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Harming America’ – A response

March 22, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Wow. It's difficult at times to read the idiotic, arrogant, ignorant opinions that are posted in the Editorial pages of The Breeze each week by some individuals. It's was almost comical to read "Harming America." However, I have held my comments and I guess my opinion long enough.

I am neither a Republican or a Democrat, but a well-educated, well-read and studied Independent with a degree in history. I do not write with a purposefully biased opinion or with the proposition that I know everything and that my opinion is the only trueness. However, it is now long past the time to stand up to those individuals who, with their uninformed, ignorant opinions, believe they are the only true Americans. Yes, we must stop the "dangerous kid's stuff, start cooperating and work towards making American better," but it is those who spew out their ignorance in regards to government and history and who flame the fires of a White House, led arguably by the most incompetent individual in the country's history, that have caused the most divisiveness in this country's, short, history.

In response to the writer of "Harming America," it is this ill-equipped, unprepared, childish President, who plays politics instead of doing his job, that empowers his attackers and fuels the divisiveness. Does he or any President deserve to be attacked by the media and others? The answer should be no, but this President has created an atmosphere that propagates mistrust with his continual lies and demeaning of the press and any other critics. His indiscreet tweets are uncalled for by a person in his position and only encourage those whom he criticizes to respond. He alone has created the atmosphere for the barrage of attacks he receives. His verbal volleys only reflect his inept gamesmanship. He is truly a narcissist. Don't believe me. Here is the definition of a narcissist strait from Merriam-Webster:

":an individual showing symptoms of or suffering from narcissism: such as

a: an extremely self-centered person who has an exaggerated sense of self-importance

b: a person who is overly concerned with his or her physical appearance"

Further. Here is a direct quote from the well-respected Mayo Clinic as it defines a "Narcissistic Personality Disorder." It's difficult to ignore or dispute the characteristics as they are applied.

"Narcissistic personality disorder - one of several types of personality disorders - is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they're not given the special favors or admiration, they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.

Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:

* Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance

*Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration

* Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it

* Exaggerate achievements and talents

* Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate

* Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people

* Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior

* Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations

*Take advantage of others to get what they want

*Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others

* Be envious of others and believe others envy them

* Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious

* Insist on having the best of everything - for instance, the best car or office

At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can:

* Become impatient or angry when they don't receive special treatment

*Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted

* React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior

* Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior

* Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change

* Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection

* Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

In regards to the "denigration" of Israel that the writers consider "disturbing, stupid and in a class by itself," stating that "it's absolutely un-American," one must ask what he actually know of the creation of the State of Israel and the US relationship with it? And, I am not saying that Israel is not a friend or a strong ally in the Middle East and that they should not be supported. However, there are always two dispositions, sometimes more, in most debates. I am not going to go into a discourse on the formation of Israel, it's history and our relationship with Israel. It would serve the writer well, however, to do a study himself. And, yes, freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, even though she is allowed to express her opinion, should not be reckless with her opinions as an elected official. However, be careful when you bring attention to the truism "it is better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you're stupid than to open it and remove all doubt." The writer does this much too frequently, displaying what he thinks is patriotism with blatantly biased opinions that in most cases are just an ignorant regurgitation of what the President or a news channel has broadcast.

The writer has every right to express anopinion, just as anyone does. Please in the future however, if you write an editorial, back it with FACTS to support your opinion, not just suppositions and a cascade of unsubstantiated and slanted views.

Mark Stonecipher

Cape Coral



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