The Trumpian “Tempest in the Teapot” is Getting Crazy!!!

The “tempest” in my country’s “teapot” is brewing tempestuously this morning.  The Trumpster’s assault on the Justice Dept. has ratcheted up the pressure as his obsessive fear of exposure has him and his minions in a panic mode.  Specifically, the Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on the hot seat from the Administration, possibly facing forced resignation or firing.  (And, yes even though we still purport to be the “world’s only remaining super-power,” we will end up in in the eventual dustbin of history, finding ourselves only to have been a, “tempest in a teapot.” {This is a notion which is hard to tolerate for a collective ego as bloated as ours.)

Yes, I do believe the reports that Rosenstein last year broached the subject of removing the Trumpster by the 25th amendment and yes do I believe he bruited about the notion of wearing a wire to record the frequently verbally-diarrheic president.  But in spite of all the self-righteous posturing by the Republicans, I must pose the question, “Who in his right-mind and still possessing of a soul would not have the concerns that Rosenstein had in taking these actions?”  Can anyone having “one eye and half sense”  who are, “in the know,” first hand, of this buffoon without discussing amongst themselves the contingency of removing him from the White House?  Though the Trumpian kool-aid is intoxicating, all those in his orbit have to have had some awareness of his instability…with the possible exception of his children.  (They imbibed the full-strength poison, not mitigated by the syrupy kool-aid!)

“The emperor has no clothes on.”  But those who have “drank the kool-aid” are now so enmeshed with the Trumpian debauchery that they cannot state the obvious, that, “Yes, the emperor has no clothes on.”  For if they own up to this public nakedness of our tribe’s brutish chieftain, they will have to acknowledge their own naked duplicity and culpability.  ‘Tis much easier to just double down, following Trump’s pattern, deny everything and hope it all goes away.  Afterall, there is enough of the electorate that are similarly intoxicated with Trump’s demonic nectar that, with astute wielding of the power of governmental machinery, they can maintain power.

What is true is not so much about Truth as it is about power.  Whoever is in control, can exert tremendous influence over the definition of all terms in the tribe’s verbal currency.  Someone from the past noted, “All things are subject to interpretation; whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”  Trump and his kool-aid intoxicated minions have the power.

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“Fake News” is Again the Answer for Trump

Trump has been hit hard the past two days with the book from Bob Woodward and today’s New York Times’s op-ed by a “top official” in Trump’s administration which describes the “crazy world” inside the Trump White House.  But Trump has the stock answer to offer, “Fake News,” and his enthralled minions…certainly including Fox News…will respond with an hearty, “Amen.”  Reality as we know it is on the dock and it is being vehemently opposed by those who are firmly ensconced in the false dimensions of what we know as reality.

Someone said, “Reality is a veil we spin the hide the void.”  And, therefore, it is an illusion though a necessary “illusion.”  But when this “necessary illusion” becomes too sacrosanct, it breeds a paradoxical socio-cultural/political need for the illusion to be perforated with the light of day.

This brings to my mind a brief note by Daniel Boorstin in his book, “The Discoverers,” –“More appealing than knowledge is the feeling of knowing.”  Boorstin captured the essence of a delusional system, that “feeling” that one knows is more important than knowledge itself.  If one “feels” that he knows he is willing to shut out any information that challenges the smug comfort of “feeling” that one “knows” reality.  The threat of this insight immediately plunges one into the chaos of uncertainty which is diametrically opposed to the comfort of “feeling” that one knows.

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“Baby Christian” Trump is Still Very Much “Baby”

Senator John McCain is giving up the fight and will apparently die without the medical intervention which he is now refusing.  I admire his courage.  There is a time to die and I hope I have the same courage to embrace that moment when it comes.

This will provide still another opportunity for Trump to demonstrate the hypocrisy of Christians who proudly claim that Trump has been led by the Lord to the White House with the apology that he is only a “baby” Christian.  For this is a moment when political hostilities would be lain aside by most men in Trump’s position and at least a perfunctory expression of condolences would be offered for McCain.  If I was McCain, I would announce now, “Don’t you dare!  I don’t want’em!!!”  But Trump is not capable of even the barest civilities and cannot even offer a perfunctory condolence though you can bet his “Cover His Ass” team of specialists are already at work trying to present one that will pass Trump’s inspection.  But a psychopath of his magnitude has no empathy, no ability to pay respect to even the simplest civility or rule of decorum.  Why hell, he could even manage enough self-control to forego the impulse to walk into the dressing room of a teen beauty pageant and, “sample the wares”….visually, at least…of lovely teen girls.

