FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2022
The Misleaders and the Misled: Why would former president Donald J. Trump have done the things he did?
Assuming he did so knowingly, why would he have taken those top-secret documents to Mar-a-Lago in the first place? Also, egregiously, this:
Following repeated requests to return the documents, why would he have evaded compliance in the ways he apparently did?
It seems to us that there's one obvious answer to such questions. President Trump has long struck us as severely disordered. He's strongly inclined to display his contempt for everyone, and for every thing, other than himself.
He'll do so in every circumstance. He'll do so every time.
This strikes us as a psychiatric / medical condition. But our high-end journalists have refused, right up to the present day, to discuss his endless behavior in such terms.
Our journalists are shocked anew every time. In this way, they refuse to traffic in basic components of twentieth century science.
Then too, there's President Biden, with his heated attacks on the "MAGA Republicans." We haven't yet studied last night's speech, but excerpts from two recent speeches have us thinking this:
A savvy person should always distinguish the misleaders from the misled. A decent person will criticize the former group, but will maintain the "bonds of affection" with friends and neighbors and fellow citizens who have been misled.
Our blue tribe is often misled too. They hear about this on the other tribe's cable channel. We don't hear about it on ours.
Distinguish misleaders from the misled! Do so every time you speak. Do so before you say anything else.
The rest is basically Otherization, and it's a dangerous game.
(Bill Clinton: We don't have a single person to waste. Barack Obama: We worship God in the blue states, and they coach Little League in the red states.)
Predicting Trump: Bob Dylan predicted Trump in 1967.
He recommended pity for such a failed being. While trying to stop him from doing harm, that would be our advice too:
I pity the poor immigrant(Who eats but is not satisfied, who hears but does not see.
Who wishes he would've stayed home
Who uses all his power to do evil
But in the end is always left so alone.
That man who with his fingers cheats
Who lies with every breath
Who passionately hates his life
And likewise fears his death.
Who falls in love with wealth itself and turns his back on thee.)
(Who fills his mouth with laughing, but builds his town with blood.)
For the record, "poor immigrant" was metaphorical. Dylan sings it here.