Just thinking today. Comedian Alec Baldwin appears to be backing down from his over-the-top parody of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. It has passed through my mind for months that Trump, so acutely thin-skinned, would somehow get to him and intimidate him or threaten him. Well, actually, I think it happened. Somehow Trump is pulling strings to put the quietus on Baldwin’s vicious parody. Perhaps he sent his sons, Beavis and Butthead out in the middle of the night to kidnap the puppy of one of Baldwin’s grandchildren. The SNL show itself will be the next victim. I’m worried also about the brilliant comedy of Stephen Colbert who each weekday night pillories the hapless buffoon president.
Here I have demonstrated a reason that for most of my adult life I have followed the advice of the recently discovered bumper sticker, “Don’t believe everything you think.” The above rumination is an elaboration and exaggeration of random thoughts I have had about the danger critics of Trump do face and I do not know but what there is some danger. But these “thoughts” were just idle speculation based on nothing but “thinking” and though not totally beyond the pale are not thoughts that I have put too much energy into. I do not believe “everything that I think.”
But let me illustrate the danger of the President believing everything that he thinks Over the week end he heard some right-wing news story about President Obama having wire-tapped Trump Towers before leaving the Presidency, thus explaining the rash of leaks from the tottering presidency of Trump. The very idea is nuts, the source of the story is even more nuts, but Trump heard it and it fit into a paranoid scheme that is always underway in his brain and then tweeted it as fact. And, now he is standing behind the allegation, Congress is going to have to investigate the matter at his urging, and Trump’s hapless and demoralized handlers are lamely standing behind him. And the really bad news is that now, having uttered this paranoid fantasy as a fact, millions of “low-information voters” in this country have additional “facts” to fuel their racist Obama hatred. Trump and the base of his party do not have any critical thinking skills and haplessly “believe everything they think.”
The key issue in my country today is reality. The Republican Party has cultivated a fantasy world for decades, an imaginary realm of fear and self-loathing and it finally found a mentally ill man who is giving voice to the ugliness and is now at the helm of our government. Many leaders in Congress, and even Trump’s handlers know that he is mentally ill but they are trapped by him. They have empowered him and now realize that if they don’t prop him up, often by just overlooking his lunacy, they jeopardize their own standing in our political system. They are demonstrating the core character flaw of Trump, “It’s all about me. I will put the welfare of the American public secondary to maintaining my position of power.”
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