Teetering On The Brink?

I am not a psychologist and have no medical education or knowledge.  However, I know full-blown insanity when I see it.  I know that my daughter would call for an ambulance and police if I ever went on a tirade such as Donald Trump went on yesterday.  I know that the behaviour he exhibited yesterday is dangerous enough for anybody, but when the person who has lost all sense of reality is the leader of a nation with nuclear capability, it is a potentially lethal combination.

In September 2016, Trump, speaking of his opponent Hillary Clinton said …

“I also have a much better temperament than she has. … I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win.”

And in January 2018 he tweeted …

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

That “much better” temperament was nowhere in evidence yesterday.  What the world saw yesterday was an unhinged 72-year-old male acting like a two-year-old whose nap was an hour past due.

He stormed into a meeting that was scheduled to discuss infrastructure 15 minutes late, refused to shake hands or be seated, and proceeded to rant for three full minutes before storming back out of the room saying he would not work with democrats as long as they continue to investigate him.  Then, he immediately gave an impromptu 12-minute press conference in the Rose Garden where he claimed that everybody was out to get him, that Jerry Nadler had long been his enemy, and that the Mueller investigation had been a hoax from day one, a ‘failed takedown attempt’.  He bounced from topic to topic with no thread, no cohesion, seemingly no purpose other than to say, “Poor me … nobody likes me”.

Folks, I debated about writing this piece, for my initial thought was that there are far more important things to focus on that the temper tantrum of a spoiled brat.  However, the more I heard, the more I read, the more I pondered, I came to realize just how dangerous our situation has become, and this fit he had yesterday is the symptom of a much more serious problem.

The simple statement that supposedly set him off was spoken by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …

“We believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a coverup.”

Donald Trump has been digging his own grave on this for months now, he has been acting as guilty as a fox with chicken feathers on his mouth, and it is his own attempts at obfuscation that have led us all to believe he is hiding things.  For the record, I, too, believe that Donald Trump is engaged in a coverup, perhaps one of massive proportions.

I have long said that when Trump feels backed into a corner or threatened, he lashes out without thinking, and I believe that is what is happening.  Just this week, two separate judges have ruled against Trump’s attempts to hide financial records from the investigating congressional committees, and an IRS memo came to light stating in no uncertain terms that the Department of Treasury must turn over the Trump tax returns requested by Congress.  I imagine he feels the walls closing in, but his response, his behaviour, make him look even guiltier than he did to start with, if that’s even possible.

Under other circumstances, it would be prudent for the vice president and majority of the cabinet to declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” under the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, for it appears, even to the casual observer, that he is indeed ‘unable’.  However, today we do not have a vice president nor cabinet members who are particularly concerned with the well-being of the nation, but rather have their own agendas and Trump plays well into their hands.

Meanwhile, two democratic senators, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Tom Udall of New Mexico pushed for a vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a proposal that would require congressional approval before US could launch a strike on Iran, but the proposal was shot down in a 13-9 vote.  One republican senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted with democrats in favour of the proposal.  Obviously, there are concerns about Trump overstepping his bounds in dealing with Iran.

I don’t know what the solution is … I wish I did.  But I do know that the ‘man’ in the Oval Office is showing signs of a loss of mental acuity and we should all be concerned.  It seems to me that there are two options here: Invoke the articles of impeachment, for which there is ample justification, though as things currently stand, the likelihood of him being removed from office is slim-to-none.  Or, wait and let him finish digging his own grave.  Ordinarily, I would suggest the latter, for he is doing a fine job of it thus far.  But, under the circumstances, given his antagonism toward Iran, given his erratic decision-making processes, I fear that disaster might strike before he digs that last shovelful.

I think Nancy Pelosi showed just how concerned she is when, after his tirade, she said …

“I pray for the president of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America.”

46 thoughts on “Teetering On The Brink?

  1. I heard this briefly on our UK news. It came hot on the heels of the Huawei ban (Google).
    I actually worry that Trump is destabilizing the world. This is having knock on effects when the US change the state of play in other countries (and we have certainly seen plenty of chaos in the UK). There is a madness occurring, and historically, we know that some people get very hurt when a madman spreads his evil across society.

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    • Sadly, my phone is made by Huawei, and so is our wifi Internet router. It has never let me down, and quite honestly, I don’t think spying occurs from Huawei, as much as it does with Google and Microsoft. The world should be very worried at the rise of fascism in the US.

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      • I am inclined to agree with you about Google and Microsoft. I think the world is likely very worried about the rise of fascism here … I definitely am and it keeps me awake most nights. Sigh.

