The GOP is Legitimating Insanity

Donald Trump frequently reminds us of his “huge” election win last November, taking great pride in that he overcame the “common-sense” odds and easily prevailed in the Electoral College.  Frequently he has conveyed his belief that by being elected to the nation’s highest office, he has been personally validated and has license to do more or less as he wills.  Any critical reports are only “fake news” as it is inconsistent with his desire to impose his will on the country, and even the world.  Certainly, even his handlers have not been able to keep him from the slurry of reports from around the world that he is, as I like to put it, “bat-shit crazy.”  But, in his mind, these reports are only more of the “fake news” as the United States of America would not elect a crazy man to the presidency.  Well, it makes perfect sense that a highly sophisticated, intelligent, and powerful country would not elect a crazy person to that office so, therefore, he is not crazy!  He has been legitimated by the American public, warts and all, therefore revealing a glimpse into the American soul.

His mental instability is daily overlooked by the Republican Party as to do otherwise would require acceptance of the notion that they put a mentally unstable man in the White House.  Rather than admit that, so to speak, “the emperor has no clothes on” they routinely try to cover for his lunacy, hoping to get through this debacle-waiting-to-happen.  They have put in the Presidency who demonstrates their incapacity to acknowledge, “I made a mistake” after which, then being in touch with reality, they would begin to take actions to “amend their evil ways.”  But the Republicans are demonstrating a fallacy that is tempting to any tribe, preferring to maintain the fantasy system they call “reality” rather than experience the disillusionment that would allow them to gain wisdom.  But their intent is not “wisdom,” their intent is maintaining power and to do so they must daily “put lipstick on a pig” and offer legitimacy to Trump.

Trump is a daily view into the collective soul of the American people.  He demonstrates that we have a tendency to view the world with selective attention, disregarding the purposive nature of attention.  Being mere mortals, we see only what we want to see and this self-deception inevitably comes out and screams at us as the gods want us to “self-correct” from time to time.  But “self-correction” requires the awareness that one nee“self-correction” and to anyone, or any tribe, that is inordinately intoxicated with its view of the world it is too painful to utter the famous word of Texas governor Rick Perry in a Presidential debate in 2012, “Oops,” reflecting awareness they have erred.

 

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About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos.I have a lovely wife, Claire, and our only children are two lovely dachshunds, Elsa and Ludwig. I have a BA in history/psychology (double major) from Henderson State University and a M. Ed. in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have a passion for literature, religion, philosophy....and, in general, the liberal arts.
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