Never have people been so divided as they are now during the current political and geo-political frenzy.
Things are changing, and are changing fast. Too fast for most people, especially when perspective is not a word many understand, much less apply. Nor is respect, unfortunately.
This past week has proved just how correct my instincts are.
It all began on Facebook where I made my views on the American election and the refugee crisis all too clear.
At first my opposition friends remained quiet, but then as my rhetoric grew more enthusiastic, so did their emotional reactions.
I let them ramble on until they ran out of gas and unfriended me. It is common knowledge that when one runs out of reasonable arguments, one resorts to personal stories and insults.
Unsurprisingly, those most indignant were none other than my dear old British liberal elite friends. Their capacity for collective sympathy is boundless, while their understanding of the aggregate effect of the harmful policies they endorse such as open borders and any and all policies associated with a Hillary Clinton Presidency is ziltch.
They are blind to facts and figures, which reminds me of a quote by the great comedian and social critic George Carlin:
“Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.”
It is astonishing how many people still believe all that comes out of the mouths of politicians. For once, however, it is a politician who has fallen victim to this trend, and that person is none other than Donald Trump.
Freud concluded that perversions were a symptom of psychosexual dysfunction, and I – along with many others in the non-English speaking western world – am inclined to agree with him.
In light of the latest accusations towards Donald Trump of allegedly forcing himself on women along with the ‘Locker room’ talk from years back, it is necessary to say that Donald Trump is many things, but he is not a pervert, and he most certainly is not a rapist.
Rapists are people who are psychosexually disturbed. Psychosexually sick people tend to have two major things in common: sanctimonious rhetoric and the intense fear of being found out, which they go to great lengths to conceal.
This isn’t difficult to believe when one considers the many public figures throughout history, especially those in politics and religion, who employed these two strategies to full effect.
In clinical terms, this would be a powerful defence mechanism called ‘Reaction Formation”. Christopher Hitchens’s brief colloquial analysis sums it up best:
“Whenever I hear some bigmouth in Washington or the Christian heartland banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my watch. Sooner rather than later, he will be discovered down on his weary and well-worn old knees in some dreary motel or latrine, with an expired Visa card, having tried to pay well over the odds to be peed upon by some Apache transvestite.”
Trump although very intelligent, is too openly flawed, too straight, too transparent and at times too impulsive, but always in ways that are only dangerous to himself.
He is expressive rather than repressive, repression being a hot bed for perversions. But because he is indiscriminately expressive, he is misunderstood.
Clinically speaking however, and unlike Bill Clinton, he does not possess the personality of a psychosexually sick man. He simply doesn’t fit the part. For a man who has been in the public eye all his life his record is surprisingly clean.
For each ‘fuck’ Mr Trump mutters, worldwide intelligentsia wave their arms up in the air. Meanwhile Trump’s pseudo-foul mouth, which I personally like and which he himself doesn’t actually believe in, is far more offensive to the polite ruling class than Hillary Clinton’s bed-hopping with ISIS, Saudi Arabia and Al-Qaeda.