Trump has been caught again in the swamp of mendacity which he calls home. (I would have called him a bald-faced, full-of-shit liar…but he is the President of the United States and deserves my respect!!!) Specifically, he was very critical of the U.K Prime Minister, Teresa May yesterday but today took a totally different stance, denying the harsh criticism he had leveled at her. “Fake news” he said in explaining the press reports that he had been rude to the P.M. of our closest ally. For, “fake news” immediately comes to his mind any time he hears something he does not like. (I have from very reliable sources that when he leaves the commode ring up after pissing and Melania screams at him about it, his response is, “No I didn’t. Fake news, you bitch.”)
Trump lives in a stream-of-consciousness world, meaning that he does not filter his words and when confronted with this fact and finding it too painful, the immediate response from his Old Brain is, “Fake news.” Trump cannot handle any disrespect from outside reality. He lives under the influence of his two-year old brain that never evolved to a developmental stage which makes social relationships possible, permitting only those relationships in which he can tyrannize and manipulate to get what he wants.
The real issue is that now he is almost fully in control of the Republican hierarchy…and a significant part of the party base…and goes unchecked by administration figures and a Congress that should have the courage to stand up to him. They are so enthralled by him and under his control that he could…to borrow from his words before the 2016 election…stand in the streets of Manhattan and shoot someone without losing the confidence of his supporters. He is the epitome of any demagogue that has careened across the face of history from time to time.
Ordinarily when a political figure like Trump crawls out from beneath the rock where they always hide during their “formative years,” reason would have some impact. But he is beyond the grasp of rational intervention and so are the GOP leadership. His thoughts and deeds are subject to deep-seated, reptilian-brain impulses which are not amenable to the critical-thought dimension of reason. Furthermore, he is an illustration to all of us that reason for all human beings is influenced by hidden agendas that most of us are unwilling to entertain. His unwillingness, however, has metastasized into a monster that bodes ill to all of us.
Re the notion of a, “critical-thought dimension of reason,” Hannah Arendt noted that totalitarianism-oriented thought is not amenable to, or even capable of, what she terms, “an internal dialogue.” Totalitarian thought involves an internal recycling of thoughts and emotions that the individual is familiar with and reinforces the individual’s biases and premises. “Internal dialogue” will not be tolerated as it would create, “a splinter in the brain,” that would make possible venturing into another way of viewing the world. An echo-chamber is the only environment in which this style of thinking is possible.