President Donald Trump has, for many years, been a disease, metaphorically, infecting other people with his narcissism, lies, predations, corruption, shameful behavior, and abuse.
He's infected the nation with a plague of narcissism and psychopathy, by setting an example that encourages latent and active narcissists and psychopaths to come out of the closet, to go steps further than they felt safe to do before.
He's taken selfish, greedy people, including powerful billionaires, and infected them with more grandiosity, bigger greed, and he's given them power.
He's encouraged violent, hateful extreme right-wing groups like the Proud Boys to become more visible, more vocal, more aggressive and violent in expressing their hate and intolerance.
But this past week, Trump shifted from metaphor to reality. He organized a Rose Garden ceremony to announce his appointment of Amy Cody Bennett as a Supreme Court Justice. That event, where, based on the example he has set of not distancing or wearing masks, most people did not wear masks or socially distance. The event has been characterized as a superspreader event and many of Trump's inner circle have become actually infected with Covid-19.
Trump's, and his Republican party's rebuke of science has been paid back with karma.
The metaphorical disease has become a real one. Trump has caused the infection of the core of his leadership team and campaign.
Perhaps now people, perhaps even some of his supporters will realize that the pandemic did not have to be this bad, that so many people had to die.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media.
Check out his platform at RobKall.com
He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity
He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)