Like many millions of folks, I don’t really know what to say any more about this election and Donald Trump. I have been paying attention to elections (and voting) since the 1952 Eisenhower-Stevenson campaign. I was an incoming freshman at Stanford University, and had til then been a mere onlooker to US elections, but one who paid attention nonetheless. In those days, it was hard not to pay attention. We had that War thing, with President Roosevelt leading the nation politically, and Eisenhower—Ike—leading our military assaults on the Hitler war machine. We did listen to Roosevelt’s “chats” on the radio. We did pay attention to war, since not long after we managed to end those dreadful conflicts across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, another war began . . . this time in the Korea’s. The Cold War began seemingly at the same time as the hot one ended. North Korea was on the other side of the world, but supported by the Chinese Communist regime, and, indirectly by Russia. Apparently, we humans can’t get enough of War. We love it, all that shooting and killing, all that stuff that goes boom in the night. Yeah, I still remember chatting it up with my buddies, all of us turning 18 and awaiting our Selective Service notices. So, yes, we paid attention.
We even managed to pay attention and to vote when we landed in New Delhi, India in 1964. Remember Johnson and Goldwater??? How could we not vote???
We remember vividly the first presidential debates—Nixon-Kennedy. And although Nixon was a despicable tyrant-potential, he at least seemed knowledgeable. But now . . . wow, how America has sunk. It seems all the idiots have come out of their respective “deplorable closets” to press for the election of a true Malenfant-Terrible—yes, he gives the term enfant-terrible an entirely new meaning.
The Donald has been defined as narcissistic, a true sociopath, and, from simple observation, he is clearly adult ADHD. He apparently can neither read nor write, so he uses others to do those chores for him—see The Art of the Deal.
So, according to the Mayo Clinic, “narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” Hmmm . . . seem familiar?
And antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopathy, is a mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. Sounds like The Donald to me.
And then there’s the ADHD. Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. Now who could that describe?
We can no longer watch any more “debates”, since they are both maddening and depressing at the same time. The depressing part is what happens to me when I consider what all this says about America and the American people. What troubles me the most I think, Is what outrages people, especially those supposedly consequential folks who “run” our country. Donald is known to have cheated hundreds perhaps thousands of people—think Trump University, a clear fraud—and the many workers who did work for him and who he refused to pay. Nothing, no outrage.
Then think of his boast—“I could walk out onto Fifth Avenue, shoot someone and my poll numbers would go up”. Think also of his threats about Hillary. He says publically that the election would be rigged if he loses and that people will have no recourse, except, you know the “Second Amendment people”—meaning that his followers perhaps could arrange to assassinate the next President, should he lose. Did that spur outrage?? Hmmm, No.
He also, in his last debate, promised to jail Hillary once he is elected. Who does that, aside from people like Putin or perhaps Kim Jung Un—it is a classic dictator move—once you acquire power, you jail the opposition.
And lest we forget his records as businessman and as a husband, he has declared bankruptcy four times—he couldn’t make money operating a gambling casino for God’s sake—and he declared moral bankruptcy several times in marriage, now on his third and counting, due to his serial infidelities. Hey, right wing Christians, you know you guys of the “marriage is a sacred thing with ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN”, you’re supporting this cretin? So, you really have no actual principles at all?
And now, suddenly, after release of the Trump sex tapes where he confesses to abusing women routinely, cuz he’s a star don’t you know, now, idiots like Paul Ryan and John McCain have come out and asserted they will no longer support him. Wow, really guys? That’s what it took? You were otherwise ok with him as the titular head of your crap political party? You are a horrible joke, all of you.
And I cannot wait for this travesty of an election to be over. And for you “second amendment” crowd, you know, the paranoid, anti-American idiots with too many guns, if you want to start a gunfight at the OK Corral, because your cretinous leader loses, remember that we have the United States Army on our side. And I cannot wait to see you try to intimidate them. They don’t take to intimidation.
So, just go vote, everyone. It will soon be over, and The Donald can crawl into his spiderhole and join his ratpack Cheney, Rudy, et al. Maybe then life can resume in America.