The Khan Effect

You may have heard the words that shook the world — or at least awakened the American pundits’ dormant consciences and opened a few eyes:

Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.”

Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.

You have sacrificed nothing and no one.

The words were spoken by Khizr Khan at the DNC, where he, accompanied by his aggrieved wife, Ghazala, talked about his late son, Capt. Humayun Khan, and what his ultimate sacrifice meant for the Khan family and what it should mean for others, including Donald Trump, if he had a conscience.

However, bereft of conscience as Trump is, he responded, predictably, with a slew of insults, seeing himself as the aggrieved and injured one (the Perpetual Victim Complex is strong in all narcissists). This has led to an ongoing media storm of unusual, so far in this campaign, proportions, complete with (wait for it) long overdue questions about the candidate’s mental health and suitability for office.

It is remarkable to watch the punditry opening their sleepy eyes to the stark raving reality of the presidential candidate’s character defect — a defect that has been on display all along and as long as Trump has been in the public eye, so at least several decades; a defect that they, American journalists, helped deepen through their adulation for, or even participation in, the narcissistic psychopath’s narcissistically psychopathic ways; a defect that has led him to this moment in history, where he is able to hijack the nation and bring it to the brink of the abyss — and he’s not even elected to office yet.

Better late than never, one consoles oneself.

The poignant irony of this moment cannot be overstated. It has taken two unknown grieving parents, Muslim immigrants (Muslim. immigrants.), to present America with the undeniable contrast between human and democratic values and their utter lack embodied in Trump. Good versus evil, not to put too fine a point on it.

You must watch the humble and courageous Khans to fully appreciate how different they are from the bloviating, power-hungry ignoramus whose nemesis they have become. On PBS, Mr. Khan confesses, with a mixture of pride and embarrassment, that at home they keep a supply of pocket-size copies of the American Constitution, which they give out to their guests. You can’t make this up. Just as you can’t make up the fact that the only book apparently ever read by Trump, or at least kept on his nightstand, was a collection of Hitler’s speeches.

This irrefutable contrast between good and evil has caused the opinion-makers take note and wonder, finally, just what kind of pathology may be involved in such an utter lack of human values, including empathy and plain decency, as displayed by Trump. Only now they are beginning to notice what was glaringly obvious all along: that their presumptive emperor has no conscience and that this peculiar defect may carry some predictable consequences.

Apparently it ain’t over — or real, or true — until a fat pundit sings.

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46 thoughts on “The Khan Effect

  1. Did you see the NYT’s article last week, How to Recognise a Narcissist? Of course, you don’t need any help on this front, but it was a clever article in that it didn’t mention Trump once, but was 100% about Trump.

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    • I’ve just looked it up. Spot on.

      What is bothersome, however, is the silence — or worse, whitewashing — in the media and popular psych blogs, like Psychology Today, about what extreme (psychopathic) narcissism means in a political leader. It is as if America has collectively decided to put its head in the sand, aided and abetted in this soothing task by mental health and other experts (not all; although all tiptoe, understandably, around the ethical and legal ramifications of coming forth with a direct warning against Trump).

      As someone raised both on Hitler and Communism in the post-WWII Poland, I “know” Adolf Joseph Trump. He is very familiar to me, and even more so to people who actually lived through WWII. Unfortunately, Americans (though not only) believe that an oppressive genocidal dictator has to have a funny mustache and screech in German. We cannot conceive of him as one of our own, which is always our, human, downfall.

      But these sick individuals are always tailor-made to their times and circumstances. And are so very well adjusted and acceptable to all — or to most. Radovan Karadzic, for example, was an award winning poet and a psychiatrist (yep) who, as his wife (also a psychiatrist) said, was “an expert in the stirrings of the human soul” or something such. They all missed the signs of narcissistic psychopathy there, which oozed from, for example, his poetry.

      I believe we must educate ourselves about dangers of this pathology; but it is kinda hopeless if the pathology is seen as positive and desirable, a sign of good adjustment (which, in this society, it tragically is, at least until its ever-present darker side does not fully manifest itself).

      Look, here I go a-rantin’ again. Time for coffee.

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      • It is as if America has collectively decided to put its head in the sand

        I think, in many ways, everyone is still utterly baffled that this is actually happening. I saw that Fareed called him a Bullshit Artist yesterday on CNN. That’s nice 🙂

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      • That’s because he’s part of the liberal media that is persecuting Herr Trump and helping to rig the election against him. Poor Trump. What a life he must have to suffer through to be ridiculed and persecuted like he is. Hell, if you look closely at him, you can see the outline of a cross on his shoulders. He also spontaneously breaks out with a bleeding stigmata on his hands. Poor, poor man.

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      • And just so there is no doubt, his is the best, classiest, most tremendous cross ever. It’s made of beautiful, hand-polished gold, studded with amazing diamonds and rubies. Very stylish, Melania-approved, and none of that primitive wood stuff that the other guy had. He was such a loser. A son of God (did anyone see his birth certificate, by the way?), with no money or business of his own, who got himself crucified at 33. Terrible at deal making, just terrible. Total loser.

