Op-Ed by thisdonald and his alter ego, The Bard Of The Woods; authors, editors24 April 2024Note: As part of an exclusive chat group consisting of fellow Patriots, with whom we share a hometown, high school, and (in some cases) college education, a particular member, Dr. Thomas Guthrie, proposed we collaborate with him. The objective is (to begin) provide a definition of "Trump Derangement Syndrome" (TDS) and proceed to refute the allegations of Donald J Trump's detractors. We accepted this offer, and the following is our response to the first task.
What is "Trump Derangement Syndrome" (TDS)?
Answer: While not (according to Google) accepted by the medical community as a medical or psychological disorder, colloquially, it is understood to be an irrational fear of and dislike triggered by, and for, former president Donald J Trump (DJT). Each to the point of impairing the afflicted with an inability to appreciate the great intentions and achievements of said stimulus.
Synonyms for Trump Derangement Syndrome –
Trump Derailment Scheme
I'm An Idiot, You're Not Syndrome
Insecure, It's All About Me Syndrome
Tiny Dick Syndrome
We begin by breaking it down in reverse order. First of all, what is a Syndrome?
A syndrome is a set of conditions that occur together and suggests the presence of a specific disease.
What is the definition of derangement?
Derangement is the state of being mentally ill and unable to think or act rationally or in a controlled way.
Lastly, who—or what—is Trump?
Astute minds realize (when associated with the last two words of what amounts to a label but what, in fact, is a diagnosis) it is in specific reference to Donald J Trump (DJT), a billionaire real estate tycoon and 45th president of the United States. A man who, according to him, and agreed upon by his fervent supporters, had no other reason to run for and become the President of the United States than his love of this country and his desire to restore and preserve the foundation upon which it was built. The elements of that foundation are:
The individual's right to self-determination.
The individual's rights as conveyed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The first and foremost of these include:
The right to freedom of speech.
The freedom of the press.
The right to choose one's own religion.
The right to peaceably assemble.
The second of the specific rights is the right to bear arms, a right, which is affirmed, shall not be infringed.
The authors believe that Trump's desire to protect these rights was his foremost objective. It was his to the exclusion of self-enrichment, which would have been entirely unnecessary as he was already monetarily wealthier than any president has ever become by taking advantage of the privileges of office. As did, let's say … Barak Obama. Further evidenced by the fact that DJT donated his entire presidential salary back to the United States Treasury during his time in office as the 45th President of the United States. Trump made this pledge during his presidential campaign in 2016 and followed through on it by donating his salary every quarter during his term in office. While the presidential salary is $400,000 per year, Trump chose to donate the money quarterly, which meant that he donated a total of $1.6 million to the Treasury during his time in office.
This being the case (and monetary concerns eliminated as his motivation for becoming President) lends credence to his "love of country" explanation. Likewise, a lust for power is not a factor, as he is a major proponent of small government. And all his actions and policies while in office seem selfless and reflect such. Contrast this to his predecessor and the current occupant of the office, who came into politics with nothing and—in the case of the first—left with millions of dollars—and the second—who is undoubtedly still enriching himself and his family through the office. All while purposefully growing government and maximizing its "largesse," which Trump fought to eliminate or minimize.
Ultimately, Donald J Trump's presidential legacy (if it is complete) should be the policies he implemented while in office. This because they resulted in making the United States energy independent; increasing the wealth of all races and families by creating an economy conducive to rising wages while driving down the cost of goods and services; dramatically reducing unemployment for the same; growing the Gross Domestic Product; ending the war in Afghanistan; and creating fear of the power of the United States military among our enemies and respect for it on the part of the world. The greatest thing he did was restore pride in our country on the part of those who share his love for it. This was a reality evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of cheering Patriots (the authors among them) that attended (and still attend) the rallies he holds for them. The current President, Joe Biden, has undone or is in the process undoing all this. A man who, along with his administration, appears to be intentionally—no—is deliberately degrading America to the point of no longer being the preeminent superpower and "shining beacon on the hill" for individual freedom. A man who campaigned from his basement and supposedly garnered more votes than Obama, whose popularity was tremendous and unprecedented among Democrats, Republicans, and Independent's. Present company excluded.
Therefore, it is also the opinion of the authors that because DJT's policies were so good for this nation, anyone who despises, fears, or disrespects him either despises the United States of America and "the principals for which it stands" or - has manifested, and presents, the characteristics of derangement. Derangement—to review—"a state of being mentally ill and unable to think or act rationally or in a controlled way." Relative to the term itself, the source of said derangement is President Donald J Trump.
To put it in the author's own words, anyone suffering from TDS is an insecure individual who puts his or herself above country and the welfare of their fellow Americans and makes decisions based on their emotions rather than objectivity and pragmatism.
In summation, we submit that contrary to Google's assertion that TDS is not a diagnosis acknowledged or accepted by the medical community—it should be. For anyone who deludes themselves to their detriment requires medical and psychological intervention.
-thisdonald collaborating with The Bard
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