Derangement and the Trump Presidency

Derangement and the Trump Presidency

Having failed to defeat Donald Trump in the Republican primaries and the 2016 general election, having failed to substantiate any claims that Russia successfully tampered with polling or that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to throw the election his way, having failed to prove that Trump obstructed justice in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, all of the many forces gathered to overturn the 2016 election are now alleging that President Trump is mentally deranged, and thereby unfit for the office he holds.

This week, it was announced that no fewer than twenty-five House Democrats have initiated impeachment proceedings based upon Section 4, of the Twenty-fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which reads:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

In other words, for these proceedings to gain any traction, Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of President Trump’s cabinet would have to conclude that the president is no longer capable of performing the duties of his office, put this in writing and submit it to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI).

This is about as likely to happen as a free, fair and open election in North Korea.

Yet, such are the tactics of desperation and that which would support a collective clinical diagnosis of manic derangement and obsessive compulsive disorder, on the part of those who would support this action. Simply put, it is NOT the president who shows signs of derangement, but rather the psychological disorder of those who cannot come to grips with the political ascendancy of Donald Trump.

Into this lunacy one can add CNN, MsNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times, most of the Democrats in both houses of Congress, a substantial number of NeverTrump Republicans, and a vast number of “deep state” political hacks who constitute many career apparatchiks in the Federal government. Add in the twenty-seven secretaries of the states who have now refused to turn over voter registration data, from within their respective states, to a bipartisan committee investigating reports of election fraud…and this doesn’t even include the lefty-looneys that dominate Hollywood and academia, alike.

What is the basis of their collective hysteria?

Tweets !

They say that Trump is not acting in a way that is commensurate with the proper behavior of a United States President. Well, in looking into some of that behavior of Presidents in the past sixty years, we find that:

President Harry Truman once threatened in a letter to a Washington Post reporter, to cripple that reporter who had panned his grown daughter’s piano recital;

President John F. Kennedy regularly swam naked in the White House pool with two young women (also naked) he called “Fiddle” and “Faddle,” and had numerous trysts with scores of women in the White House;

President Lyndon Johnson held impromptu press gaggles while sitting on the “john” doing…ahem…”big business”…ahem;

President Bill Clinton received fellatio in the Oval Office and inserted his cigar into…(we won’t finish the sentence), and groped an unpaid staffer, one Kathleen Willey who, having learned of her husband’s suicide, came to the president in tears, trying to obtain a paid position in the White House;

President Barack Obama insisted that there wasn’t a “smidgen of corruption” relating to the IRS targeting of conservative political activists   and is spending his post presidency going behind his successor’s back in his meetings with foreign leaders, trying to undermine President Trump’s foreign policy;

…and President Donald Trump tweeted what?

In other words, if a Democrat president behaves with reckless abandon, it is just “politics as usual” but if a Republican says or tweets something disparaging about a hostile, libelous and slandering reporter like Mika Brzezinski, or her like-minded fiancée Joe Scarborough, both of whom hurl unrepentant invective at him on a daily basis, that is grounds for the forcible removal of a duly-elected president.

Call President Trump crazy as you will, but the real crazies are the ones who can’t come to grips with his election, and that is what has become of political discourse on this the eve of the nation’s 241st birthday.

Happy Independence Day.


-Drew Nickell, 3 July 2017

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