File this one under water runs downhill, dogs love their humans and hamburger, Nicole’s giggle is the cutest and smartest, and that bears are Catholic. It would seem that Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, is a lonely man, getting lonelier, according to people who would know. HuffPost runs a great chronology of stories, starting from near the beginning of the Trump presidency, running through November, each one describing an isolated and lonely man getting increasingly severe. It makes sense. Trump used to be semi-rich and people would gather round him in the hopes of scooping up some dribble of cash left fallen to the floor. Most presidents are popular because they can offer power within government positions, or people liked to be seen as an “insider.” Trump’s trouble is that absolutely no one wants a position within his government, as it is a dead weight on future career prospects. Plus working for Trump means taking blame for everything wrong and having the few successes all claimed by Trump himself. Then there are the ferocious attorneys’ fees inevitably incurred by anyone who spends much time close to him. Positions within government are anything but sought. Plus, very few non-evangelicals want to be seen as an “insider” in the Trump administration. Trump may like evangelical support, but cannot relate to their priorities. In terms of actual “friends”? Who wants to be friends with someone who only cares about himself, has no empathy, and generally finds a way to use you somehow? Jesus Christ on the amicus brief, half his friends are in front of judges for sentencing. Regardless, it isn’t healthy for anyone to be that lonely, which could easily account for some of Trump’s increasing erratic nature, and some of the tremendous judgmental errors (even by his standards) made of late. The most recent report, as stated, dated in November, paints a distinctly dark picture: Trump refuses to attend meetings or go out for Chinese food. He engaged in the “unseemly” act (an associate’s word) of tweeting something cruel about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, proof that he is “devolving unmistakably into a different sort of man.” … … “A person close to Trump told me that the president feels isolated and has complained that he has no one in whom he can confide. ‘These heavy issues are weighing on him. He has nobody around him. There’s nobody,’ this person said.” “‘He just has no life,’ the person close to Trump recently told me.” Turns out those stories your parents used to tell you about money not buying happiness (though no one doubts, it does buy convenience), are true. Moreover, power misused for self-aggradizement, as opposed to truly helping other people, is empty power. Trump remains unhappy, and lonely. So much so it is obvious. Happy people do not regularly schedule “rallies” in arenas for the primary purpose of hearing people cheer him like a demi-god (or god, depending to whom you speak). As I recall, Obama loved spending time with his girls at Camp David, which sounds like a happy man to me. Hell, even George W. Bush, he of horrible choices in war and policy, still seemed self-fulfilled. He didn’t require large crowds, eschewed them – actually, preferring to spend time with his family at his ranch – which, […]
As we’ve noted, there is a new heaviness in the air. Something is very wrong. We are no longer dealing with “normal Trump zaniness.” No, it is real, and real serious. Thankfully, some in the mainstream media are reaching the same conclusion, and feel the same sense of urgency. This morning, Brian Stelter, from CNN, called on the media generally to stop “tip-toeing” around Trump’s mental instability: “He’s getting worse,” Stelter said at the top of his weekend show focussing on the media CNN’s Reliable Sources. “We can see it. It’s happening in public but it’s still a very hard, very sensitive story to cover. I’m talking of course about President Trump, about his behavior, about his instability.” Thank you. Yes, it is still a “very sensitive” story to cover, because about 40% of Americans prefer to live in a flatter, simpler, dimension, one in which Trump can do no wrong. For them, everything on your three-dimensional channel is “fake.” I suppose that is why Stelter called on other news organizations to join him in a higher reality. “Look, all of these stories are covered in the moment, individually, by reporters,” Stelter said. “News outlets use words like erratic, volatile, unstable but rarely are Trump’s words and actions covered as a whole and rarely do news outlets take it to that next level. Okay, what he just said seems crazy—what does that reveal about him? We rarely see it go to that next step.” Thankfully, he isn’t talking about us, here at Zoom. We have the posts to prove it. We have had our ears to the ground for a couple weeks now. Gone are some of the more irreverent and ironic posts, instead – we’re going with irrefutable, irrefutable evidence that “our” president is decompensating before our eyes. “It’s really a series of questions that no one is able to answer,” he declared. “Why does he make it all about himself even after visiting a hospital after a massacre? Why does he lie so often? Is there a method to the madness or is something wrong? Is he suffering from some sort of illness? It’s questions, questions and then just more questions.” Yes, lots of questions for a trained psychiatric team. But for the rest of us, the only question is how do we extricate ourselves from this truck-wreck with the least amount of damage to the American system and psyche. We cannot afford to diagnose the man from afar, no point. Upon agreement that the man is wholly unfit for office, the only question for us non-Trump physicians is “what’s next?” I have no idea. Under the 25th Amendment, it is Pence and the cabinet. Does Pence look or sound like a leader ready to hoist the country on his back to do the right thing, even if his boss’s feelings get hurt? Do we even count the votes of cabinet members that are “acting” members? Hell if I know. So that isn’t an option. So, what else? To me, it must involve some incentive for Trump to step down. Perhaps the Republicans in the Senate can convince Trump that, should he step down, Pence will pardon him for any and all crimes Trump might have committed in the past, leaving Trump vulnerable only to state crimes, which […]
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