievements of Trudeau father and son:

When Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau left office, the Canada debt had risen to over $154 billion, shockingly 738% higher than when previous Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark left office.

When Stephen Harper was voted out of power – in favour of Justin Trudeau – the budget was balanced, with no deficit, and new economic policies implemented to ensure a budget surplus in future years.

Recently, however, Justin Trudeau’s first budget projected $113 billion more debt for Canada, with no budget surplus in sight.

To summarize, as one disgruntled online conservative web site phrased it:

“Pierre Trudeau puts Canada in the toilet, and his son pulls the handle!”

But let’s now turn to another trait common to what psychiatrists call the “functioning” narcissist -- functioning in the sense of being capable of impressive achievements (versus the kind of schizoid personality whose grandiose fantasies land them in a psychiatric institution).

And that impressive achievement might perhaps include becoming Prime Minister of Canada, thanks to a superficial charm and learned ability to “empathize” with the needs and wishes of those whom he or she interacts with (just as he or she learned to “empathize” with every need or wish of a gifted and remote parent  -- for example, Pierre Elliot Trudeau)?

Another narcissistic trait relevant to our discussion? Grandiose “fantasies” and “magical thinking.” Meaning? This troubled individual’s interior psychology is rooted in the narcissistic belief that his dreams, thoughts, and wishes can magically affect reality.

So as mentioned earlier, despite possessing the modest qualifications required for being elected leader of a major political party in Canada -- having been a teacher, boxer and actor – Justin Trudeau’s decision to run for leader could have been based on this sort of narcissistic “magical thinking."

And of course, mainly because of his surname and mythical biographies of his father written by Liberal acolytes, Justin the Younger did get elected. This reinforced his belief that whatever he wished for could become reality: like promising expensive “goodies” to bribe voters, but also promising to simultaneously generate "a modest short-term deficit" of less than $10 billion for each of the first three years of his incumbency, and then a balanced budget by the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Some of those “goodies” (i.e., free “handouts” for voters)?

(1) Tax benefit for teachers

(2) $150 million in new annual funding for the CBC

(3) $1.5 billion for public transit in Calgary, and,

(4) put another $100 million into organizations that promote clean technology firms.

And what about that "modest short-term deficit"? Ooops!

Justin and his Finance Minister are now projecting a $29.4 billion deficit in 2016-17, followed by a $29-billion shortfall in 2017-18, and over $22 billion in 2018-19.

According to National Post columnist John Ivison:

“Over the next five years, Tuesday’s budget shows $113.2 billion in red ink, including a $14.3 billion shortfall for 2020-21 — after the next scheduled federal election.”

Returning to Alice Miller’s writings, can we identify another typical narcissistic trait which might apply to Canada’s current Prime Minister?

In particularly, she “deconstructed” the typical behavioral patterns of children raised by gifted and emotionally remote parents, who cause the child to feel “inferior” to their parents, and consequently want to win the parents’ praise. 

Such children then develop what Miller described as an amazing ability to perceive and respond intuitively (i.e., unconsciously) to the wishes of that parent – the ability to superficially “emphasize” with needs and wishes of others, a particular valuable trait for an adult politician.

Remember what one prominent Brazilian journalist wrote after Justin Trudeau visited her fair land?

Vilma Gryzinski targeted Trudeau’s “dazedly well-intentioned” policies, suggesting that his “inclusive” attitude on immigration and refugees shows that he's “soft on terror.”

She also sarcastically commented on the attention the “narcissistic” leader received after the re-publication of a five-year-old photo of him leaning into a table in a yoga “peacock" pose.

“Justin Trudeau is the incarnation of the dreams of the vaguely left-wing liberalism; a handsome guy who shows off his physics with no shame and in yoga poses — an Oedipean reproduction of his father, Pierre Trudeau,” she opined.

Enough said?

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commented 2016-08-29 09:25:57 -0400
Agree totally! There are many ill-informed commenters on this site who attempt to cast aspersions on Mr. Harper’s economic record. Too bad that they are so gullible and will believe Liberal “propaganda” like good little sheepie! It does require intelligence to research and understand data.

Emperor Justin is like Emperor Nero – he fiddles while Rome burns! And, our country is “burning” in unemployment, debt, poverty, extremism, etc.!
commented 2016-07-10 04:04:45 -0400
I take it you can’t write prescriptions for psychotropics but that you’re no layman around psychiatry…and given the interesting but brief ‘diagnosis’ of a sociopathic narcissist who unfortunately is no Narcissus, I would be interested in your opinion, or even a critique of Dr. Rossiter’s book, “THE LIBERAL MIND: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness”, because at best I aspire to laymanship…
commented 2016-07-09 22:49:03 -0400
He is a traitor to Canada and Canadians. Are there no laws about immediately removing a traitor from office even in the PM position?

