Trump Derangement Syndrome and Mental Health “Professionals”

The New Yorker has a post up titled How Anti-Trump Psychiatrists Are Mobilizing Behind the Twenty-Fifth Amendment.

Back in 1964, a number of left-wing psychiatrists who had never met or examined the Republican candidate for President Barry Goldwater publicly diagnosed him as mentally ill and unfit to be President. After that election, the American Psychiatric Association adopted an Rule of Ethics which says that a psychiatrist should not express a professional opinion about a public figure who he has not examined. The Goldwater Rule was generally well respected by mental heath professionals until Donald Trump became a viable candidate. Now, it appears that the prevalence of Trump Derangement Syndrome among a few of them has tipped the scales.

The New Yorker piece deals with a group of politicized psychiatrists called Duty to Warn.

Numerous Duty to Warn participants contributed essays to a new book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” which just landed on Sunday’s Times best-seller list—a sign of the public’s eagerness to know just how afraid it should be of Trump. Duty to Warn has also announced the formation of the “Twenty-fifth Amendment pac,” which will raise money for political candidates to run on the very issue of removing Trump via the Twenty-fifth Amendment. “We want to be to the Twenty-fifth Amendment what the N.R.A. is to the Second Amendment[.]”

The article  ends

… it’s a real turning point when mental-health professionals are so willing to organize politically, break brazenly with long-standing protocol, and even risk discipline by licensing boards. After this, talk of Trump’s removal under the Twenty-fifth Amendment may not seem so crazy.

Read the whole thing. But as you do, remember that The New Yorker was the magazine that published favorable coverage of Brett Kimberlin’s claim to have been Dan Quayle’s dope dealer.

Do Something!

One of the most offensive things that I’ve heard from certain quarters on the Left is that we Conservatives who say that we pray for the victims of mass shootings should “do something” instead. As someone who believes in the efficacy of prayer, I believe that praying is doing something.

Moreover, the Left also generally implies that we Conservative don’t want legislative action taken to make mass shootings or gun violence less likely, and that’s simply not true. The rejection of flawed proposals from the Left by thoughtful Conservatives is not a call to do nothing. Rather, we propose solutions which involve moving away from failed policies and repealing ineffective (or actually harmful) laws.

For example, the elimination of gun-free zones allows people to better defend themselves. A mass shooting was nipped in the bud at a church near Nashville a few days ago by a concealed carry permit holder who resisted the shooter.

So it is time to do something. Let those of us who pray do so, and let’s all of us demand that Congress repeal and replace federal laws and regulations that cannot be shown to have improved public safety and demand that Congress exercise its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to preempt state laws which deprive citizens of their rights under the Second Amendment.

My Comment on Las Vegas For Now

The mass shooting was mind-bogglingly horrible.The shooter is still an enigma, perhaps mad, perhaps evil, perhaps both. The heroism of the many who tried to protect their fellow concertgoers was inspiring. The prayers and support for the survivors and the families of the dead, especially as exemplified by the people who lined up to give blood, is admirable. The politicization of the event is despicable.

I’ve been struggling to find the words to describe my unease and distaste for some of the reactions to the shooting, and a post at The Writer in Black does a better job than I probably can. After going through several examples of hate-filled comments on social media, the post concludes with these words—

Normally, at this point I would make some statement to sum up the post but…I got nothin’.  There are just no words.

Read the whole thing.