Denise Goldberg's blog

Sunday, January 29, 2017

disturbed (again)

Politics has raised its head again. I just can't ignore the idiocy of our 45th president.

The behavior and orders issued by the individual currently occupying the White House degraded more each day during his first week in office. Friday's immigration order was a huge leap downward. I was shocked and very distressed. I'm happy that multiple federal judges got involved yesterday, slowing the order. Changing this executive order isn't enough; it needs to be overturned.

He doesn't seem to understand that our country was built by immigrants, that the people living in the United States are the descendants of either Native Americans or immigrants.

Kudos to the Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada for his tweets yesterday:

tweets from Justin Turdeau welcoming immigrants to Canada

Did you hear that Mitch McConnell had to talk Trump out of his stated desire to get rid of the electoral college? Does Trump really not understand that he lost the popular vote?

I'm looking for ways to contribute in turning our country back to a normal democratic state. If you're also looking, an editorial in today's Boston Globe, A citizens guide to survival in Trump’s America, provided some interesting ideas.

I owe thanks to my sister for pointing me at the following tidbit.

Did you know that a top psychologist from Johns Hopkins has diagnosed Trump (from afar) with "malignant narcissim"? From the US News report Temperament Tantrum:

John D. Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, minces as few words as the president in his professional assessment of Trump.

"Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president," says Gartner, author of "In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography." Trump, Gartner says, has "malignant narcissism," which is different from narcissistic personality disorder and which is incurable.

Gartner acknowledges that he has not personally examined Trump, but says it's obvious from Trump's behavior that he meets the diagnostic criteria for the disorder, which include anti-social behavior, sadism, aggressiveness, paranoia and grandiosity. Trump's personality disorder (which includes hypomania) is also displayed through a lack of impulse control and empathy, and "a feeling that people ... don't recognize their greatness".

I find that very interesting. Do you?