I have a proposal to make. I propose that there be a psychological exam requirement for all candidates vying for the office of President of the United States. One of these candidates is showing increasing signs of insanity, and I think the only fair way to determine whether there is sufficient mental capacity to perform the job is to provide psychological testing to all candidates, including any 3rd party candidates who are able to meet the other criteria to be on the ballot in November.
The candidate to whom I refer, of course, is none other than Donald Trump. This man never actually seemed quite sane, since his first speech of the campaign season when he said that Mexico was sending us “killers and rapists”. During the course of the past 13 months, he has said many outrageous things, most of which I have included in prior posts on this blog, and there is no point in repeating them here. We got used to his lack of compassion, his lack of basic intelligence, his bigotry, and his tendency to say outrageous things mainly in order to gain the attention of the media – free advertising, in other words. We got used to his irrational fear of Daesh, of all things related to Islam. And we learned to just shake our heads and ignore him for the most part.
But in the past week, he has regressed from a man who could at least wipe his own drool into one who has absolutely zero sense.
“Her running mate, Tim Kaine, who by the way did a terrible job in New Jersey. First act he did in New Jersey was ask for a $4 billion tax increase. And he was not very popular in New Jersey and he still isn’t.”
I do not know if Tim Kaine is popular in New Jersey or not, but I do know he did not ask for a $4 billion tax increase from the people of New Jersey, because he is a U.S. Senator from Virginia, not New Jersey! I rather doubt that the people of New Jersey have an opinion of Mr. Kaine, one way or another.
Remember the days of Vaudeville, when they had a long stick with a hook on the end that they used to physically remove a person who was an embarrassment from the stage? Well, I am thinking this may be what is needed in the case of Donald Trump … get him out of here!
And then there was this, the most absolute sign that Donald Trump is definitely not a sane person:
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
This last atrocity was uttered at a press conference in Doral, Florida. With the political conventions coming to an end on Thursday, Mr. Trump is expected to receive his first national security briefings from American intelligence agencies in coming days. This, even more than Daesh, should strike fear into the hearts of every man, woman and child in the United States!
Mr. Trump, with his call for Russian hacking or exposing Mrs. Clinton’s emails, is urging a power often hostile to the United States to violate American law by breaking into a private computer network. He would also be contradicting the Republican platform, adopted last week in Cleveland, saying that cyberespionage “will not be tolerated,” and promising to “respond in kind and in greater magnitude” to all Chinese and Russian cyberattacks. Well, in fairness, that was a week ago, and Mr. Trump obviously has a very short little memory to match his tiny little hands.
Lawmakers and national security experts were shocked and appalled at Trump’s comment. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta called the remark “a threat to our national security.” Hundreds of others weighed in with similar comments, a few even calling his remarks “almost treason”.
The question of his sanity is apparently nothing new, as I saw a question on Quora from a year ago:
“Is Donald Trump suffering from an identifiable mental illness?
I suppose I am asking – what is the line between being eccentric and being mentally ill. I am not trying to use mental illness as an insult.
However, none of his actions seem to resemble rational responses to external stimulus. He comes out with bizarre and offensive remarks on a daily basis, makes grandiose proclamations, and is under the impression that he is more worthy than anyone else to be President of the United States, to the extent that he is seriously proposing to run as a third party candidate.”
Let us not forget, also, that Trump is the one who has called the sanity of almost everyone else into question:
Donald Trump has called Lindsey Graham “a nut job,” Glenn Beck “a real nut job,” and Bernie Sanders “a wacko.” Trump has insisted Ben Carson’s got a “pathological disease,” and asked of Barack Obama: “Is our president insane?” He called Ted Cruz “unstable,” “unhinged,” “a little bit of a maniac,” and “crazy or very dishonest.” He also called the entire CNBC network “crazy.” He called Megyn Kelly “crazy”—at least six times. (Olbermann, Vanity Fair, 21 July 2016)
Political commentator Keith Olbermann used the 20 items on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist ― an actual clinical tool used to help diagnose psychopathy ― to assess Donald Trump. I cannot post his article here , but if you click on the link, I think you will find it very enlightening!
I still think Trump should have to pass a psychological evaluation sometime between now and November 8th, however I understand that it isn’t going to happen. With that in mind, my hope is that he continues right along the path he is on, because at his current rate of regression, I can only foresee a complete and total meltdown during the next three months whereby he starts actually foaming at the mouth and shrieking like a banshee. Even then, no doubt there will be those lemmings who will follow him, but that is fine … they can all join him in … wherever he ends up!
Harsh words from Filosofa? Yes, probably, but it has been 90+ degrees for weeks now and Filosofa’s patience with stupidity is getting shorter by the day. Who would have ever thought we would be seriously considering putting a man with very little brain and a wide streak of psychopathy in the White House?