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We are drifting toward disaster

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You may have noticed, as the Trump presidency has progressed, that the reactions of politicians and talking heads have also evolved. Trump has become more and more strident in his railing against his perceived detractors; his detractors have become more and more agitated at his behavior; and his supporters have become more and more absurdly defensive of him.

It seems that we all have, together, become an extremely dysfunctional society.

I have noticed recently the way CNN hosts are talking about the situation. They are frustrated and agog at Trump's increasingly alarming actions and remarks. They obviously see how deranged and manipulative he is, but their reaction is typical of normal people who expect different behavior. They conduct panel discussions that express their emotional reactions to Trump's most recent statements and actions. In their angry anxiety they all talk at once so that viewers cannot keep up and, they, themselves become as angry as the panel. It's all about what Trump should have said or done and not at all about what should be done about it.

This is a prescription for the collapse of society. We need to get a grip on sanity. Go back and read the 2017 book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. Every article is spot-on. Trump's weaknesses and expectations are clearly enumerated and explained in that book. But naming the dragon is not the same as slaying him. We need to bring Trump down before it's too late. But who would be willing and able to bell this cat? And how can it be done?

Don't look to Congress to do it. They are all ducking and covering. They look for ways to enact more predatory laws for their bosses without spending any energy on battling Trump. And waiting for the 2018 election may be a fatal idea.

I recommend a new strategy. Trump is very predictable based on psychological clinical experience. His Achilles' heel is obvious. The public could drive him into increasingly unacceptable behavior and force Congress to act. It is easily seen that Trump reacts to the amount of attention he gets. He craves being foremost on everybody's minds, and being feared. If the talking heads were to consistently calmly and publicly characterize his antics as the expected behavior of a dangerous mentally disturbed human who must be removed from office, and stand up to his Republican protectors, we would have a chance of saving the nation and the sanity of the people.

Otherwise we are doomed.

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