Early in grade school we were taught to be nice to our class mates who were, well…ahem…pause….”kinda different.” Later we began to describe them as “nuts” and only later more properly as “mentally ill.” We learned that to make fun of someone who was mentally ill, to ridicule him, was just not very nice and would merit a stern rebuff from the teacher. We learned that someone who was mentally ill or disabled in any fashion just could not help it and that we owned them the respect of being a fellow human.
But what do you do when the President of the United States is mentally ill? It still is not nice to make fun of him, knowing that he can’t stand being humiliated even though his mental illness leads him daily to humiliate himself and the entire country. But it is hard to not give in to the human impulse, especially when he occupies a position that by definition should mean he is the embodiment of “mentally healthy.”
But my main concern is the group of people who selected this man to be their candidate for this powerful position. And when they began the process of making their choice they already had plenty of evidence that he was mentally unstable unless you are willing to discuss numerous video clips of him openly disclosing incestuous designs toward his beautiful young daughter. These people…and here I am talking about the hierarchy of the Republican Party…knew that Trump was “temperamentally unfit to be President of the United States” (Hillary Clinton’s description) and they did not intervene when they had a chance. These people demonstrated the systemic “mental instability” of the Republican Party over the past few decades as they lacked the judgment that would have put the welfare of the nation over their desire to win an election.
We now are witnessing this mentally ill two-year old rattling nuclear sabers with an equally mentally ill two-year old in North Korea and millions of lives are in jeopardy. The situation is so grievous that humor and ridicule seem ill-advised unless we start placing more of its focus on people like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, not to mention the hordes of “handlers” who continue to prop this evil man up. We are again seeing illustrated the wisdom of Shakespeare who told us that human enterprise, “is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
Lord help us. And by that I sincerely and humbly pray, “Lord, help us.”
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