Monday, January 08, 2018

2017 In Review, A Hell Bound Train Of A Year (Part 9) Donald Trump: The Mind Planet Of A Completely Bonkers President


-by Noah

The above clip, from The President Show, is satire, but the best satire has much more than a grain of truth to it. As you begin to watch it, it’s all too real. Such are the words and behavior of the 45th president of the United States. He lives in his own world, his own reality, and he’s dragging us down with it.

History is filled with examples of lunatic heads of state. Shrinks are still trying to get into the minds of people like Caligula, Nero, Henry the 8th, George the 3rd, and far more recent and even more horrid examples of humanity who made it to a position great power where they created massive mayhem and pain. The mind of Donald Trump appears to be no different.

Let’s start with this:
Trumpian Deductive Reasoning:

Comey is a liar.
Comey’s testimony “completely vindicated me.”
Therefore, it takes a liar and lies to vindicate Trump.
Right there, in those three lines, you see a creature that lacks the ability to reason his way, step by step, through life. The brain synapses are in a state of severe malfunction. Imagine if Trump was the president during the Civil War instead of Lincoln. Imagine a President Trump in the 1930s deciding that the best way to help Americans was to just hand out tax cuts to the wealthy, or suppose he was president in 1940 as WWII approached. Who would he have sided with? We are now in another era that is extremely dangerous to the future of the United States, and we have the severely mentally ill Don the Con sitting in the Oval Office, surrounded by sycophant staffers and congressional accomplices.

Trump’s mental illness is not just about his narcisism of a bigly scale. It is also the type of derangement that leads him to defend Nazis, endorse a credibly accused pedophile, appoint cabinet officials and give them the job of dismantling their department to the great harm of the country’s citizens, re-tweet Al Qaeda propaganda videos, demonstrate his envy of brutal dictators like Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Vladimir Putin of Russia, and fight to take away health care from millions in this country. Trump is a villain of comic book and horror movie proportions. The problem is that he is real and he’s destroying the United States Of America better and faster than Russia and China could have ever hoped for. Even worse, he has the help of the whole Republican Party and a tail-dragging media. The planet Trump; or at least his mind, lives on is not the same one as you or I.

All politicians have a bit of narcissism in them. It takes a touch of that to stand before a crowd, think you deserve to be elected, and to yell out “Vote. For. ME."

But, Trump has taken this to a whole new world. He has taken it so far that he has broken all barriers to the world of the insane. The following comes from the American Psychiatric Association “Official Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:
Narcissistic Personality Disorder/DSM-IV TR Diagnostic Criteria

Pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, lack of empathy; beginning in adulthood, indicated by five or more of the following:

1. Grandiose sense of self-imporatance
2. Fantasies of unlimited success, power, beauty, etc.
3. Believes he/she is “special”
4. Requires excessive admiration
5. Has a sense of entitlement
6. Is interpersonally exploitative
7. Lacks empathy
8. Is often envious, or believes that others are envious of him
9. Shows arrogant behaviors or attitudes
Trump scores a perfect 9. We can all fill in the examples from what we see and hear of him every day. Forget the minimum of 5 of 9. Here is something where Trump actually does get the top grade. And, by the way, the cause of Trump’s insanity doesn’t matter. Dementia? Syphilis? Brain damage. A bad father? All that matters is what is.

One of many things that bother me about Trump and his supporters is that all of us, regardless of where we are on the political spectrum, can easily recognize that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is insane but the Republican half of America refuses to see the obvious fact that Trump is not far from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un when it comes to “the crazy.” In North Korea, Kim Jong-un demands praise from his people. Trump follows suit right here. I’ve said it here before. They are like brothers from another mother. If, as normal people do, we accept that Kim Jong-un is stark raving bonkers, why wouldn’t we admit that our own president is as well? It’s plain as day.

As I write this (Tuesday night) reports have just come in that Kim Jong-un warned that he has nukes that can reach some of our territories and a button to control them always at the ready on his desk. Trump, a man every bit as out of control, insanely took the bait and responded that his button is bigger. Have at it shrinks! When is a button more than a button?

Insecure? You bet. Massivly insecure. Think about it. Trump has his cabinet brown-nose him on live TV. When his cult-like Republican Party passed his tax scam just a few weeks ago, he held another get together just so lowlifes and fellow psychotics like Paul Ryan and his congressional accomplices could verbally fellate him in the Rose Garden on live TV. This is crazy banana republic dictator stuff. All of this adds up to a derangement that equals clinical insanity. Ask yourself how off the grid psychotic do you have to be to celebrate steeling money from 98 percent of America while fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are dying from lack of medical attention and clean water and power.

