Is Trump Nuts? Does it Matter?

by L. Reichard White

Does Mr. Trump really have serious psychiatric problems as increasing numbers of shrinks are suggesting?

Since in their DSM- 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders), the Mental Health Guild has classified just about every possible combination of human emotion and behavior as a psychiatric disorder, they can certainly find Mr. Trump—along with the rest of us—has conditions they would gladly treat but not necessarily cure. For a nice fee, of course.

They suggest he’s grandiose, antisocial, narcissistic, and paranoid etc. And, since an Australian study found that 1 in 5 CEOs are psychopaths, we can probably add that and/or “sociopath” to the list.

And they say he’s deceitful and tells lies, so far, at least 129 of ’em. And counting. Well, DUH! That IS how politicians get elected after all. And most of the folks who manage to get a shot at the position are quite accomplished at it.

Bill Clinton was notable, and his wife is no slouch. Obama was quite slick at it and Dubya & Company told 935 thoroughly documented whoppers to get “us” to attack, kill, maim, and displace hundreds-of-thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children. Etc.

So, since as POTUS (PresideNT Of The United States), Mr. Trump will almost certainly be responsible for killing, etc. large numbers of innocent folks, being a bit of a sociopath—maybe even a psychopath—will help. And to feel better about it—and possibly avoid PTSD—he can follow previous PresideNTS and call most of those innocent victims “collateral damage” instead of “murder victims.”

The bottom line is that to serve as presideNT, sociopathy etc. has become helpful and lying is necessary. As Historian Zinn put it, “If governments told the truth, they wouldn’t last very long.”

So while these folks may correctly diagnose those characteristics in Mr. Trump, they should be careful in considering them a handicap. They’re just part of a skill-set that is an essential—and now traditional—requirement for the job.

But nuts or not, does it really matter? We already know that apparently a presideNT with early Alzheimer’s isn’t a problem. And Jimmy Carter thought he was being chased by an amphibious rabbit.

Besides, executive power is way over-rated. Noting Sen. John McCain’s failed six-year attempt to pass a health bill etc.—and citing his own experience—Arnold “The Governator” Schwarzenegger admitted in a whopping understatement, “…it just doesn’t go as fast in politics as it goes in the private sector.”

And Bill Maher really nailed it. (video link)

Likewise, despite Mr. Trump’s grandiose delusion that his Administration is running like “a fine-tuned machine,” The Donald has yet to learn that his machine isn’t the one that’s running things in D.C.. Other than being mostly flashy hood-ornaments, Mr. Trump and Co.—well, as Bill Clinton discovered,

“…by the time you become the leader of a country, someone else makes all the decisions. You may find you can get away with virtual presidents, virtual prime ministers, virtual everything.”
—Bill Clinton, 1998, Monopoly Men

So it’s not really Mr. Trump and Co. we need to worry about, it’s the pre-existing perpetual virtual machine, often called “The Deep State,” which “makes all the decisions.” That’s what we need to worry about.

And try to fix. Or get rid of and/or away from. If not for you, then for the kids, grand kids and the yet unborn. What are you going to do about it?

So, directly from Edward Snowden and The Intercept to your device—— Attention Employees: If You See Something, Leak Something.

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L. Reichard White [send him mail] taught physics, designed and built a house, ran for Nevada State Senate, served two terms on the Libertarian National Committee, managed a theater company, etc. For the next few decades, he supported his writing habit by beating casinos at their own games. His hobby, though, is explaining things he wishes someone had explained to him. You can find a few of his other explanations listed here.

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4 Responses to Is Trump Nuts? Does it Matter?

  1. kirk says:

    It is my belief that anyone who wants to rule others and seeks the power to do so is ‘abnormal’. This does not include governing with the desire to govern being based on the desire to protect the rights and the lives of the governed, but this is not what those seeking political office, or the ‘deep state’, desire. They desire to control every facet of everyone’s life and do so by rule.

    To limit such a label to one particular individual in politics, or the political realm as in the ‘deep state’, is, in my opinion, to miss the forest for the trees since they are all ‘abnormal’.


    • MamaLiberty says:

      “This does not include governing with the desire to govern being based on the desire to protect the rights and the lives of the governed”

      Well, Kirk, you can believe what you wish, obviously. I don’t see any exception myself. The non-voluntary government has zero legitimate authority to do anything in my life. If you wish to delegate the protection of your rights to some bunch of politicians – whom you must trust for some reason to have pure motives – that’s your prerogative. You simply can’t choose that for anyone else.

      Now, a VOLUNTARY association, which you might also call a form of government, could easily be a good option for those not prepared or willing to guard their own rights. The key would be the ability to choose, and to change your mind if conditions proved it necessary. None of that is possible with a NON-voluntary government that has a monopoly on force, and the backing of a large body of the population that believes in that “authority.” Two very different things.

      And neither I nor the writer of that article limit the danger of the non-voluntary government to one person or one party. Indeed, ALL politicians are members of the tyranny tribe, however varied their words. Their deeds ultimately prove it. And if, for some strange reason, someone should come along with liberty ideas and deeds, they are quickly vilified and tossed out. Even though Ron Paul was far from perfect, he had absolutely no chance to truly change the goal of all non-voluntary government – absolute control as you mention. There are truly no exceptions today. The only person who is actually qualified to govern a person, is that person themselves. If they will not do so, then they usually become someone others must defend themselves against.

      And, the usual disclaimer: Utopia is NOT an option.


      • kirk says:

        my reference relates to those who would govern according to the NAP, protecting our shores and our rights and nothing more. if this is NOT in effect, recall/impeach them until true libertarians are in office and do, actually, protect our shores and our rights and do absolutely nothing more.

        to elaborate, my positions are:

        -protecting our shores relates to protection of our private property rights and refers specifically to immigration and/or invasion by a foreign entity.

        -protecting our rights relates to a system of arbitration whereby differences between people which cannot be settled amicably by the involved parties can be arbitrated by third parties at the request of the involved parties.

        in no way, shape, or form do i wish to delegate the protection of my rights, or our shores, to a ‘bunch of politicians’ as has been done with the production of the tyranny we are exposed to daily.


      • MamaLiberty says:

        Good luck with that. 🙂


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