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Saturday, January 28, 2017

IS DONALD TRUMP A LIAR OR COWARD OR WORSE?

Today is the Chinese New Year.  A few proverbs:
  • One man tells a lie, dozens repeat as the truth.
  • Those who bully the weak are cowards before the strong.
If Donald Trump only came a few months earlier, he would have been a Rooster.  As it is, he is a Dog.

In two recent op-eds, Connie Shultz said Donald Trump is a liar, and David Brooks called him a coward.  I think he is neither.  I fear he is DELUDED!

Schultz is a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, who reached back to her fifth grade, where her Miss Nelson declared the the worst thing you could ever say about a person was that he was a liar.  There was then no hope for that person.  Said Schultz:

It hurts to the marrow of my bones to say this, but there's no use in pretending that we don't have a chronic liar in the White House.

Brooks, Jewish, and a conservative cultural commentator for The New York Times, has lived an interesting life.  While an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, he penned a satirical campus piece, spoofing William F. Buckley Jr., who was scheduled to speak there:

In the afternoons he is in the habit of going into crowded rooms and making everybody else feel inferior. The evenings are reserved for extended bouts of name-dropping.

He went further to indicate:

Some would say I’m envious of Mr. Buckley. But if truth be known, I just want a job and have a peculiar way of asking. So how about it, Billy? Can you spare a dime?

This led to an internship for the National Review, founded by Buckley.  Brooks went on to work for the very conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University, then as movie reviewer for The Washington Times.  He went on to write for the Wall Street Journal, and is now with The New York Times, a liberal publication.  But, remember, he is a conservative.

So, about President Trump:

Consider the tenor of Trump’s first week in office. It’s all about threat perception. He has made moves to build a wall against the Mexican threat, to build barriers against the Muslim threat, to end a trade deal with Asia to fight the foreign economic threat, to build black site torture chambers against the terrorist threat.

Then:

If Reagan’s dominant emotional note was optimism, Trump’s is fear. If Reagan’s optimism was expansive, Trump’s fear propels him to close in: Pull in from Asian entanglements through rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Pull in from European entanglements by disparaging NATO. It’s not a cowering, timid fear; it’s more a dark, resentful porcupine fear.

Also:

We have a word for people who are dominated by fear. We call them cowards. Trump was not a coward in the business or campaign worlds. He could take on enormous debt and had the audacity to appear at televised national debates with no clue what he was talking about. But as president his is a policy of cowardice. On every front, he wants to shrink the country into a shell.

As terrible as it is to lie, and as sapless as it is to be a coward, I'm more concerned that he is delusional.  I have a sense that the Donald mostly believes in what he says.  His mentality has just  not matured, and, at the age of 71, never will.  His mind is similar to a five-year old's.  He constructs an alternative reality, and actually believes what he thinks.  This is a particularly dangerous trait in the Most Powerful Leader of the World.  His tweets are symptomatic of this psychological disorder.  I fear some awful things happening over the next few years.

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