Want to hear my outrageous, pop psychologizing, totally useless wild ass turkey guess for why the Democrats suffer from this debilitating inferiority complex? Well, what if Democrats are, on average, far more likely to be at the touchy feely, uber-complex, multi-perspectival, “sensitive self” level/stage of development… and Republicans are, on average, far more likely to have a lower center of consciousness–cold, critical, hard as steel, “greed is good” rationalists and aggressive, manipulative, ruthless, guilt-free egocentrics?
I’m not saying that’s necessarily so. You can save your rightful demands for evidence behind such bold assertions for a later time. But if you’re with me, let’s just go there as a thought experiment.
As this cartoon illustrates, Democrats seem to have this self-defeating attitude that goodness and light are necessarily softer, weaker, and less aggressive than evil and darkness. The Republican devil looks like he’s gonna swallow the pitiful Democrat whole, and that long teardrop speaks volumes.
This complex isn’t susceptible to a quick fix, a new campaign slogan, or finally learning how to frame the issues. If the inferiority complex is a natural offshoot of the difference in average level/stage of development between Democrats and Republicans, then only solutions that bring an awareness of the developmental differences in the dynamics between the two parties have a hope of success. You can hand a winning sheet of talking points, expertly crafted by political geniuses, to Democratic politicians. But if they read them with a weakling, deflated attitude… and answer questions based on their unresolved inferiority complex… they are unlikely to accomplish any real change.
You see, part of the complexity of this problem is that Democrats are like alcoholics and other addicts. They aren’t just egomaniacs; they’re egomanics with an inferiority complex. Liberal writing is often arrogant, snotty, elitist, emotivism. Democrats are really convinced they are better people than Republicans, and this conviction when coupled with a core belief that “good guys finish last” does them in.
But what if many Democrats succeeded in shifting their interior dynamics from the “sensitive self” to the “integrative self”? They lose the inferiority complex, because they see the actual developmental dynamics between the two parties clearly for the first time. They begin to lose the animosity and bitterness than fueled their past partisanship, and they work to build bridges between other Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, and other groups. They also begin to lose their arrogance and elitism, because they are able to see the irreducible value and merit of the entire spectrum of development, and to contextualize their own place in a cycle of development where there is no peak. In short, what if they–in the words recently spoken by Bill Clinton–succeed in rising up for a “higher level of consciousness”?
Am I fool for thinking that this is the only way out for the Democrats, and if the Democrats are ever again to succeed in politics, they have nowhere to go but up? I firmly believe for the Democrats it’s rise up or perish.
Barrack Obama, I don’t expect you’re listening, but I want you to know: at this particular point in time, you’re the Democratic Party’s brightest hope. Don’t worry that you don’t have many years in elective office. You’ve got a great resume, and there are signs you have the character and vision neeeded to run for president. Don’t wait, run in 2008. (It’s too early to see what the future holds for Tim McGraw in politics, but he’s definitely got what it takes to succeed. His fans love this guy and for good reason: he’s a class act.) God bless you both, and any other rising stars out there who could use blessings.