There’s an old saying in bridge: “Get your trump out early.” Apparently, the Republican Party is not populated by bridge players.
In the eight years since I started writing this blog, I’ve tried to find ways to explain the underlying reality or root cause of various issues, often political in nature. In that time, I have been careful never to tell you how I voted or how I thought you should vote.
I’m changing that now. If you’re reading this, you probably know what’s coming, and maybe this is just piling on. Please read it anyway. And then tell your friends. And ask them to tell theirs.
A while back, my brother asked me what I was going to do in this election. Here is my answer:
“I have two choices – to hate myself a lot or to hate myself even more than that. When election day rolls around, I will go to The Container Store, buy a bag of 100 clothespins, put all 100 of them on my nose, and go vote for Hillary Clinton. There’s a lot that I don’t like about her, and I don’t think she’s going to be a great president. But she doesn’t pose a threat to the Republic. Donald Trump does.”
There. I said it.
When this mess is over, I hope there will be some soul searching as to how we got to this ridiculous place. I may have a few comments to offer in a subsequent post or two. And I hope, but don’t expect, that the deepest soul searching will be done by the Republican Party, with which I used to identify, and which once was the noble Party of Lincoln. Today, it’s the Miracle Party. The miracle is that they managed to make Ted Cruz look like a rational option.
Whether the soul searching happens or not (spoiler alert – it won’t), here’s what matters now:
- This New Yorker article on Tony Schwartz, the ghost writer who actually wrote The Art of the Deal, reveals a Donald Trump so riddled with ADHD that he couldn’t sit still for 2 minutes to tell his own story. You no doubt have seen for yourself that he can’t even stay focused long enough to finish his own sentences.
- This short article from the Mayo Clinic lists the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. To my eye, Trump exhibits every one of them.
- This short article, also from the Mayo Clinic, lists the symptoms of Anti-Social Personality Disorder (the official name for being a sociopath). To my eye, Trump exhibits at least 50% of them.
- Trumps lack of impulse control is legendary (see “Three Disastrous Debates” and “Awake at 3 AM Tweeting About a Former Beauty Pageant Winner’s Weight”). This short article from the National Institutes of Health explains how impulse control is provided by the frontal cortex of the brain, which normally becomes completely developed around age 25. Trump’s utter lack of such control suggests that this part of his brain either never finished developing or was damaged somewhere along the way.
Add all that up, and here’s what you get:
The Republican Party, in its infinite wisdom, has nominated for President of the United States, an ADHD-addled narcissistic sociopath with a significant brain defect.
I wish I were trying to be funny, but I’m not. The appropriate response to people like that is to pity them and to help them as best we can. It is not to elect them to the most powerful office on the planet.
So let’s not do that, OK?