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Trump Derangement Syndrome: It’s not in the DSM, but should be

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Trump Derangement Syndrome Its not in the DSM but should be

I don’t believe that Donald Trump Jr is trying to be a psychiatrist, but it appears that he has accurately diagnosed a real mental illness on the Left. Last evening the Daily Caller published a few of Junior’s latest comments.

The Democrats and the Media were pushing “sick and twisted conspiracy theories.” Anyone with a “sane mind” knew those theories were garbage. And he supplied a new name for them: “Collusion Truthers.”

This brilliantly reminds us of the “birthers” who insisted that Barack Obama was not born in the US, and that that somehow disqualified him from serving as President. Those conspiracy theorists were properly excoriated for ignoring the fact that Obama’s mother was a US citizen, guaranteeing him “natural born citizen” status. When Donald Trump said that Obama could lay the controversy to rest by releasing his long form Hawaii birth certificate, the Left declared him to be a “birther.”

Let’s be clear. A birther denies that Obama is a natural born US citizen. Not Donald Trump. But the Left grasped the shiny object and turned it into a lie. When Obama released his birth certificate, Trump declared that “I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue.”

“Getting rid of this issue.” In other words, demolishing the birther argument! But the Left keeps insisting that Trump is a birther. At every turn, this is what they’ve done. When Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing… I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” Any sane person would note two things.

First, this was a brilliant piece of sarcasm. It had just been revealed that Hillary Clinton had “lost” 33,000 emails from her illegal server. So maybe the Russians, who are the great bug-a-boo of American politics, could find what she had lost. Hillary was incompetent. Maybe worthless and incompetent Russia might be able to aid her oafish skills. “Help her!”

Second, Hillary’s emails had already been hacked. There was no need to call for hacking. She had also destroyed the 33,000 emails. So a new hack would do nothing. But an uncritical audience might not catch these nuances, particularly if the commentators didn’t mention them.

We could go on with lie after lie from the MSM and the Democrats. But perhaps Phillipe Reines’ performance on Fox news right after AG Barr’s letter dropped is most illustrative. Each time Molly Hemingway tried to point out that the indictments and pleas of Trump campaign associates had nothing to do with the collusion narrative, Reines shouted her down with “37 indictments and pleas!” He could not allow her to use the truth to contradict his implication that the presence of malfeasance in some arena was necessarily malfeasance by Trump. It was necessary to shout down basic facts in order to perpetrate the Lefty narrative. In psychiatry, this is known as an obsession.

The Bible of Psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, lists a gradation for obsessive behaviors.

  • Good or fair insight
  • Poor insight
  • Absent insight/delusional obsessive-compulsive disorder beliefs (i.e., complete conviction that obsessive-compulsive disorder beliefs are true)

If we are to assume that the Left has good or fair insight, then we have to assess them as behaving in a completely antisocial manner, contrary to observed facts. An antisocial person “often feels little or no empathy toward other people, and doesn’t see the problem in bending or breaking the law for their own needs or wants.” For those of us who have been combating Lefty lunacy, this has become epidemic. The pictures of Hillary Clinton, James Clapper, James Comey, and many others are attached to this definition.

This has been a considerable problem for those of us who actually believe in truth, justice, and the American way. The Left protects its own, and Al Franken’s fall from grace is a rare exception to that rule. The Left sacrificed one non-essential character to maintain the fiction that Democrats actually believe in justice. The election of Keith Ellison as Minnesota Attorney General, in the face of corroborated allegations far more serious than those against Franken, proves this point. Democrats are ruthless power brokers. It is their only currency. Evil-doers will be protected as long as power continues to flow to Democrats. But one has to ask how many Democrats actually have good insight and are acting in a merely anti-social manner.

I recently discovered that a long-time Jewish friend was a hard-Left liberal. This is indeed curious, since his personal wealth is a result of his surgical skills and long medical practice. In other words, he profited from merit. His medical practice depended on the careful identification of truth. Was a particular artery blocked? Or not?

