I didn’t watch Oprah’s 2020 announcement Sunday at the Golden (Idol) Globes, but from what I heard it was an emote-fest and full of “your own truth” — whatever that means. Honestly, in all of media I’ve yet to see anyone lay out even a hint at the meaning of this phrase. If my own truth is “200 donuts to a 33-inch waist, would Oprah endorse that? It doesn’t matter, though, because Hollywood is intellectually incapable of getting past its latest 20-second billboard.
My last column touched on an Ecclesiastes passage saying there’s nothing new under the sun. There still isn’t, but the left doesn’t care. As they did with previous presidents they hated, these people jump from one accusation to the next – even if none of them stick – so the airwaves are filled with political cud for the uninformed cattle to masticate on. Incompetence, senility, racism, sexism, bigotry, misogyny, low IQ – every one of these have been processed through the mill against President Trump in the past year. Some accusations work with some people, most don’t with most people. But every time I think the left is done, they prove what believers they are, and go for the next absurdity. Rest assured, whatever is next is an old song sung new.
In a piece that has the look and feel of an infomercial, or at least one of those grossly-long web site pages selling a business opportunity, fitness program, or supplement, the Washington Post reviews three books claiming President Donald Trump is insane. Not just conservative and therefore evil and horrible, but insane in the literal sense.
Now, some psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals are shedding long-held norms to argue that Trump’s condition presents risks to the nation and the world. “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” features more than two dozen essays breaking down the president’s perceived traits, which the contributors find consistent with symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder, sociopathy and other maladies. “Collectively with our coauthors, we warn that anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. Trump simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency,” Judith Lewis Herman of Harvard Medical School and Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine write in the book’s prologue.
If so, what should we make of the nation that entrusted him with precisely such powers? In his new book, “Twilight of American Sanity,” psychiatrist Allen Frances asserts that Trump is not mentally ill — we are. “Calling Trump crazy allows us to avoid confronting the craziness in our society,” he writes. “We can’t expect to change Trump, but we must work to undo the societal delusions that created him.” And those delusions, Kurt Andersen contends in “Fantasyland,” have been around for a long time. “People tend to regard the Trump moment — this post-truth, alternative facts moment — as some inexplicable and crazy new American phenomenon,” he writes. “In fact, what’s happening is just the ultimate extrapolation and expression of attitudes and instincts that have made America exceptional for its entire history.”
It’s actually sad that you can order “psychiatrist” Bandy X. Lee’s book on Amazon. Apparently, the American Psychiatric Association is pulling back a bit.
This dearth of self-awareness is something to behold. I will say this: With these ceaseless attempts to hit Donald Trump with everything outside policy disagreements, the left is throwing more logs on their own dumpster fire, and they’re proving over and again that whatever they accuse non-leftists of being or doing, it’s simply a projection of their own guilt. Pick the allegation – racism, mishandling of classified documents, Russian collusion, misogyny, etc. — and you can find a major Democratic player guilty of it. They’ll never admit this, of course, but this fact should be put in their faces every time they try this overplayed stunt.
Keep it up, leftists, and you’ll continue to set records for electoral losses.
Unless, of course, Donald Trump caves on immigration. After all, why let multiple Republican victories and conservative momentum ruin your chance at giving Democrats everything they want?