I will try to be brief because no one should need me to review the now countless times Donald Trump has said or done horrendous things that are harmful to our nation. I am not even including all that he has done and continues to threaten to do that will be devastating to individuals, families and entire races of human beings.
Today, on top of everything else he has said and done, our so-called president is repeatedly insulting the mayor of a city that has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. He cares only about what people are saying – or even implying – about him. When asked about the current death toll in Puerto Rico (which is far from complete) he even took credit for the death toll not being larger. We all get that Donald Trump is the greatest narcissist the world has ever seen. That is something he can take credit for. Bigly. But narcissism is only the icing on the cake. Donald Trump is a sadistic psychopath. This is not hyperbole. A sociopath has a conscience but it is weak and is not likely to interfere with the person’s thoughtless and/or harmful behavior. A psychopath, however, has no conscience. Nada. None. Zip. Donald Trump.
Take zero conscience + not the slightest bit of self-doubt + a literal belief that he is always right + a belief that anyone who does not agree with him is not just wrong but is a disloyal betraying loser ---- then toss in sadism, the fact that he takes pleasure from other people’s embarrassment, difficulties and pain – put all of that together and you have an accurate portrait our dear leader.
Sticking with just today: While he is attacking the mayor of the devastated city of San Juan he also made time to speak out about the announcement from Rex Tillerson that we are now in talks with North Korea in an effort to deescalate the dangerous tension between our countries. Donald Trump decided to help his Secretary of State by making a public statement that he believes that Mr. Tillerson is wasting his time in talks with North Korea.
Donald Trump has not an ounce of interest in serving the people of this nation. He does not even understand the concept of being of service to others. The man sitting in the driver’s seat of our nation is a megalomaniac and he is increasingly out of control.
Now let’s talk about Congress. Let’s talk about 435 voting members of the United States House of Representatives and 100 United States Senators. How many of those people do you think actually believe Donald Trump is doing a good job? I am not talk about the number of them who will either speak out to support him or avoid any indication that they do not support him. I am asking a subjective question of you, the reader. How many of those 535 people do you think genuinely believe that Donald Trump is doing what he is supposed to be doing as President of the United States?
I do not believe that anywhere close to half of those people believe he is behaving as he should as president. And I am sure that includes many who will stand in front of a camera and refuse to criticize Donald Trump because they believe to do so would be bad for them personally, specifically, bad for their chances to keep their jobs for the long haul.
At this point in Donald Trump’s reign of chaos, insult, defiance and just plain “being a big baby,” the stakes are too high to continue to hope that he will not continue to get worse – and to do worse. We need look no further than the pending threat of nuclear war that Donald Trump seems to have no problem considering as a viable option in dealing with North Korea. With his statement today undermining Secretary Tillerson’s work to communicate directly with North Korean officials, it really isn’t hard to imagine that Donald Trump may actually want to launch a nuclear attack on North Korea.
Back to Congress: At this point, the people in Congress who are not screaming objections at the top of their lungs are either distorted in their thinking to the point of not being able to see things as they really are or they are dumb enough to think that without direct Congressional intervention, any of this will stop getting worse or they are just selfish enough to be primarily focused on keeping their job. Sadly, there is only one other possibility I can think of. There may be members of Congress who are doing or saying nothing because they simply don’t care. I have been on this earth for 64 years and have been a psychotherapist for half of that time and I am here to tell you that there is a lot of good in this world but there are also some human beings who are just bad people. And some of them are politicians.
In writing this, I am shouting my request to Congress at the top of my lungs: If you are not one of that latter category, please WISE UP to see that you must STEP UP to stop this disaster from becoming literally irreversible. If Donald Trump starts a war with North Korea, if he starts World War III, if your family survives, your children and their children will have to live with the shame of being related to someone who might have done something but instead, did nothing. There is a time somewhere in the not-too-distant future in which a line might be crossed and we can actually agree on one thing: that it is too late.
(So much for brief.)