At one point, we had a discussion on Facebook about the President. He was unwilling to use the President’s name, calling him “Drumpf” or “the orange ferret.” Political opponents were “resucklicans.” The rest of his language was even more offensive. When I pointed out that he was a smart guy, as evidenced by his medical career,” I was shouted down with personal insults.

As I look across the Twitterverse, similar sentiments appear widely. Facebook is no better, with repulsive epithets thrown about like confetti as if they were potpourri to cover the stench of illogic. I’m left with the inescapable conclusion that a vast number on the Left have become fully Obsessive/Compulsive. This comes from a delusional belief system that is without any sort of insight. In short, it is a psychosis. This is a major psychiatric disorder. It may be that Van Jones is the sanest of the lot.

“There’s an honest level of sadness and disappointment and disorientation among progressives and Democrats and I think it goes deeper than just what’s in the report.” He noted, “The revelation that none of that was true had created a general sense of moral confusion among Democrats and also an inability to understand what the administration has done, without the filter of “Russia collusion.” Jones goes on to demonstrate his own lack of insight when he asks why Trump “kisses up to Putin.” “Why does he want to meet with him by himself?” Really?

The first question answers itself. Trump does not “kiss up to Putin.” He never has, and never will. Trump has done more contrary to Putin’s benefit than any president before. And we should recall that Obama told Putin’s sidekick Medvedev that “after the election I’ll have more flexibility.” In other words, I can’t kiss your ass right now, but I can after I’m re-elected. And, by the way, I won’t put any effort into stopping your attempts to meddle in our elections. Wait! That’s not what Obama said he would do, it’s what he actually did.

As for heads of state meeting alone, that’s NORMAL. But the Dems can’t trust Trump to set things up their way, and want to hear from the interpreter. Fat chance. Van Jones has a major defect in his insight, but he’s still tethered close enough to reality to not go completely over the edge like Phillip Reines.

Obsessive/Compulsive Personality Disorder (aka Trump Derangement Syndrome) is a major psychiatric defect. In this case it has its origin in the incontrovertible fact that Donald Trump could not possibly win the Presidency. Hillary Clinton had been anointed and would serve. But he did win. That meant that it was absolutely imperative that his election be delegitimized. An immediate move to find faithless electors ensued, but without material success.

Within hours, such luminaries as Maxine Waters declared that we needed to “Impeach 45!” Somehow her massive intellect missed the point that you cannot impeach a president who has not yet taken office. Nor has she been able to explain how you can impeach a president for acts that predate the election. The Constitution requires “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a term that only applies to the president’s official tenure. But that level of insight is far beyond the capability of an obsessive.

At every turn, facts have come out that show Donald Trump’s complete legality. But to the deluded, when any Court rules against one of Trump’s actions, that means Trump is an authoritarian, even while the President allows the Court to stay his actions pending appeal. Anything the Left doesn’t like is “Unconstitutional!” but of course Obama’s acts weren’t, even though the Courts consistently ruled against his “pen and phone.”

I would exceed your attention span if I were to list all the prominent persons and examples of the psychiatric disorder. In short, the loonie Left has a view of the world. It is completely delusional and utterly divorced from reality. “The Left is smarter and wiser than the Right,” and the Right therefore has no right to do anything but acquiesce.  When the Right opposes the Left, and, heaven help us, actually wins a fight, the Left cannot bring itself to understand that they are wrong. That would be so, so harmful to their self-esteem. Snowflakes cannot allow themselves to be triggered.

TDS is not limited to politicians and commentators. Legal analysts are affected as well. David R Lurie claims that Attorney General Barr has created a new and dangerous interpretation of the doctrine of Obstruction of Justice. To do so, he completely misrepresents the statements of the AG to the point of claiming that asking for leniency for Michael Flynn constituted “shut[ting] down an investigation.” Somehow this would be obstruction, but, as President, Donald Trump has the absolute authority to direct Comey to do just that. We should recall that the first sentence of Article II vests all executive authority in a single person: The President. The FBI Director and the Attorney General are his subordinates. To “go easy” on Flynn would be “prosecutorial discretion.” But that would contradict Lurie’s delusions, and so he repeats them to all who will hear. Of course, Flynn got no discretion, and Trump did not intervene.

