We have finally reached the point where C.N.N. has resorted to using ‘alternative cameras’ to mockingly and sadly highlight the delusional world in which Donald Trump is living. His Intelligence experts ‘need to go back to school,’ ‘I know more than the generals,’ ‘I know more about I.S.I.S.,’ ‘I asked Putin about interfering with our elections, and he said that he didn’t. ‘I love Kim Jong-Un, we have a great relationship and North Korea is going to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.’
Can a delusional person be trusted to lead the United States? Do you feel safe with this guy in the position to talk with such enemies as Russia and North Korea and make decisions or commitments with these folks that will determine our fate as a society, and do so in meetings that involve no advisors being present?
His lies can be seen as an extension of his delusional thinking. He doesn’t know how to separate out truth from his fantasy world. He says what he says when he says it regardless of whether what he says is true or not. How can anyone feel safe when relating to someone like this?
Over the past two years, Trump has become more and more isolated from others on whom he should be depending for counsel and understanding about the issues that reality demands that he, as President, or someone, on his White House staff, needs to address. He is painfully ignorant about the very issues that are at the center of our daily survival as a society. And, he offers no indication about having any intellectual curiosity or interest in finding out about the daily life issues that a President of the United States needs to address, like reading the daily security briefings. Politico recently reported that his schedule includes, ‘Executive Time’ which constitutes 9 hours of watching television or tweeting, and this is, apparently, done on a daily basis.
He demonstrates no empathy for anyone else. His pulling children away from their parents as a part of his deterrence policy against the rapists and the evil brown skin ones who are crossing our southern border. Or, his disregard for federal workers who are being forced to go without paychecks because of his egoic need to win his confrontation with the Speaker of the House over his ‘be all, end all,’ wall, his 4th Century solution that will keep the evil hoards out of our neighborhoods.
Then, on a dime, he can turn everything around and everything is fine, ‘we have been building the wall, we have the money. Imbedded in such a turn about assertion is the fact that our government shut down didn’t have to happen. According to this pivot on Trump’s part, there was no issue about the wall not being built that required the shutting down of government and 800,000 federal workers to have to go without paychecks. In another breath, he asserts that ‘the tear gas we are using on women and children who are attempting to cross our southern boarder is ‘very safe.’ And, none of this is being done in a psychiatric unit or a mental health facility. Rather, it is being done on national television, in front of our very eyes, on a daily basis.
It is also delusional, on our part, to turn a blind eye to the reality of Trump’s history of financial dependence on Russian funding sources that have ties with Putin. His sons have both publically asserted that Trump has received most of his loans from Russian investors. He is also beholden to a Saudi Arabian Prince for saving him from bankruptcy on two different occasions. It is also magical thinking on our part to not acknowledge that his people have been involved with Russians before and during our Presidential Election Process, at a time when Putin was actively attempting to undermine our election process.
He often will telegraph his areas of vulnerability to the world by saying that people better stay away from his tax records or financial dealings with others who would raise concerns about to what extent he is beholden to foreign power brokers. What would make a sane person tell those who are charged with investigating his background and behaviors where to stay away from in their investigations? If he didn’t have something to hide, why say anything in the first place?
Even more glaringly, it would be delusional on our part to dismiss how his behavior is undeniably serving as a Proxy for Putin on the world stage and domestically. He is doing more to advance Putin’s global goals than Putin has been able to do in the past 18 years. Under Trump, we have weakened our position in relation to our allies, including NATO. We have distanced ourselves from economic agreements that have provided stability to large portions of the free world over the past 80 years.
He is getting the United States into trade wars with China and others and using tariffs as a tool to get his way, at the expense of the soybean farmers of the Midwest and the cost of producing a car for Ford Motor Company. He is doing things domestically that are causing alienation between American citizens, undermining our working and labor class, our judiciary, our very rule of law, our efforts to provide for medical care, clean water and air. Our Congress and the likes of Mitch McConnell have been a rubber stamp for his destructive behaviors.
His ‘Make America Great Again’ is another example of his delusional thinking. In fact America’s economic strength was what promoted its recovery, during the 2008-9 Recession, while other nations struggled to regain their financial footing. In addition, America’s military strength, rather than weak, is second to none.
His desire to go back to the 1950’s as a return to our golden years was another fantasy, in that industries of the 1950’s have become antiquated due to new technologies and changes in the desirability of America producing coal and steel in today’s world.
The economic gap between the middle or working class and the wealthiest is continuing to grow and is, in itself, a source of concern in maintaining a viable economy. According to Robert Reich, 80 percent of American’s live from paycheck to paycheck. 84 % of the stock market is owned by the richest 10% of Americans. Our national minimum (not living) wage has been cemented at 7.25 since 2009. Nothing Trump has done in 2 years has improved one aspect of the economy, except for the wealthiest top 10% of our citizenry. Ask the worker’s of the Carrier Plant in Indianapolis about his promises to keep jobs in the United States.
We need to do more than just watch this poor, suffering, ignorant person stumbling around, placing our citizen’s safety in doubt and our place in the world community in jeopardy. Our trying to treat this as an occurrence that the finer points of Constitutional law can rectify is living in a delusional world of our making. Congress must take steps to remove Trump from office before he destroys more individual lives, or further damages our standing and safety in the world community than he has already done.
Nowhere in his two years in office has he protected or defended the Constitution of the United States against our adversaries. His defense of Putin and Un, against the advice of his various intelligence agencies should be enough proof for those of us who are living in the now of the real world, that he should be removed from office. He is simply not living up to his Constitutional Oath of Office: 'I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'