Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I Do Too

The following opinion was written by Sam Pollak the editor of The Daily Star.  His opinion provoked Don Laible to submit the letter to the editor, that I discredited yesterday.
“I possess no degree in psychology or psychiatry, but the folks at the Mayo Clinic have all sorts of those things hanging on their walls.  Here is how the Mayo website defines Narcissistic Personality Disorder:
“Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others.  But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
“C’mon, if you don’t recognize our Tweeter-in-Chief, you’re not really trying.  Whether it’s the pope or a Gold Star Family or the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Trump is absolutely unable to ignore any perceived slight.
“With a different president, it would be easier to hold the Mayo.  But here are some of the disorder’s symptoms from the clinic’s website:
“Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance;  Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it;  Exaggerating your achievements and talents;  Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate;  Requiring constant admiration;  Taking advantage of others to get what you want;  Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner.
“Sound like your boy Trump?  Sure, it does, and in your heart, aren’t you at least a little bit frightened that Trump might decide to nuke Belgium one morning because he didn’t like his waffles?
“I’m sorry, all 62 million of you who voted for him, you made a mistake, and it’s a whopper.  Based on the record-low approval ratings Trump has as an incoming president, many of you already have a case of buyer’s remorse.
You elected a guy who, by his campaign against ‘political correctness,’ encouraged bigots all over the country to come out of hiding.
“It used to be that when you shined a light on hate groups, they would scurry away like the cockroaches they are.  Now, they feel they have a champion in the White (with an emphasis on ‘white’) House.  And hundreds of thousands of women (and men) feel the need to march today in Washington and elsewhere because of Trump’s treatment of and statements about women.
“I’m genuinely scared.  Not because my views on abortion rights, gun control, the environment, the Supreme Court or the justice system didn’t prevail.  I’m scared because you elected a president who doesn’t know right from wrong.  I think this guy is sick.
“I really do.”


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