Shrinks present latest plot to remove Trump from office

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Shrinks present latest plot to remove Trump from office

By John Ruberry

But… but maybe he’s only a lit­tle crazy like painters or com­posers or… or some of those men in Wash­ing­ton.“
Julian Shell­ham­mer, Macy’s toy depart­ment head in Mir­a­cle on 34th Street.

On 24 March 1943, Päts was sent to forced treat­ment in psy­choneu­rotic hos­pi­tals first in Kazan, then in Chistopol in Tatar ASSR. His forced psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal­iza­tion was jus­ti­fied by his ‘per­sis­tent claim­ing of being the pres­i­dent of Esto­nia.’”
Wikipedia biog­ra­phy of Kon­stan­tin Päts, the Eston­ian pres­i­dent who was deposed by the Red Army.

I mean, psy­chi­a­try: it’s the lat­est reli­gion. We decide what’s right and wrong. We decide who’s crazy or not.“
Dr. Kathryn Railly in Twelve Mon­keys.

Last month dur­ing a two-​day long pri­vate meet­ing with over a dozen mem­bers of Con­gress – all Democ­rats save one Repub­li­can sen­a­tor – Dr. Bandy X. Lee, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy at Yale, said of Pres­i­dent Trump, “He’s going to unravel, and we are see­ing the signs.”

Lee is the edi­tor of The Dan­ger­ous Case of Don­ald Trump, a book where 27 men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als – mean­ing, I assume, as pro­fes­sion­als that they earn their liv­ing in that field – rant about the “dan­ger­ous­ness” of the 45th president.

Two days ago The Atlantic’s Elaine God­frey reported that Lee says there are Wash­ing­ton DC-​based shrinks and legal orga­ni­za­tion who are will­ing – and no, this is not from a 24 script – to work to com­mit Trump against his will if White House staff issues trou­bling reports about him.

Pres­i­dent Trump meet Kon­stan­tin Päts.

Lee has also warned that Trump could lead to the extinc­tion of the human race.

Trump Derange­ment Syn­drome has reached a dis­turb­ing low, but no doubt the last. (Oh, I can make that diag­no­sis because I am not a men­tal health pro­fes­sional and TDS is not a clin­i­cal term.) Some peo­ple, with as many degrees slapped on them as you’ll find ads on hockey rink boards. just can’t accept the fact that Don­ald J. Trump is pres­i­dent. Are Lee and her cohorts intel­li­gent? In a way, yes. On the other hand there is doc­u­men­tary about the fall of Enron enti­tled The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Ah, but there is some good news. The Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion reaf­firmed its 1973 con­dem­na­tion of what it calls “arm­chair psychiatry.”

From an APA press release:

Today, the Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion (APA) reit­er­ates its con­tin­ued and unwa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to the eth­i­cal prin­ci­ple known as “The Gold­wa­ter Rule.” We at the APA call for an end to psy­chi­a­trists pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional opin­ions in the media about pub­lic fig­ures whom they have not exam­ined, whether it be on cable news appear­ances, books, or in social media. Arm­chair psy­chi­a­try or the use of psy­chi­a­try as a polit­i­cal tool is the mis­use of psy­chi­a­try and is unac­cept­able and unethical.

The Gold­wa­ter Rule, as Alan Der­showitz points out in the Wash­ing­ton Exam­iner–Dersh voted for Hillary Clin­ton by the way – goes back to the 1964 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion when a mag­a­zine, based on inter­views with 1,100 psy­chi­a­trists, deemed that the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee, Barry Gold­wa­ter, was unsta­ble and there­fore men­tally unfit to serve as pres­i­dent. None of these smartest guys in the room had exam­ined the Ari­zona sen­a­tor, who served in the upper cham­ber with dis­tinc­tion for two decades after his land­slide defeat, nor had they even met him.

The win­ner in that pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and the man Der­showitz voted for, Lyn­don B. John­son, got us entan­gled in the Viet­nam War which led to the deaths of 58,000 Americans.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_100542” align=“alignleft” width=“217”] Blog­ger at Chicago’s Trump Tower[/caption]

The “experts” were wrong.

