My fellow Americans of the Republican persuasion, you’ve recently found out that you suffer from an incurable, extremely aggressive metastatic cancer-like illness known as Drumpfosis, which is almost as deadly as cancer, in some respects at least. I want you to know that your panicked reaction, delayed as it is, is normal, in most ways.
What you are experiencing is grief over the loss of your hopes for remaking America according to your desires, and understandable fear and uncertainty about the future of your Grandiose Obstructionist Party. You’re still only concerned about yourselves; but your egocentric focus on your party, rather than the nation and world, does not really surprise.
You are suffering all the same, so, as a concerned citizen, mental health expert, and compassionate human being, I would like to help you with this. Even though we may not cure your problem, we can make living with it somewhat bearable.
You may or may not remember — probably not, because this was likely part of that liberal education which you so despise — that human grief proceeds in five predictable stages:
1. Denial — The first reaction is denial. In this stage individuals believe the diagnosis is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.
You have passed this stage already, so congratulations. With every stage you’ve put behind you, you are closer to healing (such as it is) and reality (maybe).
Most of you, though not all, are ready to admit that Drumpfzilla, the pathological agent which causes Drumpfosis, is real and as tremendously virulent as it appears, if not more, with no vaccine or treatment available. Some of you are still in the substage of denial called stupefication, but that too shall pass, most definitely before the summer, as the warm weather and electoral process will enable a faster spread of Drumpfosis and firmly entrench it in the USian population.
2. Anger — When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, they become frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; ‘”Who is to blame?”; “Why would this happen?”.
Being a compassionate person, and a mental health expert, I know it is unfair and unhelpful to gloat and repeat We told you so!, so I won’t do that.
But it must be said that yeah, we told you so, and so many times that it became annoying. I’m just mentioning it to ground you in reality a bit more, the reality teaching us that if you act in destructive, reckless and irresponsible ways, there will be inevitable and predictable consequences.
You did not think that you could cheer on and support corporate greed and destruction, along with psychopathic selfishness and contempt for the weak disguised as a philosophy of self-reliance, with impunity, did you? Oh, you did? Well, you were wrong on that, like on so many other things.
As Inspiredbythedivine1 puts it:
When dogmatic religious conservatism, xenophobic paranoia, and hatred of the poor and disabled is at the forefront of your party’s message, you can’t be surprised that a Hitler has arisen from the depths to rule your party.
So in case you want to know “who’s to blame?,” reaching for a mirror* would help. Lashing out at proximate individuals, your fellow humans of the liberal persuasion, will not, and will only make things worse.
Anyway. Many of you are ready for the next stage:
3. Bargaining — The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for a better, Drumpfzilla-free future is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise.
Yes, well — I don’t know how ready you are to embrace a reformed lifestyle… Heck, who am I kidding? You’re not ready, and likely never will be, since you do not want to accept responsibility for your destructive behavior.
No, you cannot avoid Drumpfzilla now. Sorry. Yeah, I know, it stinks. It really does, and not just for you, even though you don’t realize it. And, contrary to what you still believe, throwing money at the problem is not going to help. You may hope that your attempts to placate (ha) Drumpfzilla, or marginalize (he he), or paralyze it (gasp) via contested convention will be effective, but that’s only because you have not fully shed your denial yet. So go back to Stage 1 and stay there until November, when reality jolts you out of it whether you want it or not. Especially if not.
4. Depression — “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “Drumpfzilla’s rule is inevitable, so what’s the point?” During the fourth stage, the individual becomes saddened by the mathematical probability of Drumpfzilla’s semi-hostile — yet democratic and legal — takeover of his/her own party, the country, and possibly the world. And then the Universe, because its ambitions are huuge, limitless really. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse contact with the world, and spend much of the time sullen.
Frankly, I don’t know what to tell you here. You may as well stay home during this election, I guess. Or vote for Hillary, the sanest Republican candidate this year. Or come on over, will have tea and cookies — why not, we may as well.
5. Acceptance — “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.”
In this last stage, individuals embrace Drumpfzilla’s rule as the inevitable future. Acceptance typically comes with a calm, retrospective view for the individual, and a stable condition of emotions.
Yeah no, you won’t have any of that “retrospective view,” we know that. But I won’t hold it much against you should we end up together on a wooden bunk in a re-education / internment camp. I will even share my last potato with you. We bleeding heart libruls are like that, as you well know, ridiculing us for it so many times.
