In my last blog, dated December 18, I made the assertion that our President, Donald J. Trump, is criminally insane. I expressed that belief because of my personal analysis of Mr. Trump’s behavior since he entered our political arena sometime in early 2014, and then watching him ignore the deaths of more than 300,00 of our citizens during this last year (I hope!) of his presidency. I believe his refusal to acknowledge the reality and severity of the CV-19 virus and the world-wide pandemic it has become, plus his failure to endorse the protective measures our country’s best medical and infectious disease professionals have recommended, has resulted in more than 150,000 of those deaths and the destruction of our economy. Being delusional is one thing, being purposeful is another. When a person cares only about himself, and shows absolutely no concern about the deaths of more than 300,000 people whose welfare it is his job to protect, I consider that person to be criminally insane. I readily admit to not having the medical training to make that assertion. However, I have the right and the responsibility to ‘call ‘em as I see ’em’. In my opinion, Donald J. Trump is one dumb, mentally sick, criminally-insane, failure of a human-being, or, a totally useless, evil, person. But (or ‘And’), he is ‘Our President’!
Since writing my previous blog, I have tried my best to research the meaning of the term ‘insane’ along with the modifier ‘criminally’. I think I have stumbled upon a real bag of medical and legal ‘snakes’, or ‘worms’, as they are called in the vernacular. Both the psychiatric and legal professionals have a difficult time with the job of identifying and affixing those designations in or to a specific person. Just read through the definition of ‘insanity’ as provided in the Psychiatric Terms Definition Journal:
“Insanity, n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. Insanity is distinguished from low intelligence or mental deficiency due to age or injury. If a complaint is made to law enforcement, to the District Attorney or to medical personnel that a person is evidencing psychotic behavior, he/she may be confined to a medical facility long enough (typically 72 hours) to be examined by psychiatrists who submit written reports to the local superior/county/district court. A hearing is then held before a judge, with the person in question entitled to legal representation, to determine if she/he should be placed in an institution or special facility. The person ordered institutionalized at the hearing may request a trial to determine sanity. Particularly since the original hearings are often routine with the psychiatric findings accepted by the judge.
In criminal cases, a plea of “not guilty by reason of insanity” will require a trial on the issue of the defendant’s insanity (or sanity) at the time the crime was committed. In these cases the defendant usually claims “temporary insanity” (crazy then, but okay now). The traditional test of insanity in criminal cases is whether the accused knew “the difference between right and wrong,” following the (sic) “M’Naughten rule” from 19th century England. Most states require more sophisticated tests based on psychiatric and/or psychological testimony evaluated by a jury of laypersons or a judge without psychiatric training. A claim by a criminal defendant of his/her insanity at the time of trial requires a separate hearing to determine if a defendant is sufficiently sane to understand the nature of a trial and participate in his/her own defense. If found to be insane, the defendant will be ordered to a mental facility, and the trial will be held only if sanity returns. Sex offenders may be found to be sane for all purposes except the compulsive dangerous and/or antisocial behavior. They are usually sentenced to special facilities for sex offenders, supposedly with counseling available. However, there are often maximum terms related to the type of crime, so that parole and release may occur with no proof of cure of the compulsive desire to commit sex crimes.” It seems to me that these terms are as clear as mud.
However, Donald J. Trump is now ‘certified’ as a Narcissist-Sociopath (ref. Dr. Mary Trump). Those psychiatric terms mean that he is obsessed with only his self-interest and has absolutely no Empathy (i.e., care or concern) for the welfare of others. We know he is also Delusional, We also know that he lives in his own world of ‘Alternate Realities’. We know that over 300,000 citizens of our country have died, and probably as many as 200,000 more will die, the majority of which will be due to his failure to accept sound medical advice from his staff. We know that Mr. Trump lost the presidential election by a ‘landslide’ of votes and after enough re-counts and law- suits to wear out responsible Republican election officials and more than 50 attorneys, he continues to claim that he won the election and/or it was “stolen” from him. And, we know that he is giving presidential pardons to dozens of the liars, crooks, and miscreants, who broke our laws in support of his evil deeds. And, he is still our President! How much more ‘evidence’ do our ‘Talking Heads/Media Experts’ need before they use the word ‘insane’ to describe Trump’s behavior?
OK, let’s imagine that Donald J. Trump is not insane. That means he knows he has been lying to us, stealing from our country, befriending Vladimir Putin at our country’s expense, making Americans look like a bunch of fools to our allies, and enjoying watching the deaths of hundreds of thousands of the citizens whose health and welfare he, as the President of our country, he is supposed to be responsible for, and doing all of those things for the four years of his presidency! All of the above means that he is either a, totally evil, hate-filled, corrupt, useless, brain-dead low-life as a President or he, Donald J. Trump, is criminally insane! Friends, take your pick.
Hubris said that he couldn’t care less about whether Our President is totally evil or criminally insane as long as his supply of alfalfa and carrots was not interrupted. Actually, I was hoping he had an opinion just to make my job of writing political commentary a tiny bit easier. Listening to, or reading the words written by, our bunch of talking-heads in the media seems to be nothing more than the evasion of reality—much like the words and deeds coming out of our favorite White House resident. Hopefully this will come to an end as of January 20, 2021 or, in my measure of time, only four blogs from now.
So, until next week, Adios Amigos –and stay safe! With Donald J. Trump trying to destroy anything that, and anyone who, isn’t of benefit to the great ‘Himself’, it’s hard to imagine wishing anyone a ‘Merry Christmas’ will do much good. In spite of that great obstacle, I suggest we put Donald Trump in a mental institution (or jail) and then ALL OF US can have a great, and sane, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Copyright, December 24, 2020, Louis J. Christen