Posted by: maboulette | March 12, 2017

Is Trump Mentally Ill – What Can Be Done About It


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It’s time to face up to the fact: The president of the United States is unhinged.

This doesn’t mean he’s merely peculiar or pushing policies that many think are crazy, nor is this as just another political jab. This means that Donald Trump is really mentally ill and what can be done about it.

ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR

You don’t need a doctorate in mental disorders to see that his behavior in public and on Twitter is beyond atypical—it’s psychotic. As we’ve seen:

  • He routinely plunges into sustained fits of petty paranoia;
  • He yields to illusions of imperialist grandeur;
  • He gushes absurd right-wing rumors as facts (while simultaneously denying that actual facts are true);
  • He is clinically addicted to lying, curiously retelling his most blatant lies even after they’ve been debunked.

A sane, well-balanced president, having all the power that America’s supreme office carries to an Oval Office occupant, doesn’t:

  • Get into belittling public snits with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger;
  • Doesn’t feel a constant need to puff himself up with  claim that are absurdly and false claims, like his hysterical assertion that the crowd at his inaugural celebration was the largest ever;
  • Doesn’t rage at media outlets that question his proficiency or displease him, blasting as “enemies of the people”;
  • Doesn’t unleash a frantic, all-out attack on Barack Obama just because some radio talk-show conspiracy theorist made a screwball claim that the former president had wiretapped Trump’s campaign.

These are not mere peculiarities, not just Trump being Trump—it’s obvious that the guy is not well and is unable to handle the stressful anxieties of being president of our democratic republic. Indeed, his behavior advocates he’s on the brink of a personal breakdown, and his ever-more-frequent retreats to his posh Florida golf resort tells us he doesn’t even want to do the job.

MANY PEOPLE GROW IN POSITION OF TRUST

Many people who attain high public office grow in their position of trust. Some, however, just bloat.

Trump has put bloat on spectacular since entering the White House, where he’s had a disastrous start. He chose a cabinet and staff mostly made up of ideological quacks, incompetents and Wall Street grifters. Yet, buoyed by his explosive ego, the president pronounced his start historic:

“I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done.”

Sadly, this quote might be right. For example, they made a reckless, autocratic and unconstitutional attempt to ban millions of Muslim immigrants from our land. They embarrassed America with a hasty, failed and deadly military raid in Yemen. They had to ax the kook he chose to be his national security advisor. They’ve even apparently been caught colluding with Russian meddlers in our politics.

Some record!

And now Trump has embraced a GOP replacement of Obamacare, hailing a “Trumpcare” substitute that will:

  • Jack up our health care costs;
  • Cut benefits and eliminate coverage entirely for millions of working-class poor people;
  • Also sneaking in yet another underhanded tax cut for the rich.

It’s so awful that even hordes of Republican lawmakers have gagged, refusing to swallow it. Yet lost in self-deception, Trump calls it “wonderful.”

DETACHED FROM REALITY

We have a president who is detached from reality, careening from one mess to another. But who will say, the emperor has no clothes? He’s so far gone that when he read his recent address to Congress straight off the teleprompter, without his usual pugnacious ranting, Republican enablers of his antics and even the media establishment he scorns applauded him for being “presidential.”

SPEECH

The speech was a nasty wad of lies and right-wing nonsense. If the occasional appearance of sanity is all we ask of Trump, then his reign of insanity will be our fault. His loved ones and his party should intervene, for his sake and for America’s. But they won’t. Will we?

 

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