It takes only two things to keep people in chains: The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders.
President Donald Trump’s doctor, Harold Bornstein shamelessly told us this about his obese patient, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” a statement that has all the exorbitance of a Trump speech.
“Healthiest individual ever”? Puleeeze. It’s pure Trump.
Many in America and elsewhere shake their heads at the things Trump says and does. There actually is rather widespread belief that the President has some forms of mental illness.
If that is true, what forms of mental illness?
- Paranoid personality disorder: People with paranoid personality disorder are very distrustful of others and suspicious of their motives. They also tend to hold grudges.
- Antisocial personality disorder: People with antisocial personality disorder tend to manipulate or treat others harshly without expressing remorse for their actions. They may lie or steal.
- Histrionic personality disorder: In histrionic personality disorder, people frequently try to gain more attention by being overly dramatic. They are extremely sensitive to criticism or disapproval.
- Narcissistic personality disorder: People with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they are more important than others. They tend to exaggerate their achievements and may brag about their attractiveness or success. They have a deep need for admiration, but lack empathy for other people.
Distrustful, hold grudges, lie, steal, overly dramatic, extremely sensitive to criticism, exaggerate achievements, deep need for admiration — these would seem to be perfect descriptions of Donald Trump.
To this layman’s eyes, Trump is a psychopath.
Both have what is known as “antisocial personality disorder” (ASP).
A key difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is whether he has a conscience. A psychopath doesn’t have a conscience. If he lies to you so he can steal your money, he won’t feel any moral qualms.
A sociopath typically has a conscience, but it’s weak. He may know that taking your money is wrong, and he might feel some guilt or remorse, but that won’t stop his behavior.
Trump never has exhibited a conscience. His cheating of students at Trump University, his cheating of creditors with his bankruptcies, his cheating of employees out of their wages, his cheating on his wives, his actions against innocent Muslims, Mexicans, gays, and transgenders all bespeak a man lacking morals, compassion or conscience.
Here are more symptoms:
A pervasive pattern of unstable, “overtly narcissistic behaviors [that] derive from an underlying sense of insecurity and weakness rather than from genuine feelings of self-confidence and high self-esteem” (Millon), beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by ten (or more) of the following:
- Seeks to create an illusion of superiority and to build up an image of high self-worth;
- Has disturbances in the capacity for empathy;
- Strives for recognition and prestige to compensate for the lack of a feeling of self-worth;
- May acquire a deprecatory attitude in which the achievements of others are ridiculed and degraded;
- Has persistent aspirations for glory and status;
- Has a tendency to exaggerate and boast;
- Is sensitive to how others react to him or her, watches and listens carefully for critical judgment, and feels slighted by disapproval;
- Is prone to feel shamed and humiliated and especially hyper-anxious and vulnerable to the judgments of others;
- Covers up a sense of inadequacy and deficiency with pseudo-arrogance and pseudo-grandiosity;
- Has a tendency to periodic hypochondria;
- Alternates between feelings of emptiness and deadness and states of excitement and excess energy;
- Entertains fantasies of greatness, constantly striving for perfection, genius, or stardom;
- Has a history of searching for an idealized partner and has an intense need for affirmation and confirmation in relationships;
- Frequently entertains a wishful, exaggerated, and unrealistic concept of himself or herself which he or she can’t possibly measure up to;
- Produces (too quickly) work not up to the level of his or her abilities because of an overwhelmingly strong need for the immediate gratification of success;
- Is touchy, quick to take offense at the slightest provocation, continually anticipating attack and danger, reacting with anger and fantasies of revenge when he or she feels frustrated in his or her need for constant admiration;
- Is self-conscious, due to a dependence on approval from others;
- Suffers regularly from repetitive oscillations of self-esteem;
- Seeks to undo feelings of inadequacy by forcing everyone’s attention and admiration upon himself or herself
- May react with self-contempt and depression to the lack of fulfillment of his or her grandiose expectations
Aside from perhaps (unknown) #’s 10, 11, 18 and 20, the above is a perfect description of Trump. The author said Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder is diagnosed by ten or more of the above symptoms. Trump has at least sixteen.
Trump also seems to have a sick envy and fixation on Barack Obama:
By David Ludden, Ph.D: Envy is a complex social emotion. It starts with the perception that someone else has something of value that you don’t have.
But this perception is also accompanied by a painful or unpleasant feeling. From an evolutionary perspective, envy provides us with information about our social standing and the drive to improve our position in society.
But envy also has a dark side. Instead of focusing our efforts on gaining the things we want in life, we brood over what we don’t have and resent those who have what we want.
The experience of envy is doubly damaging, as we not only feel bad about ourselves, we also harbor ill will towards others who’ve done us no wrong.
Consider some of Trump’s initiatives:
- He has fought, and continues to fight, angrily and aggressively, against Obamacare (though he has no idea of a replacement).
- He has fought, and continues to fight, against the Paris Climate Accords signed by Obama
- Revoked Obama’s Executive Order 13690 that proposed a new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard.
- Revoked Obama’s policy on transgenders in the military.
- Ended Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) that protected undocumented immigrants with children.
- Repeatedly insisted that Obama is not a citizen of the United States and implied Obama is a Muslim (thus not a “real” American).
- Falsely claimed Obama had tapped Trump’s telephones
- Falsely claimed his inauguration crowd was bigger than Obama’s crowd.
Just recently, Trump tweeted this composite —————->
As you can see, it shows a full-color, smiling Trump literally blotting out a gray, downcast President Obama, as though to obliterate any memories Americans may have of our previous President.
Could there be anything more obvious — a childish attempt to conceal Obama behind the glory of Trump?
There is a certain sadness in all of this — the emotional weakness of a man who has money and honors but still cannot feel fulfilled.
Despite having won the Presidency, he continues to run campaign events, where he can stand before adoring crowds who cheer is every word, while ejecting any who disagree with him.
He is the spoiled child who crying and stamping his feet, demands ever more toys, compliments, and participation trophies — ever more adulation.
I admit to not being a professional psychiatrist or psychologist so you can take the following for what it’s worth.
I believe Donald Trump is a very sick man. I believe he is a psychopath, a man with severe personality disorders that prevent him from leading America in a responsible way.
I believe his alarming emotional inadequacy translates into fits of imprudence that already, after only seven months, have been harmful to America, harmful to the world and harmful to the individuals who suffer from his cruel disregard.
I fear his combination of vast power, wanton recklessness, ignorance, and unending ego ultimately will prove deadly to us all.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.
Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. ELIMINATE FICA (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
2. FEDERALLY FUNDED MEDICARE — PARTS A, B & D, PLUS LONG TERM CARE — FOR EVERYONE (H.R. 676, Medicare for All )
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012
Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
5. SALARY FOR ATTENDING SCHOOL
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
6. ELIMINATE FEDERAL TAXES ON BUSINESS
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
8. TAX THE VERY RICH (THE “.1%) MORE, WITH HIGHER PROGRESSIVE TAX RATES ON ALL FORMS OF INCOME. (TROPHIC CASCADE)
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.
The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.