With Age, Wealth, And Influence Not Necessarily Comes The Emotional Maturity

There is a psychological immaturity about Donald Trump that apparently resonates as bold leadership with the Republican consensus. The merry band of voters who appeal to the conscience of a demagogue–whose primary motive is by all accounts to further his own self-interest in terms of “making America great again”–is what makes what I have written a curious attempt to unravel the impetuousness of it all. There is nothing presidential about this man. His demeanor is rather undignified and his statements are merely aspects of narcissistic delusions of grandeur.

Seriously now. Mexico will be forced to pay for a giant wall along the border?! Pope Francis was asked by a reporter about Trump’s campaigning on this issue to which he replied “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,”. Apparently Trump has found the lie in this statement and released a response to the Pope, whose apparent visit to Mexico prompted this derision.

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If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.

The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story — he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.

For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.

First off, in his press release above Trump has conflated the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria with U.S. immigration policies with neighboring Mexico. It is being propagandized that a porous border with Mexico, in particular (Canada, not so much) is not just a current disaster to our economy but also an invitation to a looming attack by Islamic terrorism. This fear-mongering began a couple of years back and is unsubstantiated to this day. However please take note of the appeal to his own heroism yet to be unleashed on the part of the front runner in the race for republican presidential nominee. That “ISIS would have been eradicated” is such a hyperbole that no one should bother to question whether a specific plan even exist clearly suggests that there is this belief that eradication of thugs and murderers would mysteriously happen under the presumed presidential leadership of Trump. It is also quite evident that his psychopathic charm is especially engrossing and motivating at the polls for those who find this particular optimism bias agreeable as a supporter.

It is dispiriting to know that there are those among us who find joy and delight or even confidence in the misfortune, in the social order of bias and discrimination, and in the psychological harm that is overtly and institutionally placed on a variety of minority groups. It is hard to resist because it can be so beneficial for some. When you are in a position of power you are seen as a true icon of American values and grit. In American society it is the mark of ingenuity, entrepreneurial success, or just being a boss. This is nothing short of a stereotype.

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The puerility of Trump, his behavior, declarations, and utterances are remarkably overshadowed by his wealth and celebrity. It went largely over the heads of many that Trump seems to think that these bullies (Isis) will be coming to get you (the Pope in this scenario) and without his awesome popularity and presence of protection as president and chief bully of the United States we will all be doomed.

Maturation in the psychological sense is a lifelong developmental process as opposed to the end-of-history illusion that ignorance pronounces in the present based on our personal histories. Psychologist Dan Gilbert explains this well in a TED talk series in case you’d rather not read literature about decision-making as it relates to our present day values and personalities.

But political activist Susan Sontag (1933–2004) hit the nail on the head when she argued that “many morally immature people willingly experience a form of delight, in some an erotic breaking of taboo, when witnessing violence, suffering and pain inflicted on others”, and I can clearly see how schadenfreude is a widespread symptom and deficit of the stream of consciousness plaguing certain aspects of our society. On too many occasions have we seen Trump lash out or respond much like a toddler not getting his way or like a teenager after being scolded for thinking only of themselves and not regarding others in a manner that proves conscientious.

The polls suggest much more than just coddling by voters though. It clearly seems that Trump’s narcissistic supply adequately nourishes his attitudes and beliefs which are counterintuitive in many aspects of rational reasoning. It is this glaring lack of responsibility of your personal right to the freedom of conscience, vividly absurd and on display that is quite concerning to me. How could such a wide consensus actually be so morally immature. Many who are credentialed in academics and are influential by political experience have deliberately diverted social and material capital to someone who is lacking in conscience. I have read and heard many refer to Donald Trump by default, apparently, as a “very smart guy”, to that I respond, how?, why?, and where? I won’t even go into the incoherent press release here but the New Yorker has done a good job clarifying it.

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As the national election draws closer there will be a more pronounced showing and presence of emotional immaturity drawn out during Donald Trump’s run for presidency. It certainly lacks the wisdom from a superpower nation in wanting to choose a global leader. A decision like this should be reserved for a candidate and leader with a strong yet empathetic stature, not one built up as a flamboyant extreme form of capitalist fervor based upon a prefabricated foundation.

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