Donald’s Trump’s exit would not end of domestic estrangement – By Yvonne Sam

Donald’s Trump’s exit would not be the end of domestic estrangement

By Yvonne Sam

Oh! America how deluded can you get. Donald John Trump is not the nation’s foremost problem, not even when Irma has wreaked her havoc and left.  If only it were as easy as replacing one man or even riding out two terms to resolve your grievances to the end. Notwithstanding what faces you is more than that, and will require more work and effort.

Let there be no modicum of misunderstanding, Donald Trump placed an indelible stain on his tenure when he hesitated in his initial reaction to marchers shouting “Sieg Heil” and “Jews will not replace us.” His first condemnation of the “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides” asserted a moral equivalency where there was none.   

Three days later, he doubled down by placing “blame on both sides” and then attempted to convince a large crowd in Phoenix that those responses were appropriate by pulling the written statements out of his pocket and reading selectively what he had actually said.

However, even the blatantly myopic or profoundly optimistic can see that America’s problems run much deeper than any one individual person.  Herein lies the crux of the problem, the eye of the storm, —a major point overlooked by even Trump’s harshest critics, who are so zealous in their opposition they delude themselves into thinking that his removal from office will serve as a cure all.  More and more they speak of invoking the 25th Amendment’s never-used remedy to remove a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”.

Such conversations will reach deafening levels when Bandy Lee a Yale forensic psychiatrist and editor of the upcoming book: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, speaks out about Trump’s dangerousness along with 27 mental health professionals who have also contributed to the book, and feel that the President is a clear and present danger to the nation, on account of his mental illness.  In the interim, Psychiatrist Allen Frances is also coming out with another book, Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump. No good comes from mental-health professionals diagnosing a patient they have never met, much less examined. Just think of the precedent that will set.

While getting rid of the President might provide a short term balm for some wounds, (or so some think), on the other hand in no way would it heal the deep alienation in the nation. On the contrary, it might further alienate a significant part of the country that is still not ready for anger management.  There is already signs of some splintering among the 46 percent of voters who helped put him in office.

While there are some who now say they are embarrassed by his conduct as president, he still has the support of most of those who voted for him, and for many, that faith is unshakable.

So here we are, confronted with an enormous disconnect, and it is not just about President Trump but also the issues that are unfolding on his watch. Believe it or not but in the immediate aftermath of Charlottesville, a Survey Poll showed that 87 percent of Republicans agreed with his assessing blame on “both sides” of that violence. However, let us not amalgamate President Trump’s initial Charlottesville statements with an endorsement of the Nazi marchers themselves.

The latter are irreversible beyond recall.  We need to figure out a way to reach the others as they still remain our neighbours. I am not addressing the torch-carrying racists, but instead those who voted for the President out of a sense of desperation that the American dream was on its last breath. The many non-college educated white males who are insecure by a changing demographic, job loss, and who deeply feel the brunt of income inequality. Where the Democratic Party failed to offer hope to this formerly reliable constituency, Trump was able to fill the vacuum by criticizing trade deals and immigration policy, when in fact they have lost stature due to dual forces of technology and globalization.

The immense challenge to be faced is in attempting to reengage core supporters of the president in a national conversation –based solely on evidence—not emotion. A conversation based on reality not sentimentality. That will call for less patronizing attitude from the left and no more lumping of them with the worst elements of the alt-right.

However, it will take much more than the overthrow of Donald Trump for that to happen.  It will call for the driving of a wedge between them and the instigators on whom they are immensely

reliant for their news and information. Once that is fixed the nation is better suited for the long term.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is a symptom of what sickens and distresses us, but his exit from office whenever that will take place—will not signal the end of domestic estrangement.

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Comments

  • Albert  On September 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Yvonne must admit you surprise me with this one. It’s right on target in my view. You have to live in the US South to see the reality of what you wrote. Kentucky is a prime example. Use to be a flourishing coal mining sate. It is predominantly white, largely unskilled and uneducated, with high unemployment drug and crime rates. Some young white men could be seen at street corners begging to work for food.
    Trump promised to return the glory days and got some 80 percent of their vote. Any reasonably intelligent person could have seen Trump was a con man selling the Brooklyn bridge. There is a disconnect between the US North and South however. The news they hear are different like two separate countr ies. Poor Southerners, living like the Harlemites of the 60’s, see hope not the pipe dream Trump sold them.

  • tat  On September 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Yvonne, not so fast! Because what you don’t know, Trump is getting a whole lot of “silent support” from folks who believe the Press is “overly bias” and aggressively working to destroy his family and his credibility.

    Granted,no one ever believed this man would ever become President of the United States —this I believe, is eating at the very SOUL of those who despise him enormously. So, there’s no surprise that we’re now seeing the emergence of Sigmund Freud in the form of Allen Frances and so many on social media and late night talk shows. For all we know, Most of these people need some psychological help themselves. Not forgetting the fact that Trump helped reboot the failing careers of many-who are now capitalizing on his infamy. Not forgetting he is also helped improve the ratings of many failing synicated shows.
    Just remember that “Adversity Breeds Success” How about that?

    At this extraordinary period in time, Charlottesville is America. So for any one to use a few spoken words by Donald Trump as his legacy, have not studied the history of America and race hatred. The Klu Klus Klan has been around since the beginning of time. All other counter groups have been destroyed.

    Today we have Black Lives Matter but is this truly what the name says it is? We now have ANTIFA, a racist and disruptive group of thugs inbeded with something that should truly matter.
    Is Black Lives Matter being used to fight other people’s battle?
    Keep an eye on this!

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