Comey Firing, Intel Leak and More

For several days I’ve been mulling over what I might say about this presidential action – the firing the FBI director. Although when I started this blog last November I did not think about hirings and firings as part of what I would review, now it seems obvious that this type of presidential action can be even more consequential than the other official acts such as executive orders, memoranda, or proclamations.

With this president, it is going to be important to pay some attention to nominations, hirings and firings. His consistent obeisance to autocratic governance demands close scrutiny of everything he does.

Needless to say, the firing of the FBI director has received voluminous media coverage. And, it will continue to be a central story for some time to come as part of the Russian hacking of the election investigations. What more is there to say than what is already being said? Maybe calling the firing of Comey a clear signal that autocratic rule is a real and present danger is not a completely original statement, but I do not think enough journalists are connecting the dots yet.

One of the best writers on authoritarianism I follow, Masha Gessen, has written another excellent article entitled The Autocrat’s Language. It is well worth reading for a better understanding of what we are encountering in this presidency.

I would also like to see more serious treatment of the total unfitness of this man to serve in any capacity of government. For some reason, the media are reluctant – too much so, in my opinion – to delve into the mental health issues. One reason seems to be they feel like they have to follow the ethics rules of the mental health profession (not diagnosing a person who is not a patient) or the “Goldwater Rule”. That is an utterly bogus argument. Journalists do not have to be professionals in another discipline to write about it. Even if more journalists would write about the psychologists and psychiatrists who have publicly declared POTUS 45 to be a malignant narcissist or otherwise mentally ill, it would help. It is important for more of the general public and especially more members of Congress to be better informed on the grave dangers we now face because of a mentally ill man in office.

I’ve written some earlier about this here, but I have kept a now three-week old article about mental health professionals’ comments at a Yale conference in my Pocket list so when I got back to writing about this topic I would have it available as a reference. It confirms my own observations from following election coverage last year and myriad journalists, writers, etc. since. This man is mentally incapable of any semblance of normal behavior.

Just yesterday a different speculation surfaced again. It is not the first time I have seen concern about POTUS 45 having advancing stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but maybe with this speculation we will finally see more journalists beginning to delve into the mental health angle.

The recent blurting out by POTUS 45 of some “code-word” intelligence to the Russians in the Oval Office is a prime example of an unhealthy mind, whatever the illness, that is a serious danger to the nation and in fact to civilization. [Ed. note: It looks like I may need to add another category of presidential actions for monitoring – unilaterally declassifying classified information.]

POTUS 45 should never have been nominated, let alone elected. It is imperative that we as citizens continually contact our senators and representatives to urge their action to initiate proceedings for impeachment. Given that Republicans hold the power positions right now, they are the ones we need to keep reminding as forcefully as we are able that they are responsible to the nation as a whole not just their constituents or “base”. Nothing short of the survival of this democratic republic is at stake. We must not wait for the 2018 election to “sort things out”.

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Proclamations Galore

Apparently the month of May is one of many proclamations historically. Or, maybe this is just part of the push to make it look like he had accomplished something in his first 100 days. Or, more likely, a little of both. Anyway, below is the list of links.

The very sad part of the last proclamation listed below is the high probability that POTUS 45 and those around him are ignoring the quite obvious issues of his own mental health and stability. It is much more likely they will take the first one listed below absolutely seriously. (Loyalty to their boss, that is.)

On a more personal note, it is good to know that May is my month. (Older person)

All the above were dated April 28, 2017

The final two were dated May 1, 2017

Malignant Narcissist

After yesterday’s post,  I had not expected to be following up on the topic of the president’s mental competence quite so soon, but today I ran across the most detailed and helpful explanation of POTUS 45’s mental illness I have seen to date in a blog post by Shane Snow. It states the case for why so many mental health professionals are publicly diagnosing POTUS 45 as a Malignant Narcissist in spite of their profession’s “Goldwater Rule”. A leading American psychologist, John D. Gartner, is quoted extensively in this fascinating, deep explanation of what a Malignant Narcissist is and how POTUS 45 fits.

Another article in this vein – actually it fits both the threads I’m following (mental health & impeachment) – appeared yesterday in the Independent. It is by Siobhan Fenton and is about the president’s erratic behavior causing concern enough in Congress that several members are looking more carefully at the 25th Amendment to see how it might be used to remove the president from office legally without impeachment.

[Ed. note: The rest of this post is a bit of a deviation from my blog’s stated purposes.]

For my own sanity, I need to read other takes on this president. Today I found a few helpful perspectives and I’ve decided to share them here.  The first one I offer as worth reading is by James S. Gordon published in the Guardian. In it he reminds us of the historically useful “fool” or “jester” and makes the case for considering POTUS 45 in that role. He could serve to call attention to our own failings.

A second, from the Huffington Post written by Jo Confino, is a “Zen Master’s Advice” on how to deal with the erratic president. I particularly like the focus on non-violence and mindfulness.

Finally, in the category of “what we can do about it”, an article by George Lakey in yes! magazine entitled How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State provides historical perspective that might be useful for our responses to our current danger. Once again the focus on collective, non-violent actions as being key to success jumps out at me.

Well, that’s enough for today.

Mental Competence Questions

In honor of the presidential press conference today that several media sites have labeled a “meltdown”, I am posting this brief note.

What follows is a list of seven articles from different sources, more or less randomly selected, having something to do with the mental health and/or competence of POTUS 45. I have thought for a long time – even well before the primaries – there is reason to be concerned about his capacity to function rationally, and therefore he is not fit to serve. These more recent writings are only confirming my own, admittedly NON-mental-health-expert, opinion.

Unfortunately the world, not only the country, is at high risk as a result.

The articles are listed alphabetically by source: