The Id from New York

Posted: July 29, 2016 in Elections, Fearful in AZ, Ugliness American Style
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cheesypoof

Herr Drumpf is at it again.  He said yesterday he wants to punch Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and bona fide self-made billionaire (worth about 8x’s more than Trump), because Bloomberg had the nerve to criticize him at the DNC this week.  I mean, who would expect criticism during a Presidential election?  /snark

Seriously though, my five year old has more restraint both physically and verbally than this crusty old cheesy poof. I think this video nails the reason down as to why so many people do support him. He is a mostly unrestrained Id. Something very wrong probably happened to him as a child and his development is seriously arrested. Either he was very abused and his maturity is stuck at the age of trauma OR his parents were so lenient that he never suffered repercussions to his behavior and as a result he did not mature past a certain point. This kind of person doesn’t spring wholly formed into adulthood like this–this kind of sociopath is made. But either way, whether he is rebelling and reacting against some inner demon created by abuse or acting out because he has so little self-control, there is very little pause between his emotions, his thoughts and his actions. And that appeals to people who are afraid and frustrated. They WISH they could just let their crazy flag fly but they’re too scared–they’re scared because their parents taught them better and they know if they acted this way there would be serious consequences for them.

And since they can’t express themselves and this dried goop of semi-rancid orange marmalade can, they support him. He is their Id made manifest. Furthermore, they see his behavior as being honest and genuine. While it may be genuine, it isn’t honest. True honesty involves self-reflection and actually does incorporate filtering, and by filtering I mean expressing that honesty in a way that is constructive. People who spew truth without couching it in a way that people can hear, either through humor or through simple courtesy and humility, are being insulting, childish and basically assholes. Mature people recognize Herr Cheesy Poof (TM!) as the latter.

It comes down to this. I think we as liberals have to accept that voters, particularly American voters are not rational. Call me elitist if you want but the fact that hundreds of millions of people support this sad excuse for a human being is absolute proof of that irrationality. The Left’s failure to truly accept this is hurting us and it will continue to hurt us. People don’t vote rationally so we can’t appeal to their rationality alone. We MUST get better at appealing to their emotions and their deep seated needs along with presenting a rational, logic based case for our solutions and candidates. But for right now, we’re stuck with half the country hoping Herr Cheesy Poof, the Id from New York, will become the next leader of the most powerful country on Earth.

I don’t talk about my faith very much.  I tend to be privately spiritual, more so than the “go to church” and “let me witness to others” type of person.  But there are times when I am seriously worried and when the only thing left to do is to appeal to a higher power.  Now is one of those times.  God help us all.

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Comments
  1. alopecia says:

    Donald Trump is a pathological liar, so season to taste, but he said in The Art of the Deal: “In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye — I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled.”

    In second grade, he would have been seven or eight. Whatever his problem is, it started early.

    A number of people have suggested Trump has ADD. You know I don’t like to pathologize stupidity or bad behavior, but he does have some of the commonest symptoms. Or he could merely be an ill-behaved, thin-skinned, narcissistic bully.

    Trump’s appeal seems mostly to be a nostalgia for a time that never was—in other words, the message of every R candidate for every office since at least Ronald Reagan—mixed with a toxic brew of fear and hatred—almost typed “fear and loathing” (Hunter S. Thompson would have had a field day with this election!)—and every last bit of crackpottery that comes to his attention. He’s talk radio made flesh.

    If a considerable percentage of the nation (Republicans, conservatives, Righties, crazies, call them what you will) couldn’t accept Barack Obama as a legitimate President, the problem isn’t appeals to emotion: Obama thinks logically, yes, but he feels deeply and expresses his emotions eloquently and often. Some of the resistance is because of melanin, to be sure, but a lot of it comes from hearing the Wingnut Wurlitzer blaring away with all stops pulled out.

    Perhaps (perhaps!) the ouster of Roger Ailes at Fox News will help turn the nation away from madness. Something must, and soon.

    Donald Trump must never be elected President.

  2. Autumn Cote says:

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. There is no fee, I’m simply trying to add more content diversity to the site and I liked what you wrote.

    Autumn

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