The Trump Depression
From Just sayin’…by George Duncan
The Trump Depression
No, not the market type. That’s doing okay as Trump’s economic policies feed the carnivores of Wall Street.
No, this depression is the one Americans feel every day as Trump’s increasing anti-American acts and behaviors send the pundits to their thesauruses to find new words for liar, narcissist, lunatic, ignoramus, bully, philistine and more.
A therapist with 37 years’ experience, acknowledging that he can’t accurately analyze Trump from a distance, refers readers to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the “bible” that guides therapists in their work, and suggests we check the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Attention-Deficit Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. If you don’t see our Donny in that mix, you’re not paying attention.
Within his first two months in office, the President of the United States has managed to piss off China, dis Australia, and insult Angela Merkel, president of Germany, our most important ally in Europe. There are too many examples of the man acting like an uncouth barbarian to list here, but those examples really affect America’s image and standing in the world.
Meantime, Americans awaken each morning to yet another Trump outrage from possible connections to Russia, to banning Muslims and throwing thousands of lives into turmoil, a seemingly mindless and pointless accusation of duplicity against President Obama, and on and on. Virtually every day comes another Trump tweet, rally, or Executive Order that commands the headlines and focuses them on him.
Then come the incoherent explanations and excuses from his spokesman, Sean Spicer, the nonstop evasions of machine gun Kellyanne Conway, and comments from other delusional staff you wouldn’t have in your home.
The result is a constant barrage of convoluted logic and counterintuitive commentary that attacks our sense of reason, sows the seeds of fear, weakens our faith in our nation’s leaders, and creates a constant low-level depression that affects all of our lives every day.