David Corn of Mother Jones is not so circuitous in his declamations. “Trump Aided and Abetted Russia’s Attack. That Was Treachery. Full Stop.” If one wades through this screed, the thinking person is again greeted with so many distortions and lies that they become impossible to count, and even more difficult to explain. They stand in direct contradiction to Mueller’s evidence and conclusions. We are again left with the disquieting fact that a large part of our public square has become completely delusional, bereft of any reasoning power.

As we continue in the Left’s echo chamber, we see all sorts of primitive defense mechanisms in play. Denial is obvious, but just the first step. Reality is too painful, so it simply cannot be true. Acting Out has been ubiquitous with the Antifa movement, where physical assaults are committed against peaceful political opponents. This is justified by Projection, where the psychotic person cannot accept his own thoughts and beliefs, and so projects them on to the opponent, the “hater” or “fascist.” “Donald Trump is an authoritarian” is another common trope. Projection is often combined with Compartmentalization, where the evil parts of oneself are separated from “who I am” in order to avoid guilt for evil personal deeds.

Slightly more mature defense mechanisms include rationalizations. These are more common in legal commentators than the bulk of the Left. But again, even this depends on the very first, most primitive mechanism: Denial.

“Trump didn’t win fair.” “Trump is the enemy of America.” These and similar demonstrably false tropes are so central to the identity of many on the Left that they cannot be allowed to be challenged without personal disintegration. All of the various denials of the Barr letter have to be seen in this light. They are “tales told by an idiot, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5). Those who thought that the Left might give up the witch hunt have far too optimistic a view of the sanity of the Left. Psychotics cannot choose to gain insight.

Fortunately most Americans are not idiots. The task of providing house and home take too much time and effort to be subverted by the psychotic ravings of Democrats and their lapdogs in the MSM. In my humble opinion, more Americans will be persuaded by multiplying job opportunities and growing wages than the ravings of people who have disconnected from reality. Cries of “unfair!” to the Senate vote on the Green New Deal will be answered by “Democrats were so interested in climate change that they refused to vote for their own bill.” Truth will win the day. After all, Americans want safe streets, good schools, and good jobs first. Democrats offer nothing on these frontiers, while Donald Trump is working hard.

Americans are very sane. And they recognize insanity, even if they don’t have the fancy language for it. “Collusion Truthers,” indeed.

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Comparing the 1976 election to 2020

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Comparing the 1976 election to 2020

As we all know, the best thing about hindsight is that it is always 20/20. In 1976, I made the one big political blunder that I will live up to. I helped elect Jimmy Carter as 39th president of the United States.

Actually, it all started out positively but very quickly slid downhill on a steep incline. Jimmy Carter has been an unmitigated disaster both during and since his time in office. He is just lucky that Barack Obama has now taken his title as worst president of our lifetime.

SETTING THE SCENE IN 1976

On Election Day, November 2, 1976, I was a 27 year old U.S. Air Force veteran enrolled at a Christian university. I had survived the Hippie Revolution during the Psychedelic 60s. While the war in Vietnam was raging, I served tours in the Philippines and on Okinawa.

At the time of the 1968 election, I was already over 18 but the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age from 21 had not yet been ratified. Therefore, my first opportunity to vote for President of the United States was via absentee ballot from Clark Air Base, Philippines in 1972.

Richard Nixon’s political future had been written off when the standing VP lost to a young Senator from Massachusetts in 1960. But 1968 was a very turbulent year in politics. In fact, it was a very traumatic year for our entire country.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th. Barely four and a half years after the assassination of JFK, his younger brother and former U.S. Attorney General RFK was shot and killed at a hotel in Los Angeles just a few miles from where I then resided. Robert Kennedy had just won the California Democratic Primary when his life was so tragically ended.

Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey in the general election that year of 1968. In 1972, he was overwhelmingly re-elected against George McGovern. The best political slogan of all time that I recall was McGovern McCan’t.

So Nixon was riding high. But the man who always seemed destined to eventually self-destruct self-destructed. If you’re too young to remember Watergate, please Google it.

Nixon’s VP Spiro Agnew of Maryland had resigned due to a scandal and Gerald Ford had been confirmed as his replacement. In the face of almost certain impeachment, Tricky Dicky resigned on August 9th, 1974, just a couple months after I had returned to civilian life.

Jerry Ford was a very likable former Congressman from Michigan who was as clumsy as all get-out. America (myself included) was disgusted over the revelations of Watergate and rampant corruption in the White House.

Without belaboring the point, the time was ripe for a perceived Southern Gentleman from Georgia to bring civility back to the U.S. presidency. At their convention in Kansas City in 1976, the GOP had the chance to nominate Ronald Reagan but went with Ford instead.

I believe it was Charles Osgood who used to do rhyming reports who made the most memorable one that still sticks in my mind. This week in Kansas City fair, there was a man who wasn’t there! The GOP wanted no discussion whatsoever of Nixon’s fall.

So Jimmy Carter won.

SETTING THE SCENE IN 2020

This current discussion is not so much about the miserable legacy of Jimmy Carter which I have written about before. Suffice it for now to remind us that he was the one who failed to respond to Iran and created the hostile environment that still exists 40 years later. Carter then went on to pander to Palestinians and other Middle Eastern hostile Islamic entities.

What I’m focusing on here is how America was sick of Nixon and blamed the Republican Party for his abuses. He had actually done more good than bad following 8 years of Democrats under JFK and LBJ. But Watergate erased every bit of that.

Now, we are once again at a crossroads in history. After eight years of Democrat misrule under BHO, in 2016 our country was ready to entrust our future to Donald Trump. No need to go into an evaluation of POTUS 45.

I went into more detail about 1976 because many of you reading this today were not born yet, some were too young to yet take an interest in national events and frankly memories tend to dim after the passage of so much time unless this is a vital component of one’s sense of civic responsibility.

Today there is a lot of loose talk about a potential impeachment of our incumbent president. Many have actually forgotten or purposely buried the actual impeachment of Bill Clinton. But, the truth is that impeachment of President Trump remains highly unlikely. But this has all created an atmosphere of uncertainty.

This current article might be somewhat more apropos in 2024 when Donald Trump is completing his second full term in office. Yes, I fully expect that to happen. But there is too much that applies today to try to hold these thoughts in abeyance for 5 years.

The Democrat Party today is a far cry from what it was in 1976. Back then, Dems and GOP both seemed to love America but to have different visions of how to govern this wonderful land.

It would not be unreasonable in this day and age to question whether modern Democrats really do still love the United States of America. Do they value our shared national tradition over their own greed and political ambitions for power?

Nothing nearly as extreme as Watergate has transpired under POTUS 45. But I do observe that there is a sense of urgency in some factions to totally repudiate and distance our country from the policies and behavior of Donald Trump. To those old enough to remember, the one theme that remains constant with both Nixon and Trump is that their detractors consider them totally dysfunctional despite their actual accomplishments.

A rational decision in 1976 would have led to a vote for Gerald Ford rather than Jimmy Carter as I can now clearly see in retrospect. But Carter was soft-spoken and seductive in his political rhetoric. While the Democrat field of presidential hopefuls has yet to be winnowed down, there is a lot more chaff than wheat in the field. What is left may be less than optimum.

20/20 NEEDED IN 2020

We must avoid myopia at all costs. We must see people and their potential clearly. Those of us who supported a different GOP candidate in 2016 are resigned to the fact that Trump prevailed. Even if we would prefer someone different on our ticket next year, it ain’t going to happen.