The Trump-​is-​crazy meme will prob­a­bly fade away soon, but not com­pletely, I fear. But the left will pro­ceed with more plots to remove Trump from office, which so far have included the Hamil­ton Elec­tors (before he was sworn-​in), Rus­sia, emol­u­ments, tax returns, and of course Russia.

Here is my non-​professional men­tal health advice for those of all you Trump Derange­ment Suf­fer­ers: Deal with the strong like­li­hood that Trump will be pres­i­dent for the next three years – and prob­a­bly seven. Pres­i­dents who run for reelec­tion usu­ally win. Accept it and find a way to get on with your lives, with­out watch­ing CNN or MSBNC dur­ing every wak­ing hour. I can­not promise hap­pi­ness, no one can. But I sus­pect you will be less miserable.

Oh, by the way, Trump is not crazy. Not even a lit­tle bit.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

“But… but maybe he’s only a little crazy like painters or composers or… or some of those men in Washington.”
Julian Shellhammer, Macy’s toy department head in Miracle on 34th Street.

“On 24 March 1943, Päts was sent to forced treatment in psychoneurotic hospitals first in Kazan, then in Chistopol in Tatar ASSR. His forced psychiatric hospitalization was justified by his ‘persistent claiming of being the president of Estonia.'”
Wikipedia biography of Konstantin Päts, the Estonian president who was deposed by the Red Army.

“I mean, psychiatry: it’s the latest religion. We decide what’s right and wrong. We decide who’s crazy or not.”
Dr. Kathryn Railly in Twelve Monkeys.

Last month during a two-day long private meeting with over a dozen members of Congress–all Democrats save one Republican senator–Dr. Bandy X. Lee, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Yale, said of President Trump, “He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs.”

Lee is the editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book where 27 mental health professionals–meaning, I assume, as professionals that they earn their living in that field–rant about the “dangerousness” of the 45th president.

Two days ago The Atlantic’s Elaine Godfrey reported that Lee says there are Washington DC-based shrinks and legal organization who are willing–and no, this is not from a 24 script–to work to commit Trump against his will if White House staff issues troubling reports about him.

President Trump meet Konstantin Päts.

Lee has also warned that Trump could lead to the extinction of the human race.

Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached a disturbing low, but no doubt the last. (Oh, I can make that diagnosis because I am not a mental health professional and TDS is not a clinical term.) Some people, with as many degrees slapped on them as you’ll find ads on hockey rink boards. just can’t accept the fact that Donald J. Trump is president. Are Lee and her cohorts intelligent? In a way, yes. On the other hand there is documentary about the fall of Enron entitled The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Ah, but there is some good news. The American Psychiatric Association reaffirmed its 1973 condemnation of what it calls “armchair psychiatry.”

From an APA press release:

Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reiterates its continued and unwavering commitment to the ethical principle known as “The Goldwater Rule.” We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news appearances, books, or in social media. Armchair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical.

The Goldwater Rule, as Alan Dershowitz points out in the Washington Examiner–Dersh voted for Hillary Clinton by the way–goes back to the 1964 presidential election when a magazine, based on interviews with 1,100 psychiatrists, deemed that the Republican nominee, Barry Goldwater, was unstable and therefore mentally unfit to serve as president. None of these smartest guys in the room had examined the Arizona senator, who served in the upper chamber with distinction for two decades after his landslide defeat, nor had they even met him.

The winner in that presidential election and the man Dershowitz voted for, Lyndon B. Johnson, got us entangled in the Vietnam War which led to the deaths of 58,000 Americans.

Blogger at Chicago’s Trump Tower

The “experts” were wrong.

The Trump-is-crazy meme will probably fade away soon, but not completely, I fear. But the left will proceed with more plots to remove Trump from office, which so far have included the Hamilton Electors (before he was sworn-in), Russia, emoluments, tax returns, and of course Russia.

Here is my non-professional mental health advice for those of all you Trump Derangement Sufferers: Deal with the strong likelihood that Trump will be president for the next three years–and probably seven. Presidents who run for reelection usually win. Accept it and find a way to get on with your lives, without watching CNN or MSBNC during every waking hour. I cannot promise happiness, no one can. But I suspect you will be less miserable.

Oh, by the way, Trump is not crazy. Not even a little bit.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.