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    • Trump is definitely de-stabilizing the world in a number of ways, the most recent being his taunting Iran, almost begging for Iran to strike back, and this week, his plan to circumvent Congress and sell bombs and other arms to Saudi Arabia against all sane people’s judgment. It would seem he wishes to blow up the entire world. And the damn republicans in this nation keep cheering him on. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  2. What, to me, is the most frustrating is that his supporters continue to wear their rose-colored glasses (with one lens completely black) and defend his every word and action.

    I still have reservations about impeachment. Sure, I’d love to see the guy hit with it, but in the end, I don’t think it will take him out of office/ And if we think things are bad now …

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    • That is, indeed, the most frustrating and … the most dangerous, for even once he is gone from office … they will be seeking out another like him.

      I flip-flop on the issue of impeachment multiple times a day. A failed impeachment might well play right into his hand. I still urge caution, though I think the House may end up having no choice, if only to garner information.

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    • And therein lies the problem … those who blindly believe whatever he tells them and show up at his rallies shouting “Lock her up!” … yes, they still chant that, two-and-a-half years after the election. Until those people open their eyes and see what is before them, until they call on their members of Congress to act, nothing is likely to change much.

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      • The only hope for a successful impeachment is for Robert Mueller’s testimony on live TV (assuming he testifies) to be so compelling that even most Senate Republicans can no longer deny Trump’s blatantly illegal conduct (but I’m not holding my breath that enough GOP Senators have the moral character and courage to do so).

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        • Mueller’s testimony, if he isn’t restricted by DOJ directives, will certainly go a long way toward presenting the facts and likely to make impeachment more of a viable option. However, I still urge caution, for there are few republican members of Congress in either chamber who are not in one way or another indebted. Hence, even if they find their conscience somewhere, their cojones may still be missing.

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  3. I believe successful impeachment or the 25th is possible. Mitch and his Republican cronies are opportunists looking only to enhance their agendas. Those agendas under a President Pence must be looking more attractive every passing day.

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    • I’m not so sure … I hope you are right, but when I look at the number of people … average Joes … who still support him, I am not so sure. Until the majority of republicans call for a change, it isn’t likely that the republicans in Congress will change their thinking, and without them, there can be no successful impeachment. Amendment 25 would mean people like Stephen Miller, Steve Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson and others to stand against Trump. Sigh. What are the odds?

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  4. Jill, one of the list of attributes of a narcissist is to criticize others for faults he has been criticized of. It is a turning of the tables to obfuscate. So, if you want to know Trump’s faults (as if we did not know), look at what he calls other people. Liars, fakes, crooks, traitors, McCarthy-like, Watergate-like, etc. Each of these criticisms could quite legitimately made toward the man in the White House.

    His hissy fit yesterday was in part staged, as he did not have and did not involve GOP leaders in the discussions and did not have their buy-in. I find it interesting that he said the Dems could not do investigation and legisation both, when they came in prepared with detailed recommendations.

    Note, I said in part, as Trump’s blows up often in meetings, which is why he is considered mercurial. Not that it takes s rocket scientist, but it was obvious these talks would fail when they started. It was just a matter if time for Trump to upset the apple cart. This is one reasonhe is not trusted. Keith

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    • True … every single name that he has applied to someone else, fits him like a glove. I saw an interesting comment earlier that if he believes that democrats cannot legislate and investigate at the same time, then obviously he cannot do his job as president and be investigated simultaneously. Makes sense to me. But I’m still slack-jawed over the people who see him as “great”, who go to rallies and cheer for him, who will vote for him next year. To me, every time he opens his mouth it comes out stupid and he makes himself appear guilty. Does it take them seeing their 401(k) hit rock bottom, or losing their jobs before they can see?

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  5. I’ve always tended to blame Trump’s tantrums as the outpourings of a very spoiled child who doesn’t expect to be thwarted. Over indulgence brings out the worst characteristics the older that child gets. I’m tempted to agree with you now that it might well be the signs of a long standing mental illness rather like Schizophrenia where he sees himself as a modern day Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington is everywhere out to get him. Perhaps he should be hospitalised straight away and Pence but in to hold things together until the elections.
    Cwtch.

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    • I, too, thought he was just a spoiled little brat who had never been deprived of anything and needed to learn to be a part of the human race. But lately … for several months … I’ve noticed a difference, something that I can’t quite put my finger on, but it chills me. I used to wonder how history would treat the era of Trump, but now I wonder if anybody will be around to write that history. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  6. An old book is the new modern history..

    https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/131090.Night_of_Camp_David

    The situation is extremely dangerous such much more so than many realize. And a huge danger is a weak, corrupt and complicit Republican Party and a bought and paid for evil or threatened White House staff and minions.

