Sunday, April 02, 2017

The Plot Sickens

I saw a very memorable bumper sticker the other say that really said all that needs to be said:
"When you elect a clown, expect a circus."
If there ever was a phenomenon to be simultaneously amusing  and depressing, this is it. It boggles the mind to even contemplate that this unhinged psychopath and common pervert is living in the same house that was at one time occupied by Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. The wheels have come off this country. This is going to end very badly, but I think I've already mentioned that. Pay it no mind.
Is referring to the Donald as a psychopath just a wee tad over the top? Nearly five years ago I read an article  that listed the ten telltale signs of a  clinical psychopath:
1. A total lack of empathy
2. A tendency of making self-serving moral choices
3. lying compulsively and unnecessarily.
4. A master manipulator
5.  deflecting blame
6. An inability for showing remorse
7. Habitually two-faced
8. A talent for using people for one's own purposes
9. Superficially charming and glib
10. Psychopaths tend to be control freaks
Do those traits remind you of anyone in particular? Think.

If I was in better health and twenty years younger, I would leave the United States. To tell you the blunt truth, I don't like it here anymore. I rarely leave the house these days; that's how completely depressed I've become regarding this nasty turn of events. The Republicans have destroyed the joint, enabled by the mostly incompetent Democrats. One party has lost its marbles, the other has sold its soul.
The problem with the GOP is that they long-ago forgot that they were (at onetime anyway) the party of Roosevelt: THEODORE.
The problem with the Dems is that they long-ago forgot that they were (at onetime anyway) the party of Roosevelt: FRANKLIN.
It basically boils down to that, folks. Neither party is ethically fit to govern this country any longer. Last year at this time I was convinced that both organizations were within a few years of disappearing forever. Today I'm forced to concede the sad and unacceptable fact that they won't be going away anytime soon. It totally sucks to be an inmate of Idiot Nation, doesn't it?

I am in a unique position to say that I was able to witness to a few of America's years on the mountaintop. I really do feel sorrow for the kids who were born post-Reagan-Revolution. A lot of them are now coming into adulthood, most of them poignantly unaware of what it was like to be an American in the days when our infrastructure was second-to-none. We really did stand for something noble. Those days are gone. Long gone. Who personifies us now? Donald Trump.

Get used to living in a nation in ruins.

We have become totally fractured. Yesterday, a wise and kind friend of mine gently took me to task for the profanity of some of my remarks out in the Facebook-sphere. The point is well-taken. Perhaps I am a small part of the problem. It would do all of us who lean leftward some good to measure our comments and criticisms carefully and with the utmost of caution.

We don't need to stoop to their level. We have the truth on our side.


Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

West End Blues
by Louis Armstrong
American music in the twentieth century begins - and ends - with Louis Armstrong. This 1928 recording of West End Blues was, in its time, revolutionary.


At 5:53 PM, Blogger paintedjaguar said...

"enabled by the mostly incompetent Democrats"

Can we just stop this pretense? Please? The Dems are no more incompetent than the Republicans, and Obama got just the sort of policies passed that he was in favor of. The problem is corrupt ideology and simple avarice, not lack of power.

At 10:14 PM, Blogger murray thesen said...


Such a waste.

Who needs let alone wants more infrastructure???

At 11:12 PM, Blogger Cjennmom said...

Both sides have good ideas, both sides can be incredibly stupid. The problem, IMO, is that debate and discourse has been slowly shuffled off stage in favor of blindly following the party line. No one wants to sit back and listen with the idea that there may be a thread of legitimacy in the other side's arguments. I also believe there is a problem with our Congress, both state and federal level, mistaking themselves for rulers instead of public servants - emphasis on the SERVANTS. They've been allowed to turn their public service into careers, paid at a minimum of 4x the average American's salary, and pensions that rival that salary. The horror of potential misuse of power that lead to presidential term limits should have been extended to elected officials as well. Will we ever see the dismantling of that power structure in our lifetime?

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Naomi said...

What is number ten? My OCD just kicked in. The promise unfulfilled is now an antagonist. Have mercy, kind sir!

(#45 has rendered me "fragile".)

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, we're in the Fourth Turning of the Anglo-American saeculum. We've been there before and we've never passed through one without major societal upheaval -- and plenty of death and annihilation. Those days are still ahead of us.

A Fourth Turning is an era in which the availability of social order is low, but the demand for such order is high. Examples of earlier Fourth Turnings include the Civil War in the 1860s and the American Revolution in the 1770s -- both periods of momentous crisis, when the identity of the nation hung in the balance. The last one was the Great Depression/WWII. Fourth Turnings are approximately 80 years apart -- somewhat resembling the length of a human generation.

These cycles are as inevitable and predictable as the four natural earthly seasons. Predictable because you know, with certainty, they're coming -- unpredictable because you never really know how severe they're going to be.

I view the election of Donald Trump as less a cause and more a symptom. In the field of chemistry, he's less the reactive and more like the catalyst. He's here to speed up the reaction.

Tom, it's time for you to accept the inevitable and get out and enjoy some fresh air -- while you still can.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

I only now realized that I neglected to print number ten. It's there now. Thank you for proofreading, Cjennmom.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

If one were honest they would easily apply all ten traits to former president Trump.
Just two examples are:

3. lying compulsively and unnecessarily. "if you like your Dr. you can keep them".

5. deflecting blame. The Blame Game at Its Finest: 21 Times Obama Has Passed the Buck

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

My error, former president OBAMA.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Majormajor said...


What's your take on the latest news about Susan Rice? Is that plot sickening? Is the Obama administration guilty of subversion?
Illegal spying for political purposes?
Using the IRS as a weapon against political foes?

At 11:28 PM, Blogger woodenman1954 said...

We just went to war with Syria and if Trump killed a lot of Russians maybe with them also.

Armageddon here we come!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...


Gorsuch was approved for the Supreme Court. He even got more senate votes than Clarence Thomas.

I'm very concerned because, lets face the facts, Ruth Bader Ginsing is about to keel over any day. She should have stepped down while Obama was still President. Oh well, we all thought we would have Madame President. amirite?

It looks like Assad stepped over a Trump red line. I just wish Obama had the balls like Trump. Just Say'n.

Trump wiped out a lot of Putin supplied planes at that Syrian military airport. Not sure we could still call Trump a Putin puppet. amirite?

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

In one respect ya' have to love "Dear Leader's" use of Twitter as a means to reach his deplorable subjects. It's so easy to throw his own words right back in his face. ;-)

It's not coincidental that your resident right-wing trolls (e.g., Majormajor, T. Paine, and other aliases) are silent. Just like Donald Trump, they've been had. The real power has exerted itself. Trump's been trumped -- again.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...


Obama, John Kerry, and Susan Rice said they had removed chemical weapons from Syria without force. Sounds like that was fake news. amirite?


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