An elder person’s perspective of today’s politics

An elder person’s perspective of today’s politics

Wow! In plain English: What is happening to America? Many people speak of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Well, this mental disease truly exists, as proven by the demented attacks which continue to be made on President Trump. No other president has ever undergone such diabolical tactics! The words below describe this “disease” to a tee. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be a cure for it!

Derangement – insanity; a serious mental disorder that prevents one from living a safe and normal life;

Syndrome – a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality or condition –a set of concurrent things (such as emotions or actions) that usually form an identifiable pattern;

Stockholm Syndrome – a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity;

Rational – sane

Truth – veracity, sincerity, candor

Candor – frankness, bluntness

The psychological condition of Derangement Syndrome has certainly been evident in certain political domains. Politics is composed of diverse groups, along with their own pros and cons. These days, however, some groups are unruly, vicious, and use harmful attacks to gain prestige and power. Most of all, their activities denote certain abnormal behaviors, which clearly indicate that they suffer from TDS!

Some politicians have disgraced themselves to a point where they no longer deserve any regard. To these particular politicians, however, integrity no longer matters to them because they view public affairs only in terms of personal advantage. Power and money are what’s most important to them! One would think that the words, respect and honesty, have been removed from the dictionary!

It is said that “when the mind suffers, the body cries out.” Thus, the derangement syndrome, i. e., the abnormal disturbances set in. Consequently, new erratic political groups are often formed and as noted in the above Stockholm Syndrome description, its followers “develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity.” Hence, these hostages begin to suffer from TDS! Again, sadly, when experiencing this syndrome, its captives often don’t realize the dangers and risks which are at stake!

Some newly formed political groups have often proven to be unrealistic, dramatic, and dishonest. Their philosophies involve brainwashing which, again, create a syndrome in their followers where as described above, “unusual identifiable patterns in emotions or actions are formed.” Does this political model sound familiar to you?

It is definitely each person’s right to choose whichever political party he/she desires; however, one should do so to support our country, not to destroy it. The various parties can and should debate their views, but should not ridicule nor attack them in the manner that is happening today.

Candor (bluntness) is often misconstrued as being crude and careless by certain people. This form of communication, however, more easily leads to truthfulness. In order to resist all the lies and fake information which continue to be instilled in the American people, we must refuse to be brainwashed! However, maybe it’s time to introduce our own syndrome, the “Rational Truth Syndrome.”

Pauline Demers

Woonsocket