We all know of “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” or TDS.
There are a lot of Donald Trump haters with TDS, but the level of hatred is beyond reason.
Worse, the emotional outrage is perpetual.
Many are crippled by President Trump’s personality and style. He comes across insensitive, immoral, insulting, arrogant and an insufferable bully. He scares people with his unpredictable approach to interactions with others, counterpunches, exaggerations and shows little empathy. The mainstream media echoes this sentiment with unrelenting caustic commentary.
Trump supporters focus on his policies and results while believing the Washington D.C. “swamp” must be drained. His personality is best to bring serious change to the establishment and reset America’s direction while not beholding to liberal elitists. Trump appeals to those Americans lost in the fly-over states.
So there you have the “divide.”
Recent shocking revelations about Gen. Michael Flynn illustrate the depth of the swamp. The inconceivable and chilling efforts allegedly by senior FBI officials include implementing a premeditated strategy to set up a three-star general and newly installed national security adviser to the president of the United States with the intent to get him jailed or fired.
The reason is still unverified, but speculation is that the FBI and other high officials in the DOJ, CIA and the State Department wanted Flynn removed so that they could go after the removal of the president. Flynn was just an obstacle. At the same time, the mainsteam media was a bullhorn for their efforts and now ignores the inescapable bombshell announcements.
Let’s consider the three years of relentless attacks on Trump.
We got a sense of this craziness during a nearly three-year special prosecutor investigation by Robert Mueller and the resulting hearings plus the report by the DOJ’s IG Michael Horowitz. Tens of millions of dollars spent by both investigations and enormous time was lost while Congress was severely distracted.
During Trump’s short term, we see that fear and hatred drove actions like entrapping a senior official reporting directly to our president of violation with a never-used law (Logan Act) or catch him in a misstatement of memory that can be defined as a lie and a felony, to destroy his character and imprison him.
But those efforts were not enough. In the Flynn case, we have more than a smoking gun, we have the bullets - actual notes detailing intent and actions.
This follows all the other schemes including emotional cries of obstruction of both Congress and Justice, treason, Russian collusion, being a direct agent of Vladimir Putin, sexual accusations, violations of emoluments, tax evasion and/or money laundering, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, discrimination at our borders, killing children in concentration camps, destroying relationships with partners including China, WHO, and NATO, risking nuclear war with North Korea, and the mishandling of Ukraine which led to Rep. Adam Schiff’s historic impeachment proceedings.
All these efforts, accusations and charges failed, were false or flopped.
Stormy Daniels finally admitted that she had no sex with Trump. She ended up paying him $293,000, and her lawyer and Democratic Presidential candidate, Michael Avenatti, was imprisoned, according to the New York Times.
The explosive Kavanaugh Senate hearings demonstrated nothing if not a show of unprofessional vitriol, false accusations, partisan bias and acrimony.
So, after all this experience, what is next? Rep. Schiff sees “echoes of the impeachment” based upon Trump’s management of the coronavirus pandemic.
All this gives hope to our enemies who are working hard to accentuate the acrimony with cyber intrusion, disinformation, propaganda and outright lies.
While the negative stream of Trump news is relentless, missing is an honest assessment and recognition of the long list of positive results of Trump’s policies.
For sure, Trump has proven the successful formula to create a booming economy due to less regulations and taxes, creating fair trading agreements instead of surrendering to globalism, resetting our relationships with partners and international organizations and having them pay their fair share while supporting free trade, and for protecting our borders. The list goes on.
No matter the positive results, “TDS” continues to drive emotional outrage. As stated by Rep. Dan Crenshaw in his book, “Fortitude,” “The outrage culture is the weaponization of emotions.” As well, “effective political manipulation is achieved by raw emotion.”
Public discourse invites conflict, an objective debate is not possible and people cannot agree to disagree. Civility is lost.
Enemies are created, facts are ignored, emotions are hostile and positions are entrenched.
It is beyond reasonableness, improvement and constructive change.
We simply must seek reason over emotion.
Otherwise, it is “un-American.”