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.”

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