We have to be careful not to think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. I hate to use this metaphor when some are actually campaigning to decriminalize cannabis. I never bought into the hippie culture during my youth and never experimented with grass and definitely never dropped acid.

But the fact that we are not 100% pleased with the status quo is no excuse to replace it with something exponentially less desirable. That’s why I haven’t focused on everything Jimmy Carter did as president and as ex-president to demonstrate his incompetence. That is all part of the historical record which you can easily research for yourself if you don’t remember it first-hand.

I’m more concerned with the discontent or malaise in the country that set the scene for the election of Jimmy Carter. I share the blame with many who were deceived and misled. I have never voted for another Democrat since if that counts for anything.

For those who don’t remember Watergate, it wasn’t the break-in that led to Nixon’s downfall. It was the subsequent cover-up.

There is nothing Trump has done or failed to do thus far that would lead to impeachment. He just needs to exercise care not to overreact. As long as he continues to do the job he was elected to do to the best of his ability, following the advice of the best advisors available, he will definitely be re-elected.

But if he panics and indulges in ad hominem attacks on specific opponents, he is just making himself more vulnerable politically. That would be opening the door that should remain padlocked from the inside.

We as conservatives must first and foremost remain circumspect. We all know there is much political discontent in this country. I personally have not felt such intensity since 1968 in those who want to tear down the infrastructure of our national government and start from scratch.

The Proud of America sentiment of the 1950s was rudely and crudely displaced in the 1960s. Despite Carter and other negative influences, we made it through as Ronald Reagan restored a feeling of patriotism amongst Americans.

We are currently in the most prolonged era of international warfare that we have ever experienced. We somehow survived the fundamental negative transformation of America and social re-engineering of the Obama years.

A FORK IN THE ROAD

So, we have once again come to crunch-time. We will do well to recall the mistakes made in the 1976 election which we must not repeat in 2020.

Remember that not all that sounds good is good. Not everyone who looks good is good. Conversely, all that may at first seem bad is not necessarily bad. What initially seems to be the worst option may ultimately be the one we should take.

The biggest difference in the last 43 years of course is modern technology. We didn’t have email back then, let alone the internet and social media. Information can now be instantly transmitted around the globe the moment you click Send or Tweet.

So let’s use this to our advantage. Share the word. The message is that things today are not as bad as they seem. Sometimes we just have to dine on peanut butter and jelly rather than caviar. Truth be told, I think I like the taste of PBJ sandwiches better anyway. If you want to make this a Jimmy Carter analogy, just say he was a better peanut farmer than president.

I can’t predict today who is the probable Carteresque decoy in the Democrat Party. But I can absolutely guarantee you, there’s not even one Winston Churchill in the midst. To go back in history even farther than we usually do, FDR led us into World War II but it took Truman to lead us out.

If there is one patriot in the Democratic Party who is not a complete political animal, please step forward and be recognized. There are only two genders, so please acknowledge which one you are and be a man or woman of principle.

Cut out the crap about cages at the border. Stand up for our national sovereignty. As long as you keep pandering to lawbreakers, you don’t deserve consideration to be our next president and commander-in-chief.

SUMMING IT UP

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America, avoid the error of 1976 and don’t fall for any candidate who promises you something will be created from nothing. Only God can do that. Nobody on the 2020 ballot will be divine.

The best mortal prospect is our current and future President Donald Trump. If I had to eat crow over voting for Carter, I must accept the fact that the celebrity from New York is better, far better, than any foreseeable alternative.

I sincerely wish it were not so.

But it is so.

[Frame this and hang it on your wall, Pres. Trump, because it’s the closest thing you’re ever going to get to an endorsement from me. You don’t know me from Adam, but you can rest assured a lot of other conservatives who were disenfranchised in Cleveland feel the same way.]

