The excellent piece behind this LINK correctly identifies and explains the chaos that has gripped our nation and the tyrannical, irrational, immoral, illegal, and inhumane policies of the Trump/Bannon regime responsible.

An excerpt: “Reality is under assault. Verbal confusion reigns. Truth and illusion have merged. Mental chaos makes it hard to fathom what is happening. We feel trapped in a hall of mirrors. Exposed lies are answered with other lies. The rational is countered with the irrational. Cognitive dissonance prevails. We endure a disquieting shame and even guilt. Tens of millions of Americans, especially women, undocumented workers, Muslims and African-Americans, suffer the acute anxiety of being pursued by a predator. All this is by design. Demagogues always infect the governed with their own psychosis.

The lies fly out of the White House like flocks of pigeons: Donald Trump’s election victory was a landslide. He had the largest inauguration crowds in American history. Three million to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally. Climate change is a hoax. Vaccines cause autism. Immigrants are carriers of “[t]remendous infectious disease.” The election was rigged—until it wasn’t. We don’t know “who really knocked down” the World Trade Center. Torture works. Mexico will pay for the wall.

This 70-year-old man with orange-tinted skin and hair that Penn Jillette has likened to “cotton candy made of piss” is, as Trump often reminds us, “very good looking.” He knows little of history, politics, law, philosophy, culture or governance but insists “[m]y IQ is one of the highest—and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.” The mediocrities and half-wits he has installed in his Cabinet, some of whom have vowed to destroy the agencies they are appointed to run, have “by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled.” Conspiracy theories are fact. Scientific facts are conspiracies. America will be great again.

It is an avalanche of absurdities.

Trump and those around him have a deep hatred for what they cannot understand. They silence anyone who thinks independently. They elevate pseudo-intellectuals who adhere to their bizarre script. They cannot cope with complexity, nuance or the unpredictable. Individual initiative is a mortal threat. The order for several federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research service, the National Park Service and the Department of Health and Human Services, to cease communicating with the press or the public, along with the attempt to impose 10-year felony convictions on six reporters who covered the inauguration protests, signals the beginning of a campaign to marginalize reality and promote fantasy. Facts depend solely on those who have the power to create them. The goal of the Trump administration is to create an artificial consistency that conforms to its warped perception of the world.”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2017/01/30/united-states-of-america-psychosis

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