Opinion: Trump’s frustration, America’s pain

(AP)

Donald Trump is an ongoing, self-administered insult to the intelligence of the American people. Each new morning that we awaken with him as our president is a fresh reminder that in a democracy, we the people get the government that we deserve, and that we deserve Trump.

Our president is a clown who looks in the mirror and doesn’t see the greasepaint.  He utters the unbelievable and then erupts in anger and frustration when some dare not to believe it. He is the punishment that we have inflicted upon ourselves, and upon each other. He is the price we must pay for our failure as citizens, the cost of indulging in a politics of resentment rather than rationality.

And as surreal as these last seven months have been, I fear they are mere prequel to what is soon to come. Congress is returning from its summer recess with important, must-do items on its agenda, but it has given little cause for confidence that it can do them.  The president is acting increasingly irrational, with sporadic outbursts of responsible behavior inevitably followed by days of anger and petulance. His thirst for power exceeds his ability to acquire or wield it, and from that gaping chasm comes rage born of confusion.

Our system was designed to ensure that neither the legislative nor executive branch could dominate the other. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” as explained in the Federalist Papers. The Founders did not foresee a time in which neither branch was competent to perform its duties, and thus made no provision for it. We’re on our own here.

And it is Trump who poses the more immediate problem. He thought that being elected president meant that he would be exalted and celebrated; instead he finds himself contradicted, mocked and abandoned. He keeps returning to these campaign-style rallies because that’s where he feels most presidential, at least as he perceives the office. He has yet to come to grips with the fact that senators and representatives might actually defy him, that judges might dare to overrule him, that the news media might challenge him, that in fact those institutions exist to do those very things.

Nowhere is that more obvious than on the Russia story. Trump thought that as president, he could pull the FBI director aside and in a private moment make this inconvenience go away. He thought that by installing his first and closest ally in Washington in the office of attorney general, he could make himself impregnable, and so was outraged when Jeff Sessions passed on drinking from that poisoned goblet.

And in a recent telephone conversation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it was McConnell’s refusal to halt the Senate’s Russia investigations that apparently launched Trump into a profane tirade.

We know from Trump’s business history that when cornered, his strategy is to lash out and make things as painful as possible for everyone else involved, to make the situation all about him and what he needs, to string out and compound the agony and humiliation so that others yield and he is allowed to dictate the outcome. Again, it is the strategy of a three-year-old at the checkout counter, screaming for candy, and the problem is that throughout his life, Trump has always gotten the candy.

This time we, the American people, are “everyone else involved,” and if you think that Trump has any scruples about inflicting great pain on the rest of us to preserve his ego and self-regard, you really, really have not been paying attention.

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Madisonian92
Madisonian92

Trump has narcissistic personality disorder. Consider the first sentence about this disorder in the DSM – 5, the latest diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association: "The essential feature of narcissistic personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy that begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts."(p. 670). From his golden throne chair in his Palm Beach home to his mocking of the disabled and his treatment of women as objects, to his constant bragging, lying, lashing out and inability to apologize adequately, Donald Trump is the poster child for narcissistic personality disorder. As president, he filters all decisions through the underlying insecurity of his disorder. He brags, lashes out, and lies, constantly trying to build a grandiose image of himself , incapable of empathy or true feeling for others or the common interest. From the perspective of narcissistic personality disorder, what is good for Donald Trump is considered good for America. Further, the disorder makes change virtually impossible He won't grow into the job nor stop bragging grandiosly, lying to make himself the "greatest," and lashing out aat even the most minor criticism himself. He is incapable of acting in the general welfare for the American people.

 

Peachs
Peachs

Trump vs Harvey stage three hurricanes vs stage 10 crazy and I am still betting on the hurricane..

straker
straker

Logical - "talk to those with money"   It becomes much easier to understand how our political system really works when you realize that money talks and BS walks.

straker
straker

Logical - "contact your congressmen"  - That would have as much success as a lead balloon.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@straker Welcome to the US, where congressmen talk with those with the money, not with you. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

I wonder how does Texas feel about being the official natural disaster testers for Trump's leaderless emergency response team.  Who needs someone at the helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)?  After all does that not fall under the  Chinese hoax column anyway?  Oh, never mind just thinking out loud to some comments down below.

rimsky
rimsky

 Republican congressional leaders say that reforming the tax code will be an easier lift than their thwarted bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But eight months into Donald Trump’s presidency, lawmakers remain at odds over what new tax rates should look like, how they’ll pay for cuts, or whether they even should make up the lost revenue.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tax-reform-cuts-trump_us_599ee5efe4b05710aa5a65c3?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

The Nazis did not realize "governing is very hard".

straker
straker

Logical - "as a whole"  The majority voted for Clinton.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@straker Welcome to the US, where the President isn't elected by your vote. 

