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TRAPPED IN THE CUCKOO'S NEST: Donald Trump's 'Deep State' of Denial

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"Laziness is a trait in blacks" -- donald trump

During the mid-1070's, a particularly crude joke was placed into America's thoughts catalogue by a reputed bigot; the appropriately surnamed Earl Butz, a farm belt Republican from Indiana who served as US Agriculture Secretary during the Nixon and Ford eras.

The joke zeroed in on a character trait supposedly common among males of a certain demographic. Its premise was that in life, the needs of such males are simple and few. The punch-line was nauseating enough to gag a maggot.

All they need, Butz cracked, "are loose shoes, tight p*ssy, and a warm place to sh*t!"

At age 70, America's reputed President, donald trump, is certainly old enough to perhaps recall where he was when he heard of Butz's grotesquely "off-color" punch-line. He no doubt recalls how even in the pre-politically-correct 1970's, the outrage it stirred was enough to help bring an end to Butz's career in public service.

Even so, back then, the premise of Butz's "loose shoes" allegory formed a perfect fit relative to the worldview of many Americans; perhaps among them, one donald j. trump. The inescapable pervasiveness of racially stereotypical thinking related to issues of "character" among males of a certain demographic, curtailed any hope that a man of Barack Obama's heritage could be seriously thought of as possessing anywhere near the level of character required to serve as President of the United States. That curtailment didn't evaporate until 2008 -- some 30 years after Butz's hideously vulgar remarks. That's when, in a truly remarkable event, America elected a black president.

Yet now, in the wake of Obama's two terms, there are some who might consider it far more remarkable that America has somehow managed to make it through the first 100 days of donald trump's hair-raising "presidency." Those one hundred days have provided more than enough time for any forthright observer to figure out that in far too many ways, Butz's crude depiction of expedient behavior forms a perfect fit relative to the personal and professional character of -- not America's first black president -- but that of America's 45th, a white man from Queens. And if trump, a quintessential narcissist, were at all capable of shutting down -- at least temporarily -- his compulsion for denial, and, take a thoughtful look at his own personal history, the symbolism being raised here would be something he'd easily recognize.

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