That Donald J. Trump is a psychopath cannot be denied. He scores an astounding 29 out of 30 on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised which is used to diagnose the presence of psychopathy.
To Trump, the worst epithet is “Loser.” From his early years, he has feared being seen as a “loser,” and being unaccepted by the people he admires most: The rich whom he considers to be “winners.”
Yet as is so common in human psychology, the more one tries to assume a persona that is not natural or inbred, the further one drifts from it.
And so it has been for Trump, who craves acceptance like an infant craves a breast, yet sees it repeatedly taken away. With each perceived slight, he screams and stomps his feet.
Today, the intelligent wealthy, even in his home state are turned against him, and it is more than just symbolic that not one bank in America will lend him money.
His repeatedly naming his properties, “Trump,” his overstatements about his health, wealth, and accomplishments, his admiration for dictators, his bigotry, his hiding of his school transcripts, his refusal ever to admit error or blame, along with his insistence on receiving undeserved credit for anything good, all bespeak massive feelings of inferiority and rejection, which may have begun in early childhood.
He even cheats at his favorite game, golf, — cheats to the extent that he will not allow his scores to be known.
In his long, sad, suicidal drive for acceptance, he first became a Republican, switched to the Reform Party, then to the Democratic Party, and most recently, in 2009, back to the Republican Party.
The irony is, he has the charisma and extemporaneous speaking ability to excite followers. Had he remained a Democrat, and used those assets to benefit the poor and middle classes, rather than the rich, he might have been viewed by history as among our great Presidents.
American Presidents assume the title, “great” when they win a war and/or fight for the downtrodden. Trump could have used his communication ability to support equality and justice, yet he has done the opposite.
He has incorporated virtually every negative aspect of the human condition.
His fear of disappointment and rejection has become so profound that his reflex reaction to anything proposed by a perceived “enemy” is to argue against it, even when the proposal would help him.
Despite once arguing that Congress should “go big” with stimulus money, Trump now argues against the one thing that could save his Presidency — a growing economy — only because the rescuing money was proposed by Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi introduces $3T virus bill
House speaker warns inaction costs more
By Lisa Mascaro and Andrew Taylor Associated Press
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there is no “urgency.” The Senate will wait until after Memorial Day to act.
In parroting Trump’s own words, Pelosi said, “We must think big, for the people now. Not acting is the most expensive course,” but even his own words are not sufficient for Trump. They come from “the enemy.”
The sooner money can be added to the economy, the sooner it will recover. The very formula for the measure of economic performance, Gross Domestic Product, shows Pelosi to be correct:
GDP = Federal Spending + Non-Federal Spending + Net Exports
Three more trillion will add to GDP and not cost taxpayers one cent. The economy dies daily. Yet Trump’s mouthpiece in the Senate, McConnell, claims there is “no urgency.”
The Heroes Act from Democrats is built around nearly $1 trillion for states, cities and tribal governments to avert layoffs, focused chiefly on $375 billion for smaller suburban and rural municipalities largely left out of earlier bills.
The bill will offer a fresh round of $1,200 direct cash aid to individuals, increased to up to $6,000 per household, and launches a $175 billion housing assistance fund to help pay rents and mortgages.
There is $75 billion more for virus testing.
It would prolong, through January, the $600-per-week boost to unemployment benefits. It adds a 15% increase for food stamps and new help for paying employer-backed health coverage.
For businesses, it provides an employee retention tax credit.
There’s $200 billion in “hazard pay” for essential workers on the front lines of the crisis.
There are other new resources, including $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service. There is help for the 2020 Census.
For the November election, the bill provides $3.6 billion to help local officials prepare for the challenges of voting during the pandemic.
The popular Payroll Protection Program, which has been boosted in past bills, would see $10 billion more to ensure underserved businesses and nonprofit organizations have access to grants through a disaster loan program.
For hospitals and other health care providers, there’s an additional $100 billion infusion to help cover costs and additional help for hospitals serving low-income communities.
There’s $600 million more in funding to tackle the issue of rapid spread of the virus in state and federal prisons, along with $600 million in help to local police departments for salaries and equipment.
You might think the above would be welcomed by Trump and the GOP, who surely would take credit for the economic bounce that would ensue. The added money would help stave off a Depression and save Trump from himself.
Yet it probably will not be.
If history guides us, we will have the Depression, which Trump will blame on Pelosi — and on the Democrats, and on Hillary, and on Obama, and on China, and on the Federal Reserve, and on the “Fake Media.”
Trump will take no blame, whatsoever.
And he will fire some of his own people, who despite swallowing their pride while trying to adhere to some of his wavering, incomprehensible policies, will find themselves receiving his blistering tweets.
Some will lie for him and then disgraced, they will go to jail.
“There are those who said, ‘Let’s just pause,’ ” Pelosi added. “Hunger doesn’t take a pause. Rent doesn’t take a pause. Bills don’t take a pause.”
But the 1,800-page package is heading straight into a Senate roadblock. Senate Republicans are not planning to vote on any new relief until June, after a Memorial Day recess.
“I don’t think we have yet felt the urgency of acting immediately,” McConnell told reporters earlier this week at the Capitol.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said, “I don’t think there’s a sense of urgency to do it now.”
At least a dozen Capitol police officers and other staff have tested positive for the virus, and at least one senator, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, is in isolation at home after exposure from a staff member who tested positive.
Other lawmakers have cycled in and out of quarantine.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer warned that if Trump and congressional Republicans “slow walk” more aid they will be repeating President Herbert Hoover’s “tepid” response to the Great Depression.
As the ship of state accelerates over the waterfall of depression, Trump rejects all scientific help while his cowardly acolytes claim there is no urgency.
Trump had the opportunity to be great, to be revered on a pedestal. Instead, we watch his long, sad emotional suicide.
He, I predict, will die a broken man, to the end blaming the mythical wraiths churning in his brain, accusing all but himself for his misfortune. And America will suffer for it.
Ah, what could have been. What could have been.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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