If you want that to change, contact your congressmen. 

straker
straker

Brosephus - "exactly what America deserves"   I am just one little part of America and do NOT deserve Trump.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@straker As a whole, Trump is what America asked for, so Trump is what America deserves. 


Will america learn from this mistake or will some still say "But Hillary woulda been worse!"? 


Most will learn. Some will say "But Hillary!" repeatedly, ad nauseum, until they die. 

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"don't blame me, I voted Kasich" 


Now, who else voted for someone other than Trump in the primaries? 

How did Trump win, then, if he got so few votes in the primaries? 

GOP establishment worked really hard to see if they could come up with a consensus candidate at the RNC selection to go against Trump.  Too many candidates had too much infighting for that to work, so Trump got the nomination with about 30% of the votes. 

Brosephus
Brosephus

@LogicalDude

I voted Kasich in the primary.  My eldest selected Clinton in the general.  I believed and still believe that Trump is not presidential material.  However, he is exactly what America deserves right now.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

I voted Cruz in the GA primary.

When Trump won, my choices were Trump or abstain.

Crack AJC polling team said Hillary was close in GA, so deciding Trump was a no brainer. No way was I going to be part of getting Hillary elected.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Philo_Farnsworth "close in GA"


I knew it wouldn't be close. I voted 3rd party just to get them in the mix.  Still didn't work. 


The Electoral college means my vote really means very little.  My vote means a tiny bit more if there can be a valid third party in the mix of things, even if I do not agree with much of what any third party says. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

I wonder is Texas is tired of winning yet.  Trump's leadership has basically left them on their own with hurricane Harvey.  This is what they voted for so good luck Texas. Voting for the wrong person can have devastating consequences.  


Harvey is also gusting toward the US amid questions about vacancies in key administration posts -- including the helm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Coast Guard, also is without a permanent leader.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Texas can handle it with FEMA supporting them.

Nagan and Blanco not in charge.

Peachs
Peachs

If the new governor is like Perry we may never hear from Texas again.

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@Nick_Danger @TetoLeo @StraightNoChaser


No,


I'm saying that the position being filled doesn't mean it is going to be done correctly.  Furthermore I don't think the position being filled or not filled will have any impact upon the success or failure of the recovery from the storm.

Paul42
Paul42

@StraightNoChaser Most every conservative I talk to here (and I have plenty of friends in that category) flat do not want to talk about it.

kitty72
kitty72

@Philo_Farnsworth  It won't be enough. Disaster funds will be needed. Will Trump come through? We shall see. All those durn Mexicans there after all.

Peachs
Peachs

And from what reservoir of knowledge have you found this information?

Paul42
Paul42

@Philo_Farnsworth Nope.

FEMA's already moving in.

Gov Abbot did NOT say "Stay put, save taxpayers some money.  We've got this covered."

It was more like "whew.... glad you're here, feds."

Peachs
Peachs

Teto that is a statement good for you!

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@Peachs


Still under the impression rurals never made America great as you claimed or have you admitted your ignorance?

Paul42
Paul42

@Here's_to_Blue
Thank for the chance to clarify.  I was responding to "...Voting for the wrong person can have devastating consequences.  "

KUTGF
KUTGF

@TetoLeo @BuckeyeGa @Nick_Danger @StraightNoChaser  You have researched who has the legal authority to take certain actions, how various divisions coordinate, who makes allocation decisions, etc.  You know all those things that leaders do.

Sure soldiers know how to fight, sergeants and others can lead troops...but who needs generals?

TetoLeo
TetoLeo

@BuckeyeGa @KUTGF @Nick_Danger @TetoLeo @StraightNoChaser


In some circumstances leadership is required.  However it is an insult to the workers who actually make many of the decisions and do most of the work to imply that simply because a leader is not present that the mission or job will not be done correctly.