        Donald’s stigmata are also the best, which should go without saying, but I will say it all the same. Because obviously.

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      • Ah, Fareed. Yes, it is nice to see him make an accurate moral assessment for once.

        There is a clip of him trying recently to ingratiate himself with Putin, by baiting him, unsuccessfully, with Trump:

        Quite satisfying to watch Zakaria lose this gambit. Not that I’m a fan of Putin (!), but I will not ever forget Zakaria’s beating the war drums for Iraq. Like all of those criminal war mongers, he’s never repented for it.

        These war criminals and their enablers should be in prison, if we had a proper justice system.

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      • Oof. Apparently it works (which I would have realized if I bothered to look at the comments’ page rather than just notifications).

        Some people are slow to learn thangs.

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  2. I have a blogging buddy who has always voted Republican, but cannot stand voting for Mr Trump. She is thinking of voting for Mr Johnson. I would love to persuade her to vote for Mrs Clinton, but she says Hilary’s crimes, hypocrisy, and bald-faced double standards are simply too awful to bear. And then she says I have no idea what to do. I hope that she will not hold her nose and vote for Mr Trump, because that is too awful, too.

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  3. Yesterday, Trump’s camp sent out an email to Republican members of Congress begging them for help with this. They had several speaking points attached to the email that they wanted Republican Senators and Congressmen to speak on in the hopes of shining a bright light on the vileness that is Trump. No one did as they wanted. I’ve never seen a candidate who had his own party so much against him. Any Republican who stands by this man is committing political suicide. The only good coming from this, IMo, is that it’s driving a massive stake into the dark heart of the GOP. It’s time for Dracula and his party to die. I’m truly fed up with this shit.

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    • Most of us are.

      Yes, that email to the GOPers asking for help in disparaging the Khans is quite something. Are you sure no one cooperated? I certainly hope so, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they did.

      Now, if Donny is President, he won’t need no stinking cooperation from the Congress. He’ll dispatch the Khans and anyone who dares to criticize him to a camp, or prison, or worse. The way his BFF Putin and Erdogan do now, and his role models, Hitler and Hussein did in the past. Being a dictator has its privileges.

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      • Pretty sure no one helped him out, though far too many said nothing. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are still firmly behind Herr Trump. Guess they’re terrified, should he win and they speak out against him, he’ll have them shot. BTW, there’s a Funny or Die movie on Netflix, if you have it, about Trump. It’s a faux movie version of his book “Art of the Deal.” Johnny Depp plays Trump. I thought it was quite funny.

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      • The Khans have put Ryan and McConnell on the spot, and, like the weaselly cowards that they are, they skulked and whimpered. The GOP giants (= giant… er… you know).

        I watched parts of this movie, but got distracted. It was funny. Maybe I’ll go back and finish it.

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  4. He’s even setting the stage for a loss in November. If he loses it’s because the election is rigged and if he wins it’s because he beat the system. Typical narcissism. And typical of the narcissist, the gaslighting has been un.be.lievable. Yet his minions don’t seem to even see it. Or at least they don’t acknowledge it. At what point do they look and see that the common denominator in the drama is King Drumpf? That it isn’t simply the media twisting his words, but his words themselves, that are the problem? At some point shouldn’t intelligent people realize that the problem is not always someone else’s fault?

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    • They should. The key, however (as I believe), is a conscience, more so than intelligence. People with an intact conscience, no matter their political persuasion, see through Trump immediately.

      Those with a dull conscience miss the truth. And those without a conscience eagerly support him.

      Yep, he’s also setting the stage for avoiding debates with Hillary, lying about the NFL somehow objecting to the debate schedule. It is effin’ unbelievable — though not really, when we realize that this is how Donny has gotten by in the world for 70 years, aided and abetted in his lies by eager — or at least complacent — sycophants.

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    • His thugs are already threatening a “bloodbath” if he loses:

      ‘Meanwhile, longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone is explicitly encouraging Trump to make this case to his supporters. “I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly,” Stone told a friendly interviewer, adding that Trump should start saying this: “If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government.”

      Stone also said: “I think he’s gotta put them on notice that their inauguration will be a rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath.”’

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/08/02/donald-trump-begins-contemplating-the-unthinkable-he-might-lose/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-d%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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      • LOL! Good lord is right. We may not make it to November, never mind surviving his presidency.

        The NYT has a “collective” editorial today urging the GOP to dump Trump. That, of course, would be the right and moral thing to do, which means that the GOPers would not even consider it.

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      • They’re disgusting to not drop support of him. But Trump is a creation of the GOP mentality. He is, to me, the unfettered embodiment of everything that party represents. He just has no political tact in representing himself. What he blurts out, is what they believe, only they don’t like it blurted out because it makes ’em look bad. They look bad because they are.

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