With Donald Trump now trying to persuade members of the Electoral College to subvert America’s democracy and vote against their legal mandate, it should have become clear, even to the most hardened Republican, that Trump cares nothing for America, nothing for democracy, and nothing for anyone or anything but himself.
According to the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, Trump is a psychopath, which four years of him amply have demonstrated.
The GOP is not a ship of fools. On average, they are intelligent people. Obviously, they must intellectually recognize Trump for the incompetent ego-maniac he is.
So why do they continue to back him? Why do they countenance the democracy-shredding attempts to invalidate an entire state’s election?
Why indeed, during the time of Trump’s greatest insanity, has the GOP gone “full Trump”?
Many pundits ascribe this to fear — fear of retribution, fear of the millions who voted for Trump, fear of losing office.
The feeling is that Trump always will hold power over Trumpers, who will do his bidding, no matter how insane that might seem to rational people.
And while that partly might be true, I suggest there is yet additional motivation.
I suggest that the GOP has gone “full Trump”, for the same reasons his followers close their eyes to his failings: He hates the same people they hate, and he projects the faux strength that promises to protect them from what they fear.
It is, in essence, the appeal of a cult or a religion.
Members of a cult look to the powerful leader to supply all answers and solutions to life’s problems.
Similarly, members of a religion look to guidance from religious leaders, who receive their instructions from an all-powerful God, who reveals to them the Path to safety and away from damnation.
For the GOP, Donlad Trump (and to a lesser degree, Mitch McConnell) supply that strong leadership.
There is great comfort, especially for the weak-of-mind, to be relieved of all decision obligations.
In going “full Trump”, Republicans don’t need to think about what is right vs. wrong, or what is best. They need only to do what their leader tells them. So simple.
In this way, they cannot be blamed for errors, and they will be protected from those they fear.
Trump defends his followers from the hated and feared “Mexican criminals and rapists.” He defends them from the hated and feared “Muslim terrorists.” He defends them from hated and feared liberals and socialists, and from those who would take away their guns, and from gays who would take away their traditions and religion.
So many fears, so many hatreds, so many threats — and Trump promises to build walls to protect his followers from all of them.
His lies don’t matter; it is his promises that are important. “Follow me and I will lead you to the promised land,” and since no one else makes that promise, they follow him.
It’s hope over reason, just as with all cults and religions.
Republican politicians are people. They bear the pain of fears and unrequited desires. We all do. They too want to be relieved of that pain by allowing a strong leader to guide them. They love to hear the promises of life in the kingdom of Trump heaven.
So, they follow Trump, not just because they fear Trump or even elections, but more, they fear life without Trump, when bands of Mexicans, Muslims, liberals, aliens, socialists, scientists, and gays supposedly will have free reign to ravage, plunder, and rape America.
Fear begets anger; anger begets hatred; hatred defeats logic and sense.
Loyalty for the leader or for God is perceived as superior to loyalty to fellow men. Trump repeatedly insults those “disloyal” who might stray as RINOs — Republicans In Name Only.
He casts out any who dare to think for themselves or speak truth to power.
In all cults and religions, morality is what the leader says it is.
Separating young children from their parents, denying refuge to life-endangered immigrants, taking healthcare from the poor, denying marriage rights to gays, denying voting rights to blacks, urging people not to wear masks, stealing money from students of Trump University, stealing money from donors to Trump Foundation, cheating on wives, attacking women, subverting America’s elections — all these, and more, become moral in the world of the cult.
There are few who dare to criticize an infinitely moral God, who in anger murdered all the men, women, and children of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was moral because God said so.
There are few Republicans who dare criticize Trump who has murdered by his denial of COVID, 250.000 American men, women, and children.
Trump and his Trumpers follow the traditions of cults and cult leaders, and religious leaders who have been committing justified crimes for centuries, shielded by the cult’s or religion’s mores.
In summary, the Republicans in Congress have turned “full Trump” not only by their fear of losing an election but additionally by something far more visceral. They fear being cast out of the cult and having no one to protect them from the cruel, real world. They fear having to make decisions that they alone will be forced to justify.
They fear reality and responsibility far more than they fear Donald Trump’s brand of dictatorship or even anarchy.
As with all cult members, they are frightened people, going full Trump by lashing out at anyone who attempts to open their eyes to the truth.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
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 Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.