Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Most of the neocons have been slapped into line (or are pretending that they have) if only because they fear being run out of the Republican party and not being able to get back in all that easily. You don't hear much "neverTrump" from most of them now. I think George Will and other pencil-necked ideologues are holding out. But as for Democrats and liberals in general, they are deeply deranged about the Trump victory, and the only word for their general reaction is "tantrum."

One thing they're deep into is projection. You know, where you accuse your opponent of doing what you do yourself. They of course accuse Trump of being a warmonger, when everything he's said about cooperating with Russia and changing our policy of overthrowing every stable government in the Middle East says the opposite. They've seized on his policy of modernizing our nuclear arsenal as proof that he wants to start a nuclear war. Which means several Presidents who have done such modernizing must have been wanting to start a nuclear war.

Of course, it's the crazy old lady, Hillary, who either wants to start a nuclear war with Russia with her no-fly zone [link], or is nutty enough that she doesn't realize that such a policy would very likely have that result. She's nutty enough, after all, to think, or at least say, that Putin has a "personal beef" with her. As though she's that significant. In actual fact, Hillary is the dangerous warmonger, Trump is the peacemaker. And in a more general way of putting it, Hillary is an interventionist on principle, while Trump's attitude seems to be that intervention is a last resort. That's in keeping with his realist/pragmatic non-ideological persona.

And an aside. When I say non-ideological, I don't mean without principle, as some use the term. Trump's principles seem to be those associated with simple patriotism and basic human decency, with a little humility thrown in, which is more of a "guide to life" than an ideology. The trouble with ideologies is that people tend to warp reality to fit them, rather than modify their ideology to fit reality. That last, humility, doesn't sound like what is said about Trump, but look at it this way. Other politicians, like Hillary and Obama and Bush, etc., know what is good for everybody in the world, which is why they're eager to send armies to enforce their bright ideas. Trump isn't that way, and seems to be concerned with what's good for his own country, and those things are obvious things that anybody could agree about — keeping jobs here, making advantageous trade agreements, being very careful about immigration, and avoiding wasting money and lives on that interventionism again.

And of course the lefties are raising hell about how many millionaires and billionaires are in Trump's cabinet. No hell was raised when Hillary was peddling influence to Wall Street by accepting payment for speeches at what seems to amount to several hundred dollars a word. If the left is upset about a Trump cabinet officer being a millionaire, you'd think they'd raise an eyebrow, at least, about how the Clintons got to be millionaires. Hint: it wasn't by building hotels, or building anything, for that matter. It was by having money handed to them for dubious reasons.

And they naturally accuse Trump of all the -phobias, from Islamo to homo to trans. Not Russophobia, though. That's what Hillary seems to have. I guess that's okay, though, because Russians are White. And half of them are male. And the vast majority of them are heterosexuals. So that's enough to earn Hillary's enmity all by itself. And while they don't have a -phobia word for it, Trump is also alleged to hate Blacks and Mexicans and other minorities. I think I know why. When a Black thug robs a store and attacks a cop and gets himself killed, Obama snarkily puts the White cop down and sends a Presidential representative to the thug's funeral. Since Trump is on record as supporting cops, the lefties of course fear that he'll continue to do so, and won't even praise the Trayvons and other Dindus or tearfully mourn their heroic deaths. Therefore, by liberal logic, he's a fascist. Or even a Nazi.

Justin Raimondo explores this new disease. This is from the Los Angles Times [link].
Do you suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome?
Justin Raimondo
The country is in the throes of a major epidemic, with no known cure and some pretty scary symptoms. It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS, and it’s rapidly spreading from the point of origin – the political class – to the population at large.

In the first stage of the disease, victims lose all sense of proportion. The president-elect’s every tweet provokes a firestorm, as if 140 characters were all it took to change the world.

Trump set up a single phone call with Taiwan’s president, and suddenly TDS patients were insisting that our “One China” policy was no more. But the reality is that telephonic communication isn’t the same thing as official diplomatic recognition. Besides, in their eagerness to highlight Trump’s alleged recklessness, the president-elect’s critics misunderstand our policy. “One China” means that we don’t recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country or China’s sovereignty over Taiwan. We’ve never considered Taiwan a mere province, and the Taiwan Relations Act obligates us to defend the island against attack.

