I’ll go out on a limb. No, I’m not a conspiratorialist. Rather, I hypothesize, as would a scientist using inductive reasoning would, trying to rule out the singular falsities in search for a truth. This hypothesis is based upon the psychological make-up not of DJT, but his patron of sorts, Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s character was shaped through the events that we, North Americans, missed, chiefly the fall of East Berlin and Eastern Germany. In those events, he was tested in various fronts of Soviet then Russia covert projects. His rise parallels the rise in intellectual technology, from super computers to micro-data in software development. One might say, he embraced the new machine.
All manner of reports are landing in mainstream media about the Russian plan to attack not just the US, but the free world via cyber-security and cyber-social outlets. It is a large, large plan, but something that fits within Putin’s outlook as well as personality. http://time.com/4783932/inside-russia-social-media-war-america/
Putin’s Personality: Putin, unlike Trump’s narcissistic penchant for adoration, wants balance, but not a benign balance. He has learned that to achieve balance, he must force the balance of behavior and thinking of others. In his mind, grown out of his limited temperament, there is an image of what the world should be, held in check chiefly by his strong hand of control. Think of his sports, his activities in martial arts led by his personality: purity in strength in balance under the man’s mind of control. (Not the woman’s mind of control. Mars versus Venus, here). Consider other aspects of Putin’s experience-taught character and their impact on his personality: the fall of Berlin, the fall of Soviet state further shaped his penchant for balance and control. See Putin and you see one who looks steady, acts steady; rarely smiles, rarely jokes. His aides wait upon him to speak as if he’s some form of Russian sensei or perhaps better, oyakata-sama*. Look to his long term methodology and you see one who views free media and free speech as a threat to his vision of balance. So, he reacts – he always reacts – with a plan, unlike DJT who “shoots from the hip” with his unique recklessness.
So, Putin plays chess, while DJT plays checkers. Yet, what if DJT were “innocent” of collusion with Russia espionage and hacking? What if DJT were not complicit, even while his erstwhile compatriots are? Lock up Flynn and company, but DJT – evidence? Putin is a planner; he is a cerebral, methodical chess-player: he would in all likelihood have calibrated his tactics to isolate his patsy from such culpability. For instance, he would have planted fake “dossiers” that when revealed just at the right time as false, would re-invigorate DJT’s allies and validate their place on the world’s stage, including Putin’s own place, growing as it is. (Again, I’m hypothesizing). This is Putin’s game of chess.
Still, there is one weakness here: what does DJT know that Putin does not? What secrets does DJT keep from his “secret” patron? Whatever it is, such as tax fraud, RICO violations outside the Russian money thread, there must be something. Putin loves control like DJT loves himself. However, Putin, like all finite beings, cannot have complete control. So, I ask again: what secrets does DJT keep that Putin does not know? They would be Putin’s Achilles heel.
*(oyakata-sama? Putin “worship” in Russia and Russians elsewhere is common, he is a father/god to many).
Why Would a Narcissist Go into Hiding for Five Days?
As reported by Zeleny and Mercia, May 9, 2017 (see infra), DJT has been “in hiding” or out of sight for five days. The article underscores his narcissism – DJT “relishes booming rallies, embraces the art of the photo op.” True, DJT rarely went a day without inviting the media to cover a meeting or an executive order signing.
The authors attribute his disappearance to “hard work” of governing. This conclusion is a stretch - -backwards. Indeed, I would imagine at any given time the White House office would be revising and reviewing multiple affairs of state behind closed doors. Yet, not DJT but his staff fed this story to the reporters that DJT is assiduously at work. Indeed, what did he do in the first two days? Play golf in Bedminister, New Jersey. Since then, nothing has been on camera.
However, for a full-blown narcissist even at work, he would still be on camera promoting his own self-image. Work would not interfere with his egoism. What traits does DJT possess that would make his introvert side control his extrovert? Would it be his sense of entitlement? His lack of conscience and empathy? Certainly not his sadistic streak or his egocentrism. Nor would it be his grandiosity, or his manipulative nature. It would be his paranoia.
Consider the context: DJT just spent several weeks in front of cameras to boost his image and self-image of his 100 days in office. He paraded the Senate in front of him; he partied with the House Republicans at his White House. Yet all this attention has netted him more discontentment in media and widespread voter malaise, displeasure and disgruntlement. In fact, for DJT, the result of all his self-aggrandizement is – more disapproval. DJT believes the world owes him everything; he, in turn, owes it nothing. Why, then, after weeks of trying to convince others of such “truth” does he disappear? He is paranoid that others are trying to stop him from winning, from getting what he selfishly wants. Also, perhaps, the investigations are eroding his unrealistic sense of superiority, his disdain of others. He has worked these 100 days not for America’s interest but worked to get others to agree with him that he is “king.”
When such effort produced little results, and not enough praise from the populous, DJT’s paranoia took control. DJT’s extreme and unreasonable suspicion of other people and their motives grows when he does not receive full adoration. He creates conspiracy theories; he throws tantrums; becomes unstable and attacks others. Today, DJT fired a loyal, federal employee doing his job to investigate crime and high treason. His anger possesses him like a demon. From his penchant for secrecy, brazen disregard for norms and hostility toward transparency, his paranoia will grow even greater.
He is not “working;” he is brooding and letting his paranoia take reign. Such is the malignant narcissist.
Article from http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/donald-trump-visibility/
Updated 5:43 PM ET, Tue May 9, 2017
By Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, CNN
To the Hon. Rep. Beutler,
Please help support the appointment of a special prosecutor appointed to the Russia investigation. America needs an answer as to who was specifically involved, and how she/he was involved. We've been bruised by ill tales and lies, so let's be a better nation - support this appointment to finalize all that we deserve to know.
Comey's firing and implausible reasons provided by Mr. Trump indicates some hidden agenda or worse.
We're better than this; please support an independent prosecution!