But maybe it won’t be that bad. We could take consolation in the fact that our re-education / internment camp will be the classiest, most amazing camp ever, with the Arbeit Macht Frei sign over the gate made of gold (the real thing, not just gold-plated). And as we slowly nibble on that potato to make it last longer, we can remind ourselves that this isn’t the end of the world, is it. Is it…?
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Outstanding post. Well said, indeed.
It was your and Victoria’s comments from last night, plus reading a CNN piece on the GOP’s shenanigans designed to stop Drumpf, that inspired this post.
I have to say that even though I dislike Herr Drumpf (and it probably shows), I am upset by the GOP’s shameless attempts to undermine his candidacy. We either have a democracy or we don’t. (Yes, let’s take a moment to laugh uproariously here.)
Leave Donald alone, you mean people, you.
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This shows how much utter contempt the GOP has for its own constituency. It’s their voters that make them up, or at least it should be, and the GOP elite are telling them to screw off, that they do not approve of the idjit they’re voting for. Oligarchical tyranny, I say.
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The GOP uses the working and middle class folks as its useful idiots — useful for votes, first, and for economic and military fodder, second (or the other way around, not that it matters).
That so many disadvantaged people in the 20th and 21st century America can be so easily convinced to vote (!) against their own interests is a triumph of authoritarianism and its modern propaganda.
The American working stiffs are not, after all, the 12th century serfs who must bow before their lord and do his bidding because he can kill them with impunity; but they act as if they were.
And not only that: they identify with their masters, admiring and protecting them, and furthering their goals with the detriment to themselves. Now that really takes some mind warping, perpetrated, ever so skillfully, over long decades of capitalist/consumerist propagandizing.
Many of Drumpf’s supporters (inexplicably — or not) see themselves in him. Joe the Plumber said that Drumpf is his man because he is a billionaire and has sex with models. Joe’s deepest dreams and aspirations are thus validated in his political candidate. Somehow Drumpf’s psychopathic success means to Joe that he, too, can achieve it, and Drumpf will somehow help him in that.
There are many men like Joe, thinking (if one can call it that) along the same lines. It is becoming painfully obvious that an overwhelming majority of people who support Drumpf suffer from Cluster B personality disorders (psychopathic — or as it’s known today anti-social PD; narcissistic; borderline; and histrionic). The psychopathological collusion here, between Big Narcissistic Psychopath and his similarly or complementarily* disordered followers, explains quite a bit of what’s going on today (and not only).
*Cluster B personalities are drawn to each other to fulfill their deep-seated needs. It’s one reason why we so often see histrionic or borderline women losing their minds, or whatever’s left of them, over psychopathic / narcissistic men (e.g., Charles Manson’s female followers).
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Once again, extremely well said.
When you have nothing better to do, fix yourself a relaxing drink of choice and watch “The Century of the Self,” 2002 documentary about the use of psychology in the American propaganda, particularly political:
This video is 4 hours straight, but you can find one hour segments on You Tube. It was originally broadcast as an hourly program (in UK, of course; it would never be shown on American mainstream, or maybe any, TV).
It is one of the best documentaries in psychology (IMO, of the best ever), and an absolute must see. If (well, when really) I am Empress of The Universe (note to self: gotta be nicer to The Donald), I will make watching it mandatory for all Americans. (The job comes with some serious perks, you know. 😉 )
I suspect if people knew and understood what is being done to them in the name of political power and profits, they would change their outlook on life and maybe voting preferences too. Or… not.
Cuz one of the truths exploited by these propagandists, as by anyone else, especially in power, is that human nature is pretty much unchangeable and thus fairly predictable (even though immediate behavior of individuals is not) — and exploitable.
Anyway, once you see it, you’d never look at, for example, a presidential election the same way again.
I loved it. I should re-watch it, as I think there will be things there I did not notice earlier, but will now, thanks to Drumpfosis.
But I’m assuming you have not seen it. If you have, then you know what I’m talking about.
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I’ve not watched it, but I most certainly will (once I’m finished watching Daredevil season 2 on Netflix. Yes, I’m a geek.) You can call me Jeff. It’s kinda my, sorta, real name. It’s faster to write, too. 🙂
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Thanks, Jeff. Much easier to type, indeed. 🙂
I know nothing of Daredevil, but you remind me I’m overdue for a Netflix binge.
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