This will provide still another opportunity for Trump to demonstrate the hypocrisy of Christians who proudly claim that Trump has been led by the Lord to the White House with the apology that he is only a “baby” Christian.  For this is a moment when political hostilities would be lain aside by most men in Trump’s position and at least a perfunctory expression of condolences would be offered for McCain.  If I was McCain, I would announce now, “Don’t you dare!  I don’t want’em!!!”  But Trump is not capable of even the barest civilities and cannot even offer a perfunctory condolence though you can bet his “Cover His Ass” team of specialists are already at work trying to present one that will pass Trump’s inspection.  But a psychopath of his magnitude has no empathy, no ability to pay respect to even the simplest civility or rule of decorum.  Why hell, he could even manage enough self-control to forego the impulse to walk into the dressing room of a teen beauty pageant and, “sample the wares”….visually, at least…of lovely teen girls.

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Noose Tightening ‘Round Trump’s Neck!!!

The noose is tightening around the neck of Trump, the noose he has constructed with his web of deceit and paranoia.  The tighter a noose of this sort becomes, the greater is the need to strike out at “them” and “them” is such a large group in an instance of psychopathy like this that a single representative of “them” must be singled out.  Currently it is Attorney General Jeff Sessions who has long been in the dog house of the president but now even more so as indictments of his lieutenants are mounting up.  Sessions conveys about himself an appearance of lameness and haplessness and Trump’s rage toward him is beyond the pale.  But then, when psychopathy has metastasized for 73 years, there is nothing beyond its pale…in its estimation…and in its estimation there is nothing beyond its estimation.

Here I am again addressing the spiritual malady that Paul Tillich described as an, “empty world of self-relatedness.”  Tillich knew that any echo chamber is pathetic but when a group echo chamber is broken down to its constituent parts…especially its leader…the pathos is even more egregious.  What makes it so pathetic is the loneliness, the radical absence of human connection which leaves one adrift in the hellish tyranny of reptilian brain fear.  And, as the Bible tells us, “the deep calls unto the deep” as in “fear calls unto fear” or, simply stated, “A fear mongerer will offer connection to those who are fear bound.”  If one’s heart is rife with fears, it is comforting to find oneself in the company of others with similar fears…and if the fears ever appear to be diminishing, then other fears will be created.  As one wit put it, “Give us this day, our daily crisis.”  It is imperative that there be a, “them.”

This is madness.  And, to illustrate, just how mad would it be for the leader of the greatest military/economic power in the world feel it necessary to reassure his followers about the size of his penis….AND, the base of his support continue to flourish????  In less maddening times, a politician who demonstrated such trivial insecurity would have been laughed off the stage.  BUT, these are maddening times and Trump for the whole of his life has not been, “Far From the Madding Crowd.”

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Consensually-validated Reality Can Become a Prison

Here is an early-morning Tweet from Trump yesterday, “The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”

As the noose tightens around Trump’s neck, he is getting more dangerous.  In the above tweet he criticizes those who reject his, “Fake News,” and accuses them of knowing this to be true but are unwilling to admit it.  Yes, “great division and distrust” is before us; yes, this “can also cause war,” and yes, “dangerous and sick” is a relevant description to this moment in our history.  But what Trump fails to realize is that he is merely describing himself and his minions; but living in the cozy comfort-zone of no self-reflection he lacks recognition of how ridiculous he appears.  Furthermore, his troops must dig in at the heels to support him because they too lack the self-reflection which would allow them to admit, “Oops, we made a mistake.”

I have offered in this venue before an example of a self-contained lunacy in which it is believed that the moon is made out of cheese.  For, if one is so fragile and fear-bound that he has secreted himself into such a delusional fantasy, devoid of any value or respect in consensually validated reality, reason will not make any entry into that prison.  If you believe the moon is made out of cheese and have invested nearly if not all of your emotional energy in that belief, then in your reality “the moon IS made out of cheese.”  And, always you will find others with the same existential fragility who will sign onto your lunacy with the same degree of fanaticism.  When we discover that we have been devoured by fanaticism…religious, political, or social…it is gut-wrenchingly painful to let this awareness dawn on our consciousness.  It is much easier to just double down and scream our fanatical dogma more loudly.

