Relative to: Meredith Shiner, “Alvin Greene: Born to be President”
There are interesting and valuable stories this morning to discuss. One could join Thomas Friedman’s conversation about (ir)responsible journalism in America, or more close to home, the serious lead emissions problem in Dakota County, MN.
But rather than discuss those topics of note, I wanted to take a minute to consider Alvin Greene. He was the out of nowhere Democratic Senate candidate from S. Carolina who was whooped in the election by Jim DeMint. Now, to be fair, I don’t know much about Alvin Greene. Today Politico ran a story about the man’s ambitions; he was interviewed on the way out of court where he is being tried for showing pornography to a college girl.
Here’s what Politico had to say: Greene suggested the media focus on his presidential potential before claiming to be the “greatest person ever.”
“I’m the next president,” Greene said. “I’ll be 35 … just before November, so I was born to be president. I’m the man. I’m the man. I’m the man. Greene’s the man. I’m the man. I’m the greatest person ever. I was born to be president. I’m the man, I’m the greatest individual ever.”
Is the United States a nation of deluded individuals, each expecting his or her life to make a difference and be remembered in history? I don’t think so. But there does seem to be an awful vacuum around here when someone isn’t describing themselves as savior, prophet or know-it-all. These are high-profile examples. Often these are folks that don’t even matter. Truly, no impact. Some don’t have much influence at the end of the day, but decide they should be politicians, for example, or movement leaders. And yet they arrive time and again in the national news media and blogs like this all to often.
Have delusions of grandeur always been enough to make one a celebrity? Or are we allowing more flight-of-fancy into our culture as we become angrier and look for saviors wherever we can? We encourage our children to strive for their dreams and tell them they can be anything they want. But maybe, when you’re older, and maybe don’t have the requisite skill set for a particular plan of action, someone should step in and say, hey, you need to do your homework before you go for this, or maybe try something else. Not everyone can do anything just because they think they can. Everyone should strive for their dreams. But dreams don’t come true just because we decide they should. That’s called delusional. Like Alvin Greene. No offense to Mr. Greene, but I doubt he actually is the greatest individual ever. But he is Alvin Greene, and he should be proud of that.