I wouldn’t pitch a pup tent with this guy

:(Herewith my latest effort to convince the people of Southcentral Pennsylvania to abandon the great orange buffoon.)

Surely Donald Trump’s inappropriate comments to the Boy Scout Jamboree will be the last straw for millions of Americans who, after voting for him, regret his depraved performance as president. Presidents have long encouraged the scouts to become honest, decent young men. Not Mr. Trump. He took the low road, using his time to praise himself and condemn his political opponents while thousands of boys listened. How much of this ugliness must we take from this deranged and decadent man? Isn’t it past time to ask Mr. Trump the question posed to the mad senator from Wisconsin, Joseph McCarthy, when he attacked yet another innocent victim, “Have you [Mr. Trump] no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

Throughout his adult life, Trump has trampled the principles that define American democracy at its best, values the boys standing before him in West Virginia swore to uphold, things like helpfulness, kindness, bravery, and reverence. Trump has mocked the disabled, insulted veterans, assaulted women, and reportedly once knocked his own college-age son to the ground for wearing the wrong shirt. What should Americans, including the Christians who recently blessed Trump at the White House, say to the Boy Scouts about the vicious ramblings of an immoral, unhinged president? How long will people of goodwill tolerate his narcissistic self-indulgence?

It’s not easy to admit we made a mistake when we committed ourselves to an individual or an ideology that turns out to be devastatingly wrongheaded. Our confession will be accompanied by a lot of cognitive dissonance (psychological discomfort). But, it seems to me, as Mr. Trump’s short-comings and transgressions mount up, the pain he’s inflicting on individuals, the nation, and the world will far exceed the embarrassment we experience by admitting we backed the wrong horse.

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He’s crazier than ever…

So many lies, so many delusions, so much hate, so much ego, so much insanity. And I’m tempted to say the same for those who continue to stand with Donald Trump and his accidental presidency. In the name of all that’s truthful, and honest, and decent, and moral and humane, can’t we find a way to remove this lunatic from office? What lesson do we teach our children when we allow something like this go on? Dump Trump!

Get him out of there!

[The post below is my latest effort to sway the voters of heavily Republican Lancaster County, PA to corral and perhaps institutionalize the impostor president. Any repetition of argument is intentional. That’s how right wing talk jocks and alt-right propagandists convinced millions of Americans to vote for the Orange Menace. Maybe we can turn it around using the same technique…over, and over, and over, and over…]

To LNP (Lancaster Newspaper):

An op-ed piece in last Sunday’s New York Times convinced me that the author and most Americans are taking unfair and selfish advantage of President Donald Trump. The columnist used Mr. Trump to make himself look clever by arguing that Trump political losses are actually wins, because all he ever wanted was to dominate the headlines, grab audiences, and be the center of attention. Political cartoonists who lampoon Mr. Trump’s foibles and those of us who laugh at them are guilty of exploiting the President’s weaknesses for mere entertainment. And, most insidiously, sycophantic presidential advisers like Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller are playing to the President’s inordinate need for praise and other mental health issues to advance an agenda that threatens American democracy.

I think we all need to stop and consider the best course of action in relating to Mr. Trump. Johns Hopkins Medical School psychotherapist John Gartner believes the President is afflicted with malignant narcissism, an incurable condition that, according to Gartner, means Mr. Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president. Reports from the White House and Tweets from Mr. Trump in recent weeks suggest that he is delusional, detached from reality, obsessed with the need for adulation, and given to fits of uncontrollable rage. Mr. Trump grew so angry with aides Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon recently that he banished them from Air Force One, not adult behavior.

Mr. Trump’s condition is not new, he no doubt indulged in fits of rage, along with the bouts of sexual assault he has admitted to, while running his family’s business. Such behavior then may have wrecked some real estate deals, such behavior now could wreck our nation and the world. For his sake and ours, Donald Trump should be removed from office.

Stick that on the back of your car!

It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t provided any inspiring Bumper Stickers for a while. As it turned out, I found myself reading an article by Henry Giroux (a professor in the English and Cultural Studies Department at McMaster University in Canada) with a slew of thoughts that begged for reduction to bumper sticker length. The title, “Donald Trump and the Plague of Atomization in a Neoliberal Age,” gives a pretty good sense of what he’s on about. I had been doing some reading about “atomization” and its connection to human rights, and Giroux’s piece was tremendously helpful. He does a great job of  explaining how we as a people have been “atomized”–separated from each other by a growing individualism that encourages us to focus on ourselves and seriously threatens our ability to empathize with each other. He includes some thoughts on how media and entertainment (the whole fascinating, mesmerizing digital world, actually) have provided the “bread and circuses” of our time, distracting us from the destructive acts of those who seek to control our political systems and threaten to replace our democracy with an authoritarian regime that substitutes cold hearted, laissez-faire, self-interested capitalism for the empathy and  “reciprocal altruism” (as Richard Leakey called it) many of us have long believed in. (You can find the whole article here: http://billmoyers.com/story/donald-trump-plague-atomization-neoliberal-age/)

Okay, on to the Bumper Stickers:

