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Recovery from ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ is possible

May 12, 2017 GMT

Steve Miller (May 9 letter and countless previous ones) goes after President Trump and Republicans with incredible hostility. You’d think at some point he’d be able to move beyond vicious ad hominem attacks and actually delve into an issue or two that might have some meaning for logic-starved newspaper readers. But instead, he’s like a broken record as he desperately attempts to negatively influence public opinion without resorting to rational debate.

It’’s intriguing that Mr. Miller quotes George Will, a super-arrogant pseudo-pundit who has always portrayed himself as the be-all and end-all of intellectual, political analysis and commentary. It’s probably a safe bet Miller has never in his life agreed with Will on anything political – that is, until Will decided to devote what little is left of his pomposity-laden career to exclusively trashing President Trump.

Many are now referring to this bizarre obsession as “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (“TDS” for short). For those who don’t follow real news very closely, TDS is the seemingly overwhelming tendency of Trump-haters to bad-mouth every single thing that President Trump says or does with extreme vitriol, no matter what the truth might be about his motives, actions and real accomplishments. TDS impairs judgment. It’s a continual state of hatred run amok.

Anyone who gets all of their news from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, and/or any other so-called mainstream media sources (and some not so mainstream ones like Comedy Central) most likely suffers from TDS, albeit hopefully not quite to the extent Mr. Miller does.

A recently published study shows that from Jan. 20 through April 9 a total of around 1,900 airtime minutes (over 1,000 stories) on ABC, NBC and CBS were focused on President Trump and his administration. Of that, only 186 minutes were positive in content or tone. The powers that be at these networks are being quite deliberate about what they want us to hear. That 89 percent negativity ratio goes a long way toward explaining why TDS is so prevalent.

Rush Limbaugh, a genuinely first-rate political analyst, has come to the conclusion (prior to the aforementioned study) that quite possibly it’s the mainstream media that control the Democrat Party, rather than the other way around. Consider that. It’s a thought provoking idea that just might have some validity.

Here’s a challenge for leftist TDS Democrats: Listen to Mr. Limbaugh’s radio program (that’s 3 hours per day, Monday through Friday) for let’s say 3 or 4 solid weeks. If you would do that with an honest desire to understand what he’s talking about (he’s an expert communicator), your attitude and outlook would change dramatically. That’s a guarantee. Indeed, it would most likely enable you to completely recover from the debilitating TDS disease.

Meanwhile, let’s see if you can avoid the temptation of making uneducated, derogatory remarks about something that would prove you’re as open-minded as you want others to believe you are. The old “I listened to Limbaugh once and would never do it again because...” nonsense doesn’t cut it. Three to four solid weeks please. Give it the proverbial college try. You’ll be amazed before you’re halfway through.

Of course, those of you who do have the time (e.g., older, retired TDSers) and could do what I’m suggesting here are likely not going to do it, are you? Does it scare you that you might realize you’ve been wrong about a lot of things for a long time? You’ll never know how good that might actually make you feel unless/until you try.

Unfortunately, probably very few sufferers have an honest desire to recover from the seemingly hopeless state of mind called Trump Derangement Syndrome. How about you, Mr. Miller? Are you up for the challenge? I promise you’d only have to grit your teeth for a few days until recovery starts to set in. It’s your chance to become a whole new, way more positive person.

“Do we want what’s better for America or what’s worse for Donald Trump?” – Fareed Zakaria (a leftist concerned about the deleterious effects of widespread TDS)

Fred Bindewald

Fort Madison