PART 1 - MENTAL ILLNESS, EVIDENCE OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS:
"The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history." ~Bertrand Russell
Let me begin by saying that I am not a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, by any means or stretch of the imagination, but I would like to think that I'm intelligent person that, through a combination of reading, avid learning, a natural thirst for knowledge and new information, almost two decades of experience related to public relations, and almost ten years in my independent role as a freelance journalist and writer, I have come to know and recognize some of the proverbial red flags when it comes to the behavior of people. I make this statement because there are those who will read this commentary, that also may be Donald Trump supporters, and ask me about my 'credentials' with respect to making the assertions that I do herein. Let's remember, intelligent people can disagree and, for those of you that disagree with my sentiments, please know that I respect your opinions too.
On with my short, but serious nonetheless, commentary.
I'm willing to wager that most, not all, but most people who have listened to Donald Trump talk, and probably scores of psychologists and psychiatrists (sans Dr. Phil), might come to the conclusion that, strictly and clinically speaking, he's a narcissist and quite clearly an unscrupulous megalomaniac that would sell his soul to the highest bidder (perhaps he already has, you never know).
Let's review the definitions of both of those assertions;
A mental illness characterized by delusions of grandeur, power, wealth, affluence and a lust or craving for power.
An inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
Erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
I don't know about everyone else, per say, but I absolutely believe that both of these terms apply to Donald Trump, without a doubt in my mind, and, to be sure, both conditions are also characterized as psychopathological.
Mental illness, in and of itself, doesn't disqualify a person from running for office or even being elected (as history clearly demonstrates that, in some people's views, ten former presidents suffered from one form of mental illness or another). However, in 'the Donald's' case, and considering that his particular afflictions (among others) were also shared by other historical psychopaths and petty tyrants like Hitler, Alexander The Great, Darth Vader, Joseph Stalin, and Napoleon Bonaparte, [once again, among many others too] his mental illness must be considered by those who would vote for this very damaged man.
I know the Hitler analogy will rile some folks, so if you're among those offended by this comparison please consider that according to WiseGEEK.com:
"One of the most well known examples of megalomania in modern history was Adolf Hitler. A street waif, Hitler wasn't content rising through the ranks to become the military leader of Germany. His megalomania drove him to aspire to conquer the entire world. Being born into a "superior race" also wasn't enough for the mentally ill Hitler. Instead, he wanted to wipe out all other races. This need to destroy everything outside of what he perceived as an extension of himself is a classic though horrifically illustrated example of megalomania. Paradoxically, a person who exhibits such tremendous ego and self-confidence in reality has such low self-esteem and such a fragile ego that he cannot abide any expression other than his own, for fear of annihilation of the self. Therefore everything that is not under his control is perceived as a threat.
- Trump's megalomania drives him to aspire to conquer the entire nation.
- Trump believes he's better than most and, as such, conceivably thinks he was born into a 'superior race'. Let's face it folks, Trump's made some pretty racially charged comments of late and he positioned himself as the de facto leader of the racist 'birther' movement. To those that disagree that the 'birther' movement was racist, consider that there wasn't one non-Caucasian out there, anywhere, that jumped on that damaged, wrong-from-the-start bandwagon. I'm not going to debate this assertion on this thread because that's only a minor element of this commentary and, like it or not, more people agree with my point of view than not.
- In my view, Mr. Trump does demonstrate a need to destroy everything outside of what he perceived as an extension of himself and, as the above quote says, this propensity is a classic though horrifically illustrated example of megalomania. Sure, he's not advocating genocide or murder, but he's quick to verbally and publicly attack anyone who crosses him. In fact, his ill temper is another abhorrent, very clear example that this man isn't running on all cylinders. Can anyone say 'loose cannon'? Make no mistake, America is better than what this jerk represents or has to offer.
- Paradoxically, Donald Trump is a person who exhibits such tremendous ego and self-confidence but in reality has such low self-esteem and such a fragile ego that he cannot abide any expression other than his own, for fear of annihilation of the self. Therefore everything that is not under his control is perceived as a threat. This could not be more true when talking about this piece of cheese.
This, so far in its entirety, is my argument against taking this man serious, in any semblance of the word, due to his clear and obvious mental illness, shared by other historically significant madmen, and, accordingly, the notion of electing this psychopath President of the United States is akin to electing the likes of Sarah Palin, Charlie Sheen, or Alex Jones.
PART 2 - SCORES OF SKELETONS IN HIS CLOSETS
"Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet." ~Johann Kaspar Lavater
Aside from having severe psychological challenges that makes it impossible for him to do business in good faith or without a personal agenda that's poisonous to America, this is a man who accentuates and personifies the aforesaid quote.
