Yes, I Suffer From TDS

TDSTrump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they will abandon all logic and reason.

I admit it. I suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. But it’s not because I’ve abandoned all logic and reason. It’s because I’m still clinging to logic and reason.

You see, I think any rational, thinking person should, as I do, believe that Donald Trump is a threat to our American democracy. I see disturbing connections between how fascism and authoritarianism took hold in other countries and what is occurring in the United States at present. And it scares the shit out of me.

And apparently I’m not alone. The American Psychological Association noted in a recent survey that 57% respondents said “the current political climate” was a top source of angst in their lives. More people were stressed out by politics than about their family responsibilities (49%) or their health situation (also 49%).

Many people, myself included, are feeling more depressed because of the state of the world. We have a sense of hopelessness, futility, and fear about the future. And it’s not that we’re insane, that we’ve lost touch with reality, or that we’ve lost the ability to think clearly.

It’s because we see what’s happening before our very eyes and there seems to be nothing to be done to stop it. Trump now owns the Republican Party and virtually all Republican members of Congress, especially congressional leaders like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

Trump has stacked his administration, as well as the judiciary, with sycophants who unabashedly defend him and all of his abhorrent tweets and actions. The man is dividing this country like never before since the Civil War and he’s putting the delicate threads of the American democracy through the shredder.

Yes, Trump drives me crazy. But it is not me who is insane. It’s Trump himself and those who throw themselves at his feet who have lost touch with reality.

In my humble opinion.

One-Liner Wednesday — Home of the Brave

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“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

Reporter and Peabody Award Recipient
Elmer Davis

I found out about this quote from fellow blogger Léa at Found In France. I’d never heard of Elmer Davis, so I googled him and learned that he was a news reporter, author, the Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II, as well as a Peabody Award recipient.

Davis had been a reporter and editorial writer for The New York Times before joining CBS radio as a newscaster. In 1942, Davis was appointed to head the Office of War Information, where he won respect for his handling of official news. His liberal stance, however, especially his opposition to military censorship, generated controversy. In 1945 he resumed his career as a news broadcaster, this time with ABC, until 1953. Davis died in 1958.

This quote resonated with me because I fear that we are no longer the home of the brave, particularly with respect to the Republicans in Congress. Rather than serving as a check and balance with respect to the Executive Branch, as the Constitution requires, they have become Donald Trump’s rubber stamp.

So if the members of the U.S. Congress are no longer brave enough to stand up to the unqualified, unhinged man in the White House, how much longer will we, as Americans, be able to continue to consider ourselves to be citizens of the land of the free?


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Friday Fictioneers — The Wager

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In 2016, when Sean and I made our Halloween wager, and he bet that Trump would win, I thought there was no way I could lose. But lose I did. I ended up having to dress up like a mad scientist and spend Halloween night in a cage.

Last year I bet him that the Patriots would win the Super Bowl again, but the Eagles won and now I have to wear a Mitch McConnell costume to this year’s Halloween party.

This Halloween I am betting the Dems will take back Congress at the midterms. It’s gonna be a sure thing.

(100 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Liz Young.

One-Liner Wednesday — A Call To Arms

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“You can’t fix stupid but you can vote ‘em out!”

I don’t know who should receive credit for this quote, and I’m pretty sure it’s been around since way before Donald Trump became POTUS. But whatever its origins, it’s a call to arms to all Americans.

By “arms” I mean the ballot box. You must get out and vote in the primaries and in the midterm elections in November. That’s the only way to put a check on the corrupt, immoral moron who lives in the White House and to remove the spineless Republican senators and representatives in Congress who are not doing what they should to save our American democracy.

Because if the Republicans somehow manage to maintain control of either the House or the Senate, the Conman-in-Chief will continue to chip away, virtually unchecked, at what remains of our democracy.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

P is for Pessimistic

I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t Fandango’s post for yesterday’s A to Z Challenge say that he was optimistic?” You’d be correct. I did say that. But as my blogging buddy, Jim Adams pointed out in a comment on that post, he sees me as being an “optimistic cynic” because, he says, I “tell it like it is.” So that’s what I’m going to do right now.

Unfortunately, when it comes to America’s standing in the world and to its future, my optimism, since Trump became president, has turned to skepticism, if not outright pessimism.

Between the Mueller Russia probe, the Stormy Daniels affair, and the FBI raids on Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen’s office, home, and hotel, Trump is in panic mode. And like a cornered rat, he’s on the attack.

His Republican butt-lickers in Congress are doing everything they can to set up Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to be fired and to set the stage for stopping Robert Mueller’s investigation. Trump’s lawyers are fighting to suppress the evidence seized by the FBI in the Cohen raids.

And I’m worried that Trump and the Republicans are going to get away with this and that the Mueller investigation will be stymied and the damaging evidence against Trump will be squelched.

If that happens, friends, I see storm clouds forming on America’s horizon. And it won’t be pretty.

So yeah, I’m feeling a little pessimistic right now.