The Disease

There is a terminal illness sweeping across America. This apparent neurodegenerative disease primarily affects the older male population and is metastasizing before our eyes.  Greed appears to be one of a number of causative agents. The symptoms appear when men of previously sound mind get on their hands and knees and curry favor by licking the boots of a mentally ill sexual predator.  This disease, of course, is Donald Trump, and is transmitted like an STD to those who look into this man’s broken mind and like what they see. A final diagnosis for this disease is complete when the host-parasite symbiotic relationship has turned the willing subject into one of Donald Trump’s growing army of frighteningly submissive Stepford Wives.

Not every older white male has succumbed to this epidemic. The scholarly conservative George Will inoculated himself against this disease by leaving the Republican Party when it became apparent that Donald Trump would become its adopted leader.

We have seen the toxic effect of this disease before. During the first televised cabinet meeting of the new administration early in 2017, every department head, with the exception of Defense Secretary Doug Mattis, joined in a sycophantic tribute to Donald Trump.  Those Americans who still take pride in a government established by great men were deeply embarrassed and offended.

Visions of treason accompany this disease. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a spy who would know, has identified Donald Trump as an “asset” of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. He further stated:  “Putin knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with Trump.” Indeed, every democracy in the world knows of Putin’s attempts to sow hate and discord as part of his plan to divide and conquer the Western Alliance of governments.

This disease has infected the U.S. House of Representatives; to what degree is an open question. We know there are representatives in the House who would rather serve under the iron fist of an autocrat than under a government of, by and for the people. Fascist inspired representatives, like Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who presently in public hearings is purposely undermining the criminal investigation led by Robert Mueller into the Russian penetration of our election process, and Devin Nunes (R-Ca), who is holding secret meetings aimed at likewise discrediting Mueller, are ignoring the fact that Mueller has already secured guilty pleas and indictments against high ranking Trump administration officials for criminal acts.  Apparently no one has reminded these conspiracy participants that America executed Ethel and Julius Rosenberg back in 1953 for the same kind of conduct.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), once a highly respected lawmaker from Utah, has succumbed to the disease. On December 20, 2017, Hatch forever destroyed his legacy on the south lawn of the White House following passage of the Republican tax overhaul bill by describing this disease as “one heck of a leader” and “the greatest presidency ever.” Presidential historians, of course, will be quick to dispute this disease-infested claim, as will the person on Main Street, America.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), who previously referred to Trump as “unstable” and warned that Trump’s threats (directed at North Korea) may set the nation “on the path to World War III,”   has had a change of heart and now has “empathy” for the man following disclosure of the benefits inuring to Corker flowing from his support of the recent tax bill.  This amazing reversal bears the strong flavor of greed and accurately fits the clinical description of an illness; in this case, a disease.

There is an antidote for this disease. You can bet your mortgage that impeachment proceedings will be the first order of new business when the U.S. House of Representatives convenes in January 2019. The ensuing trial in the Senate will be a Watergate-type spectacle raising issues of conspiracy, treason and obstruction of justice. Only then will Americans be able to assess the real and far-reaching impact of this poisonous epidemic.

This disease-ridden cabal of old white men has abdicated its duty to provide reasonable and effective leadership. As a result, there is a permanent stain on all of the institutions of American democracy.  Our society is in irreversible decline, and now it is time to let women take over, and make a nurturing slide into oblivion as comfortable as possible. Hospice will be the order of the day.

Truman Goodspeed, December 2017

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