JERSEY CITY ANTI-TRUMP TRAVEL BAN RALLY: Over a thousand protesters trooped to Newark Avenue last Monday night, led by Mayor Steven Fulop, City Council President Rolando Lavarro Jr. and other city officials. Fulop told the crowd that “the fight to restrict refugee admissions is personal for him because his mother’s sister and other family members were executed by Nazis during the Holocaust. This nation’s values are not Trump’s values. We are going to resist this every step of the way.” ([Jersey City] City Hall photo)
MANY in America are saying that President Trump’s orders on immigration and refugees banning Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., suspending the entire refugee program for 120 days, cutting in half the number of refugees we can admit, and halting all travel from certain Muslim countries, shatter America’s hard core values and may eventually weaken American democracy.
In a strongly-worded statement, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in part, “This is a cruel measure that represents a stark departure from America’s core values...I will never forget sailing into New York Harbor for the first time and seeing the Statue of Liberty when I came here as a child. It proclaims ‘give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty, and today she is weeping.”
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop at a rally last Friday said, “This nation’s values are not Trump’s values. We are going to resist this every step of the way.”
Fil-Am Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., for his part, said, “Trump’s executive orders unfairly target Muslims, and are an affront to Jersey City and our incredibly diverse community. Jersey City’s immigrants are family. We welcome and will protect them. We will provide them safe haven and use every tool at our disposal to fight back against any federal actions that threaten to tear our families apart. We will resist and fight the hatred and bigotry coming out of Washington.”
Short-cut solutions to problems are not advised in real life.
Like the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, we view these recent executive orders on immigrants and refugees as short-cut remedies.
Such solutions often result in failure and disorder.
Protesters demonstrated in favor of immigrants and against President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order banning entries of all refugees, as well as immigrants, documented or not, from seven Middle Eastern countries. ([Jersey City] City Hall photo)
What they say of the new U.S. President?
Every new President of this country is subjected to behavioral and mental analyses by experts and political observers, particularly mental state, because peace in the world rests on his analytical mind and stable shoulders.
President Donald J. Trump is not exempted from the scrutiny.
We have lined up a practicing psychiatrist, columnist of a respected mainstream newspaper and a mainstream weekly magazine, all Americans, with their assessments and observations of the new U.S. Chief Executive.
Those three point to President Trump as demonstrating symptoms of a narcissistic person.
Or that he could be suffering from narcissism.
What is narcissism?
We have heard this terminology in respect of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte who was reportedly assessed by a psychologist years ago as suffering from narcissism.
The dictionary defines the term as excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance.
Synonyms given are: vanity, self-love, self-admiration, self-absorption, self-obsession, conceit, self-centeredness, self-regard, egotism, egoism.
In a published health article by Mayo Clinic, it defined narcissistic personality disorder in the following manner:
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others.
But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs.
You may be generally unhappy and disappointed when you’re not given the special favors or admiration you believe you deserve.
Others may not enjoy being around you, and you may find your relationships unfulfilling.
The first paragraph seems to fit someone in the Philippines who told his people in an ultraconfident manner during his election campaign that he could eradicate the age-old problems of drugs, crimes and corruption from his country in six months from day one of his presidency and that he would resign if he could not do it.
It has been seven months since he assumed office and, still, it remains a promise and he is still in office.
John D. Gartner, psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins University
Going back, John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, did not mince words as he assessed President Trump.
“Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president,” says Gartner, author of “In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography.”
Trump, Gartner says, has “malignant narcissism,” which is different from narcissistic personality disorder and which is incurable.
Excerpts from Charles M. Blow, Op-Ed columnist-The New York Times
In a recent issue of The New York Times, Charles Blow wrote in part:
“Indeed, one of the greatest threats Trump poses is that he corrupts and corrodes the absoluteness of truth, facts and science.
“It is no coincidence that the rise of Trump is concurrent with the rise of ‘fake news.’ It is no coincidence that his rise comes during an age of severely damaged faith in institutions.
“And now that he has been elected, Trump wants absolute control over the flow of information, to dictate his own version of facts rather than live with the reality of accepted facts. Trump is in a battle to bend the truth to his benefit.
“He hates members of the press because, when properly performing, they are truth seekers rather than ego-strokers. The press may sometimes get things wrong, but it most often gets them right. A truly independent press is not stocked with political acolytes but political adversaries.”
From U.S. News & World Report
“One of the nation’s top psychologists just broke one of his profession’s ethics rules to give President Donald Trump a professional diagnosis.
“John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, told U.S. News that he believes Trump has ‘malignant narcissism,’ which is incurable, and different from narcissistic personality disorder. Gartner violated the ‘Goldwater Rule’ of the psychology profession, in which a diagnosis of a public figure without personally examining them, and without their consent, is considered unethical.
“‘Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president,’” Gartner said, citing his movements and behavior, pointing out the President’s tendency for grandiosity, sadism, aggressiveness, paranoia and anti-social behavioral patterns.
“Indeed, the diagnosis fits the bill of Psychology Today’s definition of malignant narcissism which, when described, sounds like Donald Trump almost to the letter. Carrie Barron, M.D., who wrote the magazine’s blog on Malignant Narcissism, says the disorder ‘renders these individuals scary, dangerous and ruthless.’”
Even assuming all of the above are correct, there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that makes it illegal or unconstitutional for a duly-elected narcissistic president to assume office.
Same is true in the Philippine Constitution.