B.S. #18: ATOMIZATION = EPIDEMIC LONELINESS 

B.S. #19: POLITICS HAS TAKEN AN EXIT FROM ETHICS 

B.S. #20: NEOLIBERALISM CAUSES IMMORAL POLITICAL ZOMBIES

B.S. #21: ATOMIZATION IS THE SCOURGE OF DEMOCRACY

B.S. #22: EMBRACE EMPATHY

B.S. #23: FIGHT FOR THE SOUL OF DEMOCRACY

B.S. #24: WAKE UP AND WORK TOGETHER

But Giroux doesn’t just depress us and depart. He offers words of encouragement (in his scholarly way):–):

“…any viable notion of collective resistance must take matters of consciousness, identity, desire and persuasion seriously, so as to speak to the underlying conditions of atomization that depoliticize and paralyze people within orbits of self-interest, greed, resentment, misdirected anger and spiraling violence.”

Here’s some inspiration from The Youngbloods in “Let’s Get Together”:

C’mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Ev’rybody get together
Try and love one another right now
Pace.

Don’t put Donald Trump on the list

Columnist Gail Collins needn’t have bothered herself (Lancaster News Paper-LNP, 2/21/17) wondering if Donald Trump will do such a terrible job as president that historians will place him at the very bottom of the presidential rankings, thus moving Lancaster  PA’s favorite son, James Buchanan, out of the basement he’s occupied for so long. Throughout his election campaign and now in his first few days in office, Trump’s immoral, illegal, unconstitutional, and increasingly irrational behavior has disqualified him from even holding the office. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be on the list of legitimate presidents. The only reason he’s still in the White House is because those who have the authority and the responsibility to remove him have not, for whatever selfish reasons, done so. So, no worries, Ms. Collins, no need to inconvenience President Buchanan by forcing him to move upstairs and make room for a basement-dwelling, degenerate real estate salesman.

He said what?!?!?

If Donald Trump worked for your company, you would fire him immediately. I have had this thought often of late, and it came roaring back today (Thursday) when Trump showed up unannounced to “answer questions” during the WH press office daily briefing time. Don’t bother watching the video or reading the transcript. Rolling Stone magazine’s Tessa Stuart said everything that needs to be said about the event.

Stuart: “The event was ostensibly meant to roll out [Trump’s] new labor secretary nominee, [but]…quickly devolved into one of the most remarkably incoherent spectacles in recent memory.” 

I don’t need to remind anybody this man is masquerading as President of the United States. We’ve got to find a way to dislodge him or get a strait-jacket on him before he hurts more people. Help!!!!!!

Pace.

DJT Health Watch #2 He’s “mad”

On my desk I have a growing pile of news articles I intend to sift through for evidence of Donald Trump’s mental state. I’m pretty sure I know what I’m going to find, but I feel compelled to do it. This is no idle concern; this man is capable of doing us all in if the wrong impulse strikes him at the wrong time.

In the meantime, I recommend the diagnosis Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic, offers in an article he wrote for New York magazine, entitled, “The Madness of King Donald.” Maybe a couple of excerpts will entice you to check out the whole piece:

On Trump’s lies: “Trump’s lies are different. They are direct refutations of reality–and their propagation and repetition is about enforcing his power rather than wriggling out of a political conundrum. They are attacks on the very possibility of a reasoned discourse, the kind of bald-faced lies that authoritarians [see my piece, on this blog, “Donald Trump is a lot like Charles I”] issue as a way to test loyalty and force their subjects into submission.” We’re talking about the President of the United States here!

Sullivan has some advice on how to deal with a president who is  a pathological liar: “…rebut every single lie. Insist moreover that each lie is retracted–and journalists in press conferences should back up their colleagues with repeated follow-ups if Spicer [Trump’s chronically untruthful press secretary] tries to duck the plain truth. Do not allow them to move on to another question. Interviews with the president himself should not leave a lie alone; the interviewer should press and press and press until the lie is conceded. The press must not be afraid of even calling the president a liar to his face if he persists.”

If you object that such behavior by journalists could be hazardous to their well being, Sullivan has advice for that, from Polish dissident Adam Michnik: “In the life of every honorable man [sic] comes a difficult moment…when the simple statement that this is black and that is white requires paying a high price.” Michnik spent years in prison for standing up to lies. Sullivan asks if “American journalists cannot risk a little access or a nasty tweet for the same essential civic duty?”

I think what touched me most about Sullivan’s piece was his admission that most of us are more than a b it unnerved by the fact that Donald Trump has brought madness to the very core of our country. He commiserates: “I think this is a fundamental reason why so many of us have been so unsettled, anxious and near panic these last few months. It is not so much this president’s agenda. That always changes from administration to administration. It is that when the linchpin of an entire country is literally delusional, clinically deceptive, and responds to any attempt to correct the record with rage and vengeance, everyone is always on edge.”

Sullivan does not let any of us off the hook, and I have to admit I already  feel tired  thinking about the effort it’s going to take to make things right again. But what other choice do we have?

You’ll find Sullivan’s excellent article here. Check it out, if you have time.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/andrew-sullivan-the-madness-of-king-donald.html

Pace.