About Pierre putting Canada in the toilet and Justin pulling the handle, funny you should mention that cause two months ago I started a facebook group called “Canada Being Flushed Down The Toilet We Must Fight To Make It Respectable” Come check us out, so far around 1160 members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/902130046598808/ and if you do want to join go right ahead, I administrate. I ask the first person who may from here, give my members a heads up with a brief post that I have 2 days left on a 7 day ban because I fight for heterosexuals right freedom and liberty to be heterosexual because the liberals have even taken that away by supporting LGBT bigots lies and deceptions of which anything from the tranny to the transgender being legal means homosexuals have the right to pretend to be the opposite sex so that they can go around robbing heterosexuals of the right freedom and liberty to be heterosexual. Being heterosexual doesn’t include rubbing my penis against some homosexuals penis surgically mutilated or not! Being heterosexual doesn’t include having sex with those born with the same sex genital that the heterosexual them self is born with. This is not homosexual timmy just wants to be with homosexual johnny and just wants to be left alone, this is homosexual frank pretending to be the opposite sex while going around making guinea pigs out of heterosexuals with these sick filthy disgusting unforgivable homosexual deceptions.


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commented 2016-07-09 05:46:08 -0400
He’s exactly the kind of guy one avoids socially because he’s nothing but an empty status seeker. The good part is that they usually get caught doing something so embarrassing to normal people it finishes them.
commented 2016-05-01 21:25:42 -0400
Dave Tremblay must have fallen down the rabbit hole and is in “Alice’s wonderland”.
commented 2016-04-28 14:22:44 -0400
David Tremblay,
Justy will go down in history as one of the great military minds of all time. Once he is done, ISIS will be totally eliminated from the Middle East. They will all be over here and Sheikh Justin will be collecting his Nobel Peace prize. All the new imports can enjoy those social programs you spoke of. Enjoy working the rest of your life to help pay the tab you tool. And as for our debt just wait a few years. We are STILL paying for what Papa Doc did to us in the 1980s. Baby Doc will make any previous debt look like a profit.You must be right out of Ryerson or somewhere equally as communist.
commented 2016-04-27 17:07:39 -0400
Finally we have a leader that is honest with us. We have a leader that is not a racist. We have a leader that is trying to strengthen our county, not destroy it by dismantling our social programs that have made Canada at the top of the most desirable places to live in the world for the last fifty years. I am worried about increasing our deficit but Harper and Mulroney are responsible for 75% of all Canadian debt so Trudeau is nowhere near as bad as those two disasters. We now have a leader that listens to military experts and has adapted their strategies in the war against ISIS and now the US is following his lead and increasing the “mentors” on the ground in Syria. We finally have a real leader that might save us from the disasters that Harper was creating.
commented 2016-04-27 08:59:54 -0400
Finally! A leader on the world stage who can make Obammy seem smart!
commented 2016-04-26 22:42:37 -0400
Actually everyone is over thinking this. TrudQ is just a plain ol dildo. And Peter N. Thanks for cluing Jay Kelly in as to the blackmail job in parliament concerning the stimulus money. I think Jay was gleefully tossing around figures but didnt know of the parliamentary shennanigans forcing Harper into action. AT least I hope he didnt know!
commented 2016-04-26 18:26:38 -0400
Junior has been drinking way too much of the kool-aid at the man made global warming cult meetings.
commented 2016-04-26 13:52:16 -0400
Wasn’t he also a snowboard teacher? That worked out well, well maybe not so much for his brother, Michel.
commented 2016-04-26 10:19:02 -0400
Jay Kelly, Trudeau has almost met Harper’s debt already and the Canadian economy at present is stable and is slowly increasing. Harper had to deal with the the worst recession since the great depression of the 1920’s.

In addition, Jay Kelly, you left out the fact that the opposition parties formed a coalition and threatened to take over the government if Harper did not spend that stimulus money on the economy. Harper was against that spending, but was forced into it.

It is convenient for you that you forgot to mention that very important fact.

Also, Harper left the budget without a deficit. He left the budget with a surplus.

Jay Kelly, why did you not say the whole truth about Harper? Oh right, it is because you are a socialist liar.
commented 2016-04-26 02:41:08 -0400
It will be hard for Trudeau to match Harper’s record debt:
“In nine years, Harper ran up $131 million billion in new debt, while Martin and Chretien took half again as along to run up just $60 million billion. (Martin’s contribution to this total was $17 million billion in debt reduction.) Yes, Harper had a historic recession to manage, but the history of debt accumulation under Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, and Kim Campbell vs. John Turner and Pierre Trudeau would show a similar pattern—as does the history of federal debt growth in the US. Large deficits rung up by right wing governments; smaller deficits when the left is in charge.”
commented 2016-04-26 02:20:08 -0400
I wonder what excuse all the left wing idiots will give when Justin creates more debt than Harper did when Justin raises taxes and Harper lowered them.
commented 2016-04-26 02:18:55 -0400
Jay Kelly Harper was the best and Justin is the worst, what has he done that is good? How is he leading? He did nothing while a Canadian was murdered and will do nothing about after the fact like a good stooge. He could not even say who did it like the coward he is. You are as much of a joke as he is.
commented 2016-04-26 02:06:13 -0400
Or the best Prime Minister we have ever had. The jury is still out, but Justin Trudeau may be the greatest Prime Minister ever.

According to George Dyer, Trudeau is neither a narcissist nor a sociopath. He just seems like a good leader.

Can we deal with that?
commented 2016-04-25 18:07:32 -0400
Trudeau – truly a slime ball – someday I hope it catches up to him.
commented 2016-04-25 14:41:13 -0400
Narcissist or Sociopath?
A sociopath is typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused—it is done to get one’s way). Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways.
Is it possible that perhaps our so-called prime minister is not just a narcissistic fascist, but also a narcissistic sociopathic fascist?