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Trump is Labeled a Sadist by Prominent Pyschiatrist

In a recent interview with Salon magazine, Dr. John Gartner, a former Johns Hopkins University psychiatrist, warned America that there is a monster in the White House and that this is not going to end well for the country. All reasonable people know that Trump is a bonafide narcissist, but Dr. Gartner says it’s much worse. Why? Because Trump has a uniquely malignant form of narcissism–he is sadistic narcissist, one who is not only incapable of empathy but who actually enjoys inflicting pain on others. And when he is threatened, he will viciously lash out with whatever means he has, no mater how violent, harmful, or destructive those means are. Do I have to remind you he has the nuclear codes?

Dr. Gartner put it this way: “When I first started talking about Trump as a malignant narcissist, people could see the narcissism, the paranoia and the antisocial element. But the fourth component of malignant narcissism is sadism.

“You see it in everything he does, from the separating of the children at the border to how Trump tortures anyone who doesn’t give him what he wants. There’s a way in which he takes a kind of manic glee in causing harm and pain and humiliation to other people.

“Malignant narcissists deteriorate. When they gain power, they become more inflamed in their grandiosity and in their paranoia. They also become more unrestrained in their sadism and in their will to [maintain] power. Malignant narcissists like Trump are antisocial and have a willingness to do anything to get and keep power. The noted psychologist Erich Fromm actually argued that such personalities then begin to verge on psychosis at that point, becoming so grandiose and paranoid that they really live on the boundary of psychosis and reality.”

As Trump is emboldened by fellow sadists (e.g. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, “Gym” Jordan, Steve King, etc.), his condition is exacerbated because his enablers give him a pass. He feels like he can get away with anything. (For his entire life, Trump has never been held accountable for any of his atrocities.) And as Trump grows older and dementia kicks in, the danger he poses becomes much worse.

“Cognitive deterioration only goes in one direction. It doesn’t stand still and it doesn’t get better. No, Trump is not ready for the nursing home. But that doesn’t mean he’s capable of managing the White House. What if there is a global crisis like a war? What if Trump refuses to step down, if he is impeached and convicted? Once you factor in nuclear weapons the possibilities are truly horrific.”

There you have it America. It’s going to end like Stanley Kubrick predicted it would in Dr. Strangelove. “We’ll meet again. Don’t know where; don’t know when…”

www.amazon.com/dp/1948260085

Excerpt From Chapter 8 of “JFK and the End of America”

The more lasting tragedy of 11/22/63 is that it began an era, an era that has no end in sight, of massive distrust of the government. Before Dallas, America trusted its leaders.  That quaint notion now seems as silly and obsolete as hula hoops.  We now expect the worst.  We think of our legislative bodies as bombastic bordellos, full of corrupt hacks willing to sell their souls to the highest bidders.  “The good of the people” is way down the list of priorities when laws are written and policy enacted.  Everywhere one looks, there is corruption and perfidy.  Those who have money and power—corporations, special interests and the super-wealthy—control the ministers of government and make the lives of the masses more dangerous, difficult, unhealthy and poverty-stricken.  We have become inured to bloody wars for profit.  We have accepted the fact that liberty and justice for all are empty words.  “Ask what you can do for your country” has been replaced by “greed is good.”  The home of the brave is now the land of cynical self-interest.

Admittedly, there is nothing really new about this. There has always been a strain of craven opportunism in America.  Hucksters, scam artists, for-profit schemers and crooked politicians have always been with us.  It’s just that today they have prevailed over our better angels.  The rise of right-wing radio (Rush Limbaugh and his ilk) and TV (FOX News) has brainwashed those who lack the education and intellect to resist.  Progressivism has been demonized.  Media, once the only thing that stood between us and fascism, has been neutered by corporate takeover.  Trump and other tyrants urge us now to turn our backs on the truth.  Lies are given equal time and presented as legitimate counterbalances under the guise of fairness.  While the planet slowly burns and oceans rise, climate change deniers, funded by fossil-fuel polluters, are actually granted air time as if they have a legitimate argument to make.  Fact and fiction get blurred; truth becomes a subjective guess until there is no truth left.  In this environment, all manner of distortion and deception is possible; it was inevitable that a narcissistic con artist and pathological liar, like Trump, would eventually make it to the White House.  An unbalanced egomaniac, elevated in the age of lies, now has his finger on the button.  One shudders to think what would have happened if Trump had been in charge during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