There’s a lot more to the Kim Jong-un-Donald Trump comparison. For instance both Trump and Kim Jong-un love golf. We all know how much time Trump spends golfing. He claims to have made a hole-in-one and won many championships. We’ve also heard how much he cheats to improve his score.

Not to be outdone, Kim Jong-Un has his minions spin tales of his golf exploits, including a record 5 holes in one in his very first game of golf, never mind that the true greatest golfers in the world are lucky to have one in their entire career. North Korea’s madman also had his state news organization report that North Korea had won Soccer’s 2014 World Cup! Trump has his version. It’s called FOX “News.”

Think Trump isn’t as bad? Do you think Trump can’t top that World Cup claim? How about his claim that he is responsible for the lack of any fatal commercial aircraft disasters in 2017? Well, check this out. It’s his tweet (one of them) from this morning:
Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news-- it was just reported that there were Zero Deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!
That’s worldwide and he has nothing to do with flights outside the U.S. even if he could credibly claim that he had anything to do with the happy news here. Besides, one of the first things he did when he moved into the White House was to ease regulations on the airline industry, so, if anything, he was lucky, as are we all if we flew this past year.

Trump likes to give himself other trophies. Some come in the form of fake Time Magazine covers on the walls of at least four of his golf clubs. One “trophy” in particular is a faked up cover of TIME Magazine, complete with the headline claim that his TV show, The Apprentice is a “television smash” and, “Trump Is Hitting On All Fronts… Even TV!” Says Time spokesperson Kerri Chyka:
I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover.
Apparently, the TIME cover, dated March 1, 2009, is only real in the sick mind of President Trump, or, perhaps, it’s all, just as the equally insane Kellyanne Conway would say, “alternative facts”. And, when it comes to TIME, the fake cover is not the only story. It is reported that in his own mind, Trump thinks he has been the TIME cover boy more than Richard Nixon not on the real Earth, of course, just on the one his mind lives in. Trump has almost 50 more appearances to go. Trump might get there. The fact that Nixon was forced to resign led to a lot of those covers. Even Hillary Clinton has graced the cover about 3 times as often. I be that irritates Trump bigly. The faux magazine cover was just another example of his addiction to praise and worship as if he were some fake god that rules a mythical jungle culture. His cultist followers love it. Sane people are getting wise to it.

Señor Trumpanzee is no stranger to the promulgation of fake news. During the 2016 Republican primary, he famously accused the father of Texas Senator Rafael “Ted” Cruz of being involved in the assassination of JFK in 1963. Then there’s also that thing about the inauguration attendance, and so much more. It’s a non-stop tsunami of crazy.

One wonders what other magazine covers Trump will soon be displaying. How about a copy of Sports Illustrated with Trump as the hero quarterback of the 2014 Super Bowl Champion New York Jets after he threw an NFL record 8 touchdown passes in the game. Oh, wait, the Jets haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 1969. The Jets are desperate for a quarterback, though. I’d love to see Trump in there, on the field, as the best, fastest, and strongest defensive ends and linebackers rushed at him, ready to slam his ugly puss into the mud.

Trump’s real brush with pro-football? He owned the failed New Jersey Generals of the extinct United States Football League. His bonkers stewardship of the Generals was instrumental in the failure of the entire league.

Trump thinks things like fake magazine covers and the cloying, pathetic, and obsequious praise of his cult of mental midgets like Paul Ryan and Mike Pence say how great he is but one thing they say for sure is that he is the real king of fake news. He misses the irony, of course.

I don’t even have to get into Trump’s pathological lying that his sick followers lap up like honey from the gods. We see them with virtually every tweet and every pronouncement. The list is so long that newspapers see fit to publish it. The psychotic grandiosity of it all is Trump’s taking of the Josef Goebbels “Big Lie” theory to a max that might even scare Goebbels himself.

All of Trump’s personality amounts to the actions and ravings of a madman. As Larry Wolfe’s recently released book makes clear, all of those rumors about Trump screaming and ranting around the White House are true. Reportedly, even White House staffers are bothered by his lack of both intelligence and sanity. Apparently, though, they aren’t bothered enough about Trump’s mental condition to do anything to save this country and possibly the world. His entire Republican Party is being even worse as they move to obstruct justice and pervert the Constitution and our laws.

