Trump Derangement Syndrome.

By Catherine Cooper | Aug 09, 2018

The country is in the throes of a major epidemic, with no known cure and some pretty scary symptoms. It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS, and it's rapidly spreading from the point of origin – the political class – to the population at large.

In the first stage of the disease, victims lose all sense of proportion. The president-elect's every tweet provokes a firestorm, as if 140 characters were all it took to change the world.

Trump set up a single phone call with Taiwan's president, and suddenly TDS patients were insisting that our "One China" policy was no more. But the reality is that telephonic communication isn't the same thing as official diplomatic recognition. Besides, in their eagerness to highlight Trump's alleged recklessness, the president-elect's critics misunderstand our policy. "One China" means that we don't recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country or China's sovereignty over Taiwan. We've never considered Taiwan a mere province, and the Taiwan Relations Act obligates us to defend the island against attack.

In the advanced stages of the disease, the afflicted lose touch with reality. Opinion is unmoored from fact.

The mid-level stages of TDS have a profound effect on the victim's vocabulary: Sufferers speak a distinctive language consisting solely of hyperbole. Politico recently ran a piece that noted Trump's supposedly unprecedented decision to continue using his private security force, which provoked former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin to tweet: "A predictable move for a kleptocratic authoritarian who wants to operate outside the bounds of law and basic ethical standards. Even more troubling, he may use the force's lack of government oversight & presidential veneer to carry-out extralegal acts of force."

It's quite a stretch to suggest that a desire to keep trusted lieutenants is actually a sinister plot to create a version of the brownshirts, but such illogical leaps are the pathway to the next stage of TDS: a state of constant hysteria.

Especially when discussing Trump's views on immigration, hysterical TDS victims assume there's no difference between the president-elect's rhetoric (get out!) and his proposed policy (deporting known criminals who are in this country illegally). As Reince Priebus, Trump's chief of staff, put it: "He's not calling for mass deportation. He said, 'No, only people who have committed crimes.' And then only until all of that is taken care of will we look at what we are going to do next."

As TDS progresses, the afflicted lose the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. Despite Trump's expressed desire to "work something out" for the so-called Dreamers – those brought here as very young children – Trump's critics continue to harp on this issue. Immigration advocate Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, who has a very bad case of TDS, inadvertently revealed this mind set when he said: "Before anyone falls into the trap of believing that Trump is 'softening' on immigration, they should remember that we've seen this movie before."

A movie, eh?

In the advanced stages of the disease, the afflicted lose touch with reality. Opinion is unmoored from fact. Life resembles a dark fairy tale in which the villain – Trump – is an amalgam of all the worst tyrants in history, past and present, while the heroes –Trump's critics – are akin to the resistance fighters of World War II.

TDS victims routinely compare Trump to Hitler: Time magazine ran an opinion piece that asked "Just how similar is Donald Trump to Hitler?" The answer: "The comparison between Hitler and Trump is so poignant" because "both men represent their personal character as the antidote to all social and political problems."

Since Hitler has been dead for more than 70 years, though, victims may feel the need for a more potent bogeyman, a tyrant with more currency. And they've found one in Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they insist ordered a hacking campaign to help Trump win the election.

The other day, Tucker Carlson of Fox News interviewed TDS-riddled Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). Carlson asked for evidence that Putin's alleged machinations had any effect on the election. Unable to come up with a coherent answer, Schiff morphed into J. Edgar Hoover: "You're carrying water for the Kremlin," he said, "you're going to have to move your show to 'Russia Today.'"

If you ask a TDS victim what might help them feel better, they'll use the word "normalize." As in, we mustn't "normalize" Trump. What they're really saying is that normal means of dealing with him aren't enough. Which raises the question: If he's another Hitler, if he's in league with Putin, then why is assassination out of the question? Poke a TDS victim and you'll find they don't think that "solution" is out of the question at all.

This is the final stage of the TDS epidemic: violence against a democratically elected leader. Unless a cure for TDS is found, this is where we are headed

Comments (3)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 24, 2018 06:06

How I miss Barack Obama.

by Max Boot July 20
And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. I was left cold by his arrogance and his cult of personality.
Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond. His presidency appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned. All of his faults, real as they were, fade into insignificance compared with the crippling defects of his successor. And his strengths — seriousness, dignity, intellect, probity, dedication to ideals larger than self — shine all the more clearly in retrospect.
Those thoughts are prompted by watching Obama’s speech in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. I was moved nearly to tears by his eloquent defense of a liberal world order that President Trump appears bent on destroying.
The first thing that struck me was what was missing: There was no self-praise and no name-calling. Obama has a far better claim than Trump to being a “very stable genius,” but he didn’t call himself one. The sentences were complete and sonorous — and probably written by the speaker himself. (Imagine Trump writing anything longer than a tweet — and even those are full of mistakes.) The tone was sober and high-minded, even if listeners could read between the lines a withering critique of Trump’s policies.
Obama denounced the “politics of fear and resentment,” the spread of “hatred and paranoia and propaganda and conspiracy theories,” and “immigration policies based on race, or ethnicity, or religion.” Gee, wonder who he had in mind? He rightly noted that “we now stand at a crossroads — a moment in time at which two very different visions of humanity’s future compete for the hearts and minds of citizens around the world.” He then rejected the dark vision propagated by Trump and the dictators he so admires.
"The spectacle of an American president embracing an adversary, and Trump’s subsequent equivocations on whether he believes his own intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the 2016 presidential campaign, cast a pall over a traditionally sober gathering that strives to find practical solutions to the country’s dilemmas.  "

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-the-national-security-elite-gather-in-aspen-the-subject-is-of-course-trump/2018/07/19/0c2ab488-8b7b-11e8-8b20-60521f27434e_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a4ffd469bf50&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1



Posted by: Richard Ferguson | Jul 23, 2018 08:28

Who and What Donald Trump Is...

As a malignant narcissist, Donald Trump's entire life has been to exploit and profit from other people's pain and misery without remorse. As a salesman and as president his only concern is selling his brand to his base
using lies, fear, anger and hate that is tearing our nation apart. This is why he is unable to lead and continues to campaign. Campaigning is sales. What he gets in return from his easily manipulated supporters is the idolization his paranoid insecurity craves. For Donald Trump's there is no 'truth", there is only what works or doesn't work in protecting his fragile ego. He will do anything to defend his delusions and desperate need for approval even if it means sacrificing our country. He will do it feeling justified and without regret because he believes nothing is ever his fault. This is a very sick, dangerous man. The only reason he has been able to get this far is because of a treasonous Republican congress that has betrayed the American people, our Constitution and their conscience.

As president, Donald Trump is the greatest internal threat to our nation. His sickness is a divisive disease infecting our democracy. In business and as president, he believes everyone is his servant and must be attacked if they offend him. With his hateful vindictive assaults on free speech, the free press, minorities, women, veterans, the disabled, our intelligence agencies and human rights, Donald Trump has shown a complete disregard for our Constitution and must be considered nothing less than a tyrant and a traitor. The world is watching and sees the chaos, confusion and division. Our allies see an unstable America as a threat to world peace. Our enemies see a weakened, vulnerable America open to attack. It will take the effort of every American of good faith and conscience to turn this around in putting America back on the path to being the country we hope to be. ~#WrittenBy Gary Borgnis, Feel free to copy and paste this post......



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 23, 2018 06:44

"We will take America without firing a shot. We do not have to invade the US. We will destroy you from within" ~ Nikita Khrushchev, 1956



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