One Nation, Under God, Avoiding Bigly Crazy

By David Adamson

When I floated the idea of writing for this blog to my wife, she agreed it was a good idea. In her words, “It might be better than talking to the TV.” Normally, I don’t talk to televisions, but after Trump’s victory, I grew so agitated I cursed or babbled at the sight or sound of him.

I take some solace that I am not alone. Each day fellow Trump-crazed Americans express a non-stop howl of negative reactions—angst, anger, shock, desperation, paranoia, depression, fear, panic, insomnia, disorientation, alienation, resignation, despair and distraction. They forward, share, tweet, email every Trump scandal, gaffe, ugly photo, insulting cartoon, and inane remark.

David Adamson worked in high technology and health care. He’s the author of Walking the High Tech High Wire and The Wellness Club. He’s written hundreds of blogs on politics and fitness

David Adamson worked in high technology and health care. He’s the author of Walking the High Tech High Wire and The Wellness Club. He’s written hundreds of blogs on politics and fitness

However, beyond a certain point, much of this is unproductive, frenzied singing to the choir. We all know by now that Trump has dwarfed genitalia and why Melania looks so unhappy.

Repugnant politicians: During my decades of adulthood, there have been plenty of repugnant politicians, but there’s something different about Trump—the bombast, self-aggrandizement, bullying, belittling, incoherence, dishonesty, misogyny, faux-Christianity, hyperbole, racism, impulsiveness, self-contradictions, xenophobia and sexual predation. His dangerous alt-reality in which America’s allies are enemies and our enemies are allies, media invents the news, facts are fantasy, America needs rescue, science concocts global warming, a border wall will save us from bad dudes if it’s built bigly high, bigly high, believe me, believe me…Trump is crazy.

Trump is crazy.

The word “crazy” is used here in a clinical sense, not as a pejorative. He clearly has a severe personality disorder. Recently, a group of mental health professionals co-signed a formal letter to the NY Times expressing their concerns about his mental stability. A Duke psychologist went so far as to diagnose Trump as suffering from “malignant” narcissistic personality disorder (diagnostic code 301.81 in Diagnostic Statistical Manual-VI, if you care to Google it).

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Others go crazy, too: I wondered as much. Hearing their expert opinions reminded me of the late R.D. Laing, a ground-breaking British psychiatrist, who made a couple of prescient, unsettling observations from his work with schizophrenics that are pertinent to helping us stall the destructive plans of the Trump/Republican regime:

#1 – If one family member goes crazy, other family members will go crazy, too. Worse, as the family members become crazy they make the already crazy person even crazier.

#2 – A person becomes crazy not just because of brain abnormalities, but also because serious dysfunction already exists in the family that precedes triggers it. There is a huge social component to losing touch with reality.

So what does this dead psychiatrist have to do with Trump and the U.S. early in his presidency?

Regarding #1, understand that the more we disparage and embarrass him, whether in satirical SNL skits or scientific Pew Research polls showing his unpopularity, he’ll get crazier. He’s shown no indication he’s able to modify his behavior; therefore we can expect more and more maniacal night tweets, conspiracy theories, and random outbursts and insults.

If we immerse ourselves in his craziness…We’ll remain stressed, spellbound and powerless.

Daily assaults: If we immerse ourselves in his craziness by spending all day sharing, reacting and refuting his latest crazy behavior, whether in social media, work or the coffee shop, we’ll squander valuable time and emotional resources. His daily assaults on political normalcy will logo_fina_150pixelsdivert us into ineffective, ridiculing, bitching and complaining. We’ll remain stressed, spellbound and powerless.

Regarding #2, Trump is a symptom, not the disease. His presence in the White House is the result of dysfunctions in our economic and political system that will take focused, creative efforts to fix:

  • An electorate more polarized than any historic period since the Civil War.
  • Gerrymandered congressional districts and an obsolete electoral college that tilts federal elections towards the Republican Party before a single vote is even cast.
  • A Democratic Party that lacks vision, is bureaucratic, and falls back on outmoded New Deal/Great Society approaches to solving the novel challenges of a diverse and rapidly changing population in urban and rural areas.
  • Extreme income inequality that is sustained by soulless corporations and the 1 percent who own and control them, along with our two major political parties.

These are why Trump and a minority of Americans were able to hijack the U.S. government. At some point, Trump may be impeached, but not because he’s crazy. Many prominent leaders were mentally ill (read the book A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi, M.D.) Trump and his inner circle of zany ideologues and congressional enablers can only be excised through the mundane, grunt work of politics and elections. That’s where we need to expend our passions for revenge and justice.