The mid-level stages of TDS have a profound effect on the victim’s vocabulary: Sufferers speak a distinctive language consisting solely of hyperbole. Politico recently ran a piece that noted Trump’s supposedly unprecedented decision to continue using his private security force, which provoked former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin to tweet: “A predictable move for a kleptocratic authoritarian who wants to operate outside the bounds of law and basic ethical standards. Even more troubling, he may use the force's lack of government oversight & presidential veneer to carry-out extralegal acts of force.”

It’s quite a stretch to suggest that a desire to keep trusted lieutenants is actually a sinister plot to create a version of the brownshirts, but such illogical leaps are the pathway to the next stage of TDS: a state of constant hysteria.

Especially when discussing Trump’s views on immigration, hysterical TDS victims assume there’s no difference between the president-elect’s rhetoric (get out!) and his proposed policy (deporting known criminals who are in this country illegally). As Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, put it: “He’s not calling for mass deportation. He said, ‘No, only people who have committed crimes.’ And then only until all of that is taken care of will we look at what we are going to do next.”

As TDS progresses, the afflicted lose the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. Despite Trump’s expressed desire to “work something out” for the so-called Dreamers – those brought here as very young children – Trump’s critics continue to harp on this issue. Immigration advocate Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, who has a very bad case of TDS, inadvertently revealed this mind set when he said: “Before anyone falls into the trap of believing that Trump is ‘softening’ on immigration, they should remember that we’ve seen this movie before.”

A movie, eh?

In the advanced stages of the disease, the afflicted lose touch with reality. Opinion is unmoored from fact. Life resembles a dark fairy tale in which the villain – Trump – is an amalgam of all the worst tyrants in history, past and present, while the heroes –Trump’s critics – are akin to the resistance fighters of World War II.

TDS victims routinely compare Trump to Hitler: Time magazine ran an opinion piece that asked “Just how similar is Donald Trump to Hitler?” The answer: “The comparison between Hitler and Trump is so poignant” because “both men represent their personal character as the antidote to all social and political problems.”


Since Hitler has been dead for more than 70 years, though, victims may feel the need for a more potent bogeyman, a tyrant with more currency. And they’ve found one in Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they insist ordered a hacking campaign to help Trump win the election.

The other day, Tucker Carlson of Fox News interviewed TDS-riddled Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). Carlson asked for evidence that Putin’s alleged machinations had any effect on the election. Unable to come up with a coherent answer, Schiff morphed into J. Edgar Hoover: “You're carrying water for the Kremlin,” he said, “you're going to have to move your show to ‘Russia Today.’”

If you ask a TDS victim what might help them feel better, they’ll use the word “normalize.” As in, we mustn’t “normalize” Trump. What they’re really saying is that normal means of dealing with him aren’t enough. Which raises the question: If he’s another Hitler, if he’s in league with Putin, then why is assassination out of the question? Poke a TDS victim and you’ll find they don’t think that “solution” is out of the question at all.

This is the final stage of the TDS epidemic: violence against a democratically elected leader. Unless a cure for TDS is found, this is where we are headed.

Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com and the author of “Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement.”
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Quibcag: This is Ayuko Oka (丘 歩子 Oka Ayuko), from Mysterious Girlfriend X (謎の彼女X. Nazo no Kanojo Ekkusu). I added the hammer and sickle.

1 comment:

  1. Little kids always throw a tantrum before their parents get home. They're not afraid Trump is an extremist or that he's a neo-nazi. They're afraid he'll be reasonable and do what their fake messianic bozo couldn't. Govern. The Left is all about power. Shiftless lazy dumb mother fuckers always crave power. God knows nobody wants to listen to these assholes whine. Power gets them something they'll never get naturally being shiftless lazy assholes that they are. Attention. They cannot get our respect, but they'll burn this shit down until you listen to them whine.
    Men with big boy pants are coming. Expect a big to do with chimp-outs and protests and sit-ins. They can't do the governing thing, but they can make a mess before Big Daddy gets home.

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