The American Disease: I Deserve to Get Away with Anything and Everything

Here’s the American Disease in a nutshell: entitlement and power means you never have to apologize for anything. Public relations might require a grudging, insincere quasi-apology, but the person with power can’t evince humility or shame–he or she doesn’t have any.

What the American with power does have in nearly limitless abundance is a grandiose yet unacknowledged sense of entitlement and a volcanic sense of indignation. For the powerful feel entitled not to be questioned, and entitled to the supreme arrogance of never apologizing for anything.

Their indignation at being pressed to account for their decisions knows no bounds–how dare anyone question my actions? It’s outrageous! I don’t deserve this!

The most entitled and indignant couple in America might well be Bill and Hillary Clinton, famously crying poor while assembling a net worth in excess of $100 million.

Their resentment at being challenged to account for their actions is palpable. When questioned about his sordid encounters in the White House, Bill Clinton’s body language and tortured, seething responses spoke of a grandiose entitlement to get away with anything and everything. We could almost hear his inner dialog: “Nobody questioned Jack Kennedy’s multiple affairs–I deserve to get away with it, too.”

Hillary is expressing the same seething resentment at being questioned about her private email server. Her phony, resentful half-apology reminds us of nothing more than a spoiled, entitled teenager shouting, “OK, so I wrecked the car! So what? It’s just a lump of steel and plastic. What about me? I don’t deserve this! So what if I ran over that old guy. I didn’t mean to. Why should my life be ruined because somebody found out?” And so on.

In America, supposedly a land built on merit and accountability, being entitled and powerful means you never have to apologize for anything or be accountable for your actions. Take a look at entertainment/sports “heroes” grudging, phony PR-apologies, carefully scripted to sound sincere yet fake to the core, as the “heroes” arrogance and sense of entitlement is so obviously grandiose.

After all, the “hero” was showered with sports cars, bling, “dates” with attractive women and all the other benefits of stardom. Just because he 1) beat a woman senseless 2) date-raped a woman, etc. etc. etc., well, “I should get away with anything and everything because I’m rich and famous.”

How about our financial and political titans? Their mantra when challenged, “I don’t recall,” is another spoiled-teen dodge tailored for the courtroom. One wishes that their cross-examination featured the same techniques used to interrogate “high value subjects” in the Global War on Terror in some remote, cold cell.

What might they confess to when waterboarded and subjected to sleep deprivation for a few days? Would we finally get the truth? or would they blubber more lies in the hopes their inquisitors would actually believe them?

The more a society glorifies its virtues, the emptier those virtues are in the real world. Merit means little in a society of political dynasties and inherited wealth, a society where wealth and elite membership trumps virtually everything else.

Accountability has been reduced to a meaningless buzzword spewed by the chattering class, much like the hollow slogan “middle class.” Neither accountability nor the middle class exists except as founding myths or convenient PR fantasies for those seeking to exploit the myths and the fantasies for personal gain.

The powerful feel entitled to get away with anything and everything because they’ve been getting away with anything and everything for decades while the American economy, society and culture all rotted from within.

No parody of spoiled-teen entitlement and the limitless arrogance of power could possibly top the Clintons. Were someone to write a satire in which a political power couple loudly touted their abject poverty while amassing a personal fortune of $100+ million, the fable would be roundly dismissed as exaggerated, absurd, cartoonish.

Yet the Clintons exist, as do hundreds of other entitled, arrogant, wealthy powerful people in America who never apologize for anything because humility is for the little people.

The only thing as grandiose as this sense of entitlement is the hubris it engenders. Bring it on, as G.W. Bush famously said. By all means, bring it on.


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  • mick suckin’ and tongin’ kieth

    LilboyBLUChuckles,My babe just made 300 in one day gamblin’ with 2K ,bettin on a china stock.
    YOU sIR are a BS artist with wildfire burnin’ on the roof of yer CA.hut……BOY!

  • Mar 10, 2014 In this video Luke Rudkowski speaks with Department of Education whistleblower Charlette Iserbyt about the deliberate dumbing down of America

    The former US Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor suggests that the our educational system is not based upon children learning. Is the Carnegie foundation instrumental in developing a socialist-collectivist style educational system that is detrimental to our youth? Are the elites impacting the development of the general population through our school systems?
    This single chart demonstrates the ineffectiveness of federal education spending as measured by student test scores; that chart is available here:

  • tom

    ‘One wishes that their cross-examination featured the same techniques used to interrogate “high value subjects” in the Global War on Terror in some remote, cold cell’.

    Well, nobody could be more “high value” than people like Jamie Dimon…

  • How about “MISSPOKE”: ONLY politicians “MISSPEAK”. 99% of us never “MISSSPEAK”, we LIE, right? THEY never lie, they “MISSPOKE”.

    Google “MISSPOKE”, after you get past the definitions (webster’s, etc…), you come to JEB BUSH MISSPOKE, and remember Hillary MISSPOKE about getting shot at?

    Baseball player Roger Clemens “MISSPOKE” when he was on trial for steroids.…….0…1ac..34.heirloom-serp..0.0.0.iQAcsrz2TEE

    Go through that link above and you’ll find that only politicians, clergy, and sports stars “MISSPOKE”.

    The rest of us “LIE”.

  • “The more a society glorifies its virtues, the emptier those virtues are in the real world” ~ Very powerful sentence from Charles Hugh Smith ~ Whoever he’s quoting, I’d heard that quote back in the 1960’s from my mother and from an old Italian Dictator whom the official story claims was hung by the Partisans back in 1945 (Obviously used a double like in the 30’s while schooling Mao for 3 months at a time) so it sure looks like elitist privilege is pretty unlimited ~ I’m just now listening to the 2016 election charade, specifically to Donald Trump replay some old speech with material from 2012 where he was only in it to get Obobo re-elected, and, well, something’s rotten in Denmark 🙁
    And here’s another quote, one from the Russian writer Solzhenitsyn and it’s relevant now 🙁
    “What you allow soon becomes the norm and in the future, the norm is always exceeded” 🙁
    So to me, there’s way too much “Reality-perspective-control” (Lying) going down now 247 🙁

  • pathwhisperer

    Test all the presidential candidates, all generals, all judges with a fMRI. Let’s see who’s brain’s empathy
    centers respond the same to pictures of dead children as to dust