The Donald sure does one thing well and that's public relations. Most consider Donald Trump a world-class business success and he loves to tell us that. But nothing can be further from the truth and his PR team sure does make it hard to find Trump's failures.
Let's look at some of his skeletons that might suggest he wouldn't make a good leader of the free world:
Trump Plaza Hotel bankruptcy. On Nov 2, 1992, Trump's Plaza Hotel was forced to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after being unable to make its debt payments. Under the plan, Trump agreed to give up a 49% stake in this luxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders.
Trump Shuttle closure. The Trump Shuttle became no more when it merged with Shuttle Inc, operating as USAir Shuttle in 1992.
Donald Trump personal bankruptcy. By 1994, Trump slashed a large portion of his $900 million personal debt and washed away $3.5 billion in his portfolio's business debt.
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts' bankruptcy. On November 21, 2004 Trump's company filed for bankruptcy. Trump said the filing was "really just a technical thing" as the best way to implement a restructuring plan.
Donald Trump personal bankruptcy (again). Once again, Trump filed for personal bankruptcy protection and restructured his debt in 2004.
Taj Mahal bankruptcy. On November 22, 2006 Donald J. Trump’s casino empire filed for bankruptcy protection after months of negotiations with bondholders over restructuring a crushing debt.
GoTrump.com. Donald Trump's online travel search engine was launched in 2006. Just a year later it folded.
Trump 29 Casino. Now known as Spotlight 29 Casino because Donald Trump's ownership/management involvement ended in 2006.
Donald Trump Ocean Resort Baja. This Mexican resort was never built and investor's deposits (up to $500,000.00) have not been returned. Trump claims these buyers are “lucky” because they would have lost more money in a tanking market had the projects been actually built.
Trump Towers Tampa. Trump is being sued right now in Tampa, Florida for taking deposits on a 52-story condo tower that he never built. None of the buyers got their $45,000 deposits back. And in an ironic twist, initial sales of this condo were so successful that all deposits were returned to charge a higher price.
Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago. Trump built the second tallest building in Chicago… he also defaulted on a $40 million loan. Rather than having to pay the bank loan, Trump demanded the same bank should pay him $3 billion for "undermining the project and damaging his reputation."
Trump Magazine. Trump's private-labeled publication (which was aimed at affluent readers in major US markets) suffered from sagging ad sales. It folded on May 19, 2009. This was Trump's third failed attempt at offering a magazine bearing his name.
Trump International Hotel & Tower New Orleans. If constructed, this Trump Tower would become the tallest building in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana at 70 stories high. But the project was put on hold in February of 2009.
Trump Entertainment Resort Holdings bankruptcy. On February 17, 2009 casino operator Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (with a debt ratio of $50 million in assets to his $500 million in debt).
Donald Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium. Donald Trump was sued for fraud over his New York SoHo condo offering in 2010. The lawsuit by 15 plaintiffs alleged that during the first 18 months of marketing, Trump advertised that the building was "30, 40, 50, 60 percent or more sold" when in fact just 16% of the units were sold.
Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico. Instead of a 525-unit luxury vacation home complex with pools and tennis courts, this project is shaping up to be a legal battle with a big hole in the ground. Dozens of angry buyers sued Trump for failing to complete the project. Trump claims he only lent his name to the project (and it was the developers who allowed the project to fail).
Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale. Construction was to be completed by the end of 2009 featuring 298 hotel condominium units. Having defaulted on a $139 million loan, Donald Trump announced in November of 2010 he was no longer affiliated with the project.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas. Through the end of February 2010, the 1,282-unit condominium hotel had only closed on 302 units. That equates to a 23.6% vacancy rate. It was forced into renting out the building as apartments.
Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubai. This 62-story mixed-used building on the Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile was first announced in 2005. Construction was never started and the $2.9 billion project had been canceled and replaced with a shopping mall.
When you run the math, that's 19 failures in less than 17 years… that averages one new failed business every 11 months. Even worse, a lot of people were financially ruined because of this single "successful" business guru.
PART 3 - CONCLUSION
Considering all the facts, including his evident mental instability, his insatiable propensity to attacks others, his infamous bad temper, his narcissism, his megalomania, his similarities to some of histories worst, most vile despots, his apparent racism, (the list could go on and on)... Do you really want this man representing America as President or, for that matter, having any real influence whatsoever in a nation that's already too politically polarized to properly function?
Donald Trump is an embarrassment to himself and the nation. I say we purge and fire him from the national narrative altogether. Donald Trump, "Your Fired."