If we look closely at the history of America, its one lasting and irrevocable legacy is mendacity. The country was even founded on a lie.  Columbus did not discover what we now know as the United States.  Our leaders lied to the natives who originally dwelled here, stealing their land and slaughtering their people.  Industrial barons and corporate giants, and the government they bought and paid for, have owned the country ever since.  Their lies help them maintain their power.  We are told that we live in a land of equal opportunity, but we know it is a rigged system in favor of the wealthy, and becoming more so every day.  Our leaders claim they are doing our bidding when, in truth, they are nothing more than paid agents of the most powerful interests in the country.  Government of the people has been replaced by government of the one percent.  This dreary reality was facilitated by historical lies.  Lies that overwhelm us and, in the end, turn us into helpless children in a land of tyrannical powerbrokers.  When did we lose sight of the promise of America as a land where righteousness and justice were at the heart of the great experiment called democracy? It is the argument here that on November 22, 1963, we veered off into an alternate universe, a quasi-fascist state where the power of government and corporations, with the help of the military-intelligence monolith, has merged, and the slow destruction of true democracy has eaten away whatever freedom we have left.

Lies are at the heart of it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1948260085

Ivy League Study Says U.S. Is No Longer A Democracy

We’ve known this was coming. The America that Republicans have always wanted is finally here. It took years of intentional erosion of economic safeguards and institutional oversight. But this should not have surprised anyone. The signs were everywhere. It began with Reagan and his trickle-down economics, the policy whereby the rich feasted and the middle class fought for the leftover bread crumbs. In the ’90s Newt Gingrich delivered a right cross to equality with his “contract with America” manifesto that shredded liberal policies. Rush Limbaugh landed a vicious upper cut by demonizing the poor which made it okay to protect the very rich.

In the 2000s Bush and the Tea Party congress staggered democracy by rewarding the rich with unworthy tax breaks. The Supreme Court scored the knockout punch by dismantling campaign finance rules. Now the 1% can limitlessly buy elections, corrupt politicians and strip away corporate and financial regulations. And now it’s official, we are at the mercy of the ruling class. Or so says a new study from Princeton University, which declares that democracy no longer exists. In an OpEd News article published today, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page state:

“…over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.” Compiling data from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2008, Gilens and Page conclude that rich, well-connected individuals now control the direction of the country, regardless of the will of the majority of voters. “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy…while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Left unchecked, the new American plutocracy will soon end Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; deregulate financial markets to pre-collapse state; make it more difficult than ever for middle-class students to get a college education; restrict access to health care; and continue to enact policies which will enrich themselves at the expense of all others. In other words, in the coming years it will be harder and harder for average Americans to not only dig themselves out of the subjugated class, but merely survive. By the middle of the 21st century there will be no recourse for the 99% but to shut up, obey, bend over, and cry, “Thank you, sir. May I have another?”

As former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have all wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both.”

http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Mortician-Tim-Fleming-ebook/dp/B00I6GNPD4

Conversations With Conservatives, Or How I Learned To Have Fun With And Annoy The Right Wing

I have many conservative friends, and, prudently, when in their presence I avoid the usual dangerous topics when I can: religion, politics, history, taxes, etc. But every now and then a polemic discussion rears its inevitable head, and I can’t fight back the urge to inject my subversive, sarcastic, and eristic words. Such an occasion happened recently. I have here reconstructed an old conversation and combined it with new material derived from a chance meeting with the conservative just last week:

CONSERVATIVE: I know you don’t believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and personal savior.

ME: Well…now that you mention it. The rationalist in me wants to parse that sentence. The phrase “My Lord and personal savior” sounds threatening. Like I’d better believe or else. As if someone is trying to control my thoughts and actions…and if I do not conform (meaning blindly believe that there is an all-powerful white man in the sky waiting to condemn me or save me based on someone’s interpretation of a centuries-old book), there will be literally hell to pay.

