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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Maureen Dowd, "Donald Trump’s Disturbia": Diss-topia or Piss-dopia?

Maureen Dowd, covering the Republican convention in Cleveland, writes in her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Donald Trump’s Disturbia":

"LIKE any masterly comic book villain, Donald Trump is reveling in conjuring a dystopia. And it’s a natural progression, given that he got this far by reveling in conjuring a diss-topia.

. . . .

[H]is dystopia is fueled by diss-information and diss-tortion, insulting rivals with disturbing exaggerated and cherry-picked facts and unsubstantiated assertions and conspiracies."

Indeed, Trump suffers from a severe narcissistic personality disorder, and I continue to believe that he should be examined by a board of leading psychiatrists to determine if he is fit to serve as commander-in-chief with responsibility for America's nuclear arsenal.

Doubts about Trump's mental health? Have a look at a New Yorker article entitled "Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All" by Jane Mayer. Mayer quotes Tony Schwartz, who ghostwrote Trump's "The Art of the Deal":

"'I put lipstick on a pig,' he said. 'I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is.' He went on, 'I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.'

. . . .

If Trump is elected President, he warned, 'the millions of people who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.'"

But the problem extends far beyond Donald Trump. Twenty-first century America has descended into the abyss of piss-dopia, and both Donald and Hillary are mere symptoms of this life-threatening malaise.


  1. The New Yorker succumbed to 44's echo chamber in 2008. In 2016,
    easier to read Hillary's Talking Points for Today - saves a lot of time.

    or read the Wikileaks release of DNC emails...
    'Crisis of Character': Clinton's Former Secret Service agent tells all

    "The First Lady had a different sort of liveliness," Byrne wrote. "She once threw a Bible at an agent on her detail, hitting him in the back of the head. He bluntly let her know it wasn't acceptable. He told me that story himself." ..."

    America's election of 1828: "the term "Coffin Handbill" became synonymous with a smear attack on political candidates"
    A "Supplemental account of some of the bloody deeds of General Jackson," attributed to Virginia Congressman John Taliaferro, accused Jackson of "atrocious and unnatural acts"; such acts including slaughtering 1,000 unarmed Native Americans, taking a nap in the midst of their corpses, and eating a dozen of them for breakfast. The author went on to speculate about how Jackson might similarly treat American governors and Congressmen were he elected President.
    [8] Taliaferro, John (1828). "Supplemental account of some of the bloody deeds of General Jackson, being a supplement to the "Coffin handbill"". Library of Congress.

    only in America...


    "... Groups with high degrees of social connectedness and respect for order — Mormons, Dutch- and German-Americans — were largely immune from his appeal. People without such ties, whom he called Thursday night “people who work hard but no longer have a voice,” were drawn to him.

    Groups that respond positively to raucous disruptive appeals rallied to Trump: Scots-Irish along the Appalachian spine from western Pennsylvania to northern Alabama; and Italian-Americans, half of whom live within 100 miles of New York City. If you draw a map of counties where Trump topped 50 percent by May 4, the great bulk of them are along that diagonal and within that circle.

    For 20 years American elections have been battles between two roughly equal-sized armies in a culture war, with results differing little year to year. ..." "Michael D. Barone (born September 19, 1944) is an American conservative political analyst, pundit and journalist. He is known for being the principal author of The Almanac of American Politics, a reference work concerning US governors and federal politicians, and published biennially by National Journal. The Almanac has been called "definitive and essential for anyone writing seriously about campaigns and Congress"

    EVERYONE takes Barone & the Almanac seriously

  3. JG: here's your psychologist:

    "Scott Barry Kaufman is an American psychologist, author, and popular science writer known for his research and writing on intelligence and creativity."

    "Trump is driven by one thing and one thing only: the search for glory..."

    [if only Kaufman felt compelled to give equal time to the candidate who spends 45+ minutes yelling at PM Netanyahu over apartments in Ramat Shlomo, and then makes sure the media KNOWS about that phone call.

    1. Interesting. Thank you. And yes, I would like to see a psychological examination of Hillary, who is also off the rails, but perhaps not dangerous.

    2. See from New England Psychologist the response of Dr. Richard A. Grossnman to the question "Is a narcissist having political power dangerous?": "A person who has a finger over the button of a nuclear weapon as a narcissist is a huge danger. We see it in terms of the North Korean leader, who is clearly a Narcissistic Personality Disorder and who is threatening nuclear attacks.

      Absolutely, people who have no empathy, no sense of other human beings’ worth, are a huge danger to the general population."

    3. Good luck on that, although HRC does have hypothyroidism, and most likely is still taking HRT for post-menopause relief, in addition to green tea.

      Perhaps the residents of Iraq, Libya, & Syria think HRC can be dangerous...

      Cheer up! Mike Bloomberg is going to endorse Hillary from the DNC podium. Lately, I have wondered if Bloomberg has a safe room where he vents his rage at that other billionaire, Trump, the billionaire who actually does get things done, like finishing the skating rink renovation in Central Park, and, more recently, finishing and operating the PGA golf course on that Bronx illegal dumpsite.

      America mostly needs to stop the Stalinist intimidation coming from Obama's reign. It is truly scary to try to live anymore in Massachusetts, or New York City, where the intimidation gets physical.

      This election is not about the personality, but protecting what freedoms and economy we still have, and also protect the idea that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish State. That idea is no longer welcome inside the Democratic Party, has not really been so since 2009.