Reflections on Dylan's poor immigrant: Last evening, Lawrence O'Donnell aired an outstanding segment.
Sadly, the segment lasted just under six minutes. But during the segment, O'Donnell discussed the mental health of the sitting president with psychiatrist Lance Dodes.
O'Donnell is one of the only major media figures who has been willing to pursue this forbidden topic. We can't share as much of the discussion as we would like because MSNBC, slacking as always, hasn't yet posted a transcript.
That said, you can watch the discussion here. We were struck by this part of Dodes' remarks:
DODES (12/3/19): Well, again, this is—you have to understand, this is a man, as I said, who is running really a very simple program. I don't say that as an insult, it's just because it's true.You can watch the full segment here.
He can only do what he does and he is, in a way, he's limited by the limited capacity of a person with early emotional development. He doesn't have much complexity to him...
We'd love to see a fuller, extremely careful discussion of this essential topic. It's also true that modern press culture is built around the headlong avoidance of facts and information and almost all relevant discourse.
We thought Lawrence got it right in staging this discussion. We were especially grateful for this part of Dodes' remarks:
"I don't say that as an insult, it's just because it's true."
As a general matter, people who are mentally ill haven't become mentally ill as a matter of choice. If Donald Trump is mentally ill in some way, that is a loss for the world over which he may have no control.
We thought the discussion was much too short. That said, we were grateful for Dodes' lack of loathing.
"I pity the poor immigrant!" So Dylan humanely (and metaphorically) said, fifty long years ago.