I’m not here to officially diagnose Donald Trump. What I’m writing is what I, like you, can see: the obvious. Psychiatry is not my field but it’s safe to say that any reasonably stable and intelligent person knows a crazy person when they see one. I have enough experience with the mentally ill to know that, if you are in the room with a crazy person, they don’t have to say a word. You will know. It doesn’t even take a sixth sense. Given that, the people who deal with Trump up close and personal every day, have zero excuse for not going public just as Congress has zero excuse for not invoking the 25th amendment or calling for impeachment. Sadly, they have decided to throw their country away in the service of their wallets. What will happen the day, Senor Trumpanzee hands them all little cups of hemlock , cyanide-laced grape juice, or Drano?

To me, it’s impossible not to watch Trump speak for 2 minutes and not know what I’m looking at. That has nothing at all to do with his positions, his racism or whatever. One could agree with him on every issue and still see the obvious insanity that should have automatically, disqualified him from any public office while also qualifying him for removal from free society and placement in a facility for the deranged.

That said, why don’t I leave it to the professionals. Here is a November 30th letter from forensic psychiatrist Dr. Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine to the New York Times:
To the editor:

I am the editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. We represent a much larger number of concerned mental health professionals who have come forward to warn against the president’s psychological instability and the dangers it poses. We number in the thousands.

We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability-- in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.

Ordinarily, we carry out a routine process for treating people who are dangerous: containment, removal from access to weapons and an urgent evaluation. We have been unable to do so because of Mr. Trump’s status as president. But the power of the presidency and the type of arsenal he has access to should raise greater alarm, not less.

We urge the public and the lawmakers of this country to push for an urgent evaluationof the president, for which we are in the process of developing a separate but independent expert panel, capable of meeting and carrying out all medical standards of care.
When I first read the above letter, I was struck by how it covered so much of what I already felt. However, I am also struck by how reserved it is. Sure it deals with Trump’s potential for extreme violence by dancing around the idea that he has, as he himself would say, the “big button.” It also covers Trump’s being out of touch with reality.

What Bandy X. Lee’s letter doesn’t mention is Trump’s obvious incapability of anything reassembling empathy. I really hope this man never had any pets as a child. As for his treatment of American citizens, his psychosis is there for all to see, whether it’s in his overt racism, his hate for the environment, his hate for education; the later two exemplified by his cabinet appointments, the former in his words and policy preferences and the white nationalists he surrounds himself with. Then there’s his general total disregard for anyone who isn’t extremely wealthy, especially so extremely wealthy that they have no reason other than morality or patriotism to be loyal to their fellow Americans. This is clearly exemplified by his tax scam and his antipathy towards health care.

Back in December, Dr. Lee was asked to come to Washington to brief a dozen members of Congress. Incredibly, one was even a republican, although I think it’s safe to say that that republican was just attending in order to be a set of eyes and ears. Dr. Lee would not reveal the names of those who attended, but, her professional warning was clear
He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs.
She added that
Trump is going back to conspiracy theories, denying things he has said before, his being drawn to violent videos… We feel that the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress. Trump is going to get worse and will become uncontainable with the pressures of the presidency.
It’s time to forget impeachment. The sands of the hourglass have run out. We can always learn the details of the treachery of Trump and his party and we must. It’s more important right now that he be gone or we will all be gone, as a country, maybe as much more. As Dr. Lee indicates, the tweets alone reveal that Trump is so mentally unstable that the 25th amendment should be invoked within the hour. Once Robert Mueller comes forward with his complete report, we should lock Trump up along with his entire family and all of his criminal accomplices in Congress: not that that would ever happen, but, if it doesn’t it will set a horrific precedent and, sooner are later, the country and the world will pay when the next lunatic comes along and takes over the Oval Office.

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At 4:59 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

You laid it all out, Noah. Yes, all of this has been obvious for a long time. Yet Trump is still the Prez.

The Republicans are a train wreck of traitors and more.

On the Rachel Maddow show last night, I learned that the new tax bill ends a 9% tax on oil that has been in place since the Exxon spill - this money was set aside to deal with future spills. I also learned that new oil drilling will be allowed everywhere off of both coasts, despite all of the governors' protests of these states. And now the greatest potential oil spill of all time ("Exxon Valdez on steroids") is set to occur in the Pacific Ocean - million gallons! Way to go, Republicans!!

I keep saying this - can we last until the 2018 elections? Do we actually have the time to wait for the tsunami blue wave, if it even happens? What new horrors will occur in the coming months?


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