One of the pithiest Shakespearean glimpses into the human soul is when Hamlet, under the duress of internal demons, pines, “Oh, if I could but flee into a nutshell and there be the king of infinite spaces.” Shakespeare knew that lunacy offers an escape from the monotonous and often vicious daily grind of reality that that most of us have the wherewithal to cope with. In the realm of a “nutshell,” a delusional system, one finds escape in a private referential system from which the “slings and arrows” being hurled from outside are just not recognized, possibly even being described in present world as “fake news.”
But this lunacy of Donald Trump could not have existence without a support network of the Republican Party who are terrified of what happen if Trump is removed from office. What they don’t realize is that with their tacit approval, they are letting us know that they locked in their own “private, self-referential system” which permits them to tolerate a man who is not capable of speaking and behaving in a manner that shows respect to the social contract that most of us abide with. Compliance with this consensually validated reality requires limits, ego boundaries, which facilitate our respect for decorum and civil niceties, not to mention the law itself. Trump and Trumpsters daily demonstrate a tolerance for disrespect for this social contract, a willingness they first committed to when they lined up behind him in the campaign last year.
Almost daily Trump makes outrageous statements and assumes that we have no reason to doubt him when daily he also gives us clear evidence that there is no reason to believe he is telling the truth. Increasingly he is secretive, even paranoid, and now threatening to even stop the daily press briefings. Anyone trapped in the hell of this abyss of isolation fears any intrusion from the outside. Just now I heard him on TV insist that the recently fired FBI director James Comey must “speak the truth” even though he and his handlers daily speak untruth, or as Kelly Anne Conway once said, “alternative truth.”
I read somewhere, “To be real, that is to be an object in a known field of circumstances, is to be amenable to a rule.” Trump has demonstrated from day one of his candidacy for the presidency that he is not “amenable to a rule” and this character flaw has been so egregiously demonstrated that the welfare of our country is in jeopardy. But the GOP stands lamely by, hands in their pocket, smile on their face and blames the Democrats, the media, or even Obama. We are witnessing the human dilemma unfolding before us, “Humankind cannot bear very much reality” (T.S. Eliot) and will opt for lunacy en masse.