Is something "wrong" with Donald J. Trump?

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

Mainstreamers still don't want to ask:
Most mornings, we start by looking at certain news sites.

After last night's craziness, we found ourselves doing something different this morning. We reread the start of King Lear. You can accomplish that here!

Was the famous monarch "mentally ill" in some way? Was he suffering some form of "dementia?"

It seems to us that Shakespeare said yes. At any rate, Lear's behavior at the start of the play is not unlike Donald J. Trump's.

(Lear insisted on getting conned by the grifters Goneril and Regan. Trump is now said to surround himself with the gruesome Ivanka and her blame-shifting husband and with communications aide Hope Hicks, age 28. Two of his three favored sycophants are youngish former teen models.)

For whatever reason, Donald J. Trump has always had unattractive impulses and values. Now, it increasingly seems that he may be losing his basic acuity. It seems to us that many pundits still want to avoid this topic. This seems like a lousy idea.

We're also puzzled by two recent posts by Kevin Drum, whose work on lead exposure has been so instructive. In the first of these posts, Drum headlined Trump as an "idiot." In his very next post, he plainly suggested that Trump is dealing with dementia.

Trump has always had unattractive values and impulses. That said, dementia is a terrible disease, producing a loss to the individual and to the wider world.

When a person dies, "what has gone is not nothing?" We will remind you, once again, that (the late) Yevtushenko said that.

18 comments:

  1. No one thinks Trump should be gone from life, just the presidency. Compassion should extend to the American people daily harmed, not just Trump and his family. Scolding through poetry is something a pretentious elitist would do.

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  2. I am reading the first novel by David in Cal's ex-FBI agent friend. It is a so-so police procedural. In passing, I found the following example of casual sexism:

    "Rothman and Lark left for their interview with Carmody, and Knowles would be a while with the wife, so there wasn't much to do just yet.

    This is about a kidnapping. Carmody is the victim's partner. He gets a name. "The wife" refers to the victim's wife. She doesn't get a name. Why not?

    The casual assumption that men matter more than women is encoded in trivialities like this as much as in the larger injustices in our society. Somehow, I don't think "the wife" is going to be important in the remainder of this novel. The only other women mentioned are the bimbos the boss uses and tosses aside. They didn't get names either.

    I'm sure this didn't bother David when he was reading it.

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    1. AnonymousMay 16, 2017 at 5:27 PM -- I haven't read any of Russ's works.

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    2. If I had an author friend, I would read his book. It is free on kindle unlimited. Are you sure he isn't an acquaintance?

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    3. Yes, more an acquaintance than a friend. We're members of a book club. But, I haven't read my sister's novels either, except for the first one. although I dutifully bought copies of all of them.

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  3. The Bard certainly nailed Trump's supporters in Julius Caesar, Act I Scene 1:

    MURELLUS
    Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?
    What tributaries follow him to Rome
    To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels?
    You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things

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  4. Trump is not Lear. Ivanka is the counterpart of Cordelia -- the favorite daughter. Lear chose not to live with Cordelia, when she failed to praise him enough. That was foolish and crazy. That bad decision led to widespread tragedy.

    Trump OTOH brought Ivanka into his Administration.

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    1. Trump refuses to listen to those who don't flatter him enough and he makes mistakes because of it. Don't be too hung up on the daughter parallel.

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    2. Trump = grifter with a horrible toupee
      Ivanka = a better looking grifter

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  5. Bob. Stumbling toward irrelevance. Sad that it hasn't happened to an older guy namned Trump faster. But the symptoms develop quickly.

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  6. It doesn't matter what is wrong with Donald Trump. It matters that he is an incompetent president.

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