Dr. Allen Frances, the psychiatrist who chaired the task force that identified narcissistic personality disorder for the DSM, wrote that the diagnosis does not apply to Trump because he does not exhibit enough “distress and impairment.” In fact, Frances concluded:

“His psychological motivations are too obvious to be interesting, and analyzing them will not halt his headlong power grab. The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological.”

What we can do:

Therefore, it’s time to limit our fixation with Trump’s antics, minimize his time in our psyches. Let’s substitute some of our hours squandered obsessing about him with small, simple daily actions.

You’ll find an arsenal of grassroots action ideas at Rogan’s List. Another really innovative organization is The Sisters Project, which bypasses the ineffectual and expensive Democratic Party apparatus in Washington D.C., and funnels resources directly into supporting candidates and developing voting constituencies in the places Trump and other alt-reality candidates usually win.

And don’t worry–you’ll still have plenty time to stick pins of anger and moral outrage in the pudgy voodoo doll with the blonde hair out in cyberspace.

 

More ideas on how to deal with Trump stress: First step to resistance: A peaceable daily routine by Bear Jack Gebhardt.

Welcome to a new blog that maps a positive course through America’s perilous times

Concerned American writers have joined together to create this new blog, Writers With No Borders, to offer their thoughts on how to steer our nation through perilous times.

The writers aren’t the media elite who receive so much criticism these days. Instead, they are your neighbors, the person you might meet in a coffee shop or tavern, the guy who drives an old car, and the lady who frets over trying to be the superwoman that society claims should be able to do everything. They are like you.

The author of this blog post is Gary Kimsey, a writer who lives in Missouri in the winter and Colorado in the summer. Learn more about him…

Solve problems: These writers have several things in common: They see danger now and ahead for our country and the world. They like to write about current issues. What they have to say is important. Their views will focus on challenges faced by Americans and action that can be taken to solve problems. logo_fina_150pixels

I’ll be one of the writers. I picked up my pen—well, that is, I sat down at my computer—because it’s my view we have plunged into dangerous times politically, environmentally and socially.

Danger for the United States has existed at various levels since 1776, but now the perilous times have been incredibly heightened by Donald Trump, his tweets and his controversial orders. Regardless of whether you voted for him, you surely must be concerned, too, about what has happened since the inauguration.

As a rule, I’m apolitical. I believe everyone has a right to vote as they believe and that all of us should abide by the results. I’m a registered independent and I vote for the person, not the party. I follow news closely. I prefer to watch and read about answers rather than problems. Nonetheless, and I dislike pointing this out, here’s what I’ve seen and what I think:

After spending less than two weeks in office, the president has lied about the size of the inauguration crowd, committed to building a wall of questionable value that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars; muzzled the EPA; tried to bully Australia, one of America’s longest and most faithful friends; angered Mexicans to the point where they are boycotting U.S. goods embraced Putin, ignored Russia’s new military thrust againt Ukraine; alienated countries around the world by banning Muslims; enhanced the recruiting capabilities of ISIS; threatened a respected university where protests occurred on February 1; insulted the CIA and other intelligence agencies; and harshly warned the sovereign countries of the United Nations not to take views that oppose the U.S. Don’t believe this last point? Consider the message offered last week by Nikki Haley, Trump’s United Nations ambassador: “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names.”

A couple of days ago one of my friends posted a link on Facebook that went to a USA Today article with this headline: Analysis: Trump’s start creates chaos by doing what he promised. My friend added this to his post: “By doing what he promised. Were people not listening?!?” He meant, of course, when they voted for him.

To get worse: I replied back to my friend: “People were listening, but I suspect many didn’t believe he actually would do such insanely dangerous things. And we’re only days into his administration. Listen to this: It will get worse.”

Millions of people have already marched in protest of Trump. Thousands demonstrate daily. Peace is likely to give way to violence, unfortunately. On January 31, in what I suspect may be an opening salvo to more violent protests, police used pepper gas to disperse unruly protesters in Ohio.

Listen to this: It will get worse. I pray that I’m wrong.

Look for diverse views and topics from Writers With No Borders

In future posts of Writers With No Borders, writers will at times focus on Trump, but they will also venture into such topics as global warming, women’s rights, religious freedom, health care, jobs, the economy, public education, immigration, renewable energy, oil, hacking, congress, terrorism, nuclear weapons, and, among others, political swamps.

Diversity of views is good thing for our society. It’s a large part of the foundation upon which America was built upon and is nourished. That’s what this blog is all about: diversity of views. It is the reason we’ve asked a variety of writers to offer their opinions and solutions.

Time for regular folks: This blog was also developed as a way to step over and beyond the power elite, the political elite, the economic elite: They can’t agree on any ideas or feasible solutions. It’s time for regular folks to take the lead.

Regardless of where you on the proverbial political aisle, now is the time to stay abreast of issues. Join political groups. Join environmental organizations. Speak your views. Look beyond Facebook and Twitter headlines. Stay peaceful.

