Day 31: “. . . the lessons of history.”

DT won the election but is still campaigning.

There’s at least seven (7) Congressional Committees (Oversight; Judiciary (House and Senate); Intelligence (House and Senate) and Foreign Relations) led by the GOP looking into possible improprieties . . . all looking into Russia or Flynn or the handling of classified information.

Chief of Staff R. Priebus (RP) on Meet The Press (MTP) (paraphrasing):

  • On Jan 27 he knew F. misled the WH
  • F’s story didn’t add up
  • F denied lying
  • DT asked F to resign
  • he can’t comment whether or not he’s seen transcripts of calls
  • the VP is “in the loop on everything”
  • RP upset F wasn’t honest but doesn’t think what F did was a crime
  • RP won’t answer for the FBI or DoJ
  • DT and team have had no contact with Russia
  • NY Times story is “garbage” (fake news); WSJ is ‘fake news’
  • DT believes in the First Amendment and a free press
  • There are no problems in the West Wing
  • D.C. “gossip rags” are false

Senator McCain (from Munich) (paraphrasing):

  • 70 years of world order is at risk under DT —  is under assault by DT
  • DT contradicts himself a lot
  • He’s worried about DT’s statements and how they upset our friends
  • He’s concerned about DT’s ‘understanding’ of things and DT’s contradictions
  • Having Bannon involved in national security troubles him b/c it’s supposed to be a non-political process — “beyond political influence”
  • He’s concerned about Russia and Putin
  • “Expect more shoes to drop”
  • He has more hope than ‘belief’ (that the GOP can effectively investigate DT and RU, etc.)
  • A ‘free press’ is fundamental to preserve democracy as we know it . . . it needs to remain free and at times, adversarial; w/out it we’d lose so much
  • Dictators want to suppress the press/media
  • We need to learn the lessons of history

Critic:  What we’re seeing is an attempt at anarchy.  “There’s nobody at home” (in the government).

Over SIX HUNDRED and NINETY government positions remain unfilled.  The government has gone AWOL.  The POTUS is ‘pressing pretty buttons but they’re connected to nothing.”  He needs competent, seasoned, experienced help in his WH.  His base has a different view — many are still taking a “wait and see” approach.

Because of the “loyalty test” not much is getting done in this WH.

Former Sec’y of Defense and head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, says he’s never been this nervous before.  Conflicting reports have come out re: whether or not the Intel. Comm. is withholding info from DT.  Demeaning folks in the Intel. Comm. is bad for morale.  If DT won the loyalty of the Intel. Comm. the leaks would stop.

Reports re: STRESS in the USA connected with POTUS-DT:

  • 49% stressed over election results
  • 47% over political climate
  • 66% over future of the USA
  • 72% of Dems are stressed; 26% in the GOP
  • 33% of rural Americans
  • 45% of sub-urban Americans
  • 62% of urban Americans
  • 76% of Dems are stressed over the future of America; 59% in the GOP are

In Town Halls across the land upset voters, mostly Republicans, are showing up over possible loss of their health care without a replacement in place.

A PEW research result over DT and “Job Approval”

All adults:   39% approve; 56% disapprove; with Independents:  35% approve; 59% don’t

The country remains very divided . . . by gender, race, and education . . . like never before and this must stop; however, POTUS-DT hasn’t done much to try to bring the country together — to unify.

If DT doesn’t know the answer to a question he starts talking about his E. College numbers.  He’s stuck on: “I, ALONE, CAN FIX THINGS.  ONLY DONALD TRUMP.”

People with narcissistic personality disorder are characterized by their persistent grandiosity, excessive need for admiration, and a disdain and lack of empathy for others. These individuals often display arrogance, a sense of superiority, and power-seeking behaviors. Narcissistic personality disorder is different from having a strong sense of self-confidence; people with NPD typically value themselves over others to the extent that they disregard the feelings and wishes of others and expect to be treated as superior regardless of their actual status or achievements. In addition, people with NPD may exhibit fragile egos, an inability to tolerate criticism, and a tendency to belittle others in an attempt to validate their own superiority.

According to the DSM-5, individuals with NPD have most or all of the following symptoms, typically without commensurate qualities or accomplishments:

  1. Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment from others
  2. Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
  3. Self-perception of being unique, superior and associated with high-status people and institutions
  4. Needing constant admiration from others
  5. Sense of entitlement to special treatment and to obedience from others
  6. Exploitative of others to achieve personal gain
  7. Unwilling to empathize with others’ feelings, wishes, or needs
  8. Intensely envious of others and the belief that others are equally envious of them
  9. Pompous and arrogant demeanor

True NPD symptoms are pervasive, apparent in various situations, and rigid, remaining consistent over time. The symptoms must be severe enough that they significantly impair the individual’s ability to develop meaningful relationships with others. Symptoms also generally impair an individual’s ability to function at work, school, or in other important settings.  Two views:



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