Yes, in fact, I am losing my mind over what’s happening to my country.
They say the first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem.
So here I am, ready to publicly admit that I am suffering from a profound case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
The Syndrome is marked by its victims' inability to tolerate even a millisecond of Donald Trump’s voice. In my own case, as soon as an image of the bloated orange menace appears on my screen, my palms begin to sweat, my heart thuds erratically and I become nauseous.
I have been laughed at by Trumpy Trolls on social media. They’ve claimed that even if Donald Trump managed to cure cancer, I’d still hate him.
They are right.
Let me explain.
I’m a pretty simple person. I believe that everyone should try to live by the Golden Rule. You know, do unto others. I believe that kindness is the key attribute to look for in others and in ourselves.
I believe that mean people suck.
So when I saw Donald Trump publicly mocking a physically disabled reporter, I felt sick. When I heard him threaten to punch a protestor in the face at one of his rallies, I knew I could never stand to be in a room with him.
I despise him.
But that isn’t what has thrown me into complete psychological despair.
What has loosened my grip on sanity is the three-year parade of lies. One more outrageous than the one before it, a never-ending stream of blatant lies has caused people like me profound pain.
In order for any organization, state, nation to run under democratic rules, the members of the community must be informed. Facts must be stated, proven and then trusted.
It is impossible to make an informed decision about any issue when faced with baldfaced lies day after day. How can we make up our minds about policy if nothing that we hear has any basis in fact?
From the first day of his Presidency, Donald Trump has shamelessly lied about everything. Even when we could all see the truth with our very own eyes, he and his minions told us that reality was something completely different.
Remember Sean Spicer’s angry statement about the inaugural crowd being the biggest in history? Even he now admits that wasn’t true.
The thing is, we KNEW it wasn’t true. It was obvious that it wasn’t true.
And every day since that fateful introduction, we have been lied to over and over and over by Trump and virtually everyone who has worked for him. There are lies about the economy, lies about foreign policy, lies about the environment, lies about healthcare.
There are lies about what Trump has accomplished, how admired he is, how healthy how smart……
George Orwell predicted it way back in 1949:
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
Under the current administration, nothing that we know to be true is respected or even acknowledged.
At this key moment in American history, when we find ourselves in the middle of a moment of decision, we are being lied to all day, every day, by those who are supposedly taking care of our national interests.
“The House never even asked Bolton to appear!”
But, yes, they did.
“Giuliani wasn’t a key figure in the Ukraine deal.”
Only he was. It’s right there in the transcript, in black and white.
“There was no quid pro quo.”
“Sure there was a quid pro quo, but it was done to find corruption.”
Which was never mentioned in the call.
“OK, it was a deal to find dirt on a political rival, but that’s perfectly fine because Trump thought it was in the national interest for him to win the election.”
Crimes are innocence, corruption is honorable, nepotism is admirable and whining equals strength.
It is the absence of fact, the absence of truth and the absence of moral standards that has me suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.
At this point, if I heard Donald Trump stating that the sky is blue, I wouldn’t believe him.