Read news, editorials and analysis offered by quality news organizations. Research to find the truth. Verify information by going to reputable sites like FactCheck.org and Snopes.org.

Keep track of what your local and national politicians are doing. Email them. Tweet them. Call them. Go old style: Write them letters. Better yet, visit their offices. Take your views to them. Send us your views, too. And, again, stay peaceful.

Now is the time.

Follow Writers With No Borders by email by clicking on the follow icon at the top of the right column.

 

 

Welcome to a new blog that maps a positive course through America’s perilous times

Concerned American writers have joined together to create this new blog, Writers With No Borders, to offer their thoughts on how to steer our nation through perilous times.

The writers aren’t the media elite who receive so much criticism these days. Instead, they are your neighbors, the person you might meet in a coffee shop or tavern, the guy who drives an old car, and the lady who frets over trying to be the superwoman that society claims should be able to do everything. They are like you.

The author of this blog post is Gary Kimsey, a writer who lives in Missouri. Learn more about him…

Solve problems: These writers have several things in common: They see danger now and ahead for our country and the world. They like to write about current issues. What they have to say is important. Their views will focus on challenges faced by Americans and action that can be taken to solve problems. logo_fina_150pixels

I’ll be one of the writers. I picked up my pen—well, that is, I sat down at my computer—because it’s my view we have plunged into dangerous times politically, environmentally and socially.

Danger for the United States has existed at various levels since 1776, but now the perilous times have been incredibly heightened by Donald Trump, his tweets and his controversial orders. Regardless of whether you voted for him, you surely must be concerned, too, about what has happened since the inauguration.

As a rule, I’m apolitical. I believe everyone has a right to vote as they believe and that all of us should abide by the results. I’m a registered independent and I vote for the person, not the party. I follow news closely. I prefer to watch and read about answers rather than problems. Nonetheless, and I dislike pointing this out, here’s what I’ve seen and what I think:

After spending less than two weeks in office, the president has lied about the size of the inauguration crowd, committed to building a wall of questionable value that will cost taxpayers from $15 billion to $40 billion, muzzled the EPA, stuck a spike in the heart of America’s friendship with Mexico, embraced Putin, alienated countries around the world by banning Muslims, enhanced the recruiting capabilities of ISIS, and threatened the United Nations. Don’t believe this last point? Consider the message offered last week by Nikki Haley, Trump’s United Nations ambassador: “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names.”

A couple of days ago one of my friends posted a link on Facebook that went to a USA Today article with this headline: Analysis: Trump’s start creates chaos by doing what he promised. My friend added this to his post: “By doing what he promised. Were people not listening?!?” He meant, of course, when they voted for him.

To get worse: I replied back to my friend: “People were listening, but I suspect many didn’t believe he actually would do such insanely dangerous things. And we’re only days into his administration. Listen to this: It will get worse.”

Millions of people have already marched in protest of Trump. Thousands demonstrate daily. Peace is likely to give way to violence, unfortunately. Yesterday, in what I suspect may be an opening salvo to more violent protests, police used pepper gas to disperse unruly protesters in Ohio.

Listen to this: It will get worse. I pray that I’m wrong.

Look for diverse views and topics from Writers With No Borders

In future posts of Writers With No Borders, writers will at times focus on Trump, but they will also venture into such topics as global warming, women’s rights, religious freedom, health care, jobs, the economy, public education, immigration, renewable energy, oil, hacking, congress, terrorism, nuclear weapons, and, among others, political swamps.

Diversity of views is good thing for our society. It’s a large part of the foundation upon which America was built upon and is nourished. That’s what this blog is all about: diversity of views. It is the reason we’ve asked a variety of writers to offer their opinions and solutions.

Time for regular folks: This blog was also developed as a way to step over and beyond the power elite, the political elite, the economic elite: They can’t agree on any ideas or feasible solutions. It’s time for regular folks to take the lead.

Regardless of where you on the proverbial political aisle, now is the time to stay abreast of issues. Join political groups. Join environmental organizations. Speak your views. Look beyond Facebook and Twitter headlines. Stay peaceful.

Read news, editorials and analysis offered by quality news organizations. Research to find the truth. Verify information by going to reputable sites like FactCheck.org and Snopes.org.

Keep track of what your local and national politicians are doing. Email them. Tweet them. Call them. Go old style: Write them letters. Better yet, visit their offices. Take your views to them. Send us your views, too. And, again, stay peaceful.

Now is the time.

Upcoming: In the next post of Writers With No Borders, Bear Jack Gebhardt, a writer in Colorado, will focus on how to nourish your life and your soul while putting up a resistance to today’s tangled problems. Watch for his post on February 1.

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