CONSERVATIVE: Since when is faith a bad thing?

ME: When blind faith shuts down reason, overrides temperance, denies the power of the intellect, and incites intolerance and violence, then it is a bad thing.

CONSERVATIVE: My Christian beliefs forbid me from practicing hate.

ME: Yet you listen to Rush Limbaugh every day–the right wing’s high minister of hate.

CONSERVATIVE: That’s politics, not religion. Rush is merely pointing out how your side is harming democracy by enforcing a socialist agenda on unwilling citizens.

ME: From my reading of the Bible, Jesus was the most prominent socialist in history. Didn’t he say that we will be judged by how we treat the least among us? Didn’t he drive the moneychangers from the temple? Didn’t he say that it will be harder for a rich man to enter His Kingdom than…

CONSERVATIVE: (Clearly flustered) Jesus wants us to be free. He loves America, and he blesses every day with His riches.

ME: But America is quickly becoming a third-world Republic in the sense that the wealth inequity gap is widening dramatically. The poor are getting poorer and the rich richer.

CONSERVATIVE: Every man–regardless of race, status or creed–has the opportunity to succeed and become rich in America.

ME: Not true. If that were so, capitalism would cease to exist, because the capitalist system requires that there be a few at the top and many at the bottom. The factory owner must have hundreds, maybe thousands, of factory laborers to make his enterprise profitable. And when it does become profitable, he keeps the lion’s share of profit for himself. If we had all kings and no peons, capitalism would cease to exist.

CONSERVATIVE: You’re perverting the intent of democracy and capitalism.

ME: They are not the same thing. You know what Louis Brandeis said? “We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have all wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can’t have both.”

CONSERVATIVE: Who’s Louis Brandeis? One of your atheist, pinko icons?

ME: Supreme Court Justice in the 1920s.

CONSERVATIVE: Well, he’s full of crap.

ME: How about James Madison, then? You right-wingers are fond of him, right? He said, “History records that moneychangers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments.” That makes America a government of the rich, by the wealthy, and for the few.

CONSERVATIVE: Only Jesus can save heathens like you; I am going to pray for your salvation.

ME: Don’t bother. If Heaven is anything like America, I’ll pass. I want to go to Paradise. A place where everyone has his own room in the mansion. A place where the First shall be Last and the Last shall be first. A place where there is no suffering. A place where love and peace reign. A place where no man can oppress another. A place where material wealth and power do not matter. Hey wait…that is the Heaven promised us in the Bible. On second thought, go ahead and pray for my soul.

CONSERVATIVE: Now you’re being sarcastic.

ME: I’m not. And while you’re at it, pray for President Obama also. I know you hate him, but aren’t you bound by your faith to love your enemies.

CONSERVATIVE: He’s a socialist. I can’t save socialists.

ME: But so was Jesus.

CONSERVATIVE: You no doubt have Scripture which proves that?

I pulled out my handy-dandy list of Bible passages which contain The Lord’s love of socialism.

ME: Here’s one of my favorites. Jesus said, “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.”

CONSERVATIVE: You cherry-picked one passage to suit your politics.

ME: Oh, but there’s much more. Jesus says to the blessed, “…take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in (today, right-wing Christians would shoot Jesus as a home invader), I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The Lord will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.'”

The conservative nervously looked at his watch.

CONSERVATIVE: Hey, look at that. I’m late for Bible study. Today we’re discussing Huckabee’s new book, “Guns, Grits, and God.” I gotta go.

ME: Wait. I have more. From the book of Matthew, “You cannot serve both God and money.” And here’s one from Luke, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”

The conservative put his earmuffs on so he couldn’t hear me any more. He roared off in his pick-up with the gun rack in the back window. I giggled at his bumper sticker which read, “Jesus hates Obama and Socialists.”

http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Mortician-Tim-Fleming-ebook/dp/B00I6GNPD4.

[This post is submitted in loving memory of my brother John Fitzgerald Fleming. Named for JFK, John was an author, scholar, linguist, and dog lover. He adored his nieces and nephews. I speak for all those who loved him and never got the chance to say good-bye. We will see you again; may you rest in peace.]