MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2022
Journalists struggle with meaning: The January 6 committee has completed its second day of hearings.
In our view, today's second hearing was much more impressive than last Thursday night's first. For now, we'll only ask you to consider something William Barr said.
Barr was shown on videotape, speaking in a sworn deposition. He was describing the increasingly irrational claims being made by President Donald J. Trump by the end of November 2020.
Then, he described a December 14 meeting. We highlight Barr's conclusion:
BARR: When I walked in, sat down, he went off on a monologue saying that there was now definitive evidence involving fraud through the Dominion [voting] machines, and a report had been prepared by a very reputable cybersecurity firm which he identified as Allied Security Operations Group.
And he held up the report, and he asked that a copy of it be made for me, and while a copy was being made, he said, "This is absolute proof that Dominion machines were rigged. This report means that I am going to have a second term."
And then he gave me a copy of the report, and as he talked more and more about it, I sat there flipping through the report and looking through it. And to be frank, it looked very amateurish to me.
It didn't have the credentials of the people involved but I didn't see any real qualifications, and the statements made were very conclusory, like "These machines were designed to engage in fraud," or something to that effect. But I didn't see any supporting information for it.
And I was somewhat demoralized because I thought, "Boy, if he believes this stuff, he has lost contact with—he's become detached from reality if he really believes this stuff."
According to Barr's testimony, he began to wonder if Donald J. Trump had "become detached from reality." The suggestion we'd offer is this:
We'd suggest the possibility that some such diagnosis might have been accurate, not as a flippant figure of speech, but in the literal clinical sense.
Had Donald J. Trump "lost contact with reality" in some literal clinical sense? As far as we know, some people do! Here's the material we posted last Saturday:
Psychosis is an abnormal condition of the mind that results in difficulties determining what is real and what is not real. Symptoms may include delusions and hallucinations, among other features.
Psychosis may involve delusional beliefs. A delusion is a fixed, false idiosyncratic belief, which does not change even when presented with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary...
Prevalence in schizophrenia is generally considered at least 90%, and around 50% in bipolar disorder.
According to the leading authority, some people are "delusional" in the literal clinical sense. Their fixed, false beliefs are unlikely to change even when they're presented with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.
That said, the boys and girls of our upper-end press corps have rules against discussing such real-world possibilities. Mental illness and abnormal psychology seem to be playing very large roles within our rapidly failing world, but the children refuse to go there.
Trump kept rejecting the analyses of his experienced campaign people. Instead, he kept embracing the lunatic claims of Giuliani, Flynn and Sidney Powell.
Our "journalists" like to say he was lying. Is it possible that he was actually delusional in some clinical sense?
Is it possible that this metaphorically "crazy" commander-in-chief was detached from reality in the literal clinical sense? He's had us wondering about that for a fairly long time, but our childish, unimpressive "press corps" will never discuss such matters.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. Our upper-end press corps isn't.
They know about makeup, wardrobe and hair. They know about their programs' Nielsen ratings, and about their own "Q ratings."
They know how to memorize script. They seem to enjoy repeating whatever the last ten people just said. They get training in "showmanship."
Beyond that, they're actually quite unimpressive. They simply aren't especially sharp, nor do they often seem curious.
Full disclosure: These findings have been transmitted to us by major top key anthropologists.