WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2023
We're looking for one forthright journalist: We're going to be rather brief today, for reasons we'll detail below.
That said, it's time for our (mainstream) journalists to drop their charade concerning one Donald J. Trump.
It's more and more clear, then more and more clear, that Trump is deeply disordered. It's more and more likely, then more and more likely, that he suffers from (technical term) "antisocial personality disorder."
That's the technical term within medical science for the closely related syndromes which may commonly be referred to as (nontechnical terms) sociopathy or psychopathy.
A citizen can google about and find many discussions of the syndrome now under review. For the Mayo Clinic, just click here. You'll find this overview:
Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopathy, is a mental health condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to purposely make others angry or upset and manipulate or treat others harshly or with cruel indifference. They lack remorse or do not regret their behavior.
People with antisocial personality disorder often violate the law, becoming criminals. They may lie, behave violently or impulsively, and have problems with drug and alcohol use. They have difficulty consistently meeting responsibilities related to family, work or school.
With respect to the person in question, many accounts of this disorder say it may stem from a horrible upbringing, or from organic causes. At Wikipedia, the searcher will find this:
Antisocial personality disorder
Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a limited capacity for empathy as well as a difficulty sustaining long-term relationships. A long-term pattern of disregard or violation of the rights of others and a contemptuous or vindictive attitude are often apparent, as well as a history of rule-breaking that can sometimes include law-breaking, manipulation, compulsive lying for amusement or personal gain, a tendency towards chronic boredom and substance abuse, and impulsive and aggressive behavior. Antisocial behaviors often have their onset before the age of 8, and in nearly 80% of ASPD cases, the subject will develop their first symptoms by age 11.
Personality disorders are usually caused by a combination and interaction of genetic and environmental influences. Genetically, it is the intrinsic temperamental tendencies as determined by their genetically influenced physiology, and environmentally, it is the social and cultural experiences of a person in childhood and adolescence encompassing their family dynamics, peer influences, and social values. People with an antisocial or alcoholic parent are considered to be at higher risk...The condition is more common in males than females and among incarcerated populations.
According to the clinical psychologist Mary Trump, Donald Trump grew up with one parent who was an outright sociopath. He may also have been unlucky enough to have some genetic influences.
The time has come for one forthright journalist to discuss this apparent state of affairs. The psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee attempted to do so. She ended up with a best-selling book, but then lost her job at Yale.
The material to which we refer is part of 20th century medical science. Presumably, major mainstream journalists discuss this situation in private. The modern Diogenes will seek the one forthright journalist who will raise these blindingly obvious points right out in the public square.
Does Ruth Marcus believe in 20th century science? How about E. J. Dionne?
Has Rachel heard such terms bandied around? Why hasn't she spoken up?
The conversations you're seeing today are deeply, profoundly nonrational. That's true of persons like Kevin McCarthy, but it's also true of endless gangs of "our favorite reporters and friends."
Donald J. Trump seems to be "mentally ill," but no one wants to lose his or her job. Is that why no one will say it?
"Th[is] is no country for old men?" It was Yeats who said it first, then Cormac McCarthy came along.
In his once-famous poem, Yeats found himself "fastened to a dying animal." All Americans are fastened today to a thoroughly nonrational discourse, fashioned by all manner of politicians and journalists who most prize their own jobs.
Any one of those people could speak. Almost surely, no one will. That includes the entire population of "our favorite reporters and friends."
They're selling you an engaging tale. We're looking for one forthright journalist.