my jaundiced eye

the absurdities of life

Month: May, 2016

trump r us

holy crap

If you have been living in a cave for the past six months and are unaware of the political goings-on in this great country of ours then you be one fortunate son of bitch, take my word for it. You might want to squat on a rock for this newsflash: republicans have now officially chosen an APPRENTICE, not for some two-bit internship in amazon’s shipping department, nooooooo, but for their nominee for president of the united states. Yeah man, you heard me right, Donald J. Trump is, in the hearts and minds (such as they are), of a majority of the conservative electorate, considered by his supporters to be the absolute best person in the whole fricking country to be our head of state and commandeer-in-chief! So unless you are a glutton for punishment I’d crawl right back in your cozy burrow, sharpen your crayons and try to distract yourself with a mural or two. Consider yourself lucky, unless you have cable in there.

As noted in MJE’s last post, dt doesn’t seem to have the psychological constitution to either solicit or take advice from others, nor to react positively should someone suggest that he could possibly be off his goddam rocker. “Get em outta here!” would be his probable response to say the secretary of defense or another head of state. Not much of a team player from what I can tell. Too bad he forgot his 6th grade civics class lessons on the make up of the u.s. government. Unlike being a CEO of a self-promotion empire, he’ll need to work with 535 members of congress, none of whom is in his employ nor subject to his whims and simplistic notions of governance. So good luck with that.

As for the shell-shocked republican congressmen and women, it has been hilarious watching them tie their tracheas in knots struggling to distance themselves from trump while at the same time attempting not to alienate the staggering number of crackpots who support him. They spout claptrap like they’ll vote for him but not endorse him, or they won’t attend the convention to thumb their noses at their nominee, or weasel by with the “I will vote for the republican nominee” avoiding mentioning his name altogether.

The next round of this surreal farce will be dt’s choice of a running mate. Who in their ever-loving mind would do that to themselves? Aside from being a career killer, it would be four years of unadulterated hell. Imagine standing day after day behind a bombastic, ill informed and probably dangerous president and stoically nodding in agreement. What about having to do his hair-brained bidding when it is clearly not be in the best interests of the country, or being ridiculed or derided for voicing an opposing position. But despite those gruesome scenarios, there are always some groveling quislings who are more than happy to betray the tenets of their party and their country. Christie the bully and Palin the pinhead come to mind. As if trump isn’t frightening enough, imagine either one of those two spine-chilling contenders being one breath away from the presidency.

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troompaloompa

troopaloompa

Sorry for the lengthy delay since my last post but MJE has been immobilized, transfixed by the terrifying troompa-loompa juggernaut. I feel like a jew watching hitler and wondering what the hell happened. One day you’re part of a civil society that embraces the melding of different cultures and respects its citizens and the next you’re thrown in a boxcar or over a fence.

What do psychiatrists make of troompa-loompa’s behavior? Writing a profile of trump for Vanity Fair, Henry Alford asked the question, “Is Trump really a narcissist?” ‘For mental-health professionals, Donald Trump is at once easily diagnosed but slightly confounding.’ “Remarkably narcissistic,” said developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Textbook narcissistic personality disorder,” echoed clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis. “He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics,” said clinical psychologist George Simon, who conducts lectures and seminars on manipulative behavior. “Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.”

‘Mr. Trump’s bullying nature—taunting Senator John McCain for being captured in Vietnam, or saying Jeb Bush has “low energy”—is in keeping with the narcissistic profile.’ “In the field we use clusters of personality disorders,” Michaelis said. “Narcissism is in cluster B, which means it has similarities with histrionic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. There are similarities between them. Regardless of how you feel about John McCain, the man served—and suffered. Narcissism is an extreme defense against one’s own feelings of worthlessness. To degrade people is really part of a cluster-B personality disorder: it’s antisocial and shows a lack of remorse for other people. The way to make it O.K. to attack someone verbally, psychologically, or physically is to lower them. That’s what he’s doing.”

MJE dread’s the thought of troompa-loompa in the oval office, but should that occur I would relish being a fly on the wall of the dasha if he seeks the counsel of the world’s most narcissist ruler, rootin-tootin-putin, playing yoda to troompa-loompa’s luke skywaker. Talk about an alpha thug who really thinks outside the box and doesn’t hesitate to take bold self-serving action! RTP’s advice might go something like this: Mexicans entering the country illegally? Annex everything south of the rio grande and give it to the Palestinians, snap! knock off two birds with one stone. People not showing you enough respect? That’s why god made gulags. Politicians putting up roadblocks on your god-given path to being the best, I mean THE best president ever? Comrade, you frog march those pinheads right into ted cruz’s prayer circle and keep them there until every last liberal repents. Just the thought of it will make them fold like a cheap suitcase.

Dasvidaniya.