Uncommon Sense

March 21, 2018

Trump Derangement Syndrome

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 8:43 am
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When Mr. Obama was president a term was bandied about: the Obama Derangement Syndrome. This term referred to the rather crazy behavior associated with that presidency. By extension, if for no other reason, we now have the Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The unfortunately thing, for us, is that the Obama Derangement Syndrome referred to the behaviors of Mr. Obama’s enemies, the sheer craziness inspired by having a Black man in the Oval Office. The Trump Derangement Syndrome is not so positioned, but is rather about the President himself.

Rather than having psychologists trying to explain why Mr. Obama’s enemies were behaving in such a deranged fashion, we have psychologists trying to deduce why Mr. Trump behaves in such a deranged fashion.

I have a simple explanation. Mr. Trump is of below average intelligence and above average arrogance. Had he not inherited great wealth, he would have lived a quite unremarkable life, possibly confined to criminal institutions. But, we are now learning that wealth/power actually affects people’s brains, making them less empathetic, compassionate, and more arrogant. Christian beliefs exacerbate this in the claim that wealth is a sign of their god’s favor. (How this “principle” got extracted out of their scriptures is beyond me, and I suspect everyone else.)

This is a bad combination for anyone, let alone a sitting U.S. president. This also brings to mind the possibly apocryphal curse “May you live in interesting times.”


  1. I have the impression it’s an automatic (animalistic) presumption. If another animal has more resources, whether it’s food or gold, we imagine merit played a role.


    Comment by The Pink Agendist — March 21, 2018 @ 9:03 am | Reply

    • Actually it is more like wishful thinking. A study showed that many “peons” in Mexico supported the patrone system because they wanted to become patrones themselves, thus inheriting those benefits.

      We all think that we have merits and if we attach another’s success to their merits then it holds open the idea that we, too, can acquire such a success. This even applies to people who are clearly crooks: Mussolini made the trains run on time, Al Capone was good to kids and orphans, etc.

      On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 9:03 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 21, 2018 @ 9:07 am | Reply

      • But don’t you think there may be a primitive association to strength/territory?


        Comment by The Pink Agendist — March 21, 2018 @ 9:12 am | Reply

        • Sure, deference is always paid to the strong, but Trump is not strong. He is in the role of shaman, a weaker tribe member who gains his status because of his smarts (can interpret what the gods are doing/saying, etc.). So, while we defer to the strong and the smart. why do we defer to wealth, when those who are greatly wealthy started out that way by inheritance? Mitt Romney is notorious in that he claims “nobody helped him on his way up.” He is ignoring the access he had to his father’s business and political associates and the $2,000,000 worth of stock his father gave him to “get started.” Compare that with the $2,000,000 I earned as a college professor over 40 years. The Walton clan, the Koch’s etc, all started from inherited wealth, so why should we defer to them?

          On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 9:12 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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          Comment by Steve Ruis — March 21, 2018 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  2. The man is a nightmare

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    Comment by john zande — March 21, 2018 @ 10:05 am | Reply

  3. Actually I have had right-wingers accuse me of having TDS because I come across to them as obsessed with even the slightest criticism of the man-child. It’s even so stated in the Urban Dictionary


    Comment by lbwoodgate — March 21, 2018 @ 10:35 am | Reply

    • Hi, Woody, glad to see you up and running again!

      On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 10:35 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 21, 2018 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  4. a href=>Urban Dictionary


    Comment by lbwoodgate — March 21, 2018 @ 10:37 am | Reply

  5. There is more nastiness residing in the cranium of the great orange one than a team of professionals could uncover in a lifetime.

    And this is the POTUS?

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    Comment by shelldigger — March 21, 2018 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • It is still a shock to me. How the fuck could we be so stupid? Who he was was in plain sight for all to see.

      On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:19 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 21, 2018 @ 11:21 am | Reply

      • I hope the who he is becomes clear for all when Mueller draws his investigation to a close. I hope we the people see it, I hope the idiot R Congress sees it. I hope the jailer at the federal pen sees it.


        Comment by shelldigger — March 22, 2018 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

        • D’accord!

          On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 7:02 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — March 23, 2018 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  6. I think this post has some of the very best comments ever.
    Our esteemed blog owner asks; “How the fuck could we be so stupid?”
    Yes, I agree with you 100,000% that he WAS right there in plain sight for all to see what/who he was/is and always will be. He was born on third base and has thought ever since that he hit a triple. How the fuck could we be so stupid? Well, this IS ‘Merikkka and in my opinion, since the early 1970’s the education system of this country has been going down the old toilet. This is not necessarily the fault of the teachers, they do not set school policy. The morons who get elected to the local school boards do that and as a country we, the collective we, have elected some total assholes to our school boards. THAT is how the fuck “we” were so stupid. Just my opinion, others will vary,and that is how it should be. Opinions are like our hind end, as my senior DI in USMC boot camp said of excuses, everybody has at least one. Some, like the orange haired rodent who is our current POTUS is ALL asshole/excuse.


    Comment by Walter Kronkat — March 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  7. Isn’t that what all leadership is about today? Ego, testosterone and little need for superior brain capacity…


    Comment by Tom Shepherd — March 22, 2018 @ 2:40 am | Reply

    • That’s my point. Before Trump was elected president, if you were to have taken away his wealth, say with a stock market collapse, would he have possessed any “leadership skills” or had the opportunity to lead anything? I think not.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 22, 2018 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  8. Just to get you riled up … before I retired, I asked our research office to conduct a quick search and it found that the %age of A course grades given at my college had increased from around 15% (which is traditionally about right) to almost 40%. I then asked the Academic Senate (the teacher’s governing body) to “suggest” that the academic divisions (Science, math, PE, etc.) examine the subject in their area … just to inform them of the situation. Just send the repost and a “request” for the teachers in those areas to examine any impacts.

    The issue didn’t even come a to vote. (What did I know, I was just the President of the Senate at the time and I thought that teachers had “inquiring minds” and would want to know.) Comments were along the lines of “we all know what is going on and why make trouble.” I came from the school that if that were true, then fine, but we need to make sure that everybody knows that we knew what was going on. In my home state, teachers were the only legal source of course grades and teachers jealously hung onto that principle, but stewardship of the grading system was not something those in that group wanted any part of.

    This decision added a bit more grease to the ramp I was on sliding ever more rapidly to early retirement.

    I was a product of that state’s community and state colleges and felt I was given an excellent education for minimal cost. The cost was no longer minimal and I was beginning to suspect the quality of the whole package.


    Comment by Steve Ruis — March 22, 2018 @ 11:17 am | Reply

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