Trump’s European Adventure

In Warsaw, Poland Trump has declared that “the future of the West” is at stake.  Furthermore, he continues to speak in a confrontational manner with North Korea, not realizing that in Kim sun Jung, he has met his “twin brother”.  One world class bully is facing off with at one of the world’s other bullies. Yes, “the West” is in jeopardy but a critical dimension of this dilemma is that Trump is now the Commander in Chief of the “only remaining super power” in the world.  And, boys and girls, do we want this to be the case?  My country has elected this egregiously mentally unstable man to the Presidency and since then he has continued to demonstrate his impulsivity and lack of civility to other world leaders.  For those of you who are continuing to support him with rhetoric of the sort, “We-need-to-all-stand-behind our President,” you are failing to acknowledge the elephant in the room, “He is mentally unstable.!!!”

Of course, we all are, I agree.  But even I, admittedly neurotic as hell, would be a more “mentally stable” figure in the White House than Trump and I’d be smart enough to admit to myself, “Hell what a mess I’ve gotten myself into” and quickly defer to my handlers until I could find a moment to sheepishly resign for some reason like, “I need to spend more time with my family.”  Trump enjoys this “mess” he is in and is spared any distress that would “self” consciousness would bring to the table being incapable of considering the suffering and anguish he could soon be subjecting our troops to.  In his heart, these troops do not exist nor do the rest of us.  To him each day is merely “another day at the ranch” where he can bluster about in complete disregard to the consequences of his action.

Politically, he needs a good war at this point.  He is proving to all that he is not capable of being President but all he has to do is start launching missiles and it will be even more incumbent on all good Americans to “stand behind our man.”  War would be the perfect distraction to “legitimate” him as President in the mind of many.  Unconsciously he knows this and in the mind of some of his minions they know it consciously.  This moment, like all moments, will be determined by who, or what is in power.  His concerns about “the West” will strike alarm in the hearts of millions and, when faced with the fear of annihilation, human kind will always line up behind their strong man.

But the course of human history, and of each one’s individual history, is not determined only by military and economic power.  That is why it is so dangerous that we have put a man like Trump in this position…and then stand hapless by and watch…while he ratches-up the tension everywhere he goes.  He loves the tension, like an adrenaline junkie, and has a long history of coming out on top in the resulting childish battles-of-will he creates.  But “coming out on top” will not always work for anyone and for a tribe like ours it can lead to devastation.  “Coming out on top” is a childish ego-demand and most of us learn at some point in childhood that being driven by “coming out on top” is at some point dangerous to all

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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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