Apr. 8, 2020

U.S. Democrats – the merging of TDS with psychosis

Psychosis means — noun: psychosis; plural noun: psychoses – a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.
 
TDS — meaning Trump Derangement Syndrome — noun — the visceral hatred of Donald J. Trump.
 
The merging of this unfortunate mental condition, psychosis, with TDS , creates a new mental condition that is one of the more dangerous conditions for North American Democracy.
 
And now it is manifested in some really bizarre behaviour. 
 
As renown Constitutional lawyer and supporter of the Democratic Party, Jonathan Turley, says in his famous blog (which just passed 40 million readers and is one of the most-read legal blogs on the globe):
 
"I previously criticized former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Howard Dean for his view of unprotected speech under the first amendment. He is now taking a different tack than government censorship. He has announced that he will boycott MSNBC until it yields to his demand to stop airing President Donald Trump’s daily briefing. He is calling on other commentators to join his boycott. Dean has curiously not pledged to boycott the other networks, which are also carrying the briefings".
 
Here are Dean’s own words: "I just told MSNBC I wasn’t going on their shows as long as they were broadcasting trump’s [sic] press conference. It won’t make much difference if it’s just me but if 50 of you did it it would make a difference.”
 
This dangerous behaviour has gained some traction over the years of the Trump presidency and threatens normal heathy mental behaviour of society and healthy political debate. It too is gaining virus status. 
 
I note that others have followed this irrational behaviour. As Professor Turley notes : "Recently, the liberal group “Free Press” petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to curtail direct airing of the briefings or impose disclaimers to protect the public from false information. The frivolous “emergency” filing was rejected by the FCC. Free Press co-CEO Jessica González seemed entirely oblivious to the assault on free speech and its implications for government censorship."
 
Democrat partisan Don Lemon, host of a lowly-rated CNN show, vents his behaviour.
 
"It is all a plot. It is all orchestrated. And if you can’t see it, I don’t know what you’re looking at. It’s obvious, it’s transparent to me. This has become — those press briefings have become his new Apprentice (Trump's former TV reality show). They’ve become his new rallies. And he treats the press and the media as if he’s talking to the people at his rallies. It’s the same thing. It’s no different except the audience isn’t there.”
 
My, my he doth forget those haughty lectures delivered by Saint Obama just a few yeas ago. 
 
T''is dangerous stuff when such people and organizations lose all perspective and are willing to attack free speech at its core in the bargain.
 
Turley says of Dean’s outburst: "Dean’s threat comes across as both pedantic and frankly a tad pathetic. Faced with a refusal of the networks not to air clearly newsworthy briefings (or the public to stop watching them), Dean leaves the impression of stomping out in an over-dramatized fit."
 
It is all a tad surreal as one discovers that 60 per cent of the PEOPLE of the U.S. , according to the polls, support Trump’s handling of the Wuhan Virus crisis. And that the media, the world that Lemon inhabits, has the lowest level of trust by the public."
 
Of course, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, no less, recently publicly ripped up the State of The Union Speech, such behaviour not seen by such a leading political leader since the days of the Civil War. 
 
I suspect there are secret studies going on looking at this odd twist to American political behaviour. Let’s hope they find some effective measures to combat the malady. 
 
Perhaps another defeat at the polls might help — it will either correct their behaviour or drive such people into the political wilderness forever. Either way society will be improved by such outcomes.
 
Brian Peckford is a former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, living in retirement of Vancouver Island.