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Dunning-Kruger

NMP (not my president) Dumb is an outsize example of Dunning-Kruger: “a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a  metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately.” (Wiki)

NMP Dumb thinks he’s good looking, sexually appealing, smart, and worthy of adulation.  His interests will always come first, which to him is no problem because running this country isn’t hard, right?  I can see him ignoring that call in the middle of the night and sniping at Pence, “Iran can wait– if I don’t get my seven hours my eyes’ll look puffy on tv.”

When my president, Obama, held office, I didn’t believe he would do or did everything right; what I did believe is that he had our best interests at heart, that he was earnest and humbled by the task before him. By contrast, NMP Dumb is neither earnest nor humbled by anything: instead, he believes the office of the presidency is his birthright, adding to his cachet like the inherited wealth he also did nothing to earn.

Oh, I know– he did “earn’ this office, much like a scammer earns money selling fake lottery tickets.  In the same way, he has sold his followers an empty promise, printed on Russian paper .

Initially, I took comfort in the fact that I can unplug– I can ignore the news, avert my eyes, turn the radio to pop music when I have to for the next four years.  I can avoid his ugliness. Because my skin is white.

But people of color don’t have that luxury.  People in hijabs don’t have that luxury.  Jews are not immune, apparently, unless you’re related to Dumb.  And if you’re other than CIS-gendered, you can’t ignore this shit.  In other words, the majority of the people in this country must be hyper-alert.  They can’t afford to not pay attention.  We’ll see, as a result, an uptick in drug and alcohol abuse because of this, I’m sure.

Here’s where I’m personally hurt: the prince is also watching Dumb carefully, and suffering as a result.  He looks at his future with uncertainty because of this evil, selfish, pussy-grabbing manchild.  In an earlier post I wrote about the contract between us at sleepytime and the rest of the world: the only way we sleep is by trusting that everything is basically ok, that the rest of the world sees and respects the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the bedroom door.

Dumb is deeply disturbing.  The bogeyman is not Iran, it’s not isis: the bogeyman is right here in our own damn house, wearing a Russian ushanka, an ugly pout, and a confidence he does not deserve.