Should the ‘Goldwater Rule’ Apply to Donald Trump?

Trump Illness

Barry Goldwater was the Republican Party’s candidate for the presidency in 1964. He was considered by most on the right and the left as ‘extreme.’ Today he would be considered a ‘moderate.’ However, during his campaign, articles were published in two magazines which questioned his mental ability to lead the nation. These articles contained opinions from psychiatric professionals. After the election, the American Psychiatric Association created a rule forbidding its members from diagnosing mental illness without performing a comprehensive exam. I am not a member of that prestigious group.

There have been multiple statements by psychiatrists and psychologists about Trump’s mental acuity. These apparently violated the APA’s rule. But I can make a personal evaluation of your illegitimate president, and you can decide if my assertions have any level of validity.

First of all, does Trump seem ‘normal’ to you? Is it normal for the President of the United states to respond to every criticism, large or small, while ignoring the duties of his position? Is it normal for any man or woman to need his or her ego stroked dozens of times each day? Is it normal for the leader of 320 million people to personally attack individuals while living in the White House? Is it normal for any individual to erupt into temper tantrums at a moment’s notice? Is it abnormal for anyone to be unable to focus on a single issue for less than a few minutes?

Schizophrenia: “A long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.”

What part of this definition does not apply to Donald J. Trump? He obviously lives in a different world than most Americans. He views the future of our nation as dark and dismal. He ignores the facts and refuses to believe the truth. His constant lies are attempts to misdirect others from reality. He has no friends, and only responds favorably to those who offer him praise and unbridled loyalty. Trump refuses to take advice from others, including his attorneys. Reality does not exist for Donald Trump.

The APA may have a ‘gag’ order in place, but I do not. It is obvious that your illegitimate president is not ‘playing with a full deck.’

Only the 25th amendment can save our nation from this mentally challenged tyrant. But will Republicans have the courage to ‘do the right thing?’ I sincerely doubt it.

Please re-post; thank you.

Op-ed by James Turnage


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