INSANITY!!!!

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.

insanityThe 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.

vaudeville hook

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!

insane-TrumpMr. 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:

insane trump 2Donald 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!

insane trumpI 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?

13 thoughts on “INSANITY!!!!

  1. Jill, great post about an interesting person. Was it Michael Bloomberg or Joe Biden who said vote for the “sane and competent” candidate last night. I tacked the following paragraph onto a weekly email I send out. Keith

    The Republican nominee has said numerous times, including this week with our North Carolina Governor present, the monthly measured unemployment rate of 5% is wrong and it really is 42%. If that were true, we would be in a severe depression, but let’s set that aside for now. Note, the national unemployment rate is the compilation of the results in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Governors, like Pat McCrory, are bragging to their constituents how they have been able to reduce the unemployment rate to low results. Like McCrory, many of these Governors are Republican. So, the question to ask this candidate, why are you discrediting all the Republican and non-Republican Governors who are proud that their unemployment has been reduced? Either the Presidential candidate is wrong or 50 Governors are wrong. That is a question I want people to think about. The answer is obvious.

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    • Thanks Keith! I believe it was Bloomberg who said that, though I am pretty sure most sane people are thinking it. Good point you make about the Governor’s claims of lowering unemployment vs. Trump’s ridiculous claim that it is 42%! Would the man know the truth if it smacked him in the face? I doubt it.

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      • Jill, you are right about the author. I wrote a post about his speech after this and I added a comment about Khizr Khan’s speech last night, perhaps one of the most impactful speech of the convention, as he described the loss of his son as an American Captain in Afghanistan, who saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.

        Overall, the convention was extremely well done and with the added seasoning of a stage full of retired generals and veterans who stand behind Hillary to the leader of Republican Women for Hillary, we saw a significant number of people who say vote for country over party as a message to not vote for Trump.

        Thanks, Keith

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        • Yes, I was more pleased than I expected to be with the convention. Many really good speeches, much more rational than anything that came out of the RNC. What remains now is to drum up enthusiasm among the voters, and I’m not sure how her campaign can or will go about that, but I think it is crucial for a win in November. Thanks … I always enjoy hearing your take on things!

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          • Jill, I think people need to be challenged when they say vote for the lesser of two evils. I think we have an apocalyptically bad candidate who would be harmful to our standing in the world, as well as damage us greatly with promoting bigotry. More David Dukes will crawl out from underneath rocks and feel empowered. He is running against an extremely competent and experienced candidate who has a positive global image for her work dating back to the 1990s on global maltreatment of women. Yes, she is not perfect and has protected her image when fairly and unfairly criticized, but many women leaders are more guarded out of necessity due to the male bias.

            And, before they paint Bill as philander, which he was, he also oversaw the greatest number of jobs created under a President’s watch than ever before, exceeding third place Ronald Reagan by 6.8 million jobs. Plus, he balanced the budget and the economy flourished. Melania Trump is an intelligent person, but it would not hurt to have a productive President to bounce tough questions off. Hillary deserves this in her own right, but I see this as a huge plus.

            I say this to folks when I hear this, but unfortunately, we need others to hear it as well. Great dialogue and post, Keith

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            • I agree. Too much has been said about voting for Hillary merely as a mechanism for “Never Trump”, and not enough has been said about her qualifications. The controversy swirling around her has, as intended by the other side, effectively forced her experience and qualifications into a backseat position.

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  2. Isn’t this the same sort of problem that Plato had to deal with in the Republic? He never did tell us who was going to train the philosopher kings and who was going to say who was one and who wasn’t. We are left with the question of who is crazy, who isn’t, and how do you tell. Are we going to hand the selection of candidates over to the psychologists? Trump gives the impression of being a pretty looney toon all right but unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules. We, the great ignorant unwashed, are left with mere hunches and predilections and Mr. Jefferson’s directive!

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  3. Excellent article….I have been opining this for some time…..seriously speaking, there is something radically amiss. I am amazed that Trump is being allowed to peddle such, obviously ‘unbalanced’ thoughts…if one can call them thoughts. Phew! The World is ‘laughing’ at America…. 😉 Hugs!

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    • Thanks, Bushka! And yeah, I would probably be laughing too if I lived in another country. But alas … the poison is in my own backyard and I cannot seem to find a way to get rid of it. Sigh. I think that is why I write about Erdogan so much … it reminds me that we are not alone! 🙂

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  4. Trump worked with several important people in Scotland cutting corners for his golf course. After working with him for a while one of them told an interviewer that America doesn’t have a choice between a Democrat and a Republican; the choice is between sanity and insanity. It’s not a stretch. I am reblogging this. Very well done.

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    • Thank you, Hugh, for the re-blog! I am honoured! And yes, I don’t see how anybody could believe this man to be sane. For a time we chalked it up to his narcissism, but I think it goes even farther than that. I have known a few narcissists in my life, but none so obnoxiously bloviated, none such pathological liars as this. I am still amazed that his followers let him get by with this and keep on cheering. Thanks again for the reblog!

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