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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?

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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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Isn't it obvious by now that Trump's reaction to every stimulus is as predictable as sunrise? Isn't it obvious that this is his fatal weakness? And isn't it obvious that the media's response to his reactions is exactly what he hopes to achieve? And finally, isn't it obvious that the Republican response to his behavior is to shield him so that they can ram through far right wing decisions that would not be possible without the distraction Trump is causing?

Is the media deliberately assisting, or are they unaware of the effect of their response?

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I wish Trump were the problem rather than just a symptom. Money worshiping capitalism and psychopathic oligarchs are the problem. They own the media so I do not expect them to do anything more than making Trump a spectacle. He is a horror show manipulated to keep our minds off the get-rich-agenda of extinction pursued by his handlers.

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Yes, Chuck. I was a little dismayed that this article (while being completely factual) failed to point out Trump's role as crazy maker in our society. President Obama committed just as many crimes against humanity and the "Left" slept through it ( including myself ) until it became clear how we had been swindled by an attractive demeanor and compelling speech. People are distracted by the latest buffoonery of our president and don't even look at the planet-threatening carnage our military is unleashing on countries that are unable to do "us" any harm. Unfortunately a juicy sex scandal will always get more attention in the diseased corporate press than hundreds of families getting vaporized by our bombs. They don't look like us so "so what?")

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Thanks for reading my article Brenda. The point I was trying to make was that Trump's predictability makes him vulnerable to a planned attack aimed at driving him into increasingly insane rants that will make his removal an irresistible necessity.

I think his crazy-maker role has already been adequately described here on OEN.

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I could agree more, but not much. :-) IMO Trump is like a cancerous tumor. His ascendance, if allowed to produce its inevitable sequela, means the death of this society. If the society does not have the antibodies to reject him then we are doomed. I am looking for and hoping to find the necessary antibodies.

The oligarchs (all are psychopaths) didn't always have a death grip on the species and Mother Earth. But they have always had the insane dream of absolute dominance. The geniuses among them have always been at work pursuing that dream.

Most of the rest of us seem genetically disposed to let come what may while wishing for Heaven on Earth. My grandfather used to say, "Wish in one hand and s*it in the other and see which one fills up the quickest."

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Good posts, everyone. That said, my heart just sinks further...Oust Trump and we get Pence.

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Yes, we'll get Pence. And we'll have to do battle with him. Is this a fatal flaw in the US Constitution? I don't think so. The founders meant for us to remove cancers as they appear. We can't impeach someone who is not an officeholder. But, they did intend for us unfailingly to impeach those officeholders who are not behaving properly as regards "treason, bribery , or other high crimes and misdemeanors". That's cancer. I think Pence is dangerous to the survival of humanity. That's impeachability IMO.

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You're right, Jerry. And yet in 2016 a little over 40% of eligible voters didn't go to the polls. And I'm dumbfounded that Congress has not realized that Trump has reached the level of irresistible necessity to impeach. And if they do, and succeed, will it take another 2 years to do the same regarding Pence? ...and that's just IF Congress decides to impeach. I know I've signed petitions for that...but I've signed many...and wonder if they're even read.

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I agree with your thoughts about petitions. I've signed many, but I doubt that they are at all effective.

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Leslie, I just looked at your picture more closely. You know what I think? I think it was taken in China. :)

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I love how you stay on topic. :) ....I'm trying to figure out how I can extend my SLC trip to include a detour though Denver..It's just money, right? Steve's gonna sh*t.

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That puts a different slant on things, but borders on yellow journalism.

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Paper beats Rock.

Rock beats Scissors

Onward Christian Soldiers beats Paper.

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It doesn't matter who we get in the end which is right around the corner. Leslie, my heart is sinking too. It would not be a fun race but, do you want to have a race to see whose heart sinks faster? I will put money on it that my heart will be sunk before yours. But I have a feeling it will be a close race... Sometimes I feel reduced to saying stupid stuff. Thanks for putting up with me. :)

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You're such a wonderful knucklehead. Perish the thought that you 'need to be put up with'..I delight in our conversations.

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"I could agree more, but not much." :)

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"Get-rich-agenda of extinction." I really like that. I couldn't have said it better myself. In fact, I couldn't even come close to saying it so well.

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Jerry, I cannot disagree with anything you said other than "otherwise we are are doomed." I think we are otherwise doomed ... anyway. I can't help it. I just like to be optomistic. Can you blame me? :)

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At least we have a surprising ally in George Conway (Kelly Ann's present spouse). I can't imagine a better summary of the Trump Administration than George's-- "a s*itshow in a dumpster fire". Hilariously accurate!!!

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