Trump and the Pathological Narcissism of the GOP


Art By Rob Goldstein
The Shameless Narcissist

Once you understand that a narcissist has the emotional life of a two year old they make sense.

The shamelessness, the deceit, the willingness to lie even when it isn’t necessary, the pitting of people against each other, and the need to secure a small group of eager victims who are willing to do the dirty work of spreading smears.

Now it’s on the national stage.

Here’s a rule of thumb when dealing with a narcissist: if you wonder if he’s up to something, he probably is.

They never forgive anyone who points out that no one on Earth is the smartest and best at everything; they will never forgive a correct assessment of their skill.

The narcissist that was stalking me last Summer still stalks me.

l yielded ownership of my Flickr group to her.

I don’t look at the group, give work to it, or even give the group much thought.

Because of the theft of the group I’ve learned who the people of quality
are on Flickr and I’m honored to be among them.

There are plenty of people on Flickr who know they saw a theft.

They’re not fooled by her attempt to play the victim.

Her stalking of me is occasional,  it’s just enough to let me know that
she’s watching.

It’s so covert she can easily say I’m imagining it if I call her out on it.

That’s a classic example of gas lighting.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Found on Twitter

This is when the personal becomes political.

The primary symptom of pathological narcissism is a  sense of entitlement that precludes compromise or negotiation along with a complete disregard for the rights and needs of other people.

A Narcissist exists only for himself.

Friends become enemies at the first sign of independent thought.

Doesn’t this sound like Donald Trump and his followers?

Trump doesn’t debate Hillary Clinton’s proposals; he stalks Clinton
on Twitter
with baseless accusations and smears.

Art by Rob Goldstein
Trump Tweet stating that Hillary Clinton’s Policies have gotten people Killed.

His comments about 2nd amendment people is a classic maneuver.

Narcissists are masters when it comes to playing Gaslight.

Art by Rob Goldstein
How many people are saying this Donald?

The sheer insanity of Trump’s attempt to link events in Iran to the provincial and incessant  scandal mongering of the U.S. Republican Party is breathtaking.

The GOP has fed us lies and innuendo through its media outlets for over two decades; now they don’t want to own what they’ve done to our Nation’s political discourse.

But there aren’t as many eager victims.

There aren’t enough people willing to sit in silence as the Right Wing Echo Chamber poisons our political debate.

Yes, democrats are guilty of enabling the sickness but they’ve never had a Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter calling for the execution of Republicans as a matter civic duty.

Now the sickness seeks to corrupt the heart of our political system, The Supreme Court.

That’s why the GOP Majority Leader won’t do his job and hold hearings on Obama’s choice to replace Scalia.

One shameless Narcissist in charge of any branch of our Government is one too many.

If you have to ask yourself if someone is stalking you, she is.

If you have to ask yourself if you heard Trump call for Clinton’s
assassination, you did.

Let this be the year that Americans drop the fake ‘experts’ in all media outlets.

Be your own expert.

Verify everything you hear.

Ask yourself who benefits.

Who benefits from convincing you that your vote doesn’t count?

Who benefits from demonizing a woman who has accomplished many
worthy goals in life?

No, she’s not perfect; but if you’re looking for perfect you will always be

When it comes to choosing leaders all choices come down to the lesser of
two evils because all human beings are capable of evil.

What we want in a leader is a human being who understands human frailty
and who lives by the laws that govern civilized life.

We want a leader we can work with as a people.

We want a leader who knows the difference between truth and fiction.

In fact, that’s what we want in all three branches of our government.

Rob Goldstein 2016






To My Best Friend on the Right

Art by Rob Goldstein
I am an artist because you said I am.

We met over 40 years ago when I was still in my teens.

You are my oldest friend and the friend I love most.

You invited me into your family.

You ushered me into adulthood.

You cared for me when I was at my worst; when doctors dismissed
me as malingering; you knew my pain was real.

Over the years we grew and changed but we never lost each other
and I never lost my love for our friendship.

When I tested that friendship with my addiction you went silent
but you didn’t go away.

You forgave me when I was ready to admit that I was ashamed, and
wrong and sorry.

I didn’t lose you but over the years we changed and spoke less often and
slowly drifted apart until we met again on Facebook.

And now I am baffled.

How do I reconcile the friend who was a civil rights activist with the friend
who believes that our first Black President is a terrorist despite the evidence
it isn’t true?

How do I reconcile the child advocate with the person who thinks that unfettered
access to all guns is more important than the safety and psychological well
being of school children?

How do I reconcile the person who thought that Nixon was a crook with the
person who supports a Congress that follows the dictates of even worse

How do I understand the disciplined mind who thinks that a democrat is too crooked to be president simply because a well-known and obvious right-wing smear machine says she is.

I suspect that many intelligent and honorable people believe as you do and I suspect that they are frightened too.

Age returns us to a powerlessness that we are powerless to stop.

Each year brings us closer to an inevitable and uncertain end.

The question is not when but how.

Will we end as we began?

Will we again be at the mercy of the brutally strong?

Will semi-automatic weapons and the racist bluster of Donald
Trump give us safety as we enter our decline?

Are you as frightened as I am?

Then let me tell you these things:

I live because you helped me.

I love because you loved me.

I write because you called me writer.

I make art because you called me artist.

I live my dream because you showed me dreams are real.

You pulled a boy out of the housing projects of Charleston and he slowly became a man who understands honor and humility and the value of friendship and family.

It took years of fear and failure but I stand here an artist because you had faith in that little piece of poor white trash from the projects.

And you didn’t need guns.

And you didn’t need smear campaigns.

And you didn’t need the distracting babble of cynical ideologues who prey on fear.

All you needed was your heart.

You are my oldest friend and the friend I love most.

I share this water with you.

It’s the water you gave me.

Rob Goldstein 2016













He Dies from Your Sins

Art by Rob Goldstein
He Dies from Your Sins

Who you gonna hate now
When there’s no one left but you
Who you gonna gun down
If you can’t kill the truth
That’s inside of us
It’s inside the blood
It’s inside a pulse

I am human, I am love
And my heart beats in my blood
Love will always win
Underneath the skin
Everybody’s got a pulse
(Everybody’s got a pulse)

Melissa Etheridge  – “Pulse”

I got some memes in my email today.

They’re described as shocking and offensive
and I wondered if I should post them.

But they’re no more shocking or offensive then
anything the people in the memes have said
and done?

If you spend your life inciting hatred and violence and
the inevitable ‘lone gunman’ acts on your word then you
are the shooter.

Examine these memes for yourself and decide for yourself if
they are shocking and offensive and if you don’t think so
then please pass them on.

The email credits them to Michael Sheldon.

I hope that he made them for people to share.

If not, all he has to do is say the word and I’ll take them down.


Art by Rob Goldstein
by Michael Sheldon



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by Michael Sheldon



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And a special kind of stupid


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by Michael Sheldon