Continuing Diatribes on Republican America

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself.”
Harry S Truman

I am still trying to understand how the US of A ended up with a racist, sexist, Latin American styled populist demagogue as President. Perhaps it might help to travel back in time to 1994 when I moved to Kansas and where I worked and lived for 7 years north of the town of Russell.

Russell Kansas is the home of former senator and 1996 presidential candidate Bob Dole. You can’t get more republican than that. Bob Dole was the fellow who revealed that he was one of the test subjects for Viagra. He once said “I wish I had bought stock in it”. Only a Republican would think the best part of Viagra is the fact that you could make money from it. Since most of my work mates were democrats it was never a liability for me personally to live in Republicanville. Bob Dole  was polite, mild-mannered and respectful unlike El Pendejo Presidente Trump.

During the 1996 Dole run, a bunch of trailers showed up at my house one day with CBC logos. They could not find accommodations in the town of 5000 souls or anywhere within 50 miles of wheat fields . This was not surprising as the locals were ultra conservative farm folk stuck in 1958 and all the motels were taken up by FOX and NBC etc. No chance for a left-wing club like CBC. I let them camp out on my lawn for a few days. Apparently one of the locals had told them that kinfolk lived north of town and flew a Maple leaf alongside the US and Kansas state flags. But I digress.

During my time there I immersed myself in American culture, such as it is, and learned that they look like Canadians and pretty much talk the same language but that’s where the similarity ends. I acquired a few guns, some cows and drank copious quantities of Lone Star Ale in an attempt to gain credibility.

What I learned first off was that conservative Americans tend to be more boldly assertive, complaintive, litigious, religious, anti- science and generally obnoxious and loud. There are 10 Americans for every Canuckian, so I suppose it’s the only way they can be heard over the crowd. Also what I found was in a greement with Harry Truman: “Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.

American republicans are knee jerk patriotic, militaristic and freedom loving to the point of “I will die with my rights on”. They are rebellious and oppositional by nature and history. After all what self-respecting polite Canuckistanian would throw tons of Earl Grey tea into Boston Harbour.

Over the 20 years since Dole they had 911,and that changed the public tone and  fed into the right-wing American limbic system permanently. Neuroscience  has demonstrated pretty conclusively that conservative brains are wired to paranoid aggressive fight or flight reactivity. They look for conspiracies and threats everywhere as an atavistic protective reaction and react reflexly with xenophobia and anger, which translates quickly into military action. The reptilian brain IS the American psyche well at least half of them anyway. It should thus come as no surprise that republican falls between reptile and repugnant in the dictionary. They are immunized against rational dialectic and empirical thought …..”I like that about the Republicans; the evidence does not faze them, they are not bothered at all by the facts” as Bill Clinton noted. And so one should never attempt a rational discourse with a conservative. It is as effective as conversing with an iguana.

Obama was a temporary break from this irrational craziness. A failed shot at turning America into Denmark or Canada. It was good attempt at instilling sanity and civilization and trying to re-condition and thus rewire the right-wing brain.

But the continuing threats from Islamic Terrorism, real or imagined, threats of globalization and the spectre of hordes of Syrian refugees and Mexican immigrants ravaging their jobs and culture was too much. And so now we have Lord Cheeto. A man with clear evidence of an untreatable malignant narcissistic personality disorder. The leader of the Exited States of America is mentally unstable and has the fate of the free world in his two tiny hands. Not to mention, he now has access to the United States government’s nuclear codes. On top of this we can maybe add sexual deviancy in the form of urolagnia. Of course Germany had precisely one of those back in the day (minus nukes) and we all know how that ended.

Hopefully saner minds will prevail. But the only therapy I have seen effective for personality disorders of the Trump kind is limit setting ie containment or very heavy restraint and sedation plus steel bars  sometimes. This sounds draconian but an unregulated unclamped human limbic system is a very dangerous item to set free unencumbered by reason.

God help America and the rest of us.




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2 Responses to “Continuing Diatribes on Republican America”

  1. kristina nadreau says:

    the Truman quotes are excellent. I am finding it odd that the Canadians just can not shut up about what a sick moron Trump is………… once said that he is mentally ill, is enough. the Issue for people in and out of the USA is to resist all efforts by this man.

    • Allan Seltzer MD says:

      It’s because the USA is next door. The elephant in the room so to speak.A paranoid narcissist for a neighbour is not comforting.But most don’t think he will last long.His VP is a right wing religious nut job, but probably less dangerous

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