Reality itself is a “delusional fantasy,” albeit a,“consensually validated reality,” and it is the “consensuality” that gives it the label, “valid.”  But it facilitates a shared reality and becomes problematic only when it becomes existentially insecure and begins to tighten the reins on what is permitted as acceptable and therefore is “shared.”

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Isis Has a Perfect Solution for Dissent!

Kierkegaard famously declared, “Purity of heart is to will one thing.”  I understand what this famous philosopher had in mind but he might have appended a caveat, “Don’t forget to use that Shakespearean, ‘pauser reason,’ here and there.”  To illustrate, Isis certainly has “purity of heart” in that they do, “will one thing,” Allah’s will.  That could be a noble goal if this “pauser reason” was employed which could provide the hint to them that their interpretation of Allah’s will might not be the same as that of other believers in Allah.

“Purity of heart” without the balance of an, “examined life,” will leave one with a “purity” which upon closer scrutiny is anything but purity.  But since, “scrutiny” is not permitted with Isis and many other fundamentalist believers of different stripes, they are without the “internal dialogue” (Hannah Arendt’s term, writing about the Nazi’s) and subsequently not in dialogue with the rest of the world…nor interested in being.  In the United States we are witnessing a significant portion of our population who have cast off any “internal dialogue” and therefore have little regard for dialogue with those beyond the pale of their own private revery, individually and collectively.  And the autistic shell in which they are imprisoned has found a leader who embodies the fury of any such world of “empty self-relatedness.”

Living in the world as mature adults requires the capacity for self-doubt on occasion and with self-doubt is often accompanied by anxiety.  The resulting internal duress is painful and unnerving, a dilemma that Isis has resolved by simply clinging more tenaciously to their self-serving and self-deceptive beliefs and threatening with violence or murder those who do not see things their way.  Uncertainty is terrifying to some and clinging to dogma and the certainty it provides is the solution of many. Isis does not permit any “fake news” in their midst, using a simple and highly effective solution to squash any dissent—cutting off heads. Fortunately, in the United States we are more “civilized” so that someone such as our President has at his disposal only sublimated invalidation of those who oppose him—ridicule, humiliation, and lumping their views into the category, “fake news.”  For invalidation is a clinical term for dismissing the reality of another person or group of persons and it finds fullest, unsublimated expression in murder. Here is a paragraph from a Psychology Today article that illustrates this point:

Invalidating someone else is not merely disagreeing with something that the other person said. It is a process in which individuals communicate to another that the opinions and emotions of the target are invalid, irrational, selfish, uncaring, stupid, most likely insane, and wrong, wrong, wrong. Invalidators let it be known directly or indirectly that their target’s views and feelings do not count for anything to anybody at any time or in any way. In some families, the invalidation becomes extreme, leading to physical abuse and even murder.

See the following link to the Psychology Today for further exploration of shame, invalidation, and murder—https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/matter-personality/201309/invalidation-in-families-what-are-the-hidden-aspects

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Trump, “We’ll Go it Alone…”

Trump has recently taken his assault on reality to the world stage, threatening havoc to Nato and issuing an ultimatum, “We’ll go it alone,” if you don’t submit to my (our) demands.  This phenomenon of “go it alone” plays very well for Trump’s base who find withdrawal from the world appealing, even to the point of alienating himself and our country from historical “pals” in the world community.

This “go it alone” mindset is very appealing to people who feel isolated to begin with from the social context that they live in.  The notion of building barricades to “keep the Mexicans out” is just a metaphor for banishing “Otherness” from their experience of life even if it leaves them eventually to wallow in, “an empty world of self-relatedness.” (Tillich)  It brings to mind Hamlet pining for as escape for his self-imposed angst, claiming that it would be better to, “flee to a nutshell, and there be the king of infinite spaces.”  Shakespeare understood the human need for escape, even if it meant retreat into the delusional world of self-indulgence that Tillich had reference to.

People with this mindset cannot handle the rigors of living in a complex world, not feeling confident enough to engage in meaningful dialogue.   Meaningful dialogue would require respect for difference, for otherness.  The fear of these people reveals that beneath their obsessive need for the cloistered community that the Tillich quote captured, there lies a fear of engagement with people who view the world differently than they do.  They find the prison of of “well worn words and ready phrases” more comforting than heart-level communication in which our “hand can reach across the abyss” that separates us.

 

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