The President’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, continues to be in hot water. It would be hard for it to be any other way as he has the task of speaking for Trump daily before the national press and is always faced with controversial things that Trump has said and done. To put it more explicitly, he has the task of making palatable the lunacy of his boss who can best be described as a “brain stem with arms and legs.”
This morning I listened to one member of the press explain on TV that the press secretary has the task of “not compromising” truth as otherwise he will lose all credibility. But Spicer took a job which requires compromising the truth if he wants to keep his job as Trump is constitutionally incapable of speaking truthfully. So Spicer is in a daily bind, knowing what reality is and what its Press is likely to ask and at the same time “cover the ass” of someone who has a grossly distorted grasp of reality. Kelly Anne Conway had to deal with the same pressure and also appeared very foolish, becoming such a caricature that Trump keeps her pretty much out of sight now.
Spicer is certainly an “alright” guy and would not be such a laughingstock under an “ordinary” President. But his mistake was that he signed on to be an important part of the team of a man whose mental instability has been egregious to all since he entered the campaign in late 2015. And making a choice like that comes with a price tag due to the risk of what anthropologists call “contagion.” When you enter the orbit of someone who is mentally unstable, if you have any mental stability yourself it will be influenced.
This is also relevant to those who voted for Trump and for the Republican Party which now is forced to prop him up if they are to keep any respectability. But what they fail to realize is that by hitching your wagon to a train-wreck in the making cannot end well. The daily grind of attempting to make insane what is otherwise injures the soul and warps one’s own sense of reality. And, I can never resist the temptation to note that this applies also to a major voting bloc in Trump’s base, evangelical Christians. Their support of him, and continued brazen support of him in most cases, makes the label “Christian” untenable, to say the least.
The core issue that Trumpism has put on our table is the notion of reality itself. For those who have not betrothed their soul to flagrant dishonesty, it is apparent that this movement is ruining the validity of the simple notion of “truth.” For, they are willing to distort reality to such a degree that “truth” no longer has any meaning, creating the “alternative truth” that made Kelly Anne Conway famous. But “reality” will be “f….ked” with only to a certain point after which She will then bitch slap the hell out of us.
Pogo’s wisdom is always relevant, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”