I’m not a psychiatrist. But, I don’t think that this is something that we can ignore, and just leave to the “experts.” I think that we all understand the basic concepts of psychology and psychiatry, and we have to use them, and every ability we have ever acquired, to combat Trumpism – if we value our lives.
Donald Trump shows a striking inability to parse information. He can’t order and arrange, or prioritize data in a normal way. So, we get pink elephants like airports in the Eighteen Century, refugees from terror and rampant criminality depicted as villains, and raking as a cure-all for the desiccation of North America. The President seems to be getting worse, and we are all in terror of what he may do.
Was Trump born with an organic cognitive defect of his brain? Who could know? But, from his history we can see exactly how he may have become damaged. Donald had a father who didn’t know love, compassion or decency. Donald was indoctrinated with mafia principles and values from infancy: Everyone is either preditor or prey, everyone is dishonest, service to country is for suckers, everyone can be bought, hard work is for underlings, all honor to the Bosses. Endlessly. He must have had tremendous cognitive dissonance; with the whole world telling him that parents love their children, while he had a father who couldn’t conceive of love as anything but weakness.
Trump was taught that the only things of value were wealth, power, and loyalty. He wasn’t just taught though. Every person in his life, every wiseguy hustler, every pimp and counterfeiter, the grocer, the banker, and the cop on the beat all believed the same thing.
One of Trump’s instructors has said that he was “the dumbest student he ever had.” A classmate said that Trump bought his degree. He has never shown the ability to read or write normally. He has neglected, all his life, to improve his mind, so he compensates by creating pseudo-knowledge. And he really believes that he is a genius. Why not? In his mind he has everything figured out. He knows everything of value, so why waste a single second learning valueless things?
But, since the 1980’s there have been forces at work in this country that took advantage of people like Trump; for power and wealth, of course. Trump was already damaged, maybe beyond repair; but he had to be enabled. That was done by the Tea Party, and the Masters of Division like Paul Ryan. And, it was too much for Trump. Greed drove him over the edge – with a stout shove.
Donald Trump isn’t normal! I don’t mean that in a medical sense. I mean that he can’t do things that most if us find commonplace. It’s unbelievable that he could do a complex job. Could he assemble an automobile engine? Fly an airplane? Teach a course in American National Government? Can he develop a plan for our technological future (okay, that’s a little absurd)? If he is getting worse, then he may prescribe nuclear war as a solution to… what? Famine? Would he start a civil war to stay President for life, setting brother against brother, armed with military style weapons? He has threatened us with exactly these horrors.
Trump is nearing his limit, his breaking point. What will come next? Will he simply lose the ability to express himself normally, and lose everything because of what put him there: his rambling, insane diatribes. Or, will his mind last just long enough to start a global war? Will he turn this country into a mafia domain? Will he destroy the rule of law? Will he give the order: “Kill all Liberals.”
The most frightening thing is that millions are going the same way. Trump has enabled them. He set loose a monster that we will play hell containing. Are they all like The Donald, broken and unrecoverable? Will they discard every principle that Western Civilization was founded on, at his command? Yes! That’s obvious, if they aren’t stopped.
The future of mankind hangs by a thread. Oh yes, it is that serious. If we don’t take this existential threat seriously, then hundreds of millions will die. Next summer, when the heat waves kill millions, and food crops are blighted, that is the beginning of the end. When the wars begin, and the mass extinctions of refugees begin, and the food shortages, and the real mass incarcerations begin with starvation concentration camps; then you will see why I say, “hundreds of millions will die.”
Do we have the will to stop Trump now? Doubtful. He has so many allies. Some, like Mitch, smirk with delight at the thought of killing representative democracy. Many, like Putin would gloat over the corpse of, “the greatest country in the world.” The entire World Mafia is itching to divie up the spoils.
And, homegrown terrorists would carve out criminal empires in the, “Birthplace of Freedom.”
Ever had a gun at your head? You have now!