    And what’s the story behind these people? Mafia, Russian Mafia, just utterly corrupt money greedy people, far far right racists (Stephen Miller) or these deranged “end timers?” It’s a cancer and probably a fatal one and it spreads across the world.
    I may be an “end timer” too, but a far different kind. I see man’s own demise perhaps through greed and stupidity with no where to go but in the ground and gone. Earth heals and maybe, just maybe a more deserving species will come along….
    It’s makes me so mad, but more, it makes me sad and the good people who do care and are decent, will be the price…

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    • I had forgotten about that book … I read it a few decades ago! Yes, altogether too close to home.
      Sadly, I cannot argue with your take on things, for my own thoughts are much the same. And it isn’t only here, not only us, but it’s happening around the world. I don’t know how to fix it, but I know that there is no single panacea … IF it can even be fixed, it will take sacrifice on the part of us all. Greed, arrogance and ignorance have no place in this world any longer, for they are what has brought us to this place. Sigh.

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  7. Oh, man your situation gets worse and worse. I have to admit I pray for all of you too. If someone in any other job would act like tjis they would call an ambulance and section the dude. But hey, its politics, we dont act rationally just look at the insanity called Brexit. I remember from history class they said that the politicians in Germany thought they could “use” Hitler to their ends and it just didnt work out as Hitler didnt act as planned either. Feels more and more like the Republicans are in a similar situation but can’t see the forest for the trees. Or shall I say can’t see the natinal devastation for the dollar signs? 🙋‍♀️🐝

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    • Hey Bee!!! 🙋 Yes, two years ago I began making comparisons between Trump & Hitler, between the German people in the 1930s and us in 2016, and I kept being called an alarmist. But, some of those who called me that then have changed their tune quite a bit. I find myself drawn to books like “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”, trying to understand how it happened. My foremost conclusion is that people are largely complacent, believing that somehow everything works out fine in the long run. We fail to value the lessons of history or to learn from them. I hope that enough people are beginning to see what is in front of their eyes and will vote him out next year, but I fear what he may do in the next 17 months. Sigh. But then, you guys have your own troubles too, and I keep hearing more about Boris … not good. Perhaps the entire world has gone nuts? 🐿️

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      • It sometimes feels like being Cassandra when you can see the bigger picture. I told my friends who think that Brexit is a good idea that it will encourage the racists here. So far it was not as bad as in Germany after the wall came down but racist attacks have gone up enormously and my husband just told me that there have been a lot of violence between the far right here and antifa today on EU election day. The whole world certainly have gone nuts. Mr Modi in India does his right wing thing in India, AFD in Germany is an utter nightmare, Poland rather nationalist… the list goes on. I just hope its really their last hurray and ppl come to their senses again… 🙋‍♀️🐝

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        • It is a movement that is gaining momentum on both sides of the pond. Here, there is the U.S., Venezuela, Brazil and likely others that I’m less aware of. On your side, it’s your own UK, Germany, Spain, France (I hear LePen is still on the scene, or behind the scenes). I think that a century from now, IF we haven’t destroyed our planet, the global picture will look much different than it does today. As I’ve remarked many times, even once we get rid of Trump and Pence, they are only symbolic of the nationalist/populist furor among the people and it isn’t going away any time soon, I fear. Sigh. Hugs, dear friend! 🙋

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      • From Padre Steve’s blog, who is a military historian among other things, has been writing about this connection and similarity between Hitler and trump for a long time now. He is right on in his posts..

        I picked these two paragraphs up yesterday from his blog. I only added the definition of the “night of the long knives” for clarity.

        Unlike Laval’s Vichy Government in France during WWII, the United States has not been overrun and invaded by an enemy Army. We don’t have Russian Tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue, or Vladimir Putin doing a jig at the Washington Monument, but the President’s surrender to Putin, and other despots and his attacks on our Constitution and legal systems will destroy us and all of our rights; and that means even the rights of those people who for whatever reason support him.

        If this continues, they too will become victims of an American version of the Night of the Long Knives ( In German history, purge of Nazi leaders by Adolf Hitler on June 30, 1934. Fearing that the paramilitary SA had become too powerful, Hitler ordered his elite SS guards to murder the organization’s leaders).

        Take my warning for what it is. Trump’s opponents are already damned and doomed if he succeeds, but his supporters will have signed their own death sentences and they are too stupid to know it. But then, such is bliss of ignorance.

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        • Ah yes, I follow Padre Steve’s blog, but hadn’t yet read this one. He is right, of course, but the question is: is there anything that the people of the world can do to fix this mess? Sigh. Thanks for sharing the Padre’s words, Mary … he is always spot on.

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