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Before the 2018 midterm elections, there was a general consensus among those in a conservative chat group I run that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would become the face of the Democratic Party. We were correct. Where we were wrong is in thinking this would be a bad thing. I personally thought a young, energetic millennial would be a rallying force that showed Americans government belonged in the hands of millennials and, by proxy, the Democratic party.

That was before we learned how radical she really was. Now that her true colors have been revealed to the world, I’m changing my stance. She is the face of the Democratic Party, and this can be a very good thing for conservatives as long as we do two things.

A recent Axios poll shows AOC’s clout is rising.

Exclusive poll: AOC defining Dems in swing states

The findings:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.

  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
  • “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.

All the information we need is right there to tell us the two things that must happen for the GOP to retain the Senate and White House and win back the House of Representatives in 2020. First, we must keep AOC and her “squad” – Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaid – in the news. Thankfully, they readily oblige by giving journalists on both sides of the aisle more fodder than anyone other than the President.

Second, we must hammer home the notion that socialism is very, very bad. Open borders, Medicare-for-All, gun confiscations, and the Green New Deal are all topics that should be hammered as well, but they need much more explaining. Socialism is generally recognized as bad and we need that perception to grow. This is extremely important because right now, many radical progressives are selling the idea of “Democratic Socialism” to anyone they influence. They’re saying it’s different from Venezuela and everywhere else that socialism has been tried and failed miserably.

They’re pushing this notion hard. We need to spread the truth even harder.

If there’s one certainty in election politics, it’s that ignorance rules. We cannot assume that average apolitical Americans are going to be acutely aware of the dangers of socialism or the people who are pushing the notion. Assume the people generally don’t understand. For example, most Americans favor Medicare-for-All until they find out what’s in it. The same can likely be said about the Green New Deal as the vast majority of Americans would classify it as a green initiative that is trying to fight climate change. But even one of the plan’s architects, AOC’s Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti, balks at the notion that it’s a “climate change thing.”

Conservatives have the truth on our side, and people like AOC are doing everything they can to subvert the truth. Many voters are misinformed, but they’re not stupid. We must make them acutely aware of the dangers of radical progressivism.

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Brandon Straka’s #WalkAway video sets the stage for steady doses of truth

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Former Democrat Brandon Straka is not very popular on the left. He represents the dissemination of an existential threat to radical progressives everywhere. What he’s spreading is the truth, and coming from someone who was formerly a media- and education-indoctrinated leftist, it holds plenty of clout.

When he formed the #WalkAway movement, it was an awakening for him that he wanted to share with the rest of the world. He realized the facts didn’t jibe with the narratives being pushed by both Democrats and mainstream media. Both instantly lashed out at him for daring to cross the line of understanding that Jussie Smollett didn’t get attacked by MAGA racists, the Covington Catholic School kids didn’t go after a Native American man, and President Trump did not collude with Russia.

“#WalkAway’s goal is to fight back against liberal ideology and narratives, which are embraced by the Democratic Party, in an effort to awaken Americans to the real truth – not the indoctrination and false narratives of the political left,” Straka said. “We specifically want to effectively communicate with and engage minority groups targeted by the Democrats. The ultimate goal is to do away with groupthink and tribal mentality and encourage people to embrace their individual identities and unify America.”

For telling the truth and not buying into progressive propaganda, Straka has been excommunicated from the Democratic cult. Thankfully for him, he is being embraced by people in the center and to the right who appreciate the truth.

He has another fan as well. President Trump Tweeted out a snippet of the first episode of The Hard Truth.

“We have already produced the first 5 episodes,” Straka said. “Each episode will be released when the previous episode begins to lose a bit of traction- so it won’t be a regular schedule, but instead based on consumer demand or when we feel a particular message might be immediately needed.”

In the first episode of The Hard Truth, Brandon Straka reveals the origins of his movement. It’s definitely worth a watch… President Trump himself recommended doing so. Mainstream media is lying to you. Be warned.

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